XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Elvis – At the moment things are all still due to the coronavirus situation. We are still maintaining our productivity composing new songs, working on our social media and preparing ourselves for the UK tour that is meant to happen in September. Let’s hope things get better by then.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Elvis – Stone Sea first started in São Paulo – Brazil around 2014 where I recorded the debut album “Origins” released in 2015, same year that I moved to Ireland.
Now, this line up is active since April 2019.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Elvis – I believe it was something that came naturally for all of us. We always had passion for music as long as we can recall. What brought us to start making music was the desire of self-expression, is one of the only place we can be 100% ourselves, leaving the ego aside; a place of experimentation and self-discovery.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Elvis – I started playing guitar when I was eleven years old. From there I had around two years of classical guitar and later on I also studied piano for more to years plus theory classes all along. I had some singing and choir classes around this time as well, but not for too long. My parents were always into music thought, my dad used to play in a fairly big psychobilly band in Brazil called Kães Vadius around the end of the 80’s and my mom used to sing in a blues band. She keeps on singing (a lot by the way) but just in the shower haha.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Elvis – Strength, submission, stability, fluctuation and everything in between. That’s exactly what we were looking for when the name Stone Sea came up.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Elvis – Apart from world domination, our ultimate goal is live by our music; but in order to get there we have to set many short-term goals. For this year we’re focusing on releasing some new songs as well as crafting enough work for a new album, two music videos and the UK tour coming in September. In around two years from now we expect to be playing in bigger festivals, opening for bigger bands and expanding our fanbase touring Europe. And the idea is little by little we make our way there.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Elvis – To be really honest I really love both things the same, they’re completely different experiences. For one of them I explore something new with the extrovert me and for the other one I dive deep into my inner world. I believe they complete each other somehow in the full “artist experience”.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Elvis – Feelings and the subconscious mind. In other words, things that cannot be described without ambiguity. I’d say is our way of exploring things we don’t understand, so we let them describe themselves in lyrics and waveforms.
But using as example our last EP Mankind Maze, in a nutshell, ‘Mystify’ is about triumph, ‘Flow Upstream’ is about self/social acceptance, ‘Prelude’ is about feeling free with a fresh view about the future, ‘Seeing Red’ is about being blind of hate and ‘Dream Song’… well, I think you can guess.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Elvis – Not just for us but for any artist, freedom of speech.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Elvis – As Stone Sea we don’t have anything too outrageous, but Connor was once touring with another band and they decided to get some food in a takeaway. Apparently they all got food poisoning, they all had to go to the toilet at the same time. Sexy.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Elvis – I remember being in the stage last year and one guy in his 60’s or something was really demanding us to play a cover. He wasn’t the owner of the venue, the promoter or anything but he was really getting stressed because we wouldn’t do what he said, so he said some “not so nice” words to me, screaming, in front of everyone and left the venue. What he requested wasn’t strange, but his attitude definitely was.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Elvis – I think I’m pretty lucky to say yes, they all are. I remember having a girlfriend when I was younger and her parents were giving out to me because of my hopes in music. You know, that really had an impact in my mind at the time, I was 15, 16. So I decided for a few months that I would be a electrical engineer, but I obviously dropped out the idea because it just wasn’t for me. I would probably have more money today but that wouldn’t fulfill my soul. Plus the time I would use of my life to do and study something I don’t actually like or feel pleasure in.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Elvis – To try to find their own sound, that’s probably the step that takes longer, but once you find it, it’ll dictate all the path ahead.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Elvis – Mystify is a great song to perform live, there’s a great punch when starting the song, that’s usually the song we start the gigs with. Prelude is also a great song, makes people dance with our mix between bossa nova and stoner rock.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Elvis – For me and I suppose for Connor as well, was definitely Nirvana. I remember watching the release of “You Know You’re Right” in MTV at the time. I didn’t understand the lyrics, didn’t know much about Nirvana’s work or Kurt’s lyrics but I felt emotionally connected with it… a lot. Later on, I bought a DVD or a videotape from them called “Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!” and I was watching it over and over again. At some point, I was like “That’s what I wanna do”
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Elvis – My choices aren’t valid anymore but I would definitely go for Type O Negative, Pantera, and Black Sabbath.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Elvis – Reforming the band in another country with great members that really added to the music. Winning the competition Crystal Skull Sessions here in Dublin was
something that really helped us out at the time and also headlining the Kabash stage at the festival Siege of Limerick, last year.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Elvis – Soundtrack for movies and video games is something that I’m actually trying to get into right now. I also like a lot of manual jobs like carpentry, so making instruments would be a great option too.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
The only thing I need is my pedalboard (fairly old but still super useful – Line 6’s PodXT Live) and an octave pedal for some of the songs.
Usually, the venues provide all the PAs and amps but for the UK tour we are going to bring all of our stuff, so, I’ll be bringing heads and cabs as well.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Elvis – By what I see, it’s really easy to get your music out there, but it’s getting harder to keep people’s attention considering they have everything else offered to them. At the same time, there are no limits for niches and we believe there’s a space for everyone that is able and want to put the work into it. There’s still a lot of vampires trying to suck your money out of your hopes in the music industry as well, which sucks.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Elvis – That my name is really Elvis… haha, I’m joking. That apart from all this musical life, I’m really into meditating and yoga. I do love the quest for balance between mind and body but I do also think we have to lose ourselves sometimes in order to find ourselves again.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Definitely, thanks for everyone that believed in us.
If you still don’t know your work, be welcomed on board!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/stoneseamusic/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/stoneseaband/
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/c/stonesea
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/34tMOIrSHh3Dx4yXisW61r
Music Glue (Merch) – https://www.musicglue.com/stonesea/
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Elvis – Thank you so much for the opportunity, it’s my pleasure.
Line Up – Stone Sea
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Vocals and Guitars
Connor Middleton – Drums
Jonathan Parminter – Bass and Backing Vocals