Jon Plett (The Details)
The Details describe their music as 'enjoyment-suitable' and that's as accurate a description as any. The band's first album, Draw a Distance, Draw a Border , (2007) was praised for its rich and methodical sound. And The Details brand new CD, Lost Art, definitely establishes The Details as 'one to watch' on the Canadian music scene.
Lead singer/guitarist Jon Plett does double duty on the family farm new Landmark. Along with his dad and cousins, he farms 2800 acres near Landmark. He barely got the canola and oats seeded before the band hit the road a few weeks ago, touring in support of the new CD.
SCENE caught up with Jon on the #1, heading to Regina for a show, to find out more about the challenges of juggling guitars and tractors.
What is one thing that farming and making music have in common?
Sadly, often one thing they have in common is a busy season. And often those two busy seasons collide and that makes it a little bit tricky.
Being a Canadian touring musician, spring and fall are the best time to go on tour. And farming, well that's the busy season too This time around the crops were almost seeded before I left on tour.
It's a family farm and my dad and my cousin finished the seeding. So everyone involved - music and farming--has to compromise.
What is one farming skill that comes in handy in your music career?
Patience. Maybe the crop doesn't look fantastic right off the bat, if you get a big rain or something and you kind of think the season will be a waste. But you never want to underestimate the resilience of a plant.
It's the same in music sometimes. Things can kind of look a bit grim and then a week later you can't believe what's all happened.
What is one thing you have learned from being an indie musician that you can apply to farming?
How to sit in a vehicle for an extended period of time. Whether it's a tour van or a tractor it sort of amounts to the same thing.
Do your songs always start as little seedlings that eventually bloom into fully produced pieces?
That's probably a good way to describe it. The songs usually start with a chorus or a line and by the time the entire band has had their hands on it, it's a whole lot different and bigger than when it started.
What are you most looking forward to when you get on stage at WECC on Saturday night?
Playing for friends or family can be nerve-wracking. It's easier to play for strangers, maybe I don't'worry about their judgement. But I can't wait for the show itself. It's going to be a big party, and our first home town show in quite a few months.
The Details: Shaun Gibson, Jon Plett, Sean Vidal and Keli Martin (myspace.com)