CONTINUING OUR FEATURE SERIES “PROCESS” A SPOTLIGHT ON PRODUCERS, AND LOOK INTO THEIR CREATIVE APPROACH. OUR SEVENTH EDITION FEATURES PRODUCER STONE. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK MICHAEL A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS WORK. CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW BELOW.
Slam Academy: Could you introduce yourself?
Michael Stone: my name is Michael Stone (stone)
SA: How did you start making music?
MS: I started making music by making mashups of EDM songs with my friends! eventually we found out about ableton started messing around with it, and made some reaaaaaally bad music for a while. hopefully i have gotten better since then lol
SA: Who were some of your major influences growing up? Who are they now?
MS: My all time biggest influence would probably be skrillex. i have had lots of smaller soundcloud based producer influences, but for the most part skrillex has been and still is my biggest influence.
SA: What does your creative process look like?
MS: My creative process takes a really long time which is very obnoxious. im always trying to find little things to do or songs to listen to that will give me a little boost of creative energy. sometimes i have a really hard time focusing, so i am very off and on with making music.
SA: Do you change your approach to writing music as you progress?
MS: I try to keep music as fun as possible, and I try to approach it as naturally as possible. whatever i am inspired by, or whatever i am into at the moment really changes the way I look at music. I also love making ALL kinds of music, except for country and hardstyle.
SA: Do you ever feel inhibited or empowered by creating music electronically?
MS: There has always been a little bit of self doubt with my music. for a while i kept it a secret that i made music, and i only told a few of my really good friends. i have gotten much better, and realized that i make music for myself, and i make music because its fun! once i embraced this concept i feel like it was very empowering, and boosted my confidence in music.
SA: Where do you like to create?
MS: I like to create literally anywhere. i like to switch it up as well, so one day i might go to a coffee shop or a restaurant and try to get something cool down.
SA: What are you working on currently?
MS: I have not posted music in a while due to a really big project i am working on with 4 really talented producers. the project is called Destiny Bond, and we are releasing our first album with 3 tracks from myself, chinamo, buji, yoshi, and good intent! we have worked hard on this project, and we have some cool stuff planned for it
SA: Where do you release your music? What do you feel is the ideal platform to release music in todays industry?
MS: I mainly release my music on soundcloud, just cause its the easiest way to get your music out there. soundcloud is definitely the ideal platform to release music, but i feel like they aren’t doing a very good job running the company. as many people would agree with me, there are too many issues with soundcloud at the moment, and i’m excited to see what the next big music social media platform will look like!
SA: Anything we should be on the look out for?
MS: Definitely be on the look for Destiny Bond. that will be huge. after we are done with destiny bond, i will be making and releasing a LOT more music, and hopefully be playing some shows
Stone can be found on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/stonemusic