It’s been a while since The Hungry Ear approached this young duo from the north east of England about their music. Finally we have got round to having a chat with the boys behind Patterns In Plastic, finding out about their fourth coming releases with Tiny Lights Recordings and a little about what these young up starts are all about. Wes & Joe have also very kindly took the time to put together a short mix of the influences, so If you have the time tune in and get an earful of some future sounds.
T.H.E: Lets kick off with how you guys came to be? And how you discovered your musical influences aligned?
Wes: Joe and I met in Newcastle College doing Multimedia. We became fast friends, bonding over music and art like a majority of people involved in creative studies generally do. Musically, when we first met, there were certain genres that crossed over. We both liked Hip Hop, although Joe was into it more than me, and I was into more experimental tunes.
It was a couple of years later when Joe went to study film and television in Leeds and I stayed in Newcastle to complete a design course that the idea really manifested. We’d travel back and forth between Leeds and home coming up with ideas and writing lyrics for a long period before any instruments were even picked up.
In March of last year we started actually putting melodies together and really getting heavy into the whole process. Although we had various things going on before this I wouldn’t say we really became ‘Patterns In Plastic’ until this time.
As we started to hang out frequently, the lines between what we thought we were blurred deeper into one other. Take something we’re feeling or have experienced and turn it into a tune that we’d wanna hear ourselves, so the more sure we are on what we like the easier it becomes to channel stuff into music.
“Its more like the look of a dream, how it feels, how lucid and uneasy they are…”
T.H.E: You refer your music to being “A bit like dreams”, do you mean your own or do you want to conjure notions in others? And how would you describe these dreams?
Wes: I don’t think we’ve ever made a song based on one of our own dreams, not the storyline of those dreams anyway. Its more like the look of a dream, how it feels, how lucid and uneasy they are but at the same time relaxing and smooth.
Joe: The idea of dreams has always been of fascination to both of us. Whether it’s been beautiful or dark we often talk about the exploration of emotion that can be felt through these things. This can be quite surreal at times, the atmosphere and cinematic qualities we try and convey through our music is very much inspired in that sense.
T.H.E: How did the relationship with Tiny Lights Recordings come about?
Wes: We got involved with Tiny Lights when Joe found the Facebook page and we hooked up with Paul Brown who founded the label. He was really
interested in our sound and wanted to expand his roster, so it felt natural for both parties because we wanted to put out our next EP as a physical release and work with someone who knew the music industry.
When we put out our first EP we were really learning the basics of production and song writing, which pushed us harder in some senses but we felt limited to what we knew: guitars. I can see how this might fit with Tiny Lights as the majority of bands on the label are guitar driven, but on our new EP ‘A Slow Death’ we’re able to implement new production and software instruments, as well as new found sounds to expand the atmosphere of tracks.
Joe: Soundcloud has been a great help to us too, we’re working with some amazing people and our relationship with them has been very organic, everything’s just came together very tight. We’re down with remixes and collaborations, not only to get our music to a wider audience, but to grow.
We have a few more remixes lined up of our BDAF tracks and are trying our hand at producing a few tracks for some Hip Hop artists who we’re into, don’t wanna say too much right now but hopefully you’ll be able to smell what we’re cooking soon.
T.H.E: Is it in important for you guys to perform, or are you happy to stay in the studio until you’re comfortable with your repertoire?
Wes & Joe: We’re happy to stay in the studio for now, we prefer to be in a more creative environment but performing is definitely important to us. There’s a certain freedom that comes with completing a project and playing it to people. We found that with our first release, we can start to appreciate our own stuff by performing it, in the studio everything sounds like it needs to be fixed.
Once the project is over we can get time to properly rehearse and play live! We’ve not really gigged as such yet so it’ll be a challenge we look forward to.
Well on that note and with that to look forward to…
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