Friday calls for some sweet soul vibes to carry us through the weekend. Today we bring you a ‘meet the band’ with Soul Foundation , you are going to see some big time names below, be impressed Stone Foundation have some kick ass friends and you’re about to find out why.
Paul Weller on the band and record: “These are dark, dark times so I was glad to hear a positive voice and vibrations in the words and a joy in the music…what a pleasure and a privilege it was to work with these fellas”. “It’s their best songwriting to date, and I just hope people get to hear it because there are some great tunes and I like the message on the record. I like the social comment, because you have so little of that these days.”
Meet The Band – Stone Foundation
Answers from Neil Sheasby
Who would you list as your musical influence?
Our influences are quite far reaching, myself and Neil (Jones) both have sizable record collections, first & foremost we are fans of music in general, our tastes are fairly eclectic and our radar always open but I’d say our leanings have always been of Black American Soul records, that really is our fundamental passion.
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
Probably working with Paul Weller on this new album “Street Rituals” and having him not only produce the record but join the band for the duration of the recording. He was one of the reasons I wanted to be in a band in the first place.
What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
My hope is that as many people as possible get the opportunity to hear our latest record and that it makes a connection with them, which ultimately allows us to continue creating music that is appreciated and respected by a worldwide audience. I think we are all enjoying being part of this band more than ever at the minute and long may it continue.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Over the past few years things such as the Kamasi Washington album & Anderson Paak have caught my attention but I think that “Love & Hate” by Michael Kiwanuka was the most complete and accomplished piece of work that I have heard in a few years, it’s a great record from start to finish.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep up with?
I believe that social media is liberating for a band such as ourselves, it provides a platform and outlet to reach an audience and supporters of your music on a global level. In times such as these where the big marketing budgets that were languished on records in previous decades have pretty much evaporated then it’s crucial to make use of social media to get yourself heard. It’s certainly been a blessing for a band like Stone Foundation.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
I read virtually everything, Yes. Good or bad.
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
We would like to tour America extensively, not only for the musical aspect but to travel the States and really get a feel for it. That would be the next logical step for us, hopefully it will become a reality sometime soon.
Can music save the mortal soul, or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Music is the universal language. It can connect in so many ways…emotionally, Spiritually, Politically. It’s certainly saved me on numerous occasions as well as providing a soundtrack to my life.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Yes. Our time is now. All of us, Let’s not put off to tomorrow things we can do today. Our gigs have become real events, they are like a social gathering, friendships have been forged and relationships born at Stone Foundation concerts, that is something we are very proud of. Once people “get” our music they do seem to extremely passionate about it, many folk follow us from City to City even travelling to places far & wide like Japan. So I’d urge us all to enjoy and make the most of the time we have in front of us. The soundtrack to our lives is still unfolding. Onwards………….
Fri 31 March London, Royal Albert Hall
Thu 27 April Bristol, The Fleece
Fri 28 April Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
Sat 29 April Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
Fri 05 May Coventry, The Empire
Sat 06 May Brighton, Concorde 2
Fri 12 May Leeds, The Wardrobe
Sat 13 May London, Islington Assembly Hall
Thu 18 May Newcastle, The Cluny
Fri 19 May Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms