Today we’d like to introduce you to Stone Mecca.
Stone, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Inglewood, CA and I started playing drums when I was 9. When I was 16, I saved my money and bought my first guitar. I spent countless hours teaching myself to play, trying to develop my own style and not mimic other artists. I formed my first band with my friends who also played music. Not long after, at a young age and early time in my career I was fortunate enough to go on tour with the legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire. Then I did a lot of studio session work for known hip hop and r&b artists. I started working with RZA, Wu-Tang Clan’s founder, back in 2007 and we’ve done lots of music together and I’m still his musical director for live projects. We just did SXSW and the Fortress Festival. I love performing with RZA because he knows how to rock the crowd. My main focus today is returning to my funk/rock roots and performing music that’s true to who I’ve always been.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been a lot of self-discovery and learning in my musical journey. I’ve seen the good and the bad sides of the entertainment industry but I go with what feels right to me. I’ve turned down a lot of money to keep my integrity. When I decide to move on an idea or project, I open my soul and allow the musical energy to flow through. There’ve been many instances where working with other people who self- sabotage because of their insecurities or selfish agendas has left me drained. I’ve had to re-energize and move on a few times, which in turn proves to me that I can. I hold no ill will it all, as it’s brought me to where I am and who I am now.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m an artist – a musician, songwriter and producer. I’d say my main gift is song arrangement. You know, the ability to nurture and develop a song into something that matches my or another artist’s vision which, in turn, can be felt by the listeners. My other specialty is live music production, which is translating a recorded project beautifully on stage. I’m tough on myself and others because I’m a perfectionist and I hear everything. It’s a blessing and a curse because I have to consciously turn it off while I’m on stage to be in the moment and enjoy my own performance. I guess what sets me apart, from what I’ve been told, is that I have a unique sound and production quality. So I guess not trying to mimic others during my learning years paid off.
I’ll be performing at the Riverfront Jazz Festival here in Dallas in September. The lineup includes some heavy-hitters and I’m honored to be a part of it.
What were you like growing up?
My father rode a chopper and used to pick me up from preschool on it. That should explain a lot about me! I’ve always forged my own path and never really cared about the new this or the new that. For me, it was always about what felt good. I wore my hair long most of the time and was attracted to the unusual. I was always questioning what I was told and what I was supposed to be. I only believed something if it made sense to me. I wasn’t a bad kid but a little mischievous at times. I loved to build things, ride motocross, skateboard, dance – I was into a lot, but music was always there waiting for me to make time for it.
- Website: http://stonemeccamusic.com
- Email: Press: Susan@luckybirdmedia.com
Photographer: Collette Pressley
Location: Tienda y Deli El Viajero on Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas