All responses from Dan Kert (Vocals & Guitar).
1. Introduce us to your band!
We are London alt indie trio Plastic Barricades – and we are here to heal your wounds and conquer your heart!
2. How did you guys start out?
I was looking for musicians all around London 4 years ago, and then discovered that ICMP (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) is just around the corner. Then I’ve met the most impressive rhythm section anyone can ever dream of – Daniele Borgato on bass and Frazer Webster on drums. We’ve played our first gig at The Water Rats in London two weeks later.
3. Describe your band’s sound
We are asked this a lot, so we have a special poem that sums it all up:
Shimmering bass and ringing guitars
Meaningful lyrics healing your scars
Heart-breaking beat put on repeat
Mystical keyboards make us complete
Curious, happy, honest and sad
Future of mankind makes us gloomy and mad
Don’t try to run, nowhere to hide
There is no escape from our little Plastic Tribe!
4. What influences your craft?
Everything, really. From personal experiences and daily news to great literature, movies, TED talks and, of course, our favourite bands.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
That sounds like a question to the marketing department. Every band is different, the same way as every person on the planet has a different story. We write music from the heart and our fans appreciate the honesty and our thought-provoking and mostly positive lyrics.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
This is tough, but people do like music videos – and we have two songs that are quite different in feel, but they do represent our band quite well. Have a look at “How Goldfish Grow” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYpBYXMzwOg and “Around the Sun” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnyK0VHyhV0)
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
There are technical struggles, like trying to get the sound you want, or mixing a track or doing daily interviews and trying to keep them interesting. And there are emotional struggles, like relationships in the band, making decisions, writing together. We think of all this as an essential part of the journey. The biggest struggle so far was to figure our debut album “Mechanics of Life”, it took us 3 years. But it is out now, and we are proud of every single second.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Playing a sold-out show at the Hard Rock Cafe London after being voted #1 out of 222 bands in London at the Global Battle of the Bands was pretty neat. But releasing our first full length album is definitely the biggest achievement for us so far.
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
To conquer the world – obviously! 🙂 Future will be bright if we manage to find some nice quality bulbs for our Shed Studio, the current ones are quite dim…
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Being remembered for being helpful. We do hope that our songs might inspire someone to become a better person, to stop caring about the unimportant stuff and start living life for real.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!