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Meet Small Planets in Southern California

Today we’d like to introduce you to Small Planets.

Small Planets, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My musical extent was writing stupid little lullabies for my daughter. I really enjoyed making her laugh, or watching her fall asleep. It really underlined the importance music plays to our emotional wellbeing. We use music in all sorts of manners throughout life and the idea of exploring more and diving deeper into a creative process which will lead to something new that didn’t exist before. It was exciting.

This eventually led to writing and collecting new guitar riffs and lots of lyrical notes I had stored away. And in 2014, my friend took me to a show at the Ace theater in Los Angeles, after this show, I decided to finally record a handful of demos.

I think around a year later, I found Josh who plays bass and seemed like a cool guy to jam with. What I learned immediately is how versatile of a musician he is. Josh also brought in Phil (drums) who he’d been in bands previously with.

It’s taken years to get to this point. A point where our roots are planted deep and our groundwork is something we can look back on and feel proud we that we didn’t give up. Small Planets has a full album, a proper single with remixes and an unreleased song. We did a throwback in a digital age while deepening our catalogue for our fanbase.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s not been smooth at all. We don’t have “connections”, we’re older, we have jobs, families and bound by available time. It took us years to find Jessica, and while that was a frustrating process it came with many rewards. Her voice defines Small Planets, our job as musicians is to create a sonic layer, she can swim in.

Small Planets – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I think what makes Small Planets unique is our sound. It is easily identifiable. We initially took elements we love from shoegaze and added in our own sonic design. Almost every song on the album is a hidden pop song. I’m really proud to have worked with great engineers, producers, and mixers. People who’ve touched our music on the production side have been involved with the likes of Bowie, The Cure, Slowdive, and The Jesus and Marychain.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I think rolling out the first album with a proper PR firm behind it would have been beneficial. For me personally, not be so aggressive on details or just to remember to have fun. With that said, we’re excited how the demos are taking shape for the next album and can’t wait to get back into the studio.

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Debi Del Grande

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