Plug In Stereo Biography
Last updated: 06/08/2012 12:00:00 PM
Behind all great musical projects lies an artistic puppeteer that orchestrates the strings – for Plug In Stereo, it's 18-year-old wunderkind Trevor Dahl. Trevor is a jack of all trades, a multi instrumentalist with a talent for easy-going and down to earth acoustic melodies.
Trevor grew up in Portland surrounded by music like Bob Marley, Jack Johnson and The Shins. Listening to his family play music while he grew up, it was something that was always part of Trevor's life. Writing poems and lyrics since elementary school and picking up a guitar in the 6th grade led to Trevor recording tracks in his bedroom and the start of something great.
"Music has always been a big part of my life," says Trevor. "Ever since I started playing guitar, I've only ever wanted to play music."
Even after being in countless bands as a kid, nothing felt as right to Trevor as the creation of Plug In Stereo. When one of the band's he was a part of took a break, he decided to borrow a friend's microphone and recorded some solo tunes. He threw them up on MySpace and when the reaction was bigger and better than he expected, Plug In Stereo became his new driving force. While other teenagers were finishing their junior year in high school, Trevor had already toured the country with the likes of Dashboard Confessional, Never Shout Never and The Ready Set, self-recorded and self-released two EPs, and has just finished recording his first full-length album, Nothing To Something. Plug In Stereo can be perceived as already living out the long career of an established musical veteran, when in reality, they've only just begun their journey. Plug In Stereo's first full-length Nothing To Something is an album filled with acoustic pop jams that will have music listeners tapping their feet and clapping their hands. A masterpiece in the making, the album was produced by several musical pros such as Kevin Gates (Never Shout Never, Cady Groves, The Ready Set), Jeff Bond, and Christofer Drew of Never Shout Never and Jordan Witzigreuter from The Ready Set. Along with being produced by some generational pop heavy hitters like Christofer and Jordan, the album's first single, "Oh Darling" features guest vocals by Cady Groves.
With influences such as John Mayer, The Shins, and Jason Mraz, Plug In Stereo's new album takes a different route, straying from his older more synth heavy sound. This time around, Trevor focused on providing his fans with more genuine melodies and lyrics brought on from experiences in his own life.
"Now, I'm more interested in the natural sounding music with more thoughtful lyrics," says Dahl. "The upcoming album is the first batch of professional recordings for me, so I'm really excited for everyone to hear them."
After recording and releasing two prior EPs, Trevor's management sent them to Triple Crown Records, who fell in love with the tracks. Triple Crown and Trevor met and before long, a beautiful relationship had evolved and Plug In Stereo was signed. Plug In Stereo's first full-length Nothing To Something will be released on their new label, Triple Crown Records, and they couldn't feel more at home.
"Getting signed was really crazy to me. It was a dream come true," says Trevor. "I feel like we fit together so well so it really worked out!"