never know where an artist is going to get their stage name, but
Trevor Dahl was right on track when he became Plug In Stereo. It
sounds like a band name, but for the most part it is the vehicle for
Dahl to get his own music out there.
rather important, because he's already become a well-respected
songwriter who has an impressive resume which includes co-writing the
song "Truly, Madly, Deeply." That song was sung by a very popular band
that you may have heard of, some British guys who call themselves One
as cool as it may be to get a flashy credit like that, Dahl wanted the
opportunity to record his own tunes to feature his singing and playing.
The first salvo in that rising artist attack is his recently-released
debut EP A Little Peace.
A Little Piece gives you a sampler of some very catchy
tunes will take up residence in your head. (We mean that in a good way).
Plug In Stereo is already making waves with his buoyant first single,
"To Be Wanted," which features a vocal assist by Megan and Liz.
caught up with Dahl backstage at a recent acoustic show he did with Cody
Simpson in Philadelphia.
How did you get the name Plug in Stereo?
started on the internet. I was going by my name Trevor Dahl in the
beginning. My influences at the time have been doing monikers and stage
names instead. I thought it was a cool idea. I was 16 at the time, so I
did it for fun. I haven't changed it. I just stuck with it ever since.
are your influences now?
The Beatles have always been a big influence for me. I have always been
a fan since I was little. I used to listen to them all the time. John
Mayer has become a really big influence for me. Haim is a really big
influence for me right now. Ed Sheeran, he's really great. A lot of
different stuff. Whatever I'm feeling that week.
How was working with Megan and Liz?
great! They're very, very sweet. They're really nice girls. That just
happened organically. I wrote the song with my two friends – Morgan
Taylor Reed and Shine Douglas. After a while we had the song done. We
were looking for a way to change the song up and give it a different
dynamic. I had known Megan and Liz because I had played with [them] a
year before in Nashville. So we hit them up and asked them if they
wanted to do it. They liked the song, so I flew to Nashville and hung
out with them for a few hours and recorded the vocal. It was great. It
What do your friends and family back home think of all
think it's great! A lot of my friends come on tour with me. I have a
close little niche of friends. Like my camera guy dude, Jared, is my
good friend – I have known him since first grade. My brother plays bass
and percussion with me. My sister comes out with us sometimes. I have
been friends with my tour manager since eighth grade. So it's all just
keep it in the family.
How did you get to write a song for One Direction?
happened by chance. I wrote the song for me and ended up not wanting to
use it. It sat around for a while. I thought it was a great song, but I
didn't think it worked for my style or where I wanted it to go. So it
sat around for about four months. Then I got an email saying that they
wanted to use it. I was like: absolutely! I would love if they used it.
How did they find out about your song? Did you put it out
Whenever I write a song and I don't want to use it for myself, I pitch
it to my publishing company. They pitch it to different artists and
whatever. So they heard the song and liked it. They were looking for
some acoustic-style songs, so it worked out really well. It was awesome.
is your favorite song that you have written so far?
always switches everyday back and fourth. It's hard to choose. Right now
I would say either "To Be Wanted" or "Don't Say Goodnight." "To Be
Wanted" is the first song on my EP and "Don't Say Goodnight" is the last
song on my EP.
Are you planning on releasing any new songs soon?
put out the new EP on the seventh, so it was a couple weeks ago. We're
going to be doing a new album this year. I'm going to be working on
that. Just working a lot on writing and then picking my favorite 12 for
about! Eleven, twelve, thirteen. Who knows? (laughs) Around
What is it like going on tour with Cody Simpson?
amazing! This tour has been really, really great! Every show has been
sold out so far. I think almost all the shows are sold out on the whole
tour. It's crazy. It's definitely a new experience for me, because other
tours I have done in the past have been smaller. So this is crazy. The
kids have been wild. Especially yesterday in Montreal. I have never
heard a crowd so loud in my whole life. So it's great, yeah.
Is this a lot different than what you haven done in the
past, opening for him?
it's definitely a different style tour. I have done a lot of tours. I
have done like ten tours. This is a little different because we usually
do full band. This is an acoustic tour, so it was a little different
vibe live. A different set up with practice and everything. It's really
cool because the kids get to hear more of an intimate style setting.
They really get to hear us play our instruments, rather than tracks and
drums and crazy stuff washing things out. You really hear everything
that we do, so it's cool. Little bit more pressure, but it is good.
What do you prefer, acoustic or full band?
That's tough. I think it's a totally different vibe. I don't know, it's
hard to choose. I like them both a lot. I'm really enjoying this tour so
far. I was kind of nervous for it. I was like: Oh, acoustic!
It's really kind of sketchy. You're putting yourself out there and being
vulnerable. But I really enjoy it, because I think it's made me a better
musician. It made me practice a lot more. Made me focus on not messing
People like when you're being vulnerable and being
yourself on stage.
exactly! I just try to talk to the crowd and have it be really intimate.
Have a conversation rather than having a speech.
In this type of venue, nice and intimate.
Totally! Everyone is sitting down, which I am not used to at all. This
is this first tour we've done where kids sit down at certain stages.
Some of the shows, people have been standing up, but this will be the
second one that people will be sitting down. It's new to me, but it's
cool! Hopefully I can make them stand up anyway. (laughs)
would you describe yourself as a person?
know. That's tough! I'm usually pretty relaxed. I'm really chilled out
for the most part. I'm a vegetarian. (laughs) But, I'm not afraid
to speak up and get vocal when I need to. I usually just chill out. I
don't like to do too many crazy things. I like to hang out with my
friends, write music and produce music, and work with other artists and
stuff. My life is consumed by music. It's pretty fun.
If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you
do I look? How old do I act? That's tough. I would say I act 20. I'm 20
years old. I would say I act 20.
So would you think you were 20 if you didn't know how old
think I act like a 20 year old maybe. I think I do things that 20 years
old should do. I'm a regular guy.
Is there anybody you would like to collab with?
there are a lot of people I would like to do a collab with. If the
Beatles were still together. I've always said John Mayer would be a
great guy to do a collaboration with. The band called Haim, like I said,
would be really cool. Because they're like three sisters. They do old
school rock with a modern twist on it. It's really, really cool. I would
love to mess with that, kind of mix genres. Taylor Swift would be really
What about you and Cody?
would be really great! I have been writing with him a little bit. I
wrote with him two months ago, before the tour started. We'll start
writing songs for his upcoming album. We'll see how that goes. We'll be
doing more writing after this tour actually. I'm going to go to LA and
get some sessions with him. We're going to write some more stuff.
Hopefully we'll get some cool stuff.
Yeah, you guys seem really similar.
totally. When we wrote together that one time, we got along really well.
We had a good vibe. The song turned out really well.
Do you have any future goals or anything you would like
have plenty of goals. It's hard to really narrow it down as far as what.
I just know I want to keep doing what I'm doing and do it at a bigger
scale as time goes on. Hopefully, I will have my own headlining tour
within the next couple of years and just keep building at it. Get better
as a songwriter and a performer. That's my main goal, to just keep
getting better and better and to keep playing in front of people until
it can't get any bigger.
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