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||Carleton Stone is quickly rising from the indie club scene to the center of Canadian music. His latest selt-titled album was produced by Hawksley Workman and he recently toured with Blue Rodeo. He is a playful, sensitive, edgy rocker with a sometimes naughty attitude that is nothing less than fun and energyzing to watch and listen to. Carleton will be participating in an upcoming NBC network series called "Budweiser Presents The Big Time". Check out hte teaser for the show here! For more information about this artist and tour dates, visit CarletonStone.com|
|Interview by: Valerie Bastien|
Valerie: Give us a little bit of history about who you are and the music that is close to your heart.
Stone: I'm from
Valerie: What other artists would you compare yourself to?
Carleton Stone: I draw influence and inspiration from Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan.
Valerie: You have received a very positive response to your self-titled album produced by Hawksley Workman. What is the overall vibe of the album?
Carleton Stone: The album has an alt-country/pop sound. It was created in a very organic way with most of the album being tracked live off the floor with the session musicians. We tried to make an authentic and smart record with real instruments, while maintaining a strong pop sensibility and I feel that we achieved that.
Valerie: What did you learn from working with Hawksley?
Carleton Stone: I have been stealing tricks from Hawksley since I first saw him live as a 16 year old avid music fan. Specifically during the album process, I learned a great deal about how to make a professional sounding recording, and a lot of technical recording techniques. Also, learned the intense amount of work that the producer takes on their shoulders during the recording process, from keeping the work moving forward and keeping the mood positive in the studio.
Valerie: My favourite song on the CD is Sheets. What can you tell me about the topic of this song?
Carleton Stone: I wrote this song with my good friend Emma-Lee. We set out with the intent to write a catchy, upbeat song. Instead of trying to write around the topic of love (the world is saturated with enough love songs), we decided to write a "sex-song" with a cheeky, cute point of view.
Valerie: Tell me about a song on your album that wrote itself up really fast in a moment where you felt really inspired.
song Looks was written in
about 40 minutes with my friend Morgan
Cameron Ross. We had already written half a song, when we decided to
and start something else. Looks
was what came out. It was the dead
of winter in
Valerie: Is there a song on the album that is contrasting in style to the others that you would like to discuss?
Carleton Stone: Bad Decisions is a song that definitely contrasts with some of the other songs on the record. It was a song I had written myself a couple years ago and was really trying to write something that didn't follow the normal verse/chorus/verse/chorus structure and was more about capturing the mood I was feeling when I wrote it. I feel that it's important for me as an artist to balance songs that are catchy and connect with the audience immediately with ones that may be more obscure but represent an emotion that I was feeling in a moment of inspiration.
Valerie: What is your favourite song on the album and why?
really hard to pick a favorite song on the album because I feel like
to pick my favorite child. However, Never Felt a Thing is a really
special song for me. I co-wrote that with my friend Molly Thomason (17
songwriting prodigy) and was at the beginning of my work as a
co-writer. It was
Valerie: You were recently one of 12 finalists chosen from over 3000 applications submitted from around the world to participate in an upcoming NBC network series called Budweiser Presents The Big Time. This is very exciting. Tell us about your participation on that show.
was a very surprising and exciting piece of news when I found out. It
application that my manager just put in on a whim and a week later I
getting calls from
Valerie: Where can we hear your music and see you play?
can hear my music all over the internet, from my website CarletonStone.com , iTunes, Facebook, NoiseTrade, etc. Just finished a
bunch of shows in
Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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