Behind The New Music – INTERVIEW – Ghosted You, Plasmic

Welcome to the feature where we talk to musicians and artists to find out in depth information about their brand new singles and music. Today we speak to synth pop musician Plasmic about the brand new song Ghosted You

Hello Plasmic, tell us three unknown facts about yourself?

I was a professional figure skater, I’m related to Linda Lusardi, I made my Dad make a TikTok account and he went viral.  

How did you get into music?

 I come from a musical family and always loved the outcast weirdo music. I taught myself how to play piano when I was little and progressed to music production when I was 15. I had always loved singing. It has always been my escape from reality. 

 Who do you find your inspirations? 

My inspirations are Fever Ray, 100 Gec’s, Death Grips, Mort Garson, Alice Glass, and Olivia Newton-Jon

Tell us all about your latest single Ghosted You?

My new song Ghosted You is a Unrequited Love song. I wanted to make a love song that didn’t make me cringe. I kept it real and sincere. Everyone has either been Ghosted or ghosted someone. I wanted to tell both sides of the story. While being ghosted might be the worst feeling ever, you never know what the person ghosting you might have been struggling with and maybe it was all for the best. The ghostee apologizes and takes acountability in the song which I think is very important. 

How long did it take to write the song? 

On and off the song took me about a week to write. After that I spent another week producing and mixing with the help of Martin Cooke who has worked with Chvrches and Death Cab for Cutie.

Where does the inspiration for the song come from?

I was inspired by the films Poltergeist and Ghostbusters. I wanted to create a spooky song that could be played all year round that also had a campy synth-pop feel. Working with Martin we both established that the song had a Kate Bush & Phill Collins vibe so we really leaned into that. I have always loved 80’s music and it was the perfect fit. 

Tell us a little bit about recording this track in the studio – what were the highlights and challenges?

When I first recorded Ghosted You in my home studio I lost it due to a hard drive malfunction. I was going to give up on it but my mgmt really liked the song and so did everyone I had shown the lost Demo. The second time around I was fortunate enough to have Martin Cooke as a Producer and mixing engineer. He helped rebuild the song bigger and better. It went from Casper to Zuul. I have always felt like I had to do all the work with my songs in order to be respected, and as I’ve gotten older I just stopped caring what people think. I’m done letting internalised misogyny rot my brain.

 What is your favourite lyric in the track?

In Ghosted you, there’s a few favorite lyrics of mine. I really like “Lose my number lose my face I can’t bear to see you giving all your space” and “How can I save her if I can’t be saved? I can’t be myself if I don’t misbehave” It’s probably the most gay and agnsty track Ive ever written.

What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?

I think the first step to writing a good song is getting over yourself. Don’t be afraid to come off as cringe. I didn’t think that Ghosted You was good for a long time and I’m glad I was able to get over that and share it with the world. Obliterate humility and stay true to yourself and your vision. 

How do you warm up for a show?

Yes! I love doing lip trills of my songs and playing all my keytar parts prior to hitting the stage. Sometimes I’ll run in place and do jumping jacks. And sometimes if it feels necessary I’ll chug a Red Bull 30 minutes prior.

Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows coming next year?

It’s my goal to go on tour by next year. I’m hoping I can demolish the gatekeepers in 2023. I am manifesting a SXSW showcase.

What is one of your favourite songs to perform live? 

It used to be Revenge, because it’s always my finale and people go nuts… but lately I have loved performing Ghosted You. I sing covered in a translucent veil and cover the audience in a separate veil so that we’re all ghosty. It’s super fun, and I love singing it.

Our site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?

Ghosted You actually started as a voice memo melody on my phone. The first synth lead you hear which ended up being the chorus!

What are your plans for 2023?

I am sitting on so much good music and I am ready to unleash it! I want to go on a big tour and hopefully get closer to having music be my full time career. There are so many more songs and music videos to come. 

And finally why should people check out your music?

If you grew up watching Powerpuff girls and sailor moon you’ll probably love my music. I think you should give my music a try as well as other unsigned artists If you’re really cool. I always gloat that I saw Grimes play before she got huge. Get your Hipster Cred while you can.

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