Gina Stone has been described as “Elvira fronting an electro band in a seedy 1930s Berlin strip club” which sums her up quite nicely! Musically her sound is a good medley of haunting and sultry lyrics with a good sharp electronic edge, she appear to be one to pay attention too as she is gaining more recognition globally.
How would you describe your sound to the masses?
It's actually quite difficult to be objective about your own music and give it a description! But DJ Po from Nightbreed Radio described it once as new age goth! I think that's a pretty good description, I would say that it's electronica/darkwave with a pop edge.
You have been likened, amongst others to Goldfrapp, what sounds would you say have influenced your music?
Yes, when making the first album, I had a songwriting partner who was influenced by Goldfrappe, Massive Attack and drum and bass, which I think came through on some of the tracks we worked on together. Now I am a solo artist, my influences range from 80's electronic music, such as Eurythmics, Ultravox and Icehouse, to rock and pop including Madonna, Noel Gallagher, My Chemical Romance, Blondie, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Stevie Nicks and Pat Benatar. A lot of people have said I remind them of Kate Bush, I think that's because of the ethereal quality of the sound rather than the music itself. Whereas my performances are more rock influenced than the music as I do a lot of movement and have a slightly more aggressive style than the chilled out music suggests.
Without wanting to pigeonhole too much, your image could be described as a bit goth, would you say you have stepped outside the traditional genre with your music?
Yes, I suppose my image does have a strong gothic feel and look. That comes from my love of velvet and lace, Victoriana clothing and Hammer Horror movies! I am fully aware that my music is most certainly outside the traditional Goth genre, but there is a haunting, otherworldly quality that I have that seems appealing to people from the darkside, like myself! I must add too, that there are quite a few electronic bands around at the moment that do have a more gothic image. Goth seems to be evolving and taking in a lot of different styles under its umbrella.
You released the well-received Magnetic in 2011 what's next for you?
My priority this year is to find a new songwriting partner and record an another album. I am looking primarily for a keyboard player to write with, which will hopefully manifest itself into a full band. In the meantime I will be working towards bringing out another EP later in the year.
As a local band, what pleases you most about the local scene?
The local scene in Nottingham is very good, a great network of people. I actually live near Lincoln these days, but I love visiting or gigging in Nottingham.
Finally, tell us what you think of whilst you are on stage, anything really, be it shopping or underwear clad audience.
When I am on stage, I don't think of anything except the emotion of the song I am performing. I know it may sound corny, but I do actually become 'one' with the music, I am totally immersed and focussed on the vocals and movement of each song!