Stony Sugarskull…..A Clunk Back and Forth Interview

 Jean de Oliveira, Berlin 2018

Hello Stony Sugarskull…..welcome to the Clunk universe.

Thank you so much for having me

Tell us a bit about Stony Sugarskull. Where are you based? Who does what?

I’m based in Berlin and whenever possible for wintertime in LA. I basically started the project and working with great artists such as Leander Passiv or Colin Dyer.

Stony Sugarskull is an interesting name. How did that come about?

With Sugarskull I’m hinting at the Mexican ancient tradition of awakening “dead” people. My self-imposed task is to do this with music (sound frequencies).

We don’t like comparing bands and shoving music into tidy pigeonholes at Clunk so how would you describe your sound?

A Mixture of krautrock, shoegaze, German pop, 1970s rock ‘n’ roll, psych rock, elektronika. On my last album it turned out that each song is different and on the whole it can be seen as a collection of various styles. I’m trying to reach something new by mixing together old styles.

We are really enjoying the album Lioness. Tell us a little about the making of the album and the songs.

Thank you so much!!! The album Lioness was quite a journey on which I’ve learnt a lot. As it is my first debut album on my own label, it was very exciting to see the process from production, marketing planning, to presenting it. I’m very lucky that I’ve got support from Initiative Musik and Musicboard Berlin to put my ideas into reality.

Now that Lioness is released are there plans to tour soon, maybe next year?

Yes, the official release will be in Berlin on 26th September at Urban Spree with a German tour following in October. I’m planning to tour California again in January and the UK is not quite sure yet regarding travel restrictions.

If you could choose any band/artist in the world to support you at a gig which would it be, why and where?

I’d love Kim Gordon or Jack White or Iggy Pop support me. It would be in Greece next to the sea.

I’ve recently read that Kurt Cobain’s iconic grunge cardigan worn on Unplugged sold for over $300,000. A while back handwritten lyrics for A day In The Life by John Lennon went for over a $1,000, 000. If you had several shedloads of money what piece of music memorabilia would you splash out on?

Phew – that’s a good question! Hard to answer. I’m not into memorabilia so much – I’d rather invest in great guitars or amps or other vintage gear.

Here at Clunk HQ the lockdown achievement has been taming two collared doves to sit in my hands. What have you achieved that’s been good for the soul? Learning origami? Baking the perfect Victoria Sponge?

Awwww …. I was quite happy I quit smoking which I’m very proud of.

If we were to come to your neck of the woods and hang out with you for the weekend where would you take us? You are the Entertainments Committee!

I’d invite you to my home in Berlin (Wild Wild Wedding) – make you jam with me in my basement, have a swim in the Plötzensee, and show you around Berlin with a visit to Nico’s grave in Grunewald.

Tell us about any bands/singers that we should be checking out that we may not have come across.

I’ve just started a new project called 1-2-3-4. There’s also a newcomer band called Hello Pity which I quite like. Maybe you’d like to check Holzkopfkinder out as well (my electronic project with Leander Passiv).

Thanks for taking the time for Clunk. Don’t forget Carlisle when you make tour plans!

Thank you so much for having me!

I hope to see you soon in the future!