INTERVIEW: Stevie Redstone

Hi Stevie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks so much for having me! I’m doing great – It’s a very exciting time right now in my world. Getting ready to release a project I’m super proud of, and my Dodgers are in the thick of a pennant race!

Can you talk to us more about your new single, “Now”?

“Now” is an uptempo tune that’s about cutting through all the noise and perceived darkness of the modern age with a message of LOVE.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not one event in particular, no. It’s more a general reflection of the past few years, and the speed at which information (a lot of which can be negative) is flying at our faces.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES! We’ll be rolling out all kinds of fun content to accompany the single which drops on 10/26.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a blast. I co-wrote the tune with a wonderful producer/songwriter named Lewis Pesacov here in Los Angeles. The recording process was a dream. We tracked and mixed it at the historic Valentine Recording Studios. It was produced by Nic Jodoin who assembled a terrific band of studio cats, and we got most of it down live as a group – just the way I like it.

How do you balance playing with different genres?

By enjoying the heck out of it! 🙂 Honestly, it’s just the way I am. For better or worse, my writing tends to go in all kinds of directions. But I like to think it’s unified by the production and the purity of the approach.

What role does LA play in your music?

I’d say generally the LA vibe finds its way into my work in a fairly subconscious way. I do think that a lot of great writing comes from pain and facing challenges but – you know – it’s pretty nice here year round! And I’m quite lucky that I don’t have a ton to complain about in my personal life at the moment. Perhaps that forces me to dig deeper (we all have stuff), find stories, put myself in another’s shoes, or tell other people’s stories I find inspiration from. More specifically though, the album closer is a song called ‘Rivers In The Sky’. It’s about the very troubling 5 year drought we experienced in California leading up to writing and recording the album, and how we

FINALLY got some rain from these atmospheric “rivers” in the sky bringing us the water we so desperately needed.

How have The Beatles and Allman Brothers influenced your writing?

Lennon and Co. (besides just generally being the greatest songwriters/singers/creators) always inspired me to be myself, and make honest, heartfelt music. And they’ve certainly influenced me in the way of melodies, background harmonies, chord progressions, etc. Much of the same can be said for the Allman Bros., although they obviously come from a different stylistic wheelhouse. They’ve also been a big influence for me as far as how I attack my live show. They don’t play the songs exactly as they are on the record. They often open them up to improvisation which has always been something I appreciate and love to do live.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material?

But of course! The full album will drop in early 2019.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we’re playing LA pretty regularly again now that the record’s done, and 2019 will be packed with tour dates. Stay tuned everywhere my digital self lives.

What else is happening next in Stevie Redstone’s world?

Musically speaking, in addition to playing out again, I’ve been writing a ton for the next album. Personally – I love to cook, so I’ve been doing a lot of that lately in my down time. Currently obsessed with the Night + Market cookbook and testing new dishes with my friends. But mostly, I’m trying to control my breathing – and protect my vocal cords – while watching my Dodgers continue their journey to WINNING THE FALL CLASSIC.

Listen here!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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