Interview with Placebo’s Drummer Steve Forrest

Steve Forrest by Richard Perry

Steve Forrest, Photo by Richard Perry

While Placebo is in between touring, their amazing drummer Steve Forrest initiated a new project. He never thought his side project would garner as much interest as it has, but talented people always intrigue. Touring the UK with his band Planes, promoting a new EP, Steve stops by and offers a few insights into his life both on and off the road.

Julija: Whose idea was to start Planes? How did it come about?

Steve: Planes started really years ago with just me writing and performing acoustic songs in various pubs and parties for fun, mostly. I never thought my songs would be something that people actually wanted to hear. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I decided to take it up a notch and find band members and get this thing off of the ground, and here we are!

Julija: What’s the story behind the title of the band?

Steve: It‘s just a name Ted (other member of a band) came up with. He wanted “Plains”, but I thought “Planes” looked better spelled out.

Julija: Do you do gigs these days? How often?

Steve: With Planes, we are currently gigging all around the UK promoting our new EP with hopes of getting to Europe sometime next year.

Julija: What would you be doing now if you hadn’t become a musician and made it in the music industry?

Steve: I can’t imagine what I would be doing, I suppose I’d be a tattoo artist in my home town. I’d like to think I would have still moved away from my home town in search of better opportunity.

Julija: What’s your favorite pastime?

Steve: My favorite past time I’d have to say would be spending unforgettable evenings with my closest friends.

Julija: What do you dislike about being well known?

Steve: I don’t dislike anything about being well known. It’s a blessing that I’m grateful to have, and wish it only to grow.