ARTIST NAME: David Stone
SONG TITLE: On Her Mind
ALBUM TITLE: Alright
RELEASE DATE: July 2018
David Stone – On Her Mind
David Stone is a Canadian singer/songwriter and musician, born and raised on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario.
“David Stone’s songs are carefully written and could easily stand alone as poetry. The fact that he can accompany them with strong melodies that lend themselves to sing-alongs, a voice just this side of gravelly, and delicate guitar work when the occasion calls for it makes Stone a quadruple-threat.”
– Rachel Cholst (Adobe and Teardrops).
I got my first guitar when I was 11, and just never put it down. I started trying to write my own songs right away, and never really had much interest in learning other people’s music at first. I was lucky enough to have a music program at my elementary school, so I learned tenor sax and learned to read music in the process. Around the same time, I also had access to a hand-me-down drum kit I was able to fool around with, and eventually become half-decent at playing. I enjoyed writing poetry, short stories, and little comics, mostly when I should have been doing schoolwork, but that’s eventually what evolved into putting words to the music I was writing.
The year I started high school was also the first year I made the local minor “A” hockey team after being a goalie for house-league teams since I was really young. The other goalie on that team ended being the bass player for one of my first bands, along with my best friend who I convinced to play drums so that we could enter our high school battle of the bands. I was playing some of the best hockey of my life, while at the same time becoming more and more involved in music. Eventually, I made the decision to quit hockey when I was 17 and put all my energy into music. A bad concussion the previous year, and frequent hand injuries, which made playing guitar less-than-comfortable, probably played a role in that decision.
When I was 19, I put together an EP of 7 songs that I’d written over the previous 4 years. I named it after my song “Ashes” and gave a free copy to anyone who would have one. A few months later, after my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I moved from our Collingwood, ON apartment to one in Barrie, ON, I released the “Hollow Heart” EP. It was a mix of songs I’d written years earlier, and some new songs, all newly recorded for the EP.
In 2012 I released “Hemp Cord Demo” which got its name from the hemp cord wrapped CD case that would become its artwork. The “Hemp Cord Demo” featured 8 totally new songs, and a stronger, although an unintentional focus on story-telling. In September of 2012, my wife moved into a dorm in Mississauga to attend university, and I was staying with family in Borden. After a little more than a month, I quit my job, packed a few things, and drove to her dorm with no plan, other than being with her and continuing to pursue music. After a few months of living in a dorm, busking, booking gigs, and continuing to write I had the opportunity to work on another collection of songs at a studio in Waterloo, ON. I ended up recording a few new songs and re-recording some songs from previous releases. The 2013 (Dance Like Smoke) EP was my first release to be produced by someone else, and my first release to get radio play. Throughout 2012 and 2013 I performed constantly throughout Ontario, selling my CDs, and building an audience for my music.
In 2014 I started working on the songs that would eventually become the “Northern Exposure” EP. 2 years later, while I was laid off from work I poured all my time into music again. I would drive my wife to her university classes, take our boxer, Scarlett for a hike, and then sit in my car with my ukulele and note pad writing songs like “Over Coffee” while snow fell around my car, and Scarlett napped. The following summer I wrote and recorded the 4 songs on “Grandest of Gestures” and that Autumn I played my first Canadian tour.
“Sound of a Spark” was released, along with a handful of bonus tracks in 2017. The 15 track album featured a range of stories and poems set to music, including re-recorded versions of “The Northern Wind” and “Prepared” to fill out the mix. Songs like “Sound of a Spark” and “Lottery” found an audience with the help of music curators, and laid a strong foundation for future releases.
My wife and I got married in 2017, and her Dad asked me to write, and perform a song for their father-daughter dance. The result was “Hours”, a song I was able to record at Red Room Recordings in Thornbury, ON with the help of producer Josh Maitland. “Hours” found an audience online, and on a number of radio stations, and even helped me to sign with a publisher, and shortly thereafter release my “Alright” EP. The week of its release “Alright” charted on iTunes, and songs like “The Wasp” reached tens of thousands of listeners online. In the months to follow, I added a few more bonus tracks to the EP, and released two more singles, “Hummingbirds & Bees” and “On Her Mind”. Along with opening for The Trews and Chilliwack in the summer of 2018, I’ve been fortunate enough to be busier than ever performing, reaching new audiences, and continuing to pursue my dream.
Discuss your personality.
I’m a pretty light-hearted person but thoughtful I guess. I enjoy being outdoors, any time of the year. I love being creative in any setting, playing with words and sounds, and challenging myself.
Discuss your existence as a musician.
I am a songwriter, performer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. I write and record music and perform as often as possible.
Go into details on the changes in your life for choosing music as a career.
I played hockey for 12 years and eventually became more and more involved with music until it just made sense to take it on full-time.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
The benefit is that I love what I do, and I am able to travel, meet new people and see new places, along with being creative. A drawback may be the odd hours and long drives at night.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
I honestly have no idea how I would manage fame, but I think staying grounded is really important.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
“On Her Mind” was inspired by my wife and our relationship. It’s basically a story of everyday married people, spending time apart for work, thinking of each other and wishing they were together.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
There are too many moments to just name one.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I love playing live, feeling the energy of the people in the audience. Making that connection is a really important thing for an artist.
Discuss the changes in your life as an artist.
It is getting better for me day by day as an artist. My life has maybe become more organized and gained a little more purpose and direction.
State the names of the most important people that boosted your music career and how you met them.
My music teacher in high school made a huge impact on me when I was younger, getting me some of my first gigs and pushing me to be the best I could be. After that musical friends like Alex Mungal and Shawn Crozier have made a positive impact on my career. More recently my publisher (FBP Music) has really helped too.
Explain what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
I just really loved making music and it just evolved from there.
Discuss your experience in life.
I’ve been fortunate to have great friends, family, and a wonderful wife.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
Gord Downie, Noah Gundersen, Jadea Kelly, Dallas Green, Barenaked Ladies, Hozier, Propagandhi, Protest The Hero, Neil Young. Ed Sheeran.
Discuss your moment of rejection as a musician/artist and how you are able to cope and move on with your career.
I’ve never really let hearing “no” bother me; I love what I do, so I just keep pushing forward.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received.
I have heard some fairly rude things online, but nothing worth mentioning.
Elaborate on the song.
“On Her Mind” is a song for my wife. It’s a stripped-back, folky song about love in the real world.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My name is David Stone, that’s all.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“On Her Mind” was lifted from the end of the chorus.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
“Alright” is the name of the first song to be recorded for the album!