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PlantLife
PlantLife
  We caught up with PlantLife's larger than life singer Jack Splash to talk about free thinking, hip hop saving rock and the ladies...
 
  Welcome to the show Jack...

Thankyou it's great to be here.

I was watching you in the sound check yesterday and you were really giving it 100% in front of about 10 of the crew - have you peaked too soon?

No, it's like I play with a group of really fun people so even when we are just writing songs in the studio I usually go wild anyway. I'm just having lots of fun.

Who makes up PlantLife?

In the studio it's just me with Panda One who co-produces, Dena Deadly who is a female vocalist. She doesn't tour with us as she is working on going solo herself so it would just get too complicated, and finally Rashida who is the DJ. For future recordings I'm going to include more of the musicians I work with.

You describe PlantLife as a movement rather than a group - what do you mean by that?

I think that coming from a hip hop background I've always appreciated forward thinking music. And for a long time in hip hop that's what it did to music in general. In the early days everything was just so fresh and so new and I almost feel like hip hop made rock funky again. Rock in the 80's, the drums sounded whack and there was a lot about it that just wasn't funky and it had lost a lot of its soul. I think hip hop gave some of its energy back to it and I think a lot of cool rock groups like Lenny Kravitz and Jamiroquai out here heard the sounds, it's the same sounds from the 70's just the real heavy drums, Zeppelin had those drums, Rolling Stones had those drums.


 
  If PlantLife is a movement - what is your goal?


For me music for such a long time has been the same, in the past ten years or so. So the hip hop scene from in Los Angeles where I come from is just so progressive and we never stop trying to push it forward. There are a lot of groups in the west and in the east and south, Outkast and Pharrell and the Neptunes - we're all trying to push things forward. And people just don't know weather to call it hip hop or funk or....

...they don't know what label to give you...

Yeah right, which it understandable. It doesn't matter to us as long as people dig what we are doing. So the movement is, aside from just our own music, we're just trying to push all this free thought forward. It's not just the music, its what we say in the music - so pushing all that free thought forward.
 
You sing a lot about relationships and women as well as politics - a fiery mix, is it all taken from personal experience and opinion?

Yeah definitely everything I write is personal. I guess some song writers have different styles, some are really good at making up stories but I just like writing from the heart. Sometimes people will think it's hypocritical as I'll write a sexy song about girls and then a song about world politics. Personally I just think I am being honest. I haven't been a good boy my whole life and I've done some naughty things but I've always cared about the world. The naughty things I did and the bad things I did and the mistakes I made with women - I tried to learn from them. Some people try to give me the image of this pimp and that's not the case at all, if you really listen to the songs I'm saying f***k I made a big mistake or damn I shouldn't have done that! I think I'm lucky in the group of musicians I have around me that we kept that freedom of creating a wide variety of songs that fully represent the vibe. We're real human beings you know.


 
  You're already being likened to the 'new' Outkast - a compliment?


It's funny - all the different countries we've visited have found different people to say we're just like..... So the new one which I'd never heard before was when we were in Spain, and it was just in Spain. I did about 15 interviews in one day and they all mentioned Jamiroquai and 'Oh you look like him too'. In the beginning I'd get p****d off because I know we have our own definitive sound you know but that was like for the first month but then I thought at least it's all people I like and think are fresh. It could have been a lot worse. They could have said we were like Limp Bizkit and I'd be like noooo, you've got us all wrong!


You're also rumoured to be working with The Chemical Brothers - not a band I'd immediately put you with...

It's weird. When we put out our first 12" a while ago a bunch of people started contacting us and it was a real surprise as we were just a small outfit in Los Angeles at the time, but Tom from the Chemical Brothers e-mailed me and I was like that's not really my scene but I've always paid attention to a lot of electronic stuff. I've always dug the cats doing that and Chemical Brothers I always thought were really fresh. So for me I love making songs with other people, we've started working on something but my schedule has been so crazy we haven't finished it yet. But hopefully that will be ready soon.

What are you going to be singing on the show?

We are doing two songs; 'Appreciate' and that's talking about the ladies! I love that one as many people think it's just me singing about appreciating the sexiness of women but what I'm really saying is appreciate things while you have them. That's a fun one to do, especially when your on tour and everyone is groovin' and shakin their stuff. Then we're doing our next single 'Love Me Till It Hurts' and that one is just naughty to be honest! I say, 'Shake it while it works, love me till it hurts' but that's another thing while it does work and until your too old to do things I'm a firm believer in just going for it!


 
     
   
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