Despite having been at this music thing for the better part of two decades during which time he has released a handful of studio efforts, performed countless shows and cultivated a modest but dedicated following, Moncton native Mike Plume is comfortable with his current standing in the business.
It’s been a little more than three years since Plume’s last studio offering, Red and White Blues and more than four years since his last performances in the Metro Moncton area.
While some artists value quantity over quality, Plume assures readers that the lack of new material being released is not for a lack of songs.
“I’m probably going about trying to stay in business completely wrong,” Plume deadpans in advance of his show at Moncton’s Plan b Lounge on Wednesday evening and at the Havelock Legion on Friday. “I’ve never felt more confident in my songwriting abilities; I’ve got at least 30 songs in the wings waiting to be recorded. It is how do I go about getting those songs out to the world that is proving to be a bit of a question mark.”
Plume expresses genuine excitement over the current state of the music business, likening today’s business model to the rule-less Wild West. While he will always have a soft-spot for the album format, he admits he is tinkering with the idea of simply releasing singles at approximate eight-week intervals.
“That idea is probably the most exciting to me. As an artist, you can fall off someone’s radar as quickly as you appeared on it. It’s critical you keep your fans engaged.”
Plotting world musical domination is just one fire that Plume has burning these days. After having spent a cumulative 18 years living in Nashville as a songwriter, Plume is once again a proud Canadian citizen. He says that while he and his family had discussed moving to a few different locations north of the 49th parallel, including the Moncton area, Edmonton, the city that he called home after leaving New Brunswick in 1985, ultimately won out.
“I went to Nashville chasing music and managed to carve out a good life for myself and my family while there,” he says. “I enjoyed every minute, but am really excited about being back in Canada.”
Helping move Plume forward is the realization that he is in control of where he takes his music career next.
“I keep telling myself to go Eddie & The Cruisers-like on the business and just disappear,” he says with a laugh. “My wife says she would give anything for me to be excited to go on the road. She’s worried I’m wasting my life because I’m not out there pounding the pavement and playing clubs all over the country.
“Touring can be such a hit-or-miss prospect, however. It’s not that I don’t want to take the chance, I just don’t feel the need to be out on the road all the time at this point in my career. I am always going to write and record music, but there’s a distinct difference between doing a regional run of shows like what I am doing in New Brunswick next week and hitting the Trans-Canada Highway to cover the country from coast to coast. Maybe somewhere down the road, my family will be sick of me hanging around the house all the time and beg me to hit the road again. But until then…”
What: Mike Plume
When: Wednesday Oct. 26, 9 p.m. @ Plan b Lounge, 212 St. George St., Moncton / Thursday Oct. 27, 8 p.m. @ Corked Wine Bar, 83 Regent St., Fredericton / Friday Oct. 28, 8 p.m. @ Havelock Legion, 4684 Route 880, Havelock