LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave.) has quickly become the glamour-spot playground for celebrities and superstar DJs in recent years. So you might not get excited about the recent bill featuring DJ Stonerokk and Anthony Pisano, as they're not internationally revered names. But this is one night you don't want to miss, if you appreciate the true art of DJing; that is, turntable skills. Stonerokk, aka Michael Phillip Stone, has a Las Vegas residency with partner Graham Funke (they're known as the Captains of Industry). He steps behind the decks to show off his deft mixing ability, and talked to Miami.com about the show.
What can we expect from your set?
Whatever I can get away with.
How would you describe your sound or musical style?
When the public first became interested in my viewpoints, I would say: "I play good music. If you don't like that, something is wrong with you." The most recent permutation, in accord to my aloof nature: I play music for educated people.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Music was never an impetus for DJing. Curiosity was. I saw a DJ once and thought, "I'd like to try that." Thankfully, I was able to teach myself, since at 13 years old, my peer group did not consist of DJs. My current inspiration comes from watching and listening to other DJs and the checks I have to write my mom every month.
You've spoken out about the deterioration of the DJ. What's wrong with most of them?
It's actually a combination of the environment and the lack of interest in the art and history of DJing that, in my opinion, has ruined DJing. There is ZERO investment to become a DJ. Technology has replaced the need to scour the earth for years to amass a decent record collection, making ALL music disposable. This sentiment is reinforced at the highest level: the record label. Since music does not need to be "packaged" first to reach an audience, the label will release 10 songs in order to determine "the one," call it "the first single," AND THEN press CDs for the masses. The other nine songs are immediately forgotten. Also, music is not being made by musicians anymore; it's being made by computer nerds. There is no soul to the music, and it's apparent. None of it will stand the test of time because of the aforementioned reasons, as well as its lack of substance. Almost every record I own has a story surrounding it: how I got it, where I got it, how long it took me, what happened when I first played it, et cetera. The guys that just download music will NEVER feel that. It's like losing your virginity over and over again.
What do you think of Miami?
I think I would have enjoyed Miami more when the importation laws were more lax: Grade-A, 100% disco s---.
What do you listen to in your spare time? Any surprising musical guilty pleasures?
What spare time?!? If Graham and I are not DJing, we are writing one of two books, taking meeting after meeting for future projects, or producing music- or trying to. If there is a moment to spare, you might find us reading up on whatever our newest obsession/hobby is: tennis, pipe-smoking, tea, Ferrari repair - I own one of the 76 1974 308 GT4's produced; the most sought-after year. Our insatiable urge to gather ALL information on any given subject is what cemented a bond between us.