For Trevor Dahl, the 20-year-old mastermind behind Plug In Stereo, being on the road is one of the perks that come with being a well-loved musician. Then again, touring also leads to anxiety, fighting through terrible weather to get from point A to point B, sometimes eating food you hate and, apparently, to the end of your last relationship. But it also means time spent with friends and fans and yes, tons of hair tousling. It's all good, though. Dahl takes it like a pro, because that's what he is.
When we talked with Dahl, he'd just made his way through the massive blizzard that dumped feet of snow across the Midwest and East. His Facebook page had pictures of the eerie and overwhelming car ride through the thick of the bad weather. He may love touring, but bad weather adds a bit of stress. Not only are icy roads terrifying, but the last thing Dahl needs is to get sick. That voice pays the bills, after all.
At 20, most kids are fighting their ways through college, not across the country. Sure, he's seeing the world, but does he feel like maybe he's missing out on something? No way. Dahl knew soon after starting high school that college wasn't in the cards for him and he's happy with the path he chose. Especially since he's surrounded himself with his friends.
"No, I never really wanted that lifestyle. You're kind of raised to think that's what you want. But when I was in high school I started realize that wasn't what I wanted. I didn't want college, I didn't want any more of that kind of lifestyle," he told us. "And it's good because my friends actually all kind of do what I do. One of my good friends is my tour manager so he travels with me everywhere I go. And my friend Jared is the camera guy, so he's on the tour with us hangin' out."
Touring and his work as a musician has affected his life in one significant way, though: It makes dating nearly impossible. As a matter of fact, it seems like it might even be to blame for the end of Dahl's last relationship. Don't get the wrong idea, though. He's not brokenhearted or anything, just busy.
"I actually haven't had a girlfriend since I started touring. I had a girlfriend during my very first tour when I was a sophomore in high school and right after I got home from tour, she broke up with me," he shared. "So since then I've just been so focused on music and so focused on managing everything and recording. I work too much… but it's OK. I love working and I know whenever I do have time off… it'll happen naturally. It's not pressure for me and I definitely don't wanna rush."
Plus, he gets plenty of girl time with all his fans. He may not get bombarded at restaurants, but there's often a string of girls waiting to meet him outside venues. And, yes, many of them go straight for the hair.
"They do! Sometimes they don’t even ask. They just go for it," Dahl told us, admitting it doesn't bother him in the slightest. "I don't care. People can touch my hair."
Well, now that we have his permission...
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