So Gem Stone old friend good to have you on………. ready?
So you’ve been doing a lot with yourself miss stone with the success of your digital label ‘raw power recordings’ fancy telling us a bit about how you started, who is involved and the ethic behind the label?
Well starting a label has always been a dream of mine and with me learning to produce as well it seemed to be the best thing to do to not only get my tracks out there but also other up and coming producers out there. I started the label with my other half Steve Hewitt. We work really well together because we both know what we want from the label – Just good, hard, hard house!
So you’ve been doing everything lately since I first met you from winning DJ competitions to DJ’ing all over the place! Any gigs you found particularly memorable?
Yeah in the last year things have really started taking off for me (and about time too! Lol) I’ve been getting a fair few bigger gigs, playing at Twist this year has got to be the most memorable! I’ve always wanted to play there because I’ve been going there for years and it’s always such a good atmosphere!
Where do you hope to take the label in future? Any plans?
All Steve and I have planned is just making sure that the tunes on the label are top notch to keep you kids happy! Lol. We’re probably going to branch out on styles of hard dance later next year but for now we are happy with the way everything is going.
What got you into this industry? Was it a tune or just an experience?
I have always been into dance music… my Dad is the person who got me into it really! I used to go to his house and spend all day listening to trance! How things have changed (although I do love listening to classic trance still and reminiscing about the good old days!)
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Any upcoming tunes you want to tell us about?
Yeah I’ve been working on a few to be honest! Steve and I have made a tune with the very lovely Ann Tsoulli, called Hello Dave. It’s a right stormer of a tune and will be out on Raw Power in the next month or so! Steve and I have also done a remix of Wayne Smart & Phatt Beats – Drop It which will be coming out on Encoded NRG sometime soon. I have also been asked to do a 3 track EP for Presence Recordings which I will be starting on this week so make sure you guys look out for that!
I have had a few tunes out in the last month – Well Done Pablo (Digital Disko), Pumped (Toolbox Choons) (with Steve Hewitt), Sunday Roast (on Raw Power) (with Steve Hewitt & Matt Edwards) & my remix of Steve Hewitt & Riggsy – Finally (On Raw Power). If anyone out there would like me to do any remixing or original tracks for their label please feel free to contact me.
And I hear you run a event now that sounds pretty cool! How’s that going?
Well the 1st event is on 5th September and the preparations for it are going well. We have a wicked line up:
Torque Feat Raw Power Recordings @ The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury.
ROOM 1/ HARDSTYLE
THE LEEROY THEORY
DANNY WILLIAMSON (Sector 9, Gravity, Sin DJ Management, Hard Junk Recordings)
AJ BATTUTTA (Redefined/Reset/Hard Junk Recordings)
AUDIO ADDICTS (New Talent)
CHRIS CHRINIC (New Talent)
MC SMILEY (All Around The World)
MC MASSEY (bounced/clinic )
ROOM 2 / HARDHOUSE
Raw Power Recordings takes over room 2 giving u the best of hard house.
Rich Resonate (Toolbox)
Tim Stokes (Toolbox)
Gem Stone (Raw Power Recordings/Torque/Gravity)
Wayne Smart (Wayne has just been added to the line up)
Steve Hewitt (Raw Power Recordings/Torque)
Matt Edwards (Raw Power Recordings)
Jammy Dodger (Redefined/Evolution)
For tickets go to www.theticketsellers.com or http://www.dontstayin.com/uk/shrewsbury/the-buttermarket/2009/sep/05/event-213569
Fave thing to do after a set?
Get myself a Jack & Coke! Mmmmmm! Then have a chat to people and chill out! I tend to get a little stressed before my sets so it’s good to relax after!
If the squirrels took over the world….would you fight them or are they just too cute?
Awww…. They’re just too cute! We’ve got loads in our back garden… Love to watch them chasing each other around the trees! Lol!
Ever eaten anything that really did taste the colour it was?
Actually, YES! I had these blue cough sweets once and they definitely taste blue!
Back to normal
Any upcoming gigs new mixes available anywhere?
Up coming gigs:
24 Jul 2009 Mash @ The Frog, Chester
1 Aug 2009 Excellerate @ JR’s, Powys
28 Aug 2009 Gravity @ The Attic, Manchester
5 Sep 2009 Torque Feat Raw Power @ The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
31 Oct 2009 Bounce, Basingstoke
I do a radio show every Wednesday night on www.examplefm.net from 9pm-11pm. We have a 1 hour live mix by Steve and I and a guest mix every week. All radio shows can be downloaded on our website -www.rawpowerrecordings.co.uk.
Newest Mix – Gem Stone – What a F**king Mistress Pt2
Track Listing –
1. Jimmy Dean – Can’t Believe It
2. Em-Extreme – Captivated
3. Sabresaw Vs Pandemik – Power Up
4. Gem Stone & Steve Hewitt – Well Done Pablo
5. Base Graffiti – Tetra
6. Ben Stevens – Pwomp It Up
7. Defective Audio – Nice Move Son
8. Gem Stone & Sam Green – Attention Seeker
9. Em-Extreme & Sista X – Rip It up (Gem Stone Remix)
10. Equinox – PUMA (Pocock Remix)
11. Paul Glazby & Paul Maddox – Gargantuan
12. Lucy Fur – Take me Away
13. Defective Audio & Hi Freak1c – Slow Vibration
14. Karl Davis & Frank Farrell – Beatcore
15. Defective Audio – Psychomp
16. Wayne Smart & Phatt Beats Vs Defective Audio – Death Warrant
17. Defective Audio & Marc Johnson – Hyperscum
For any booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any shout outs (lol) or thank you’s?
Just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me lately and to everyone who has downloaded my tunes. I couldn’t do it without you!
Thanks for having me Sparx! It’s been a pleasure!
Much Love xxx