It’s great when folks reach out to us at The New Rockstar Philosophy. Especially when they have a really cool idea. Like the Plastic Inevitables who’ve got this cool idea for making new content every month for their fans. I asked Phillip from the band a few questions on their concept:
-What’s the idea?
The idea is to write one song each month, and it has to be under two minutes. We also have to record and release the song before the month is over, which adds to the challenge. Oh, and we need to be rehearsed enough with the song to be able to play it live at any shows that month!
-Can you lead us through a typical song from start to published video?
As soon as we’re done recording/filming the last short song, we begin the next. This usually occurs at our apartment (we’re all three roommates), with Andrew making up a bass line and Phil building the song structure around that. Then we all improvise melodies until we get something we like, and eventually fit lyrics into those.
-How has it been going?
It’s been going wonderfully. Each month we surprise ourselves, and we’ve ended up with some of our favorite songs we’ve ever written. It’s helped immensely with the writing process, being able to loosen up, grab the first thing that pops into your head and make it work.
-Any unforeseen complications?
There’s been two months where we wrote the whole song, then right before our deadline we decided to scrap it and completely start over. Both times we liked the new song 100x better than the first attempt, and it was all gravy.
The only other complication is getting the mixes down, since we do it in our practice space, with all the instruments live. The acoustics aren’t too great and sometimes it can be difficult to get good tone out of every instrument.
-what are you planning to do with the songs?
Next year we want to release “The Short Album”, re-mixed and mastered, on cassette.
-Any thing else we should know?
Each year we’re going to do a different monthly project, each of which will be designed to challenge our musicianship and push us into unknown territory. Stay tuned… — Phillip Alexander Plastic Inevitables