Canada’s award winning hip-hop sensation Plex follows the success of his first album with the release of Demons, a raw, gritty, masterpiece that explores the darker side of his own life experiences.
Growing up in Edmonton’s north end, the native ghetto, Plex always dreamed of a better life and knew music would get him there. His unique slant of not taking himself too seriously, a razor sharp with and sense of humour emanating from a darker place has led to a steady and growing fan base; Plex continues to push boundaries and address issues rarely heard in mainstream music.
Name: Plex / Doug Bedard
Occupation: Recording Artist / Actor
Relationship status: Attached
For how long: 6 years
How many kids do you have: 2
How old are they: 3 & 1
Cars: 2008 Kia Sedona & 2006 Kia Sorento
Gadgets: Yamaha Motif Music Production Synthesizer, 160gb Classic iPod
Stats: 6’5″, 240lbs
Favourite instruments: I just bought my first entry level bass guitar.
Sports: I love hockey, but mostly just during the playoffs.
How did you get started on your current career/lifestyle path?
To make a long story short….Sobriety.
Did you have any mentors who helped steer you on this path?
Several, and I continue to work with them, as well as meet new mentors. I’d have to say, my late grandfather made some of the biggest contributions to my development.
I think the responsibility has been set upon me to speak about issues that concern society and the planet. People have come to expect it from me, so I focus on a lot of these issues. I’ve become very aware of my impact on people and the environment and try to remain conscious of it.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just entering your field, what would it be?
Focus on making it a hobby and if it has the potential to become a career, it will.
Do you have a personal work philosophy?
Teamwork makes the dream work.
What do you do for fun?
As a relatively new father, I’m not exactly privy to a wide open schedule. So when I do have free time, I focus on making music, writing, etc. Since having children, I realize that I can’t take those moments for granted and have fun doing it.
What motivates or inspires you?
My kids have really become the driving force behind everything I do.
What has been your greatest achievement (personally, professionally or both)?
Again, after having kids, everything I’ve done pales in comparison.
I hope to eventually live off-grid. Make a giant garden, solar panels, etc.
What is your super power?
I have an amazing sense of smell. In most cases, it works against me.
Who’s your hero?
My hero is my wife, Jennifer. She has amazing energy and great work ethic. She is also an amazing mother and I feel privileged to witness her in action on a daily basis.
What are you reading (or watching) these days?
I’m hooked on Sons of Anarchy. Other shows I remain faithful to are Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Eastbound & Down, & Walking Dead.
The best advice I’ve been given is to not take everything personally. But if you do, give it a day before you respond.
Thinking back to a time when you had to make a hard choice, how did you decide, and do you feel, in retrospect, that you made the right move?
I left my hometown of Edmonton to move to Toronto in 2007. I had to make the decision to leave everyone I knew and everything I was familiar with for a strange city where I knew very few people. In retrospect, it was the best decision I ever made. I gave up on drugs and alcohol, I started a family, bought a home and became a better functioning member of society. Still, I owe everything to my upbringing in Edmonton.
If you had it all to do over again, would you change anything?
I wouldn’t change anything in my life. Every single one of my life experiences led to the person I am today, and I’m completely satisfied with that.
What’s next for you? What’s your next big idea, project etc.?
I have a couple ideas for inventions that would make every day tasks a bit easier for taller people. I hope to one day get them to the masses.
What one piece of advice would you give to your own son (hypothetical or otherwise) in the hope of making him a better man?
Son: Be good to people. Understand that everything people say or do has less to do with you and more to do with them. Do whatever you can to make the world a better place.
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