Last month, the DJ and producer PLS&TY released his latest single called “Summer’s Young.”
Following the release of his Run Wild / Feeling Forever EP and accompanying short film, the rising producer has teamed up with singer-songwriter Dia Frampton for their groove-laden track “Summer’s Young”. This marks the first single off his forthcoming EP—slated for release in March 2020—that will feature collaborations with Sean Kingston, Wifisfuneral, and more.
Having burst onto the scene with a collection of chart-topping singles including “Good Vibes” (#1 on iTunes US Electronic Charts), “Rebel Love” (#1 on iTunes US Electronic Charts), and “Motives” (#1 on iTunes US Electronic Charts / Top 25 Billboard Dance/Electronic Song Sales Charts), PLS&TY is quickly becoming one of the most distinguished stars of the future bass world.
Learn more about PLS&TY in the following All Access interview:
Thank you for your time! So what does a typical day look like for you lately?
As I’m currently in the middle of the Summer’s Young Tour, a lot of the day is spent traveling to and exploring brand new cities that I will be performing in.
Now that the year is almost over, how has 2019 treated you? What are some goals that you have had for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them or did you already? What are you already looking forward to in 2020?
2019 has been a monumental year for me. Highlights include the release of my EP Run Wild / Feeling Forever. Along with the EP came an 8-minute long short film that has been nominated at multiple international film festivals. Moreover, 2019 included performances at 10+ festivals including Electric Forest, Shaky Beats, Breakaway, EDC Vegas, and more. I’m working on a ton of new music at the moment with some incredible featured artists including Sean Kingston and Wifisfuneral. My new EP is anticipated for early 2020, and I can’t wait to showcase a full body of work with a uniform sound and visual components.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
My passion for electronic dance music grew throughout high school. At the time I was incredibly passionate about filmmaking as well, and I was eager to combine these interests. I picked up jobs at local venues photographing and filming electronic acts that would pass through on tour. Filming these acts and working with notable dance music artists was a great introduction to the world of live performance and everything that it entails. Nonetheless, my transition into music production seemed to flow seamlessly as my obsession with this style of music continuously grew. Eventually, I had to try a hand at music production myself.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
I’ve thought about a “Plan B”, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Music is my everything.
How did you go about selecting your artist name?
PLS&TY derives from my last name, Leas, which rhymes with the word “please,” and the letters “T” and “Y” that are in my first name, Tommy. When “please” was shorted to PLS, the “T” and “Y” were put together, and PLS&TY was created.
Let’s talk about your latest single, “Summer’s Young.” What was the inspiration for this track?
“Summer’s Young” was written to evoke and inspire all of the feelings of a summertime romance. Regardless of the current month, this record embraces freedom, adventure, creation, and more. The message is simple: life’s sweet and summer’s young. I hope that listeners are even temporarily taken to a place of no worries and pure bliss. Live in the moment and enjoy every second of it. Isn’t that what life should be about?
What was it like making your experimental short film for your EP Run Wild / Feeling Forever?
I’ve always been fascinated with non-linear narratives and experimental formats. In its most basic form the concept is about feeling lost and isolated, exploring the world around you, and looking within yourself to discover who you are. The narrative is a dive into one woman’s psychological journey through time and space, searching for something she’s lost. The highly stylized, dystopian setting was ideal to establish the alternate world, allowing the story to unfold in its own dimension. It was also important to showcase a powerful, independent female lead who takes control of her situation with both vulnerability and strength. Developing this visual journey to pair with these two tracks involved a fantastic team of individuals, dedicated to making a piece of art that will hopefully live on for years to come.
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music? What if anything has stayed the same about your music-making process?
I believe that with a ton of practice, your skills definitely become more fine-tuned. Nonetheless, the process has stayed the same. Inspiration to write music for me comes in the most random of moments, and when it comes, it’s all about being ready. I’ll also note that music should never come from a forced place and should transpire naturally.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career?
Social media has allowed artists to see success entirely independent of major labels or corporations by streamlining marketing and branding efforts, as well as transforming artist to fan relationships and interactions. It’s completely remodeled the music industry. For me, it’s done all of the above: allowed me to promote carefully constructed image and brand, and connect with followers directly.
If you could design your dream music video right now, what would it look like?
pyrotechnics, an exotic destination, and lots of good vibes.
Where would you love to hear a song of yours played?