Artist Profile: Plüm

by Beck Macey

Artist Profile: Plüm

On September 5th of 2018,Plüm came into existence with the spontaneous release of the five acoustic tracks that comprise their debut EP, Rainbow Drive. Since then, the outfit has been expanding further into their home state of PA (as well as its neighbors) from their base of operations in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. Guitarist/vocalist Mitchell Kresge spent the better part of two years crafting the songs that would lay the groundwork for the group's style, which he then passed along to pianist Dawson Kerch for a classical flair. Plüm seeks to bring movement and progression back to music, while still retaining the infectious melodies that the pop titans of its genre are known for.

About three months ago I got to meet Mitch and Felix, from Plum, a unique alt -pop outfit,out of the Lehigh Valley. They played a show of mine with a different band and were some of the friendliest and most professional guys i’ve met.groups This spring they had plans of embarking on a spring tour in anticipation of their upcoming EP. The tour was going to end at my venue, The Croc Marten, but unfortunately due to the virus they had to cancel their tour. However, to make light of a rather sad situation we hosted a live stream on April 25th in honor of the EP.

Beck: What’s been your biggest challenge because of COVID-19

Mitch: Honestly, my drive for creativity has been a huge challenge. Not being able to go out and have meaningful life experiences has totally halted my artistic process. I’ve also been pretty upset over the cancellation of our tour, and practicing over zoom has proven unsuccessful with the lag and a lack of consistently stable wifi. However, I’m looking forward to doing more streamed gigs through this to continue to promote the EP.

Beck: So I wanted to ask what inspired the EP and who do you take influence from?

Mitch: A few places! I currently working for the radio station B104 out of Allentown where I book their live sessions. It’s mostly a pop top 40 station, and even though I tend to like more alternative music when I was thinking about the EP I tried to draw influence from other styles. We have some hip-hop beats on it and the synth effects of Imagine Dragons also really inspired me. I tend to personally pull influence from the Vices and Virtues era of Panic! at the Disco, so when people were listening to our singles, they could really hear that chord progression from Sarah Smiles.

Beck: How did the band start?

Mitch: PLÜM is the name i’ve been using as my solo project for years. The music I was making however, never really fit with the bands I was in. When When I was performing at open mics though I got to meet some of the most incredible people and eventually they convinced me to collaborate.

Beck: Moving forward what hopes do you have for the group?

Mitch: I hope to get more into collaboration. Even as a band, right now the lyrics are mostly written by me. But, I truly have the best drummer I know, Felix, and he thinks so differently from me, that when he has an idea, it’s usually something I never would have thought of. I also hope to get into a better studio space after the pandemic. I want to use better recording equipment to fully actualize our sound.

Artist Profile: Plüm

by Beck Macey

Artist Profile: Plüm

On September 5th of 2018,Plüm came into existence with the spontaneous release of the five acoustic tracks that comprise their debut EP, Rainbow Drive. Since then, the outfit has been expanding further into their home state of PA (as well as its neighbors) from their base of operations in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. Guitarist/vocalist Mitchell Kresge spent the better part of two years crafting the songs that would lay the groundwork for the group's style, which he then passed along to pianist Dawson Kerch for a classical flair. Plüm seeks to bring movement and progression back to music, while still retaining the infectious melodies that the pop titans of its genre are known for.

About three months ago I got to meet Mitch and Felix, from Plum, a unique alt -pop outfit,out of the Lehigh Valley. They played a show of mine with a different band and were some of the friendliest and most professional guys i’ve met.groups This spring they had plans of embarking on a spring tour in anticipation of their upcoming EP. The tour was going to end at my venue, The Croc Marten, but unfortunately due to the virus they had to cancel their tour. However, to make light of a rather sad situation we hosted a live stream on April 25th in honor of the EP.

Beck: What’s been your biggest challenge because of COVID-19

Mitch: Honestly, my drive for creativity has been a huge challenge. Not being able to go out and have meaningful life experiences has totally halted my artistic process. I’ve also been pretty upset over the cancellation of our tour, and practicing over zoom has proven unsuccessful with the lag and a lack of consistently stable wifi. However, I’m looking forward to doing more streamed gigs through this to continue to promote the EP.

Beck: So I wanted to ask what inspired the EP and who do you take influence from?

Mitch: A few places! I currently working for the radio station B104 out of Allentown where I book their live sessions. It’s mostly a pop top 40 station, and even though I tend to like more alternative music when I was thinking about the EP I tried to draw influence from other styles. We have some hip-hop beats on it and the synth effects of Imagine Dragons also really inspired me. I tend to personally pull influence from the Vices and Virtues era of Panic! at the Disco, so when people were listening to our singles, they could really hear that chord progression from Sarah Smiles.

Beck: How did the band start?

Mitch: PLÜM is the name i’ve been using as my solo project for years. The music I was making however, never really fit with the bands I was in. When When I was performing at open mics though I got to meet some of the most incredible people and eventually they convinced me to collaborate.

Beck: Moving forward what hopes do you have for the group?

Mitch: I hope to get more into collaboration. Even as a band, right now the lyrics are mostly written by me. But, I truly have the best drummer I know, Felix, and he thinks so differently from me, that when he has an idea, it’s usually something I never would have thought of. I also hope to get into a better studio space after the pandemic. I want to use better recording equipment to fully actualize our sound.