Dancing With Strangers
A conversation with Producer/DJ PLS&TY
Photography: Dan Franco
Our 3rd installment of Weekend Abuse was curated by none other than Floridian producer PLS&TY, and offers an energetic collection of new releases from some of electronic’s most underrated artists. We took a moment to pick his brain about what went into episode 3 and the influence being bicoastal has on his creative process.
Dan Franco
Youth Machine: Most of the songs in episode 3 were 2017 releases. Are these tracks that you’re playing out or just listening to at the moment?

PLS&TY: Both! Typically, my performances consist of the songs that I enjoy listening most to at the moment. In this episode, you’ll find a great selection of music to chill to and music that sparks fire at shows.

YM: Both California and Florida have impactful electronic music cultures. Is your work a result of those 2 influences?

PLS&TY: I absolutely believe that my work is greatly influenced by having lived in both Florida and California. The electronic music scene in California is unbeatable as far as the U.S. is concerned in my opinion. Nonetheless, I feel that my work is also shaped by so much more than where I’ve resided - traveling, seeing new places, meeting new people. It's newness that sanctions growth and inspiration for me in every aspect of life.

YM: Who has better food?

PLS&TY: No question, California. The sushi, Korean BBQ, ramen, etc. are unparalleled.
Dan Franco
YM: Do you have any musical ambitions that don’t necessarily fit into the PLS&TY project?

PLS&TY: I often think about starting side projects for other genres of productions. I love Drum & Bass, and in the past I’ve jokingly stated on Twitter that in another life I would move to the U.K. and become a drum and bass producer. For now though, I find myself so busy with PLS&TY productions & touring that it’s difficult to find the time to dabble in many different genres.
Admirable art is never finished
YM: In the era that you’re fortunate enough to be a young artist in, it seems like the line between creating something and performing is so thin, if existent at all. You have the ability to make changes or expand on an idea literally right up until the moment you walk out onto the stage. Are they even 2 separate things to you?

PLS&TY: Creating and performing overlap so seamlessly to where they almost don’t even exist separately. Performing is a chance for me to showcase my creations, and the performance itself can even be considered its own unique creation process. Countless times have I worked on a production seconds before walking on stage. Certainly, it’s a testament to the age that we live in now. Technology has completely shifted where, when, and how artists can be artists.

YM: How do you know when a project is complete?

PLS&TY: Despite what listeners believe, my projects are never complete - they’re simply abandoned. But isn’t that what makes all great art special? The imperfection, the flaws, the rawness… Admirable art is never finished.