Interview - Peter Stone

Born out of the wonderfully peculiar Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Peter Stone has cultivated a unique blend of alternative and folk music. Let's have a chat with him about his music.

- Hi Peter and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Atlantic.
Hi Gio! Thanks so much for having me on the site. Atlantic closes out a series of singles I've been releasing throughout the year, which I'm so excited to have out in the world. It's an older song of mine, written a while back, and is near and dear to my heart. I recorded it in solitude in a cabin up in the mountains of Vermont. I layered in plucked acoustic and mandolin along with swelling harmonies on my electric guitar. In the lyrics I move through meditations on the power of the river and sea, to the ephemerality of our words, to the way we get lost in ourselves. It's kind of a reminder to bring myself back to what's important, for when I lose sight of the overarching stories that we all play a part in.

- How would you describe your sound?
Take folk and blend in some indie and alternative. It's pretty introspective and always trying to tell an honest and meaningful story. A lot of the time I'm really drawn to making something that is both moving soothing, since often that's what I look for in music.

- What do you write about?
I find myself writing a lot about relationships, writing about the healing power of nature, writing about living up to our values. My favorite pieces manage to both say something very specific, particular, personal as well as something grand, universal, philosophical. I aim to do that when I write. Throwing in some social commentary about our fucked up world is always a plus.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
I listen to a wide range - not just folk but rock, rap, jazz, classical, ambient, WHATEVER. I especially love music that unexpectedly plays with and bends genres. Lately I've been really enjoying Melisande Pope, Delv, AC Sapphire & Upstate to name a few - they are some similarly folky sounding people that I'd love for more people to know about. If you dig my stuff I think you'll like them too.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
Rooftop in Brooklyn on a calm summer night with the sun setting and the skyline laid out in the background behind the stage. Magic.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
Working on the very soft and laid back tracks with my friend in his studio in NYC. He flips to the other project he's about to work on and it's this very heavy, very dark rap song. I just love the variety that can come out of one creative individual and the juxtaposition of the two projects just cracked me up.

- Your favourite albums?
Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans
Adventures in Your Own Backyard - Patrick Watson
Two Saviors - Buck Meek
Magic Ship - Mountain Man

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
John K Samson

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
How about some fancy whiskey?

- What are your plans for the next future?
I'll finish out my scheduled string of performances in mid December then take some time for writing and recording the next release! I'm about to make a video with Wallflower Wanderer so look out for that. I'll be spending some time in California and Hawaii, and as much as I love the Northeast US, I'm psyched to visit CA again and go live in HI for the first time! My previous release was mostly written and recorded in woodsy central Pennsylvania and Vermont, and partially in NYC. I'm very curious how the different environment I'm about to be in will weave its way into the mood of the music I'm creating.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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