Emerging LA artist Jay Stones recently released his newest album, Natural, a prime showcase of Stones’ innate ability to weave the nuances of life into multi-faceted stories that are translated through more than words but through the music itself. Natural sees Stones come to a new level of maturity in his music, both lyrically and musically. Stones varies his musical style throughout the album, from drug-induced melancholic ballads to dark and romantic songs of love and loss. Songs like “Dreams”, “Answer Love”, and “Pleasure” see Stones singing on the topic of experiencing love and its subsequent heartbreak, while other songs show a diverse range of cultural influences. “Jungle Groove” shows Stones influence from Japanese culture in a spiritual upbeat soundscape while “War Chant” is a nighttime anthem to Native Americans and other people who stood to never back down from their challenges and oppressors. Overall, Natural is Stones’ exploration of freedom – freedom of expression of love, life, and music. We sat down to chat with Stones about the many influences behind this album and the plans he has for 2020. Read below to find out more.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
It’s alternative, pop but also weird yet familiar in a good way. It’s like what an architect designer would listen to while building a skyscraper.
How did you start making music?
I started making music in 2009 that’s when I got into black and white films in film class at school. The film scores made me want to imitate those melodies, I started recording on my MacBook pro in the bedroom and saved up from working to eventually get better equipment while also booking studio time.
How did this album, Natural, come to life?
I was at a place in my life where I wanted to feel luxury, love, and life at its peak. The songs began to come spontaneously in drives with “rich girls” down Topanga Canyon in California and getting high with my boys dreaming of what car we would get next.
What is the inspiration behind the album?
I drew inspiration from the Victorian era and also Japanese culture along with being a kid living in the suburbs of America. I listened to Lenny Kravitz, N*E*R*D* and Blink 182 while making this which inspired me also.
What’s your favorite song from the album? Why?
I would say “Ketamine” but this album is a story to me so I could choose any of them depending on my mood. Right now it’s “Ketamine”, it’s beautiful.
What’s your favorite lyrical line in the album? Why?
“Running to the sun, soon we will be free. Our love will come, just wait and see.” That’s from “Pleasure” and because it’s that simple longing for a light to shine while in a chaotic dark point with your lover or yourself.
You collaborated with a few different people for various tracks on this album…. can you tell me more about those collaborations?
I collaborated with such an amazing singer/producer who goes by the moniker KidäSkyBlue in Hollywood, CA. Name a producer or singer and she could beat them hands down, not just because she produced for me but she’s the best haha. Jah X is my boy from NY and he’s a top tier rapper coming out of Soho/Up-State New York. Elliot, is a great guitarist in LA I wasn’t really looking for them but they came to me through the web or people I knew in the industry. I wanted to blend NY and LA to create this soundtrack for what it feels being a kid in America.
What can fans expect next?
Fans can expect a music video for “Pleasure”. Just expect the unexpected. 🤫