This (pictured) is Pludo. Today, Pludo releases his new single ‘The Kingdom’, a song he says is about “connecting with your inner strength. I want to take listeners on a trip to the deepest part of their soul; ‘the kingdom’.”
Fans of both ‘Home & Away’ and ‘Neighbours’ might recognise the track as it’s been played on both shows in recent times.
To celebrate its released, we shuttled our eleven pressing questions to Pludo in the hope we Get To Know him a little better.
01. Name : Anthony Kupinic (aka Pludo).
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? My mum bought me a beautiful old German piano for $250 bucks out of the trading post when I was 12. I instantly just had an emotional connection with this treasure. I became obsessed with it and gradually music took over my life. I started playing guitar and drums and started a band. I couldn’t find a singer so I was like well I guess I will do it. Only problem was I couldn’t sing. After one of my first shows a friend of my father was like “Anthony just don’t do it to yourself mate!” I figured well when I first sat down at the piano I couldn’t play that, surely if I keep practising I would figure it out.
I started just writing words/lyrics in my little black book that I could sing over the music I was making. At first it was just so I could have some words instead of nah nah nah etc…but then I discovered the whole other subconscious being within me. Turned out the words I was writing actually meant something.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. After my band A Sound Mind split and things didn’t really work out with ex drummer of Pludo, Alex Cooper, I realised I needed to be independent otherwise the fate of my project would be at the mercy of something I can’t control (other people).
Over the last 10 years both my musical tastes and music projects have been gradually becoming more and more electronic. My sound on this new record is a mix of drum n bass, Electronic Dance Music and pop mixed with a beautifully tragic cinematic soundtrack edge. I think when you have played classical piano and in orchestras as much as I did when I was a kid, even when you make modern music, it never leaves you.
I consider myself a live electronic music artist not a DJ. To keep things interesting live, I use a combination of looping, Launchpad playing, drumming, triggering samples, keyboard playing, guitar playing and of course vocals. When you have toured as much as I have, you also adopt the mentality “how can I make the most interesting performance with the smallest and least amount of equipment.
05. Who have been your musical influences? Bjork, Craig Armstrong, Pendulum, Dub fx, Calvin Harris, The Kite String Tangle, Above & Beyond.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘Joga’ by Bjork, ‘Can’t Sleep’ by Above & Beyond, ‘Themata’ by Karnivool and ‘Made’ by Dub fx.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. When I was little I had an imaginary friend named John. I use to make my mum pull over the car to let John in etc… I was pretty full on about it! One day I was so pissed off that nobody believed me about John so I walked outside and rang my own doorbell. My brother answered the door and I pretended to be John and said “Is Anthony there?” My brother replied F&%k off you idiot and slammed the door. I don’t think I ever saw John again after that.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? “Performance is god”. This came from a phone conversation with Ross Robinson who was the producer for KORN. What he meant by this is, the most important thing in your recording is the emotion you put into your performance, the musicianship and the way that makes people feel. What equipment you use and how much its worth doesn’t mean crap!
09. Tell us about your latest release. My new single “The Kingdom” is a track about inner strength. “The Kingdom” is a metaphor for the deepest most core part of your soul. I know how important that source is to get me through shit times in life and also to help me excel in anything I am passionate about. I wanted to write a track that takes listeners on a journey and helps them tap into that. I think that’s what the best music does for me and I think that’s a worthwhile piece of art to put out into the universe.
10. What do your future plans involve? Since signing to mushroom publishing this year I have been getting quite a lot of my tracks on TV. I have quite a big catalogue of music already but it is all with my own voice. I am really keen to write and produce for some other artists. Already some awesome collaborations in the pipelines so if there are any awesome singers out there feel free to hit me up.!
11. Where can our audience catch you live? Over this summer I will be doing a whole heap of street shows and festivals such as White Night, Moomba, St Kilda Festival, Moomba, Fringe festival. I will also be doing a headline tour around Australia in 2016. I normally just do east coast but apparently I have been getting airplay in NT, Tas and Perth so hopefully get to these places too. In the meantime I have a live looping video on you tube. Or you can also checkout the official music video.