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Jacob Plant: “I’m Working On A New Album”

Jacob Plant gets into the depths of the industry as he talks new music, streaming platforms and much more.

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The last couple of years have been pretty busy for young Jacob Plant. The artist has been releasing a series of singles on some renowned labels within dance music. He has also been providing the tunes with some Bass House, Electro House and a mixture of others onto the scene. Catching up with the artist, we talk about his latest single ‘Bike Engine’ which brings the Reggae vibes into his sound, the industry as a whole and much more. Check it out below.

So getting stuck straight in, you’ve had a high level of success over the last few years with a series of singles, some with big collaborators. Did you ever expect this to happen to Jacob Plant?

Yeah its been good fun so far! It’s mental that in the last 2-3 years I have met most of my idols and speak to some of them regularly. I’ve always wanted to do this, I just feel really lucky that I am able to wake up every day and make music!

Some of these tracks include ‘All Night’ on FlyEye Records, ‘Hunger’ on Dim Mak and recently ‘Reflections’ with Example, out on Skint Records. What’s it like to work with labels such as these and see your tracks do so well?

Each label has been amazing to work with! I’ve made some good friends from the people I work with which makes the whole experience better. I always want my music to do well, I always chase up labels for stats and updates so when it does do well it’s such a great feeling!  When we released ‘All Night’, it charted top 3 on Beatport when some massive DJs had released their new singles. I was so happy to see it above some of those huge names.

Which takes us to your latest release, teaming up with Stylo G to release ‘Bike Engine’. How did the track come about and where did the inspiration come from for it?

I’m a massive reggae and dancehall fan. Even bands like ‘The Clash’ are such a big inspiration to me, so this track means a lot as it’s the first release where I have really drawn from those influences. My manager introduced me to Stylo G and got the ball rolling. I have followed him for a long time now so its really cool to have done a song together!

When it comes to working with a vocalist, how does your production process change, if it does?

When you have vocals in a song it changes the dynamic so much because you need to leave room. Bike Engine is more minimal as there is a lot going on with the vocals. I think singers and rappers get thrown off when the track is too busy. I normally won’t work on the song too much before the vocals are done.

And you have always stuck to that House, Future House like sound which you can hear in ‘Bike Engine’. Was this always the direction you wanted to head in or did you just fall into the sounds?

I’ve always been a fan of 4/4 dance music, whether its House, Bass House, Electro House or Future House. As a producer I love producing loads of different sounds. I like to switch things up so it doesn’t get stale!

The industry as a whole has seen a rapid change in the way music is listened to, and you saw this with the massive amount of plays on ‘Reflections’ with Example. What’s your opinion on the change to streaming rather than the download?

I’ve just been watching it in the last 3 years change so much. It’s crazy how quickly its changing but you have to adapt and move with the times. ‘Reflections’ had an amazing reaction on Spotify, it was really interesting to see the change. I think as long as the money is distributed correctly and the artists can make a living I think it will be ok.

This leads on to the debate of whether or not streaming companies such as Spotify, YouTube and other platforms pay enough money to curators of music. Is this just the way in which the industry is heading, where there is a heavy reliance on shows with the music a stepping stone to getting these?

Yeah I think these days you need to be doing loads of different things to bring money in. Shows are obviously the main income for most producers and DJs. I do think the music is so important for the shows these days, the days of DJs not producing will be gone very soon.

Which is where I’d like to hear your words of wisdom. What would be your one piece of advice for a producer or DJ that is looking to get involved in the industry?

Stick to your guns and work hard. If you give up on the first hurdle then you are fucked. It can be very emotionally up and down so you have to be tough sometimes!

Finishing off, what’s going to be in the pipeline for Jacob Plant over the next few months with the winter period kicking in?

I’ve just started working on an album… so I will have lots of music coming next year!

For more information on Jacob Plant:
https://www.facebook.com/jacobplantmusic
https://twitter.com/jacobplant
https://soundcloud.com/jacobplant

Jacob Plant.

So getting stuck straight in, you’ve had a high level of success over the last few years with a series of singles, some with big collaborators. Did you ever expect this to happen to Jacob Plant?

Yeah its been good fun so far!  It’s mental that in the last 2-3 years I have met most of my idols and speak to some of them regularly.  I’ve always wanted to do this, I just feel really lucky that I am able to wake up every day and make music!

Some of these tracks include ‘All Night’ on FlyEye Records, ‘Hunger’ on Dim Mak and recently ‘Reflections’ with Example, out on Skint Records. What’s it like to work with labels such as these and see your tracks do so well?

Each label has been amazing to work with!  I’ve made some good friends from the people I work with which makes the whole experience better.  I always want my music to do well, I always chase up labels for stats and updates so when it does do well it’s such a great feeling!  When we released ‘All Night’, it charted top 3 on Beatport when some massive DJs had released their new singles.  I was so happy to see it above some of those huge names.

Which takes us to your latest release, teaming up with Stylo G to release ‘Bike Engine’. How did the track come about and where did the inspiration come from for it?

Jacob Plant

I’m a massive reggae and dancehall fan.  Even bands like ‘The Clash’ are such a big inspiration to me, so this track means a lot as it’s the first release where I have really drawn from those influences.  My manager introduced me to Stylo G and got the ball  rolling.  I have followed him for a long time now so its really cool to have done a song together!

When it comes to working with a vocalist, how does your production process change, if it does?

When you have vocals in a song it changes the dynamic so much because you need to leave room.  Bike Engine is more minimal as there is a lot going on with the vocals.  I think singers and rappers get thrown off when the track is too busy.  I normally won’t work on the song too much before the vocals are done.

And you have always stuck to that House, Future House like sound which you can hear in ‘Bike Engine’. Was this always the direction you wanted to head in or did you just fall into the sounds?

I’ve always been a fan of 4/4 dance music, whether its House, Bass House, Electro House or Future House.  As a producer I love producing loads of different sounds.  I like to switch things up so it doesn’t get stale!

Jacob Plant.

The industry as a whole has seen a rapid change in the way music is listened to, and you saw this with the massive amount of plays on ‘Reflections’ with Example. What’s your opinion on the change to streaming rather than the download?

I’ve just been watching it in the last 3 years change so much.  It’s crazy how quickly its changing but you have to adapt and move with the times.  Reflections had an amazing reaction on Spotify, it was really interesting to see the change.  I think as long as the money is distributed correctly and the artists can make a living I think it will be ok.

This leads on to the debate of whether or not streaming companies such as Spotify, YouTube and other platforms pay enough money to curators of music. Is this just the way in which the industry is heading, where there is a heavy reliance on shows with the music a stepping stone to getting these?

Jacob Plant.

Yeah I think these days you need to be doing loads of different things to bring money in.  Shows are obviously the main income for most producers and DJs.  I do think the music is so important for the shows these days, the days of DJs not producing will be gone very soon.

Which is where I’d like to hear your words of wisdom. What would be your one piece of advice for a producer or DJ that is looking to get involved in the industry?

Stick to your guns and work hard.  If you give up on the first hurdle then you are fucked.  It can be very emotionally up and down so you have to be tough sometimes!

Finishing off, what’s going to be in the pipeline for Jacob Plant over the next few months with the winter period kicking in?

I’ve just started working on an album… so I will have lots of music coming next year!

For more information on Jacob Plant:
https://www.facebook.com/jacobplantmusic
https://twitter.com/jacobplant
https://soundcloud.com/jacobplant

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