THELMA PLUM – Interview
5th of Feburary, I woke up knowing today I’d be interviewing the amazing Thelma Plum. Next thing I knew, it was 12:30 and she was calling me! I tried as hard as I could to stay composed but I think I did a pretty bad job. Having been a fan for about a year now, actually having a conversation with her was clearly a huge thing. I really hope I did her justice in the amount of time I had with her; have a read.
What does music mean to you?
I guess music is just about everything to me. My music has gotten me through so much, both the good and the bad times.
How much does your family heritage and culture influence your music?
My music is definitely influenced by my culture. I’m surrounded by such amazing influences, but I think it influences me much more as a person; which probably influences my songwriting a little bit.
You graduated from Independent high school Music Industry College (MIC) in 2011. How did the school help you in getting to where you are now?
The school helped me so much with getting into the industry – without it, I don’t think I’d be doing what I am right now. Even though I wasn’t that good at “normal school”, I think MIC helped me so much and the teachers were amazing. I pretty learnt everything I know about the music industry from MIC.
You have your first EP coming out next week, and I’ve had the honour of listening to it. What were some of your inspirations when writing this album?
Well most of it was written at the start of 2012 until about mid 2012. I guess it was just a big “f*ck you!” to my ex boyfriend, which it is really; but now it’s so much more to me.
When I was listening to your EP, I started reading the credits and found a Flugelhorn player; this was a complete shock to me because when I tell people that I play Piano and Flugelhorn, they can’t take me seriously. What inspired that choice?
Oh, do you play the Flugelhorn! That’s so cool, you’ll have to be on my next E.P! (Laughs). Basically what happened was I was sitting in the studio with my producer Tony and my guitarist Andrew who both played a big part in my songwriting, especially on this EP. I think it was Tony that had the idea? But we wanted to try and use some fun instruments that reflected the songs and ourselves, but I’ll admit it is a pretty “out there” choice.
After winning last year’s Triple J Unearthed competition, how have things changed for you?
Winning that award changed everything for me. I think it all took off once I won that. I probably wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t won that award.
So your EP comes out next week; what comes after that for Thelma Plum?
Well, I’ll be touring with a fantastic artist who I’m not allowed to name yet, but that’ll all be revealed on Thursday, straight after we launch the EP. Then after that I’ll probably do my own headline tour, which should be great.
Thanks for chatting with us, Thelma. Best of luck!
Thelma Plum’s E.P Rosie will be released on Thursday the 14th of March on iTunes.
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