Origin: United States
PLS&TY is quickly becoming one of the most distinguished stars of the Future Bass world today. Remixing classic RnB and hip-hop tunes to sublime effect, rising forward-thinking producer PLS&TY has already amassed upwards of thirty million plays on Soundcloud and hit the #1 spot on the HypeMachine charts an unprecedented ten times – and all this in the space of just one year. With influential tastemaker blogs profiling his work on a regular basis, releases for distinguished labels like OWSLA, Dim Mak, Disruptor Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Island Records, Wind-Up/Concord Music Group and more, his chilled, wavy electronic production has won him fans right the way around the world. His music has been featured on BBC Radio 1 and Diplo & Friends & Sirius XM; his remix of Genevieve’s ‘Colors’ was placed in the Hershey’s ‘Hello Happy’ TV commercial; K-Pop stars GOT7 performed to his remix of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ at the 2015 SBS Awards Festival in front of a TV audience of millions. With his first wave of original music set to debut throughout 2016 and 2017, and more collaborations and official remixes in the pipeline, the future for this very talented new star looks brighter than ever.
Home Town: Palm Beach, FL
Currently Living: Palm Beach, FL / Los Angeles, CA
Origin of Name: PLS&TY derives from my last name, Leas, which rhymes with the word “please,” and the letters “T” and “Y” are in my first name, Tommy. When “please” was shorted to PLS, the “T” and “Y” were put together, and PLS&TY was created.
Weapon of Choice: Manners
Source of Power: Traveling
Link to Discovery Project Mix Entry:
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Believe in yourself. Believe in what makes you unique. I promise others will, too.
I am a music producer and DJ fortunate enough to have discovered the world of electronic dance music and the artists that keep it alive, involving myself in a community of hard-working individuals traveling the world to perform for crowds chanting their names. I have received support from industry greats, signed major record label deals before even reaching my 21st birthday, and toured places some can only fantasize about. My music has amassed tens of millions of plays, garnered significant following across social media platforms, made its way into television commercials, and granted me opportunities for working alongside top studio engineers and producers. Such opportunities have only enhanced my capability of collaborating with and accepting all individuals, provided me with a foundation to establish lifelong relationships, and granted me access to see the awe-inspiring marvels that our world contains because of simple yet paramount items in my life: a DJ mixer and laptop computer.
Forever will I desire to be remembered as someone who did not take any second chances, ambitiously living each moment to its fullest potential. I yearn to be acknowledged as an individual who uniquely excelled in promoting and furthering his own craft, pushing the boundaries of electronic music production. I am constantly in search of ways to push my productions forward and grow musically. Longing for my music to have tremendous significance in impacting other lives, I hope that someone somewhere will appreciate and admire my work enough to be inspired to create art themselves. My ultimate goal has always been to leave some type of impression on others, whether that be in the form of inspiring them to produce music themselves, or taking a step in going after something they dream of doing, whatever that may be.
I desire for my music to exist as an outlet for others: a place to go for pleasure or escape. Nothing is greater than the feeling of being lost in a perfect moment in time and space, the instant in which nothing else in the world seems to matter but the music, the lights, the people, and the sensation. Electronic dance music, and all that it encompasses, has constructed and motivated both my being and my life. It is in these moments and these places, amid the lost chaotic turbulence of lights and sounds, where undoubtedly I have found my home.
Are there any dots to connect between where/how you grew up and your musical output?
My passion for electronic dance music grew throughout high school. At the time, I was incredibly passionate about filmmaking, as well, and I was eager to combine these interests. I picked up jobs at local venues, photographing and filming electronic acts that would pass through on tour. Filming these acts and working with notable dance music artists was a great introduction to the world of live performance and everything it entails. Nonetheless, my transition into music production seemed to flow seamlessly as my obsession with this style of music continuously grew. Eventually, I had to try a hand at music production myself.
Tell me about your most memorable night out as an artist or as a fan.
One of the most memorable nights out transpired during phase two of my Good Vibes tour. All was going as expected, until I sat down for dinner in Minneapolis with the promoters from Skyway Theater, where I would later be performing with Illenium and Said the Sky. After engaging them in conversation, I would come to find out that the location of the show was not in the smaller, upstairs portion of the venue (the Loft), but the show was actually being held in the main room, which holds a capacity of 2,500 people. The news was incredibly surprising, considering show time was in less than two hours and the venue had announced all tickets were sold out. Surely, it will remain as one of the most memorable nights of the tour and one of my favorite places to perform yet!
How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process? What’s the last song you heard that made you drop what you were doing and go into the studio?
Strangely to many, I attempt to separate myself from music as best as possible when I am not DJing or producing. I like to go into the production process with an entirely clean slate and mostly try to look for inspiration within. Sometimes, I wish I had all the required knowledge to produce but could be sheltered from all music, never having heard a dance music track. I feel like under these circumstances would someone truly and authentically be able to create that which is new and interesting.
How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
My music is often characterized as future, chill, or forward-thinking. I feel that since artists with similar sounds and styles are the artists that I became so passionate about (Wave Racer, Flume, Lido), naturally my sound began to take shape from their music as inspiration. Synths are the prominent force.
What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far?
The most essential virtue that I will forever attempt to master is patience. A man who is a master of patience is also a master of everything else.
What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Of course, people who listen to electronic music often talk about the “drop.” Really, music is all about tension and release. Without a great build, there wouldn’t be so hard of a “drop.” Great dance tracks play off building huge amounts of tension and releasing it. Each section of a song is just as important and necessary as another.