The ClubPlanet Interview:  Joe Stone

The ClubPlanet Interview: Joe Stone

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
04.27.2016

Interviewing Joe Stone, you realize that his music is a true reflection of who he is as a person.  Tracks like “The Party” and “Man Enough” are goofy, fun, and happy, which are the exact same words you could use to describe his personality.  Exploding onto the scene this past year with the update of the Montell Jordan classic, he seemed to come out of nowhere but he actually won a remix contest under another name.  Whether he goes by Joe Stone, Maurice Oude Booyink, or Inmado, his funky house productions stand out as fun tracks that get the party started!

RS: How are you doing today?
Joe Stone: Very good! I am very excited to be here in Miami for the first time actually.

RS: It’s your first time? I find that hard to believe because I ate at your restaurant last night.
Joe Stone: You ate at my restaurant? I actually heard about that, Joe’s Stone Crab right? Maybe it is family, I should try it.

RS: You should do a photo shoot there. I love your sense of humor and I also love “Man Enough.” The video is hilarious, were you involved with the video?
Joe Stone: I was, I got a small cameo with Ferreck Dawn and it was very fun to shoot. It was only a few seconds but that is the joke, I just said hi and then I was gone.

RS: What inspired you to cover that song with Ferreck Dawn?
Joe Stone: We knew each other from the scene and had played together a few times. He had a great idea with the acapella that we used from Toni Braxton. It fit right on the track, it was a nice deep sound and hopefully it gets picked up by the radio.

RS: Were those original vocals or did you have them resung?
Joe Stone: We had them resung, that is a little secret.

RS: Your debut single was the one with Montell Jordan, how did you get him to actually sing on the record?
Joe Stone: It is the original acapella and I just switched it around to cut and rephrase the chorus. It also fits right on the bassline and it worked great and he said yes. I didn’t have direct contact with him, it was via the label and I was very happy that he wanted to be featured.

RS: There must be some planning going on in the Spinnin world because you also did Adina Howard’s "(Freak) And You Know It” and I am wondering why you did that one instead of “Freak” that Quintino & R3Hab just did?
Joe Stone: I know, I was thinking that it was too obvious to do that one but then I was like “damn, Quintino did it.” Fun fact is that I am going to do a remix for that one as well. It is nice to use it as well.

RS: Is updating ‘90s songs going to be your standard practice or are you going to do original songs also?
Joe Stone: I plan to do original songs also but I haven’t found a great songwriter yet. I don’t necessarily do only ‘90s acapellas or samples, it can be ‘80s or anything but right now it is just a trend I think.

RS: You kind of came out of nowhere, like bam there was “The Party” and it was huge. Where did you come from or how did you get your start?
Joe Stone: I was under another alias, Inmado. I wasn’t famous or anything but I won a remix contest for the DVBBS song “Pyramids.” There was 1,400 people in the contest and I won first place. It was a basshouse track, I think that it was one of the first basshouse tracks signed to Spinnin’. After that “The Party” was born and it was a completely new sound and so I got a new name. Everyone supported it and it was crazy and amazing.

RS: Looking through your Instagram I see that you are good friends with Ferreck Dawn and he’s been around for a while . What is the best advice that he has given you?
Joe Stone: His best advice has been to just be myself. He is a really down to earth guy, he loves a few beers and some good laughs. He has been a DJ for quite a while, I really started producing last year but I have been DJing since 2009. I didn’t know him then, I just met him last year.

RS: When they make the movie of your life, what actor is going to play you?
Joe Stone: Wow that is a really great question. I think Keanu Reeves!

RS: I see it, the bone structure.
Joe Stone: I just like Keanu Reeves.

RS: What is the strangest question that you have ever been asked in an interview?
Joe Stone: That one! It is a very original question.

RS: Why do all DJs wear black?
Joe Stone: It matches the lights and the scene. I wear a lot of black actually, I have a few white shirts for Miami to switch it up a little. I am trying to get different colors in my wardrobe though.

RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Joe Stone: Be yourself and be a nice guy or nice girl. There aren’t many girls, we need more girls as producers.


Interview conducted March 2016 during Winter Music Conference.

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