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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists right here in the north east. This time, dusty pop singer Eva Stone tells us more about herself.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

I am Eva Stone, and I am from Newcastle upon Tyne.

What inspired you to first start making music?

I spent a lot of time singing covers when I was a teenager, singing at functions and the odd birthday party. I started playing gigs on my guitar, and then I think the making of my own music was just a progression from that. I had an itch to scratch. I always had a vivid imagination when I was younger, and I always wrote, whether that was poems, songs, or stories. Writing lyrics was inevitable I think. It’s the only the way I know how to express myself fully, and it’s also very cathartic for me. Once I’ve written a song about something, somehow all the pressure from the content disappears because I have a direction for that emotion. It’s primarily very selfish, I suppose. I think I just connected with music in a way that I found different from my friends, and my family, and listening to music inspired me to make my own. I just really wanted to be in that world.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences vary. My influences now are very different from my influences four years ago. I mean, I really only listened to Amy Winehouse when I was living in London, and I have no idea why. I think I was in that part of my life when I could really relate to it. The same goes for Nick Drake, Laura Nyro, Bob Dylan, Laura Mvula, and Joni Mitchell. I met Nitin Sawhney when I supported him at the Royal Albert Hall and his music is so diverse and brilliant. I really dig The Raconteurs and Fink, and at the minute I’m really into Kwabs. The list goes on.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound at the moment is strange to me still; it’s very different from what I was doing before I moved to London and yet it feels perfectly right. I want to say it sounds very reminiscent of The Carpenters, it’s very timeless like that, but I think there is a world for it to evolve in today. There is something a bit darker about it. I’ve always been driven by the idea of light and dark, ying and yang, that’s always followed me. At the moment we’re still deciding how to take it further, but I like to call it dusty pop. It sounds old and dusty, but the core of it is still very new.

“I’ve always been driven by the idea of light and dark, ying and yang, that’s always followed me”

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?

The local music scene up here is my home, it’s where I was given the chance to grow and experience nearly everything a musician should experience. Not a lot of new artists get that chance, they’re thrust into “hype” without having all the experience and importantly, the music, and then I think they’re lost in the system. I’m not aware of anyone who sounds like I do now, so there should be some little corner I can fit in!

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Eva Stone?

In terms of live performances, I haven’t really given any since October 2014. I’ve taken a sabbatical while I’ve been writing the new songs, and with that the live shows are going to seem and look different. I’ve put my guitar down for a lot of this new stuff, and I’m not performing with it at the moment. Until (and if) we find a place for it, I’ll be with it, but for the moment I’m just on my own with a piano. You can expect some music. That’s all I can promise. I have no light shows or dance moves or anything else going on. I hope the music can speak for itself and people like that.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

I played the In Aid of Mind show at the Cluny on the 18th April which I was really excited about as it’s my first real show back in the North East. It was a bit nerve wracking, wondering what people are going to think. I’m also supporting Jake Isaac at Barfly in Camden, London on 21st April, but that’s sold out. At the moment I’m just testing the water, but anyone wondering about live shows can go to my Facebook page to keep updated.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band/artist?

My biggest achievement as an artist has been being able to forgive myself and move on from my music. I’ve learnt a lot in the last six months, and a part of that is not being so precious. I also found Jordan Miller to work with, which has been the biggest stroke of luck I could have had. Aside from that, I played the Royal Albert Hall last September, and I cried when I first walked on stage to sound check. The room just evokes this feeling, it’s a dream for any artist. If there was one night of my life to repeat all over again, and do exactly as I did, it would be that night.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

I think one of my biggest challenges has been writing. In London I was paired with so many different producers and writers that I felt like a whirlwind and I could never really settle on something for too long. It has its benefits, but for me it didn’t work. I wrote with some amazing people, some really lovely folks, but the biggest challenge was making music that I didn’t like. I’ve been thrown under the bus (not literally), lost friends and trust (which all seemed commonplace down there), but listening to my own music and grimacing was a feeling I’d like to put behind me.

What else have you got planned for the future?

I’m planning on a release. That is going to happen. It’s about bloody time. I can’t tell you when, but look out for it. I’m finally in a position where I have the music to do something with, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Please.

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