Hello everyone Its DJ Dizzy here & I sat down to interview Stone house Jack as they discuss their humble beginnings. Pull up a chair & enjoy!
How did you get started in music?
How did you get started in music?
All of us picked up our respective instruments as teenagers and we've all played in different bands with different styles. Stonehouse Jack was formerly a rogue folk rock duo with Pip on guitar and vocals and Simon Hill on bass. it wasn't until May 2017 when Jinba Ittai EP was recorded that Stonehouse Jack began to evolve into a full four piece band.
Paul joined for the EP and Ade joined in time for our first gig at Scruffy Murphy’s in January 2018. Sandy joined on bass in May 2018, after Simon left for other commitments. We’re all connected by a deep rooted and broad appreciation of music, which brings different styles to our sound. Seeing the band evolve over the last two years has been an exciting and transformational time, and we're looking forward to what's coming next.
Who are you're biggest influences & inspirations?
We're all open minded to hearing different types of music. Stonehouse Jack enjoys a mix of influences, including 90s grunge, funk rock, heavy metal music, hard rock and classic rock. Our collections include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Rage Against the Machine, Dead Weather, Scorpions, Joe Satriani, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Tool and Jimi Hendrix.
We're also inspired by all the upcoming artists we're meeting including Alteration, Frog Maintenance Division, Hammerjack, Ethyrfield, Desperate Journalists, Secrets of Mariana and more, all of which are producing great new rock and metal music and it’s all out there now at live music venues in the UK. It's a real privilege to be part of the rock scene right now, including the New Wave of Classic Rock, where there is a wealth of phenomenal music to be discovered in the underground.
How would you say music has impacted your life?
We'd all agree that music is a big part our lives. It's something to listen to, something to create, something to play with and enjoy. Music has brought the band together through a myriad of connections and is creating opportunities for us to have adventures, including recording our EP and gigging in other cities. It's also brought the people in our lives together, creating a sense of community and support. More than anything, music connects to feeling and being; it's an exploration of what it is to exist. You probably can't get more impactful than that. To write songs is to explore and create just a little more of everything.
Any advice for any aspiring performers?
Listen. It's so important and helps you learn. Whether you're a solo performer or in a group - listen to the music, listen to ideas, listen to experience, listen to each other and listen yourself. We'd also say just get out there and do it. Stonehouse Jack started as two friends playing guitar for a couple of hours at the weekends. Pip and Si did the occasional open mic and now Stonehouse Jack is a full gigging band with two EPs and a music video out now. Be confident, persevere, do your research, appreciate the resources you have and get your music out there as best you can.
Be your own label. You can teach yourself almost anything online these days. It builds your understanding and without the backing of a label there’s no option but be your own web developer, marketing, band manager, logistician, production manager and more. The love of the music drives the motivation required. That's what we’ve been doing, and the range of skills you can learn taking this on is incredible. Also, it's all independent, so it comes with the benefits of freedom of expression, allowing you to refine your act freely. As soon as you start, you'll begin meeting people and with a positive attitude, you’ll find there's a huge amount of support in the arts scene. Our turning point was meeting George Shilling at a free Music producer's Guild event, giving us the first opportunity to really hear what we sound like properly produced.
Start with what you have and create for yourself, even in small steps. It's surprising how far you can go in a short amount of time. Be willing to go along with the ride. Be inspired by other's achievements and learn from them, and be grateful for any support you get along the way.
Any new gigs or albums?
Our Jinba Ittai EP is out now, available on You Tube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, iTunes, Deezer and others.
We've got a gig on Friday 28th September 2018 at the Flapper and Firkin in Birmingham (https://www.facebook.com/
We've also got a gig at The Unicorn in Camden on Saturday 24 November 2018 at Alternative Gathering supporting Duchess (https://www.facebook.com/
Our social media and free streaming of our EP and music video can be found via www.stonehousejack.com.
Hope that’s what you need. Please let us know if/when and where it’s published for us to share, and if you have any other questions.
I’ve attached a jpeg of our EP cover and next gig poster too, as we haven’t had time to do any band pics since Sandy joined.
Special thanks to them for this interview & I wish them luck on their success. Feel free to check out their new CD available here
So until then Be righteous & I'll catch you on the flipside!
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