Exclusive Interview with Rob Stone [Ireland]
Happy St. Patricks day! To celebrate, we are debuting our Irish Correspondent Alicia Higgins who had a brief Q&A with Ireland’s Rob Stone who released a debut single “The Longest Night!”
Failte is mise Alicia NI Huiggun agaus atahs an la sona padraig!
[Welcome! I am Alicia Higgins and Happy St. Patricks Day!]
MHW: In one word how would you describe your music?
MHW: You released your debut song recently. How did you feel about all the positive responses?
Rob: Having a debut single kind of leaves me having no expectation whatsoever during the whole lead up to the release. It might not seem like a big deal, but having a few hundred views when I started a few months ago with getting none is a big deal to me. And it seems to be appealing to people into a lot of different genres, so I feel like for my first attempt at a release, I feel very accomplished by it.
MHW: Are there any plans to release more music?
Rob: Immediately. I'd rather release singles than a whole album so that I can keep all my attention on one project at a time. Right now I have two covers for my YouTube that are due to go up in a few weeks. As for original music, it's all dependent on when I get the funding to film music videos but the plan is to have at least five or six more singles released by the end of the year.
MHW: Did you always want to be a musician?
Rob: I started playing music when I was eight, but I didn't actually like it so much at the time. I more so started really loving the idea of writing or performing music when I was about 12 or 13. It started with punk and grunge music and evolved into me wanting to do anything involved with music. Whether it's actually being a musician or producing, recording, mixing, video editing or being a manager. Anything involved with music is what I love, so whether I work in a guitar shop or gig in front of crowds or stay behind the scenes… Anything I can do that involves being close to music is what my dream is since I was that age. It's not even necessarily to do with being in that world full-time. All of it is relative because if I can do all these things, I'm willing to make sacrifices to be able to do what I'm doing now.
MHW: What would you say to people who want to be musicians, especially here where there's not many outlets?
Rob: You mean in Dublin?
MHW: Ireland in general.
Rob: I think there are so many outlets for musicians. Every week I get invited to four or five different gigs on Facebook. All over the country, there's tons of great bands that I love. The only thing limiting any of them is how they sell themselves. Like I said, I see that there's gigs every week but you have to sell that gig to me and to everyone else who sees that invite on social media. You can't just pay for social media advertising and hope people will support you. And with so few people in Ireland supporting that local scene, it might seem like there’s no outlets when in reality, it's just easier to sell music in other countries.
But a lot of the best bands in Ireland right now are young. There's a lot of time to worry about that, but right now I'm just enjoying listening to the music, and they mostly got me listening by being nice people. Being nice and being smart about how you promote yourself is the best thing any band can do, in my opinion.
MHW: Awesome, thank you so much for speaking to me, and good luck will all your future projects! I can't wait to hear what comes next!
Rob: Thank you! I appreciate you asking me to do this!
MHW: You're very welcome!