Plasebo: „Schlaflos“ EP + Exclusive Interview

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Hello, thank you for your time, please introduce yourself in a few words!

Thank you for having me! My name is Plasebo, i’m a 22 years old rapper from the beautiful city of Vienna.

Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

I just released my new EP „Schlaflos“ comprising 6 songs.

You can find videos to 3 of them on my youtube channel, for me definitely the best one being „Mars“.

Unfortunately I have no concerts planned and it’s all a bit complicated with the situation concerning corona – but you can be sure that I will be on a stage in Vienna and other cities as soon as the situation allows it 🙂

Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

5 things are a lot but i’ll try:

I think the most important thing for me is that my music is personal. I don’t say stuff I don’t believe in and I talk about things that really matter to me.

My music is therefore very political, because I am a political person. One of the targets of my music is to provide input for people to gain political consciousness and perspectives.

I also want to connect emotionally with people through my music. I think music can be a powerful tool to feel less alone in the individualistic and capitalistic world we are living in.

Additionally, music is an important tool for me to recognize and accept my vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It’s difficult to present these parts in public, but they are the most important ones.

And last but not least, I wouldn’t be the person and rapper that I am, without all the people helping and supporting me. Many artists are out there claiming that they did it all on their own – my experience is the opposite and I try to highlight that.

What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

I am afraid that I am the wrong person to be asked that.

Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?

My music is a bit like a diary to me. I’m writing songs to cope with all the pressure and challenges of today’s world. Sometimes it is about asking the right questions rather than finding the right answers – but it is always with the target to transform the world for the better. I try to talk about personal stories and emotions but in a way that makes it relatable to others too. Sometimes the best way to do this is to write melancholic songs, sometimes it is also very useful to write sarcastic and fun ones. So in the end there is a broad spectrum of moods and topics in my songs but always with the same intention and urge.

Beside music, do you have any special talents?

I am a decent runner and I play billiards quite well 🙂

Being on stage feels like….!

an alternative reality. It is a bit surreal to me, seeing people dancing to and enjoying my music – but of course, in the end it is amazing and I’m really happy that people like the songs I write and can emphasize with the message.

How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play??

I started as a teenager to write lyrics as a way of expressing myself, about topics that I cared about and that made me think – and I still do. Hopefully, they are better now than in the beginning, though.

A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls

Who is the person behind your instrumentals? Jay T. Many people don’t see the people behind the music and only think of the rapper or singer, despite the most work being done by the producer. I happen to have an amazing one and I hope people see this more and more and appreciate the producer’s work appropriately. Follow him !

Your Instagram: plasebo_music