With the ever-changing world we live in today, Jon Plant is finding the positives out of everything, from doing his part to helping key workers to exploring the live music industry evolving on social media. In this interview we get a glimpse of the humbleness of the singer-songwriter and how he will cope during these weird times were living in right now.
You’ve been doing live gigs on Instagram – is it weird compared to doing a gig in a venue?
Hey yes I did my first Insta live gig yesterday and it was a slightly odd experience but fun to do. Setting everything up and researching the software that I needed was interesting and I’ve always been a bit of a sound geek so getting that dialled in was fun too but overall I much prefer to perform to a live audience so that you can feel the connection in the room.
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With the current climate in mind, what’s it like releasing music at the moment?
To be honest with most releases being digital these days it hasn’t been that different from normal! But I’ve always marked my releases with a live gig and I had one scheduled this time too but obviously this has been postponed. Filming a music video might be a challenge though!
You’ve been helping key workers by providing bikes to get them to work during these weird times, what was the inspiration behind that?
I’m very lucky to be able to work a day job during this epidemic. I’m proud that the company I work for is supplying free bikes for key workers to use instead of public transport. In London especially lots of people don’t own cars and rely on public transport to get to work but obviously it’s been risky to use it recently. We have had a good response from people using them and I’m just happy that I can help in some small way.
Are you missing the recording studio right now?
Yes! I’m due to be back in there to record my next single but obviously I can’t do that at the moment so I’m siting tight and trying to write as much as I can. I’m lucky enough to work with an amazing producer called Jack Gourlay so I’m excited to get back in the room with him as soon as I can.
Finally, when we’re out of this pandemic, what’s the first thing you’ll do?
Well I have quite the list! Going for a pint in a pub would be great, going to the theatre with my fiancée would be nice too but ultimately I am desperate to drive back up to Yorkshire to give my family and freinds a hug!