The Tangina Stone Experience – TMG Artist Spotlight

By | June, 1, 2015

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TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview, this time with soul-infused rock artist, Tangina Stone!

Catch her at 50 Mason Social House this Thursday at 7pm!

Get a little taste of what Tangina’s all about with her UndergroundUp video below!

 

Here’s her exclusive interview with TMG!

1. What?s your bands name?  Where’d the name come from?

I am Tangina Stone. My band is called The Tangina Stone Experience.  Tangina Stone is my real name. Not just for the stage :)

2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?

My biggest accomplishment as an artist has been trying to balance survival and creativity at the same time. New York is a tough place to survive. It was especially hard for me to make the transition from Ohio. It was even harder to figure out how to be able to eat, pay the rent, and be a full time performer and artist.

3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?

I play keys, and guitar apart from being a singer. My band plays a ton of instruments. My lead guitarist is also a pianist. My bassist plays both upright and guitar bass. He also plays guitar as well.

4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre? 

I started making music because I realized a long time ago that it was about the only thing that I could do forever, while remaining consistently happy.

5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?

Last year when I released my EP, “The Fall”, we decided to host the release event on a sidewalk in front of a storefront in the Lower East Side. It was an amazing moment because we knew then where we were headed. We knew then, that we would never be playing music on a random sidewalk again.

6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now?

Yes! I am currently working on my next project which is due out at the end of the summer.

7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?

Absolutely. My music actually doesn’t have a genre. The only thing that is consistent about my style is that there is always a little bit of rock and a little bit of soul.

8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?

I have performed at Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, Leftfield on Ludlow, SOB’s, Cameo Gallery, The Bitter End, and Drom. My favorite has been SOB’s. Playing my show there allowed me to meet one of my favorite artists in the world named Eric Roberson.

 9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?

My bookings are always a collaborative effort. At times my manager and I look for ways to book shows that we think are important. The majority of our bookings come from previous shows though. My advice is that you have to pay to play. When I say pay, I don’t mean with money. I mean that you will have to play a few hole in the wall shows in order to move up to the bigger gigs. This part of the journey cannot be skipped.

10. Do you have any mottos?

To limit someone is murder, and to limit yourself is suicide. Never limit yourself.

11. What artists inspire you?

Erykah Badu, Sade, Stevie Nicks, and Lauryn Hill.

12. What’s next for your band?

TOUR! We plan to tour all over the damn place. We are looking forward to the experience and cannot wait to spread the music.

13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?

I’m an avid reader. I’m also still a student. When I am not making or listening to music, I am studying or reading.

14. Whats your favorite song right now?

My favorite song right now is Kendrick Lamar- How Much a Dollar Costs. It has an important message.

Check out of Tangina Stone’s music below!

 

Make sure you check out her album, The FALL, which is available on iTunes now!

Also, for your enjoyment, here’s an interview Tangina did with Essence Magazine!

Catch her at 50 Mason Social House this Thursday at 7pm!