We had the good fortune of connecting with Ali Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ali, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factors behind my success as a producer, songwriter, and artist have been my persistence, discipline, passion and resilience. I’ve always loved music since I was little, and I feel that the constancy of studying and learning different instruments, honing my craft as a producer, practicing a lot, having the ability to adapt, and never taking anything for granted have all taken me to where I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There’s a phrase that says “it’s the ear, not the gear”, and I feel my ear is what sets me apart. Educating my ear since a young age, learning about music theory, harmony, studying instruments from classical music to blues, while listening to a wide variety of music from my native country Colombia, have been crucial to give me the tools that differentiate my sound as a producer.
I started with my first instrument, piano, when I was 4, so I’ve been cultivating and honing my knowledge and skills for more than 20 years. I think there’s always an opportunity to keep learning, and I feel that having this mentality has allowed me to keep polishing and improving my work.
Been in this industry, I’ve also learned that no one will work for you as you would for yourself. That is what led me to learn how to mix and master my own songs, to learn to animate and edit video to make my visuals for my artist shows, even to code for my website, haha.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Point Dume is a beautiful spot! I filmed my video for “Crudo” there, and I think it’s a place that’s worth visiting. There’s some beautiful hike spots too, like Temescal Canyon or Griffith Park. As for eating/drinking, I love coffee, and Bar Nine in Culver City & Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake have great coffee.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Certainly, there’s people that have believed in me and supported me along the way. Some of them are Gaby & Loretta from ASCAP, who connected me to a couple of songwriters when I moved to LA; Sebastian Krys & Rebeleon, who have supported my work as a producer; Diana Rodriguez from Criteria, who believed in me and my talent waaay before anyone else; and my family, who always encouraged me to learn the instruments I liked and have always been my #1 fans.