We had the good fortune of connecting with Stone Panunzio and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stone, why did you pursue a creative career?
To be honest, I didn’t really have a choice. I fell in love with music, art, and the creative process at such a young age that I didn’t give myself a chance to even try to get good at anything else. I believe that if you want to succeed in the music/entertainment industry you have to forgo any notion of a plan-B. I have ambitious goals and aspirations; much to the chagrin of back-home friends and past-teachers. I would regret taking the road more often traveled (a “regular” job, per se) rather than sticking to my guns.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am both an artist and a producer. I have two projects that are close to my heart. My Band Lithic has been my rock (no-pun intended) since I was 18. We’ve created a breadth of music that we feel pushes the envelope, and continues to challenge our artistic sensibilities. We have plenty of new music in the pipe; A whole new era for our brand of chaos is just around the corner. Likewise, I have a production-duo with one of my closest friends (and absolute wizard) Randy Belcufine called BAD_NETWORK. Our style is just beginning to take form, but we’ve been hard at work on a plethora of projects for both other artists and ourselves. Both of these projects are still in a stage of development, but there is immense promise; I am so proud of the work we do, and the music we create.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a vintage guitar geek, through and through. I would take my friend to all of the great music shops dotted around LA, like LA Vintage, Imperial Vintage, Norms Rare Guitars, etc. Of course, No excursion through LA is complete without a visit to Malibu; I frequent the Malibu Kitchen right off of PCH whenever I can. Their Brie and Turkey sandwiches (on a pretzel bun, no less….) have fueled many a creative spree.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout My Parents, My Girlfriend, Abigail, and my Band-mates/Team in Lithic. I’m overwhelmingly lucky, and I have their support and guidance to thank for that. I also want to shoutout my longtime Mentor and Friend, Colin Sapp. I had the good fortune of studying under Colin for 4 years at Berklee, and he truly pushed me to be the best I could be.

Instagram: @StonePanunzio / @lithicofficial

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