By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Ireland-based alternative rock trio Stone Sea originated in São Paulo, Brazil and released a music video for “Slice Of Depth” last year off their EP ‘Mankind Maze.’
Highly regarded for their emphatic live performances, Stone Sea are lead singer/guitarist Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso, drummer Connor Middleton and bassist Ozzy, the latter of whom was just recently recruited to the band.
The Music Bugle had the chance to chat with Bonesso about their music and more.
Music Bugle – What are some challenges of being a band that people may not see right away?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Well, it all depends on how much you want to be seen, in other words, your own expectations. My expectations, particularly, were always high, so it took me a while to get more “down to earth” – so to speak – and put work and do the right moves towards where I want to get, so answering the question, there’s much more than meets the eye.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about alternative rock?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – By its own definition, I think it is the fact of being something unconventional, non-standard and unbounded. It could be anything, yet it’s rock. We are the ones that define what it could be.
Music Bugle – According to one of your recent Instagram posts, you introduced Ozzy, your new bassist. What made you interested in recruiting him?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Well, we had to do an audition with four guys where they were asked to learn whichever two songs they picked from our EP ‘Mankind Maze’ and answer a few questions. First thing we noticed from Ozzy was his enthusiasm towards the band and the way he came so interested in talking to us. In the audition day, he not just learned two, but three songs and he was already screaming the backing vocals out loud alongside with the clear stage presence he was radiating. Then, we asked him some questions to see if we were on the same page and he showed a lot of insight. By the end of the audition, our decision was pretty clear.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – I’m getting really interested in people that are/were experimenting new things; like alchemists of sound waves. My sister recently showed me some really interesting artists like Moondog and Igorrr and a band that appeared recently called The Hu.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Com-ple-te-ly! (Laughs) I was working in the event industry. We had a tour in the UK booked for September and a few trips planned, including seeing my family in June for my grandfather’s 90th anniversary. It all vanished, unfortunately, but with all this free time, I also got to be really productive to avoid getting into a spiral of negativity, so I made a list of things I could do that needed time in my life in order to do them, so I got really into music production and soundtrack composition. I bought seven courses, I’m finishing my own website, also currently reading the fourth book, I meditated, did yoga, exercises, practice Spanish, started French classes, composed some new songs. In other words, hell yeah, my life did change.
Music Bugle – What exactly do you miss the most about live shows?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – I really miss being around people, being on stage and seeing everyone having fun, poking themselves or dancing without this fear of getting close to each other. I miss touch, human connection.
Music Bugle – Are you working on any new music at the moment?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Oh yes, we have around 10 songs close to being finished. At the moment, we are just going through them all with Ozzy, including the old ones to make sure everything is well-rehearsed, as well as giving the last touches in the new songs. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we have them recorded, let’s see how it goes. For my own experience, everything seems really uncertain this year.
Music Bugle – Of all the merchandise you sell, which one is your favorite?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – We are currently selling the t-shirts and the ‘Mankind Maze’ CD on the MusicGlue website. I have to say I love them both! The black logo in the white T-shirt is deadly, but the layout of ‘Mankind Maze’ is astonishing as well. Both designs were made by Michel Paschalis, an amazing graphic designer and a great friend of ours.
Music Bugle – What song of yours was the hardest to write or compose?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – “Dream Song” was the hardest by far. I picked every chord transition, melody, counter-melody, lyrics really carefully. The overall process took some months, but inside, I knew how I wanted the song to become in terms of grandiosity and theme. It’s a trip through the unconsciousness that only follows a straight line of thought; touching, facing every good, bad and unknown sensation. To make sense of it in a linear way wasn’t easy.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you are from?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – There are many things I love in Brazil. If I have to point out one thing, it would be diversity. From its people to culture and food, Brazil is absurdly versatile, but I’m not much of a person that says “I’m proud from where I am” from the perspective I’m just another human on planet Earth. The fact my family comes from Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Germany and probably more places makes me not much of a Brazilian, but more like a world’s citizen.