Interviews: BLEED THE S+ONE

This is a new interview with the Metal band BLEED THE S+ONE from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or came out just like that?

I was living in PA for a year building flight hours and had another fellow pilot living w me and during a conversation, he said “…’s like trying to get blood out of a stone” I immediately said “whoa….that’s great” and rearranged the words to make Bleed the Stone.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I’ve always been into rock and metal since I was a kid. After seeing Slash from GnR playing that solo in November Rain outside the church, I was instantly hooked. Then I discovered Metallica and Pantera and the rest is history. Rock/metal music has this no holds bar attitude. A rebellious, F the world kind of fire that helped me and gave me overall confidence in life when I was a younger shy kid. So this music has stuck with me on a deeply personal level and I have been writing and playing it ever since.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Jason and I were introduced by my long-time friend/producer since JR High, Chris Collier, for a project we did before Bleed the Stone called Smoke Hollow. Nothing came from that but we had great mutual respect for each other and started writing music together. Next thing you know Bleed the Stone was formed.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Can’t name just one so here are a few:

Jason: Metallica, PanterA, Decapitated, Gojira, Slayer

Ralf: PanterA, Meshuggah, GnR, Primus, Sevendust

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I am inspired to write songs mainly about what is happening in my life at that time. When I started w Bleed the Stone, Covid was just starting so a lot of the first batch of songs were inspired by the events surrounding that. I like the idea of taking important time frames of my life and documenting them in music.

6. Where was your last gig?

My last gig was with another band playing drums in Fort Lauderdale which was the last show of the tour we were on with Fozzy and Shaman’s Harvest. Since Bleed the Stone was formed during the pandemic, we have still yet to play shows. Now that things are looking up again within the music industry, that will definitely change.

7. Whom would you like to feature with?

I’ve always thought playing with Sevendust would be the absolute perfect fit. I’ve looked up to that band for a while now, even opened up for them at Ventura Theater during their Animosity tour years ago, and have developed a mutual respect for what they’ve done in the industry. Their music has inspired me a lot especially LJ’s singing style has helped me develop my vocal style.

8. Who not?

I enjoy discovering all different types of bands and musical styles so there really isn’t anyone I wouldn’t want to not play alongside. Music is so diverse and is a representation of the artist making it that I find really interesting and inspiring. If it is rocks….. I’m down!!!

9. Have Any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

When I first started playing I primarily played drums and of course, had stage fright. Naturally. What helped me was having confidence in myself and knowing you are representing your own art form, your own perspective, and your emotion in musical creation. Singing for me is brand new and Bleed the Stone is my first project which I am the frontman for, so I guarantee I will be freaking out the first few times we play. I just have to remember to be confident and proud of the art that we created and have the opportunity to share, slam a quick shot of Jager, and blow the roof off the place!!!!!

10. What bands have inspired you the most?

GnR is the band that started it for me. Then discovering bands like Metallica and Megadeth really opened up the metal world to me. However, the band that has inspired me the most is for sure PanterA. They were absolutely out of their league and have completely transformed heavy music with their groove-based, legendary and unforgettable songs. Best band of all time. Period.

11. What do you think of your fans?

From my own past experiences, I have found that rock and metal fans are the absolute best. We all share a connection to the music that fuels us. Seeing a band shirt and giving that person the devil horns and a “Hell Yeah!!!” and vice versa is one of my favorite things about the metal community. Bleed the Stone is still in its infancy and I hope it will grow. So far the response has been really positive. I’m happy people are connecting to the music we have made and I hope it touches them and inspires them in their own personal way as it does for each of us.

12. What do you think of our site?

I think the site is amazing. I love how you showcase so many talented artists that in this day and age are hard to find through the infinite sea of music. Keep up the good work!

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