One-man band Plug In Stereo is getting ready to dominate the airwaves with the recent release of his latest album The Patience EP. Before he hits the road this February and March with Every Avenue, We Are The In Crowd, and The Audition, 18-year-old Trevor Dahl stopped by the J-14 office to tell us all about his new EP and what's in store for 2012.
J-14: This past year I feel like you've constantly been on tour. How do you think you've evolved in this past year as a performer?
Plug In Stereo's Trevor Dahl: I think our band has become a lot tighter live -- I've been working on my voice a lot, I'm trying to get stronger with it, and just being more comfortable of stage, being more relaxed, and just being more comfortable with it, rather then being nervous. I'm just talking without really know what I'm saying. I have a lot more fun lately, and I like the new songs more too, rather then playing the old songs, because the old songs I wrote two and a half years ago, so now we're able to play the new EP that came out a couple of weeks ago. So that's a lot of fun!
J-14: What's your favorite song off your new album The Patience EP?
Trevor: Overall my favorite song on the EP is probably "Patience" because it means the most to me. I originally started writing it about when I was in my room and my dad hadn't painted the walls yet in my room. It was grey. So I wrote about me writing to grey walls and basements and how other bands that I knew were touring and signed to major labels. So I wrote about that in the beginning. Just me being patient and doing what I was doing and just keep doing it hoping things would pay off sooner or later.
J-14: How do you think your music has evolved in the past couple years?
Trevor: I think it's matured. I think lyrically I spend a lot more time on it. I've been writing with different people which I usually never do. I usually just write by myself but it's kind of interesting to have my ideas, write demos, and then write with really talented songwriters and mess with them and tweek certain things if they're not up to par or whatever. I've been writing a lot more than I usually do. I. just write all the time now.
J-14: The official music video for "Oh Darling" featuring Cady Groves was just released a couple weeks ago. Is there a story behind the song?
Trevor: I wrote it just about this girl I had a crush on. We dated or whatever you want to call it in middle school and then in high school started hanging out a little bit. I just wrote it about her one day and decided to make it a duet. The 'what if' sort of thing, like if she liked me back. But no, she never liked me back.
J-14: What's coming up in 2012?
Trevor: I'm almost done with my album. I recorded like eight of the songs so I'm finishing the last three or four then I'm going to record those.