|Featured, Up & Coming Published: March 5, 2013 |
Jim Platt’s Rhythm Innovation – All Alone in My Dreams
Listen to the new song from Jim Platt’s Rhythm Innovation – All Alone in My Dreams
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
My name is Jim Platt. I’m from Derry, PA, a small town about an hour from Pittsburgh. I recently released and album Moving Through The Ages and an 8 track album. I got into music listening to my father play Beatles records. John Lennon stood out to me. After hearing him, I said that’s what I want to do. So in music class is where I first picked up the guitar. The teacher had no lefty guitars so I taught myself right handed.
First song learned was Nowhere Man. I was pretty excited, never had money for lessons so I taught myself, pretty much my neighbor’s son showed me a little and I took guitar class in high school to learn more. That’s where my friend Paul taught me Blackbird. After learning I decided to give it a shot with writing my own stuff and here I am today with two five track demo CDs and four albums under my belt which you can find on Bandcamp under Jim Platt’s Rhythm Innovation.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
Well, right now I’m currently getting a tour put together. I do got one show coming up march 16th near Pittsburgh, aside from that I’m working on getting a music video made by my friend Andy Pollock in the spring time for All Alone In My Dreams. Then start booking a tour. And then back into the studio in the fall to record my next album.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
All Alone In My Dreams is my first single. Out of the three singles I have, this would have to be the most powerful one; a ballad you might call it. Recorded at my good friend’s Blue Sofa Studios in Greensburg, PA I went in with a concept of making a beatles style track where it gets you thinking, it’s catchy, has a strong middle, and finishes off with an outstanding production.
Rj, myself, and my guitarist Scott Ruffner made it happen. Without those two throwing out the ideas it wouldn’t be what it is. It’s a powerful song. It’s about an interview I saw of a little boy who died, went to heaven, met his unborn sister, met his dad’s grandfather, and then met Jesus. So I thought, “Wow this is what I want to experience when I pass on.”
I was so inspired, I immediately started writing the song. I didn’t realize how powerful the song was till I recorded it. Probably the best positive message song I’ve ever written. Trust me, if you’re down or lonely and need a pick me up this song is for you. In one way I guess it’s for those who fear death. It’s a message of hope to feel at peace with your end or someone else’s. Instead of fearing it or being sad. We’re all meant for a better place!
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
Well I would have to say Jim Platt’s Rhythm Innovation is as original as it gets. Every time I try to aim it this way or that way, it’s still me. I believe you can hear the Beatles influence, even the Lennon influence. But it doesn’t stand out a lot. The music has a mind of its own and I try to keep it positive and as real as I honestly can keep it. I don’t buy into the drugs and sex and money of music today, and I don’t need to be a three month Fad.
I believe if you keep it real then your fans feel it too. And then you accomplish something far greater then fame or money. If I only ever get one fan and they say, “You know your music, your song, I get it. I’m dealing with this shit in my life and I get it. Thank You.” Then really that’s it. You made it, you changed one person, you made it. And in a way, I have with the song Roll On By off the album written about my friends, friend killed in a motorcycle accident.
Playing that song to a room full of bikers with tears and cheers really moves you and makes it better then fame or money, the feeling was one I’d never forget; that’s one reason why I do this! I feel a good bit of artists follow that same concept. In fact, local artists I gig with got that and that’s a great feeling to work with them. But most are sell outs for money and fame, 3 month fads and their gone. You got to be real or people will just skip over you.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Getting lied to by people out to just make a buck off you. Pay me this, pay me that. I’m talking thousands upon thousands of dollars they want. To many scams out there trying to suck you in. Not worth my time. It makes it harder to get really good gigs, of course even radio play. But oh well, if they like me they’ll hunt me down. I’m not worried about it. It’s for the music not for the money! It’s just hard to reach those who might dig you, you know?
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I really haven’t faced any set backs that are real exciting, but when you don’t have a job to get albums made for your fans or some sites like iTunes and such asking for a good bit of money to get your album up, it makes it hard to find the people who might love your music and will not ever hear it.
But sites like Bandcamp help you out and SoundCloud. MySpace is dead! People like you and music blogs who help spread the word works! My good friend Nathan Marshall who host’s Ohio Valley Tonight which gets aired on local TV helped me out a lot and gets your name spread! And again networking helping each other out. Really goes far! And stations like London Burning and Callywood Radio who take your music and play helps out a lot! Even my local radio station plays unsigned bands for free! And you can’t forget the social media sites! Networking is the way to go. That’s how I bounced in!
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Scams, don’t let someone introduce themselves to you and say, “If you give me 500 or 1000 dollars, I can do this, this, and that.” If you’re really good, talk of the town good, they will find you! Don’t sell yourself short only to find out you’re being used by others.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Get a good EP made, I learned from Noel Gallagher this. Pick your best songs, maybe six to eight best songs, record them, (no fillers) best songs! Get it out there on music blogs like Birp or Indie Rock Playlist. Hit up radio stations such as London Burning and Callywood Radio. Your music will get out there. I got my album up on London Burning the next thing I know I was on the Indie Rock Playlist sitting at number 21 on the charts with my single Cherry Blossom Girl. Then that song was everywhere on the web. There is great networking out there, just do your homework.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
This right here, magazines, Ohio Valley Tonight with Nathan Marshall, online radio, music blogs,etc. You can not go wrong with this method. It’s the best way to get heard. I love it, my friend turned me onto London Burning and it’s great and I found Callywood Radio like I found this magazine. I searched, you just got to do your homework that’s all
Where can people visit you?
Well you can find me at: www.
Or on Bandcamp where you can find my album Moving Through The Ages at name your own price! You can get my single All Alone In My Dreams, my other singles Drama Queen and Cherry Blossom Girl which featured on Indie Rock Playlist at #21 or hell the whole damn album if you’d like!
My Facebook Music Page is: www.facebook.com/
All I ask is you share the music spread the music, that’s all I can ask for!
Thanks Warped Magazine for spreading the word! Means a lot!