By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Produced by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and shared on his own Twitch account, PLEXXAGLASS’ latest single “LILITH” has surely made waves since its inception.
PLEXXAGLASS (they/them) – a pansexual/non-binary dark pop artist – described “LILITH” as “a reclaiming of bodily autonomy with or without reproductive organs, a rallying of folks within the entire sexuality and gender spectrum to denounce those who try to keep us from thriving.”
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with PLEXXAGLASS about “LILITH” and more.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?
PLEXXAGLASS – To be candid, just getting the music out there. There’s a hesitation to take chances on smaller artists that are still establishing themselves, even if their music is polished and radio-ready.
Music Bugle – How did you decide your stage name?
PLEXXAGLASS – The name actually came from an old AIM screen name from back in the day that I carried over with me to my IG handle. The OG origin came from an ex’s father who nicknamed me “plexiglass” and I decided to sub in the “A” from my name. People would call me “plexxaglass” or even “plexxa” for short, so I figured why not brand the project that way if it’s memorable?
Music Bugle – What was your goal with “LILITH”?
PLEXXAGLASS – I wrote that song over two years ago at the height of the “Me Too” movement. I really wanted to talk about the close ties between anti-choice rhetoric and Christian religion. Lilith as a religious figure, seemed to be the right vehicle to talk about that.
Music Bugle – What was it like getting to work with Mike Shinoda?
PLEXXAGLASS – Mike is amazing. I loved working with him on this track because it was so effortless. He understood fully what I wanted sonically and completely knocked it out of the park. He’s also just, flat-out, one of the most generous and kind people I’ve come across the industry. A real mensch.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
PLEXXAGLASS – Well, I honestly can’t stop listening to the songs from Bo Burnham’s “Inside” mostly, but my usual suspects are Bishop Briggs, Bon Iver, Dermot Kennedy, Florence + the Machine, Lorde… and then a lot of hip-hop mixed in there too – Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat…
Music Bugle – What’s something that you would like to see more in the LGBTQ+ community?
PLEXXAGLASS – It’s not so much what I’d like to see within the community, but more so what I’d like to see outside from allies and legislators — these anti-trans bills popping up are going to kill kids and give more ammo for hate crimes.
Music Bugle – What excites you about your style of music?
PLEXXAGLASS – There’s a lot of room for genre crossover in pop right now. I love discovering new ways to express my music and a lot of the expression I owe to my main producer, Kevin Billingslea.
Music Bugle – What has been your proudest accomplishment?
PLEXXAGLASS – Definitely working with Mike Shinoda, obviously. Just having someone you listened to as a kid validate your art… you can’t buy that kind of thing.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
PLEXXAGLASS – This is a bit of a loaded question. (Laughs) It depends which social app or site you’re referring to. I completely deleted my Facebook about nine months ago now and I’ve never regretted it or missed it. I keep my Instagram around just because you “need” it for music, but I don’t post there regularly. I only use it to post update with my music and maintain a very specific post layout as a bit of an excuse. I can take or leave Twitter most days. TikTok, however, has been a huge help for me. I was lucky enough to have a few posts go semi-viral – 35k views – and it drove people to discover my music. I have real fans who are not my friends and family for the first time, thanks to TikTok. It’s not to say that there isn’t toxicity on the platform, similar to all the others, but I am very grateful for it for this reason.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
PLEXXAGLASS – It’s less of a fortune cookie quote and more of an interview that Lady Gaga gave a few years back. She was asked if she regrets any of her earlier work now that she’s developed as a person and as an artist and I’m paraphrasing here, but the jist of her response was, “No, I try not to go down that path because that was my truth at that time and that was how I needed to express what I was going through.”