The single comes off your new album Alchemy – what’s the story behind the title?
The album marks a huge transition for me personally and artistically so at its core it’s about change and growth. I loved the image of an Alchemist tirelessly seeking to change elements and the magic that goes along with succeeding with that change/transformation.
How was the recording and writing process?
A lot of fun! I have a certain flow to the way I write, which all starts with capturing that moment of inspiration before anything pops up to draw you out of the moment. After that, well, I just let go and let the ideas come naturally.
Alongside writing and singing I Produce, Mix and play different instruments and it has been such a great emotional experience working on an album from scratch, putting everything down, mixing it and being happy with the end results. This has been a long standing goal for me and reaching it…well, it’s an amazing feeling!
How your upbringing has influence your music?
This is an interesting question. I was surrounded by successful Singers and Writers in my family and I was introduced to some fantastic artists at a very young age (I remember going round to George Harrison’s house for dinner!) which all added to my passion for music. My parents separated when I was about 4 and I lived with my Mum who was away on tour a lot of the time. Those were very emotional times for me and I still express some of those feelings within the songs I write. Let’s just say my upbringing added a lot of fuel to my musical fire.
You brought some special guests – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?
This all goes back to the family connection! I brought in my Mum and Sister for backing vocals (they’ve both worked with a range of artists from Jamiroquai to Meatloaf!) and a great Trumpet player who performs as part of Jools Hollands band.
What did they brought up to the table?
Talent, speed and professionalism!
Known for playing with different genres – how did you get to balance them together?
Mm, I just went with what felt right at the time. I had a collection of songs that fit together and the balance came from their different moods.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I’m not going to go into it too much but events around the world and in the UK involving corruption, abuse and manipulation really affected me and some of the songs and lyrics are an expression of my reaction to those events. Love, loss and hope play a big part too.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I’m in the process of booking gigs in London and the surrounding areas!
What else is happening next in Seb Stone’s world?
I’m working on the concept and songs for my next album…which I am extremely excited about! Check the website for more news and updates and connect with me on social media www.sebstone.co.uk