Hey Max! Great to catch you, how are you doing?
Hi I'm doing great thank you.
“Never Been Loved” is coming out perfectly in time for the summer with laid-back reggae vibes. How was it working with Ce’Cile on the track?
It was great working with and having Ce'Cile onboard the track. To have her experience and style brought into the track gave it the twist it needed so I feel really lucky to get to work with her.
And last year you were invited to Jamaica to work with producer Jazzwad – must have been very special to be writing reggae music in the home of some of the best reggae artists we’ve seen?
Working with Jazzwad in Kingston was a dream come true, I spent some time working in Bob Marley’s studio Tuff Gong. It was a very special moment standing in the same spot he used to write and record a lot of his material. Jazzwad truly gave me the real Jamaica experience showing me the night life and introducing me to some of the great artists out there including Bounty Killer, Ninja Man and Damian Marley who in their own ways taught me a lot that will stick with me in my progression as an artist. My time in Jamaica made me appreciate reggae music so much more as I was able to breath in the life of its origin .
You took reggae to the X Factor stage in 2015, bucking the trend of the usual sort of pop singer the show attracts. Did that experience help you find your style/confirm that reggae was the genre you were most comfortable in?
Doing Reggae music on the X-Factor definitely strengthened my belief in the music direction I knew I wanted to pursue. To perform on a mainstream stage like that and to have people voting for me confirmed that it's something people can enjoy and that as long as I pursue my music with honesty and passion it feels like the right thing to do. So more than anything performing in the show gave me the push I needed within myself to get to where I wanted to be musically.
Your album “Keep Rising” is ready for release later this year. Can we expect tunes in a similar vein to “Never Been Loved” or will there be any surprises thrown in the mix?
There will be some surprises thrown into the mix of the album for sure. You can expect some similar tracks with summer vibes but also some harder hitting tunes and powerful statements. All in all I'm very happy with how the album turned out as I feel it shows me not just as a singer but also that I have something to say and I can't wait to share my story with you.
Lastly, when and where can we hope to catch a live listen to “Never Been Loved”?
You can have a listen to the track on my soundcloud, it’s available now at https://soundcloud.com/max-stone-official. Live show updates will be added to my website and you can join up to my mailing list to receive alerts. Thanks!