Tuesday 10 August 2010, 13:09 | By

Plan B to turn his back on soul

In The Studio

Plan B has said that his next album, like ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’, which was released in April, will see him take a radical change in musical direction. Speaking to The Daily Star, he explained that he is currently playing the role of a soul singer called Strickland Banks and will retire the character when he finishes touring the album.

He said: “[Strickland Banks] is a soul singer who’s found success very quickly and it’s gone to his head. I’m just telling a story, a scene from my career and it won’t be around for ever. He’s completely disconnected, a fictional creation, fictional people, no relation to my life. Now the music is so successful it’s getting harder. I’m like a film director. On the album cover it says ‘Plan B presents… The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’. It’s me portraying this character Strickland Banks for this one project, this one album”.

As for where he’ll go next, the musician said: “It could be dubstep or reggae. We almost released a folk song. That’s the thing about me. If I feel like I’ve created a great piece of music then it doesn’t matter what genre it is, I’ll put my name to it. Just expect me to always come from somewhere outside the box”.

Of course, when it comes to it, there will be a lot of people telling him not to change direction when he is clearly onto a good thing. It remains to be seen if Plan B can actually get away with a second change of direction.

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