ONE ON ONE ON WITH PLAIN SAILS
Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Andrew Chappell: Lead vocals, guitar, songwriter
Born: England (High Wycombe), age 34
Leigh Greenhough: Lead guitar
Born: England (Manchester), age 34
Andy Tanaka: Bass, backing vocals
Born: Brazil, age 24
Jack Bullock: Drums
Born: England (Surrey), age 26
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Plain Sails are an indie/alternative band. The concept behind the video was to keep it as simple as possible – we wanted the viewers to get to know who we were without confusing them with complex plots and narratives. It was important for us that people get to know who the band members are and their roles within the band before we branch out and experiment with deeper plots within our videos. We felt the black and white visual supports this vision further still, lending more impact and clarity and allowing the song to really do the talking. The song itself was written a few years ago and is lyrically based upon an experience Andrew (lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter) had with a close friend who lost a family member suddenly. Musically it takes inspiration from a number of sources the writer grew up listening to, forming his own unique style with the underlying inspiration in the background.
Tell us about other members of your band, crew or music video director and how the music video was shot.
Our video was shot, directed and edited by Gulliver Moore in White room studios, Brixton, London, England.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
The band members have been involved in music their entire lives, with a vast range of experience from University degrees in music to live performance, multiple projects, tours and studio work. They have been writing and recording individually for years and together since the band formed. Their goal is to reach the widest possible audience, build a fan base and make a career from writing, recording and performing their music.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
From a writing perspective, Andrew (lead vocals, guitar & songwriter) draws heavily on personal experience. His writing style has matured and developed over the years and has a degree of metaphoric content allowing the listener to attribute meaning personal to them to the song – something his influences have done in their writing and something that means a lot to him. To be able to make a connection to the listener on a personal level is his aim, whilst lyrically landing his subject matter in a way that appeals universally. As a band, constructing the song musically and composing is a team effort, with all inputting from their various perspectives. Their goal is to create melodies and hooks that will instantly appeal and stay with the listener, and that compliment the song as a whole. Their ethos is “everything in it’s right place” and each section of the song is carefully considered and constructed with a view to the track as a whole.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
“We’re always overwhelmed by the support and comments of our fans – to create something and have it appreciated by others is a truly wonderful thing. We aim to deliver the best of what we do for you – and we can’t thank you enough for allowing us to do this.
Peace & love, PS”
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Work hard at your craft – rehearse, rehearse, rehearse and be the best at what you do. Never give up – you will experience knock backs and hard times, coming through this will make you a stronger and better artist. Finally be respectful to each other and to those you work with – you will always need the support of others along the way and by being someone that is great to work with you will build your network and create opportunities for yourself.