You may not know Plested, but you’ll certainly know his work. The man has written for some of the biggest stars in the business, including Zayn and Little Mix, though he’s now starting a bright new solo career of his own. He’s impressed us with songs like Habits and Back Up Plan, so we decided to find out more about the man himself…
First musical memory?
I got a little plastic drum kit once and thought you won the game if you broke the drum skins. Mum wasn’t happy.
First album you ever bought?
Describe your vibe in three words (but then tell us a bit more about how Backup Plan came along).
Sensitive, raw, autumnal. I was in LA writing with Alex Hope; an incredible, Australian, female producer and we were both struggling with this feeling of being a long way from home. Speaking about the insane amount of dedication you have to sacrifice for a career in music, we decided to get it off our chests in a song. It’s all or nothing, do or die, no Back Up Plan.
You’ve worked with some massive names (and continue to do so for your debut album). How did these connections come about, and what did you take away from each artist?
Most sessions just come about by word of mouth, if I like someone’s songs I’ll try get in a room with them and vice versa! Recently I was invited to Abbey Road studios to work with Nile Rodgers?! Still feels like a dream. He taught me that you’re never too successful to be nice to people. Literally the loveliest guy I have ever met. Emeli Sandé taught me how to write songs. And The Chainsmokers reminded me that there’s always a good excuse to have a party.
An album you would never listen to again?
Bob The Builder, yes he really did have an album.
Your inspirations, musical and otherwise?
My Grandad is the reason I started playing guitar. James Morrison is the reason I started writing songs, what a voice. And my best friends are the reason I’m putting absolutely everything into this career.
What are your current jams?
I add songs to my Spotify playlist every day, a few recents are Dagny – Used To You, Kawala – Mighty River, and George Ezra – Hold My Girl.
Any guilty pleasures, musical or non?
Doughnuts, face masks and Disney films.
Your dream collaborations?
This seems obvious, but if someone could contact Adele and get me a duet with her, I think I would die a happy man.
And finally: Favourite Beyonce song?
Runnin’ (Lose It All), the Naughty Boy one – between you and me, I actually sang some backing vocals on it!