The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Plum: Ty Baron, 23, Musician, Plum; Jake Supple, 24, Musician, Plum; Kyle Emerson Miller, 23, Musician, Plum; Dane Mark, 24, Musician, Plum
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
Ty: We don’t really have time to do much outside of music at this point. We are all living together in a warehouse space in Downtown LA right now and are pretty much spending every waking minute on something music related. We are completely DIY though so photos, video, posters, booking, etc. are all things that we get to do. That helps to both keep things fresh for us if we aren’t feeling musically inspired one day while allowing us to have creative outlets that still benefit the bigger picture of the band.
Jake: I love all kinds of art. It’s the great stuff that’s hard to find which is what I enjoy the most I think, the search. Personally I love photography, film photography mostly. There’s just something about a candid photograph that represents a time better than anything else, and being one to capture a moment like that is a once in a lifetime deal. I love to make concert posters also; there is a really cool history behind them and their representation of the scene from different genres and generations.
Kyle: We all really love camping and being immersed in nature, especially since moving to Los Angeles. We were able to stop off a few nights in the desert on this last tour and that was really cool. Those sorts of atmospheres help me focus and simplify/sort out my thoughts and ideas which can be tough in the hustle and bustle of a city.
Dane: Seeing live music inspires me. I actively pursue good hot dogs, but I do not feel inspired after eating them so idk.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
Ty: Our general outlook with the band is that creating work that we are proud of comes first. Making work that others will relate to is still very important to us but we feel that if a song makes it through our democratic vetting process with four equal voices within the band it will be something that others will be able to connect to as well.
Jake: As of recent, we’ve made the leap to become full time musicians, so it’s definitely been hard to find a balance between playing the necessary shows for money and finding the time to not only practice but to write as a group, and further more, individually. We have more free time now, but our success falls upon our ability to be disciplined and diligent. When you’re on a soccer team or play basketball you have a coach, and as a young musician being your own coach in a field where the only support is coming from your peers can be difficult.
Kyle: With three songwriters and all four of us having an active role in the arrangement process I like to think we have a significant more amount of ideas than a lot of bands. Naturally, there's quality control involved to find the best idea objectively. Finishing a song where all of us collaborated together and everyone is happy with the final result is something that makes me extremely proud.
Dane: I’m a drummer.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
Ty: As a group we tend to be most productive with non-songwriting projects around midday. About 4:00 or 5:00 seems to be the time when we are collectively inspired to work on new musical material together. There are three songwriters in this band however and everyone’s process is a little bit different.
Jake: I’m most productive in the morning. It’s nice to rise and know that you have the whole day ahead of you to get everything done. But as far as being inspired goes, I tend to find a haven when I’m home alone and it’s later in the evening. Being alone helps me a lot.
Kyle: Right before bed or right when I wake up, usually. But those are more solipsistic song-writing ideas. I feel I can be inspired and feed off the rest of the guys at any time of the day or night depending on how hard we're all vibing on something.
Dane: The first few hours after I awaken from my slumbers
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
Ty: Right now we have a few creative projects in the works. They’re all pretty much centered around our next release. We would give more details but the project is still kind of shaping itself out as far as what it will be. There’s a big feeling in the group right now of wanting to make a notable leap forward with regards to the craft of songwriting and musicianship in the new material. Acknowledging that you can do better than your last work can be daunting, especially before there is no completed, tangible material to back that up, but we seem to have leapt that hurdle and are all pushing ourselves very hard to do better than we’ve ever done in the past.
Jake: Making a record that we are all really happy with. The recording process along with touring can often kill the songs for you, so if we can figure out how to write a record that we will be perpetually happy with, that would be fucking awesome.
Kyle: I would say my main goal collectively for us all is to keep progressing and not settle or digress in any way. Whether that be sonically, lyrically, or with arrangements etc. I just want all of us to feel great about the work we've done at the end of the day which can be a tough task mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Dane: Recording and releasing new music consistently while balancing a full touring schedule will keep us busy.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
Ty: None of us really have any personal projects right now, as the band is more or less a full time job. As far as our process goes we’ve really tried hard to avoid adhering to a formula. Often times it seems that taking the risk to venture into the unknown yields the biggest rewards for us.
Jake: I’m always working on new songs; you have to understand that not everything you write will fit the set list for the band. It’s important to me to see ideas through to the end, even if you might not ever put it out into the public, it’s a good habit to form, you know, finishing what you start. I have a goal right now to spend a little more time following those ideas through, because where the individual grows, so will the band.
Kyle: Every night recently I've been trying to get drunker than I did the night before. I usually start with whiskey or tequila and move to beer (because beer before liquor, never been sicker) but I undoubtedly throw it all up by the end of the night and try to outdo myself the follow evening.
Dane: Just shaved a mustache
TCU: What scares you?
Ty: Donald Trump
Jake: Dairy Products.
Kyle: My Mom reading the previous answer.
Dane: Wasting time.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
Ty: Success for us is creating something we are genuinely proud of and excited to share with others, but maintaining the ambition to progress and create something better as soon as one project ends and then having the drive to actually execute that.
Jake: I guess at the end of the day I just want to write music that I really love and feel conviction for, hopefully people around the world feel the same way about my music as I do, but I don’t seek that for fulfillment as much as I do about being happy about my own work.
Kyle: Success to me is getting to do what I love every single day and feeling like what I'm doing matters.
Dane: Really enjoying my life.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
Plum: We will be touring around the West Coast in July. If you follow us on Facebook or any other social media platform and you see your city on our calendar we’d love to see you!