An Interview With the Promising ‘Stone Cold’ Singer-Songwriter, CHRIS BONES!
Posted On 05 Oct 2017
Meet the immensely talented singer-songwriter Chris Bones. On September 22nd, he released his newest single and music video “Stone Cold.”
You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl9zb0y2XUQ
“Stone Cold,” had its beginnings as a pure conversation. As Chris ran into an ex of his at a café, and as all the emotions were coming to the surface, all he could remember saying was “It’s kinda random running into you.” From that simple sentence, the inspiration behind “Stone Cold” came to be; being direct and to the point, just like the conversation.
With complete raw honesty, the music video begins with a literally the morning of Chris’ life post break-up. Emotionally hungover and eventually finding his two feet and bouncing back. The colors begin muted and monochrome, but eventually change into the bright striking colors by the end of the video, highlighting the new day and looking forward to new adventures, directly reflecting Chris’ personal path from breakup to growth and moving on.
At only 19, Chris has been capturing the interest of fans and industry tastemakers alike. With an Organic passion for storytelling and sharing his personal experiences through compelling lyrical content, Chris’ eclectic mix of pop and R&B influences brings together intimate concepts and lyrical symbolism, using heavy hitting beats and witty melodies to drive his music in a powerful direction.
Learn more about Chris Bones in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you today?
Currently 4:10am on release day, finally sitting in bed, face mask on to kill these pimples. just keeping it real 🙂
Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it?
Always music. I really don’t like quiet… right now it’s “flower boy” by tyler the creator on shuffle.
What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood?
I’d say some Rihanna bangers, or Michael Jackson. Honestly, when I’m in a bad mood I love to blast some pop hits and have a carpool karaoke moment.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician?
Always a performer of some sort, yea. but a musician… secretly yes, I just hid it from myself somehow. I started acting in musical theater, then just acting, and now it all manifested to just being a songwriter and artist and focusing my energy solely on music. And this is where I feel most comfortable.
Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Being in music class at school and my eccentric choir teacher Ms. LeDeux, or listening to my mom sing along to 70’s and 80’s pop music.
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown has affected who you are as a musician and the art that you create?
My hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city has a cool music scene, and I always grew up going to concerts, so the south definitely influences my music now. I love my heavy bass, and that good groove feeling you get when a song with a bounce comes on. Anything that makes you feel good and get up and move pretty much
I used to have a love/hate relationship with being from Oklahoma because I felt like I didn’t belong there, but in the last few years I’ve really grown to appreciate it. Being from the south I learned a lot about staying grounded and connected to the real you, and just keeping it real and 100 all the time with everyone!! And I think those are really good qualities for this industry.
Musically, did you approach this year any differently then you did last year?
Hell Yea, I went into the lab and focused on being creative not just in music, but mentally, physically, and spiritually. I wanted to be in, and create, from the best place possible this year.
How has 2017 been treating you and your career?
It’s been very positive and successful, and a great learning experience. Starting now through the end of the year, I feel like I’ll be reaping the benefits of work I’ve put in all throughout the year so far.
What was the inspiration for your newest single, “Stone Cold”?
I needed to write a record that helped me move on from an old toxic relationship. I was still hanging on to the negative energy and I had to release it to move forward in the right headspace for myself, and everyone around me.
How creatively involved were you with the making of the music video for it?
I have a very small team of people I’ve been working with for a few years now. For this visual we were sitting on my balcony talking about what we envisioned, and the video came together in one day.
How do you think “Stone Cold” introduces you to listeners?
It’s a subtle intro to the elements I like to use in my music. I’m confiding in the song and that’s what I want people to know. I’m not just singing or making music, I’m telling my personal situation and my honest perspective. I feel like it’ll always connect me with listeners through similar experiences and things we’ve all felt.
How different or similar do you think the rest of your music will be to it?
The songs I’ve created since aren’t that similar in sound, but they have a consistent expression of my vulnerability and confident honesty. Even though I always speak from a personal place, all the music has that good vibe.
When do you hope to release more new music and a full album of new songs?
I don’t know my plan, I just release music when I feel like it. I’m in the studio writing constantly and I’ll know what song to release next, when I create it. Right now I’m not in a rush. I know I’ll release a full project in 2018 for sure.
Are you feeling more inspired these days in the studio?
Definitely! Everything around me now is inspiration and I’m constantly bombarded with ideas. Now that I’m in the groove of creating daily, with the last year being so focused on producing, I feel like my creative muscle has strengthened so much. My notebook is full of doodles and concepts.
With the summer being just about over, what is something fun that you tried for the first time?
I had my first few acoustic performances, and they were very fun and the scariest thing I’ve every done. Really want to do more now that I felt how connected you can be with the audience.
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today?
Honestly, I am so grateful to be a musician and have this be my work. Music keeps the world moving and can pull you away from your rough times. For me, it can be comforting and empowering ,and to be able to share a piece of myself through my music is the most inspiring thing.
Do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these hard times?
I think it depends on what you listen to, there’s a lot of music that reflects what’s going on in our world right now, and there’s a lot of B.S. that doesn’t reflect anything. Look at Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” record with Alessia and Khalid, it’s brings attention to topics that people used to not talk about. I’m starting to see more and more artists using their voice so people face the truth of these issues head on. Also, YG “FDT” is my mood since last November.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music?
Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Halsey, Dua Lipa, and Miguel. But I’m always going to be influenced by legends like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
Timbaland, and The Dream are my lifetime goal collaborations.
What do you hope fans take away from your music?
I really just want them to feel good listening to the song. I hope it has conversations with their soul. A dope track to vibe to, and get stuck in your head isn’t too bad either 😉
Do you think that your music has a singular overall message at all?
I’m young and my emotions are all over the place so I’d say just enjoy each song’s mood as it comes. It’ll all be true. Maybe when I’m older I’ll have an overall message.
What advice would you give to a young person who is thinking about becoming a musician one day?
Please do yourself a favor and dedicate your time to working hard and not cutting corners. Always be you and if people you’re working with tell you something that clashes with the true you, drop them. Creating authentic music will always attract the right people.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your forthcoming music?
Not really, your questions were super in-depth and awesome. I’d say welcome to my world, I have new songs on deck ready to go and I’m excited to enjoy the journey together.