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Interview with Christian Pop Band Plus One

(2003)

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Plus One

Plus One

Inpop Records
The following interview is from Festival Con Dios in St. Louis, MO done on 10/10/2003. Thanks to Erin Coleman (erin@usmo.com) for doing such a great job.

Erin - Can you tell us about the reformation of the group this past year?

Nathan - Basically about a year ago is when we started to play live. Gabe started playing guitar and Nate started playing keys in the band. After awhile our band started to feel like a joke band. We were the band to poke fun of and that was starting to get old. We kind of knew it was old. We started to lose some of the joy because early on we were proud of what were doing and it was cool, but we got to the point where we were kind of not as happy as we should have been. We felt that our band was kind of losing it?s relevance to the kids, it was like man we have to do something different. It came to a point where we almost called it quits because it was hard to know what to do and things were unstable. It ended up that Jason left to do a solo thing and Jeremy ended up getting married and wanted to settle down, so the three of us about a year ago started to prepare for what if Plus One ever ended. We started a side project of basically us just working in our house on our demos and showing the demos to Inpop records and Peter Furler who is one head of the head guys there from the Newsboys and he took the demos and listened to them. He wanted to not only sign us but he wanted to produce our record. It started to all fall into place, maybe not the way we would have expected or planned but it worked out really great. So now we are carrying on as Plus One we still even play some of the old songs and we make them sound more current to what we are doing now. It has worked out really well.

Erin - How is your new album Exodus different from your past albums?

Gabe - Musically it's a little bit more live sounding. As far as lyrics and stuff they are little bit more mature.

Nate - It's just more live. There are some pop melodies but it sounds like an actual band. It's not like hard rock. It's just melodic. There are some really beautiful moments and there is a song called Poor Man where we go to the extreme of rock, but it's just more live.

Erin - Did you have the opportunity to work with any new producers?

Gabe - Just Peter Furler which was cool because he was at the label at Inpop and we hadn?t planned on working with him but he heard our demos and he really got excited to sign us and to produce us. It was cool to work with someone who was really excited. It was really cool to just have one producer too.

Erin - Did you take part in writing material for the new album?

Nathan - Yeah we did, compared to our first record, The Promise we wrote one song called Be and we co-wrote it with like ten other people so we felt involved but we didn't. Time went on and we started writing. We were more involved in writing on the second record Obvious. Then we came to a point in our lives when we were like what's happening? Jason was leaving and we didn't even know if we would stay together as a band and Jeremy was getting married, we didn't know what we were going to do. Somewhere in there we started writing songs about our lives and writing some stuff together. But basically we wrote the whole record.

Nate - We wrote all the songs except Here I am to Worship which is a worship song.

Erin - How have each of you changed musically and spiritually over the past year?

Nate - I feel like spiritually just as a band and the main thing we have experienced on an individual level is that we have had the time to really build our faith and there have been some reasons to really doubt God and everyone has a tendency to doubt and I think some people have experienced times of doubt. Really doubting your faith is what helps your faith build. It wouldn't be faith without the doubt element. It was kind of what was happening in the book of Exodus is kind of what we felt was happening in our personal lives. Where God was delivering his people and immediately after they got out of a struggle or battle and something else came up and they were like "Where are you God? We thought we could trust you." But it's not like God is weaker just because you have another problem. It's just that you realize you can't do it on your own. But God stays the same, that is one of the things we are finding. He is someone we can trust and someone who is faithful and we make our plans and that's not a bad thing but if you go through it step-by step, day-by day seeking God your plans can change because God can make it change.

Gabe - Musically I think we have grown and expanded what we listen to and opened our minds to more of that and opened up to more music. Myself, I have kind of fell in love with doing music again. When we are at home working on our demos it doesn't feel like this is going to be on our next album. There was more passion and freedom to doing demos and messing around with it. I think we have grown more by just trying out stuff we have really grown as songwriters also by taking influences from life and putting them in songs so that they really mean stuff. We had a time where we didn't know if we were going to be writing for Christian music and it was like let's make songwriting fun and we could write about anything we really wanted to. It was just more fun writing songs like that and we've learned it's okay to take from life experiences and to put them in your songs. There is no wrong way of songwriting.

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