Plowman was born in England, where he learned to play the trumpet at the early age of three. Plowman's interest in music quickly grew, as did his aspirations. He began teaching himself different orchestral instruments. Over the course of his schooling years, Plowman was a member of jazz and rock groups, playing gigs at local clubs, and at the age of 14, Plowman landed his first commercial television job. At the age of 16, he received a recording contract and produced his first album, The Now Sounds of Today.