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Pleena grew up in the age of mix tapes. She would steadfastly wait by the radio for her favourite songs and meticulously compile playlists that included such songs as Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing You", Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and Sting's "Desert Rose", to be listened to later, in her room, alone and quite emotionally - sometimes accompanied by a cathartic dance sequence.
Her first memorable experience creating music wasn't a very happy one.
For a Gr. 7 school music project, Pleena was asked to choose an instrument and write a song. Having no instruments in the house she utilized her best friend's keyboard to compose a song. After performing the piece in front of the class during presentations she was met with a staunch silence, followed by ridicule from several of the privileged 'piano kids' for having allegedly copied someone. "Who?" she asked, "Who??", she pleaded. No one could answer, yet the whole classroom quickly got on board, discrediting her piece for being unoriginal and definitely too good to be her own work. There were tears... many tears.
This did not stop her from bravely lip-synching Abba's "Dancing Queen", and choreographing MJ's "Black or White" for later performances. Yes the force was strong with this one and when her cool uncle Chris got her her very first CD Man at Christmas Eve of '99, she was so excited she locked herself in her mother's massage therapy office that evening and listened to the Cranberries's "Zombie", full blast, on repeat, experiencing what it was like to be buzzed - off of red wine - for the very first time. A pivotal moment, you can be sure.
Fortunately, Pleena was raised in Toronto, Canada's music hub and spent her teenage years going to a plethora of concerts, clubs and music festivals, developing an acute and eclectic ear for music - a quality her discerning audience greatly appreciates.
Pleena's move to Cumberland proved to be a fearless journey into heavy-hitting beat dropping and genre-bending live remixes, resulting in endearingly wild dance-a-thons, like the legendary Electric Friendz parties- a group which Pleena co-founded.
After the group dismantled due to certain members moving to Japan, Pleena tailored her wide range of musical taste towards accentuating the awesomeness of many a Cumberland Village Works event that she would be asked to play. Whether it be bridging the gap in style between other artists of varied genre or delivering the delicious discotheque goods, her rhythm has been described as “intelligent progression” and her track list is choice fresh.
Working with friend and producer J-Camp to learn the ins and outs of electronic music production, her first stand-alone track, a remix of 'Shout' by Tears for Fears can be found on Sound Cloud along with a recent set that's often available for download because that's how she rolls.
Pleena has recently given up a 6-month residency at The Flying Canoe in Courtenay BC, and is dedicating her efforts to preparing for select, seasonal shows at the Waverley Hotel with The Electrolyte Collective.
Besides that, she is currently focusing on running a new hair salon where her J-Camp-designed surround-sound system softly but surely bathes clients in hand-picked sounds she adores that are too chill to hear on the dance floor.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Metric, Broken Social Scene, Humans, Mother Mother, Sweatshop Union, Gaudi, Five Alarm Funk, Wintergloves and Racoons to name a few, Pleena does a very elegant job at taking you along for a ride worth having.