You probably heard his superb remix on Diplo's "Revolution". His name is UNLIKE PLUTO and since had successful releases on Monstercat. Drawing some his Persian roots including string instruments, saxophone and piano, Unlike Pluto brings a multitude of unique musical talents to both the stage and the studio. "Worst In Me" marks his first record in which he recorded his own vocals on and has elements of his rock influences growing up. We got a chance to meet with him at his headlining tour 'Everything Black' at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, CA this past weekend.
How did you get into music in the beginning?
Well, so I always had instruments in the house growing up. So I just tinkered around and messed around a lot. Actually, the real reason in which I got into music is that show Drake & Josh. I saw Drake & Josh and I saw them playing guitar and I was like I want to do that. So I really wanted to learn. I was 13 and I learned. As soon as I started playing I think Green Day was the first song I learned. As soon as I played it I just started messing with those chords and I made a song and I was hooked ever since. It all went from there.
Who or what would you say is your biggest musical inspiration?
Damon Albarn from the Gorillaz, Danger Mouse and The Moody Blues.
What's the story behind your name?
Well, to be honest, it was a little random but Pluto was my favorite planet growing up and it was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006. I made that name in 2009 when Facebook was very popular and MySpace was still a thing. It was meant to be Unlike Pluto but it was more like "unlike Pluto, exists".
Describe your sound.
It's dark, it's mysterious, it's creepy. It's crazy. It's unpredictable. It's the worse thing you'll ever hear.
Talk to us about your record “Worst In Me”.
It was the first record I sang and produced on and released. The reception was pretty good. I thought it was be horrible and people would say what the hell is this guy doing? I was drawing from kind of my rock influences back in the day and I plan to make more of those too.
Do you have any upcoming records you can share with us about?
I do have a collaboration with another artist. I don't know if I can say his name...it's a pretty big guy and I was on tour with him. I have a record coming out tomorrow called "Sweet". I have a bunch more. I have like 30 songs that I wrote. Now I have like 2 months to fully produce these out. It's going to be cool.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
Broccoli Man. I would always say Damon Albarn but I think it's changing. Beethoven! No, I'm kidding...I don't know that's a hard one. I would say The Moody Blues. I just want to see how they made music. I just want to shadow them and see how they wrote songs.
You are on your own headlining tour ‘Everything Black’. How has it been so far?
It's been fantastic man. I had three days off in LA. Tomorrow, I'm in Milwaukee and the next day I'm in Chicago.
What is your studio setup?
It's very simple. It's like two speakers. There's a really creepy vocal booth in my room. It's very creepy. It's so off putting. You walk in and you're like what the f*ck is that? My sister gets mad at me if I make music too late. Yeah, I just have guitars and that's it. I have a lot of friends that have crazy studios. I know one friend that has the most insane studio in Sherman Oaks. Insane studio dude. Probably like over 400 microphones. Like this guy is insane. But to me, I would get so distracted so I had all these things, all these toys. I would focus more on that and like not make music.
What is one thing you are obsessed about?
How one pack of Gushers is not enough. You always need like more than one. You know I'm right because you're smiling.
May 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Sky
May 5 - Portland, OR - 45 East
May 6 - Seattle, WA - Foundation Nightclub
May 12 - Los Angeles, CA - TBA
May 18 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall