AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ABBEY STONE

The last time we spoke with Abbey Stone, she was just about to leave the country for the States.

Now five months later, she is back down under with her latest hit, Brave Heart and with a major announcement to be released exclusively via RSOM.
So Jena could not WAIT to catch up with her!

In June, Stone returned back to the States.

J: Tell us about your time in the States this year. What did you get up to?
A: This year was about playing a lot more shows and recording a number of songs in Nashville with producer Mark Moffat. Last year was more about discovering myself a bit more as a writer, which I feel like I did. So this time around, I was recording the songs I wrote last year. It was really cool.

J: Did you record or perform anywhere iconic once again in the States?
A: I got to play at The Bluebird in Nashville again – twice! I cut three songs on Music Row as well, right near RCA Studio B, which was crazy incredible. I played some really insane underground shows in New York where the crowds were those crazy, creative and wholeheartedly passionate people. I learned a lot about myself as an artist playing those shows – for example, if you’ve got something to say, there will always be someone who has said, or wanted to say, the same thing… felt the same way. It’s uplifting.

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On the 14th September, her latest single, Brave Heart was released.

J: Your latest single, Brave Heart is very different to your other tracks in regards to the style of your music. Is this the new Abbey Stone?
A: Brave Heart was a song I wrote a while ago and it kind of just sat there amongst other songs I overlooked. I’m really fortunate to know some incredibly talented people and one of those people is my mate Lucian (aka LUCIANBLOMKAMP). I’ve told him this multiple times, but I think he is a musical genius. So I asked him if he would consider producing the song and giving it a bit of life. This dude is ridiculous. I sent him a really rough version of the song and he sent me this bassy, ambient sick tune.

I decided to release Brave Heart for free because it is a lot shorter than the rest of my music AND because it is so different. I’m always listening to a lot of different music, there’s a lot of music I listen to that no one would expect, and because of that, I like to experiment with different sounds. I wouldn’t say there is a ‘new’ Abbey Stone because I’m still messing around with different melodies and finding what I like best, but it’s definitely a sound that I enjoy listening to and making, so I guess we will see!


Brave Heart Official Video Clip – Abbey Stone


J: So, what is Brave Heart about?
A: I was 17 when I wrote the song and I had a fake I.D. I went out to clubs a lot and I used to think I was really cool and invincible. So Brave Heart is about being 17, thinking you can do anything and going into every situation fearlessly. The song says, “tomorrow is distant, the future’s a given, and we’re not afraid.” So whatever we do tonight doesn’t matter because tomorrow is a definite certainty that is so far away, we can chill. It’s about being teenagers really.

J: Tell us all about the video and the filming. What was the best part of it all?
A: The video was shot over two different Saturdays. Firstly we shot the ‘morning after the party’ scenes, which involved being on set by 5:30am, hair, makeup and outfit ready. It sounds like I had it bad but the crew were there the night before setting everything up and being amazing. We worked until about 9:00 that night and then returned the week after to shoot the ‘party’ scenes.

The best part of it all was working with a lot of people! Being a solo artist, I don’t really get the chance to work with a big group like that, so having many people around to have a laugh and be creative with was something I can’t wait to do again.

 

And now, a massive exclusive to RSOM!
Abbey Stone will be releasing her very first EP!

 

J: RSOM is honoured to announce the release of your EP! When will it be released?
A: November 5th! It’s a bit of a tradition we have running. Every year on my birthday, we release something and this year, it’s finally an EP. It’s something we have been working on for a while, and are still working on. It’s also something I’m really proud of.

J: What is your EP called? Are there any major themes or messages within the EP?
A: The EP is called Doorways. When I play live, I play a set within a set. There are three songs that I play in chronological order of events that occurred throughout the year I wrote them in. I refer to this set/these songs as the ‘trilogy’. They are the first three songs on the record and start with a song called Doorways. I feel like this is really fitting because it’s about the beginning of something and the opening of the first ‘doorway’.

J: Are you doing any live performances soon? If so, when and where?
A: I’m performing at Les Twentyman’s 20th Man Fund Annual Gala on October 24th and I’m playing at the Bikes 4 Life’s ‘Live at the Trak’ event on the 8th November.

We once again thank Abbey for featuring on the blog and wish her every success for the forthcoming release of her EP, Doorways.

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Check out the last post of Abbey Stone who was our very first guest on RSOM.

EP REVIEW – ‘DOORWAYS’ by ABBEY STONE

It’s been a long awaited release here at RSOM as we are huge fans of 20-year-old Abbey Stone. And why shouldn’t we be excited?! This artist is absolutely amazing and has come such a long way and is well deserving of all her efforts. Check out her debut EP titled, Doorways.

In an interview previously on RSOM, Abbey tells Jena that Doorways is, “about the beginning of something,” and we believe that this will definitely open more doors for this talented songwriter.

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The first track titled Doorways is a nice introduction to the EP as she “watches the doorways,” while waiting to begin the next chapter of her life with her future admirer. With a nice blend of instruments to create a calm and somewhat dreamy atmosphere, the first track is a great set up for the tracks to come.

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Abbey Stone performing at Les Twentyman Gala – 2014.

We then start to get really honest here with second track titled, Figure You Out. This song is definitely inspired by Abbey’s music inspiration, Taylor Swift with themes of ex lovers and bad relationships with lyrics like:

“You’re by yourself, that’s what you wanted. I left you alone, now I’m not bothered.”

With awesome keyboard riffs and an intense build up of guitars and drums towards the chorus, Stone’s story in her lyrics is honest and is a definite highlight in the entire EP – true songwriting!!

The next track titled, I’m Still Here, instantly reminded us of the angry and gusty American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood’s hit, Before He Cheats. 

Undoubtedly our favourite track on the EP, Abbey’s powerful, raw and honesty in her vocals mixed with the power of the guitars is spine tingling. She has taken it to the next level.

“I’m not holding on to you, you’re no one and I’m still here.”

This is the perfect girl power and break up song. (Yes we too are huge fans of T-Swift.)

Debut single and fifth track, For Everything, is about the last year of high school where she performed it at her Year 12 graduation to her classmates. It talks about the triumphs and tribulations of the final year of school and the successes of finishing 13 years of school. Abbey previously told RSOM that she had definitely crossed the finish line for the first time.

Charlie Musselwhite, renowned blues musician from the US, features in Stone’s sixth track, Million Minutes on the harmonica. This track gives a nice acoustic and serene feeling with Stone’s soothing vocals alongside the harmonica in the background. This would be another track that would be amazing to see live!

Last but definitely not least is Abbey’s latest single, Brave Heart, which features as the bonus track on this EP. She has teamed up with Melbourne producer, LUCIANBLOMKAMP to create this chill dance track which talks about the thrills of living life and enjoying freedom at a young age. This is an excellent track and a definite must listen.

This EP is HUGE so get on to it and purchase it off iTunes now.

To purchase the EP :https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/doorways/id936532268

Abbey Stone performing at Bikes4Life Charity Event – 2014.

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To read Abbey’s feature profile on RSOM: click here.

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