INK. is a newcomer from London that was formed in 2017. They have released a 4-track EP to date and have given various live shows since then. Grande Rock took the chance to interview the vocalist & bassist (as well a founding member) Dougie Poynter, so as to learn as many things as possible about this gifted English band…
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Hi Dougie. Do tell us when and under which circumstances did you decide to form the band?
D: It kind of happened by accident really. Me and my now band mate Todd were just hanging out writing songs then eventually got to a point where we were like “man, we should play this live”.
How did you come up with the name INK. – is there any special meaning behind it?
D: INK. comes from our favourite artist Ralph Steadman. He starts a lot of his work with a splat of Indian ink then works around it. We kind of thought that was the same with our song writing, I’d show Todd a splat of an idea and he would help turn it into an actual song.
Do you have in mind to follow a specific music genre or you’d like to experiment till you find what’s best for you musically?
D: I’m not sure. I’m more fascinated by song writing and the art behind that. The production around it is continuously evolving but the actual writing itself is something I’m super focused on.
You have released your debut EP “Heaven”, rather fast. Did you have some tracks already written or what?
D: Yeah. We were keeping it all behind closed doors for about a year. There’s a whole bunch more just hiding on hard drives.
When did the EP recordings take place and who did the producing, mixing and mastering?
D: We recorded at my favourite studio in Belgium, ICP. They have the best backline of gear you could imagine. Everything from old school analogue to all the modern tech kicking around. My dear “old” friend Jason Perry produced it. He not only is a great producer but makes recording fun. There’s never a boring moment recording with him. We spent a whole day just making Star Wars joke videos. Mixing and mastering was done by Adam Noble, who also I’ve known for a while. He’s a super talented dude. And lives in a funny place called Peables.
Are you looking to work with any music label or do you prefer to go on independently at this point?
D: Right now independent seems to be working out for us. I like the freedom and watching the natural growth. Maybe one day we will sign but right now we are super happy as it is.
Even though you’re a new band and you have only a 4-track EP out, you have toured the UK during May for about 21 days. How do you feel about that and how’s the crowd’s reaction that get to know you now?
D: That was one of the challenges. People only knowing 4 songs. I personally prefer a challenging crowd like a support slot or something. It makes you put in that extra effort... or in my case just more jumping around like an idiot. By the end of the tour people were singing the songs not on the EP, so I guess they were watching YouTube videos or something.
Do you feel more comfortable being on the road or working in the studio?
D: I love both equally. As soon as being in a studio starts getting stale you go on the road. And when you get tired of playing old songs that inspires you to get back in the studio.
Do you believe that touring can make you become more known faster and in a wider audience than just releasing some stuff and promoting it?
D: I think the live element of music is something that will live on forever (unless VR takes over the world) people still enjoy going out and having that 90 minutes of escapism. I guess similar as going to the cinema. Playing to a live audience is the best way I think to present yourselves. Kind of like a moving music mood board.
Do you have any specific expectations from the release of you debut EP?
D: I had 0 expectations. I’ve learnt from the past to just enjoy the journey.
When you will start working on your next release? Will it be a new EP or a full-length album? Do you have anything in mind at the moment?
D: We are working on the next EP as we speak. And then the full length probably by the end of the year. I’m super excited because since the last one a lot has changed in the writing.
What does the future hold for INK. and what do you wish to achieve with the band over the next years?
D: I literally just want to have fun. If it’s not fun and you don’t enjoy doing it then what’s the point? Right now INK. is super fun, low key and kind of DIY. I would love to get on a support slot or something. We just did a one off with Marilyn Manson and the thing I enjoyed the most was the challenge.
Time for our “weird questions”!!! What are those things that you do not like in the music industry nowadays?
D: I don’t like that album artwork booklets don’t exist. I used to love the creative process of that.
What do you think about the “downloading & streaming issue” of our time?
D: I think it’s great. It’s harder for bands to make money, but so much easier for smaller bands to get their music out there. It’s like the gate keepers have been removed.
Which music kind can’t you bear to listen to at all?
D: Honestly I listen to everything. From classical, to hip hop and metal to pop punk.
If you found a genie in a bottle and you only had 3 wishes what would they be?
D: “I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her”…
Top 3 Horror movies of all time?
D: The Shining, IT and Nightmare on Elm Street.
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
D: Anything by Max Martin... imagine the PRS!???
What’s the worst thing one can say right after sex?
D: Sorry…
Which of the Seven Deadly Sins do you reckon is the one, that’s more likely to send you straight to Hell, in the afterlife?
D: “Sloth”... imagine being sent to hell for being a sloth. That would suck. And super embarrassing once you’re in hell and have to tell the others why you’re there.
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
D: Haley Williams is killing it.
If you had the opportunity to invite any famous person, living or dead, over for supper whom would you choose and why?
D: Hunter S Thompson. Just imagine the stories and the chaos he would cause. Awesome.
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
D: I would go back to the Cretaceous period and find out about the whole dinosaurs having feathers thing. The thought of raptors and T Rex having feathers kills the Jurassic Park dream!
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
D: “St Peppers” by the Beatles. I mean it’s a masterpiece and I think it would also trip them out a bit. I would also ask them to review it then sell it to NASA.
Thx for talking to Grande Rock, Dougie. Wish you and your band the best for the future… Take care dude!
D: Thanks so much for having me!