For many of us, nearly a year ago, normal life came crashing to a halt with the seemingly foreseeable future a blurry mess of lockdowns, front room workouts, and binging Netflix series. However, for one artist from London, lockdown presented an opportunity to work on new sounds, new styles and new approaches. Plumm is a musician with serious ambition and vision, and after establishing herself as a pedigree talent within the London jazz scene, her major breakthrough came with her music featuring on Radio 1 in 2020. For Plumm, 2021 is all about building on that platform and taking off into the next step of her career and create a new sound and vision for both jazz/soul and also the music world.
Plumm is not your average musician that is for sure and the creativity shown in exploring new routes in lockdown was evident just from speaking to her over a zoom call. Thinking outside of the box is a term often thrown around, but the idea of bringing her ‘live loop pedal show’ demonstrates that when there is a will, there most definitely is a way.
“I am an extrovert in both my personality and in my music, and I view music as a big feast. It is way of interaction and sharing each other’s ideas, and in a sense, we are all creating together. Therefore, while lockdown is a hindrance in some respects, I have still managed to find plenty of ways to create and collaborate,” she takes a minute to pause, as if to check whether she missed anything off.
“I made my own live loop pedal show, which was a hit! I did this as a way to offer my listeners a way to still interact with live music. I have also used a lot of my time to write new stuff, as well as to try and finish off previous projects that have not been completed. I think prior to the first lockdown I had burnt myself out a bit - so having the time to chill out was beneficial. I am also now in the process of putting together an album which is very exciting!”
Of course, the suggestion of an album is an immediate talking point, and as usual the classic question followed her answer. “When will the album be out?” However, wisely Plumm said she still does not know when it will be out but she did give us insight into the inspiration behind the project.
“I can’t give you a date yet!” She says chuckling, “but what I can tell you is that it is going to be focusing on the idea of the instrumentalisation of the voice. This album is the first steppingstone for me to pursue those new ideas, concepts and sounds that I am working towards.”
"I won’t lie I have been musical all of my life and it is something that I have always had an immense passion for"
Creativity and artistry, whilst is a natural talent, is also something that has to be developed and stimulated throughout one’s life. However, as Plumm acknowledges music has always been part of her life and even from a very young age she was not one to shy away from extravagant ideas and performing.
“I won’t lie I have been musical all of my life and it is something that I have always had an immense passion for.”
“Ever since I was a child I have been playing in bands and doing shows; I remember when I was 5 or 6 doing a talent show at school and singing “And All That Jazz” in this really flamboyant pink coat!” She laughs as she recalls the story.
“For me, playing the drums and singing were the foundation to my musical career”, she adds. “From there I decided to begin composing and then when I was 16, I went to Brit School for college which really opened the possibilities for a career in music. It was an amazing place to interact with people from all types of artistic backgrounds and it was crucial to forming the relationship with artists I work with now. I also used my time at Brit School to develop my sound.”
Brit School is based in London, and despite originally being from South Wales, Plumm remained in London after her time at college and university at SOAS, studying Ethnomusicology. As she points out, London is a melting pot of musical ideas and also a microcosm of various sounds from around the globe. For the jazz scene that she is involved with, there is real variance in the styles and sounds across London.
“It is definitely true that certain areas produce different types of sounds. Across London there is a real range of music under the category of jazz. For example, the south-east I hear sounds and jams heavily influenced by improv and abstract jazz, whereas other area of London have a real Hip/Hop or Trap influence to their sound”