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Trevor Dahl, aka Plug In Stereo, talks to Kidsday

Kidsday reporters Giavanna Genna, Angelina Amatulli-Griffith and Jenna

Kidsday reporters Giavanna Genna, Angelina Amatulli-Griffith and Jenna Perrone, from Manetuck School in West Islip, met Plug In Stereo (aka Trevor Dahl) at Atlantic Records in Manhattan on March 21, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met Plug In Stereo (Trevor Dahl) at Atlantic Records in Manhattan recently. He even sang a few songs for us, too. It was a great morning!

How did you come up with your stage name?

I was originally going with my name Trevor Dahl in the beginning when I was 15 and I was on MySpace and I was just happening to be looking for a band name because a lot of people that I'd been listening to at the time had gone by stage names. I thought that was a cool idea. Somebody gave me the name of Plug In Stereo and I was like, 'Cool.'

Who was your favorite artist or band when you were a kid?

I never had an overall favorite, probably one of my favorites was the Beatles growing up. My mom listened to them a lot when I was growing up. So whenever we'd go on long road trips we'd listen to their albums over and over again. I looked up to them as inspiration.

If you would have a huge concert who would you like to be your opening act and who would you like to open for?

I would love to open for John Mayer, that would be amazing. I don't know who I would want to be my opening act, it would be really cool to play with Ed Sheeran, John Mayer. Those are really big influences for me. That would be cool.

Many artists write about things that happen in their lives. Is that what inspires your songs?

A lot of songs I just write about things that happened to me or sometimes I write about things that happened to my friends or family members or I'll watch a movie and I'll think of an idea or just have a story line and kind of go off with that.

If you were to have a different career what would it be and why?

If I wasn't doing my music I would be doing music somewhere. Producing other peoples' music or managing music or touring or playing live for other people. I love music too much to do anything else.

Who has been your biggest supporter?

My biggest supporters are my parents. They're very, very supportive of me, they let me leave high school early. My dad's a teacher so that was a weird thing for him. They're very supportive.

For all the places you have performed so far in your career, if you could perform anywhere special, where would it be?

I've performed in a lot of states, I'm been to, like, 40-something states. I love San Francisco, I like playing in New York, I like L.A. shows, Chicago is always fun, but one day I would love to tour in Europe but I would really like to play in London, specifically.

What was the first song you wrote and what was it about?

I was probably in elementary school. It was a terrible cheesy love song, I'm sure. It had the word baby a lot. But the first song I wrote for Plug In Stereo was called "Hard to Sleep" and that was when I was 15.

What is your favorite hobby other than making music?

I love hiking, camping, hanging out with friends. I really don't do that much besides music, unfortunately. But I really like the outdoors and stuff.

We know you write your own songs, but have you written for other artists?

Yeah I wrote a song called "Truly Madly Deeply" for One Direction and that was pretty cool. I've been writing a lot of songs right now and trying to get other artists.

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