Red Ink are a Victorian band doing good things in Australia and Overseas. I thought it was time to find out some more from the band
1. How has having a booking agent helped you as a band?
I suppose in the early days for a band, one of the hardest things is to get good gigs.. Having a good agent takes that worry off your chest and puts it onto theirs!! haha.
2. What was the inspiration for your latest release?
Empty Town came from alot of jamming in a new direction we were heading with more ambient sounds and soaring melodies. The lyrics themselves were built in a kind of retrospective way looking back at the way at which everyone around us seemed to have faded out over time. It’s a pretty melodramatic little piece..
3. Are you happy how the media has responded to your music?
I think so.. But to be honest, we don’t write music for the media.. We write for our own enjoyment and the joy of people out there who dig our tunes. Good press/bad press, you kinda have to treat it like water off a duck’s back.
4. What has been your favorite show to date?
Definitely a gig we played at the Great Escape in Brighton UK to a packed out audience in a club on the beach.. The vibes were crazy that night!
5. How has touring helped you as a band?
The lads can play!! When you play a million shows in every place/environment imaginable ie pubs, festivals, parties etc, you really learn to use your talents and gel as a band.. Touring has also broadened our tastes and knowledge of music.. There’s so much more than the three bands you hear in your home town, or on your favourite radio station.
6. What is the scene like where you live?
We’re from the Mornington Peninsula and there’s always been a healthy dose of bands coming out from our area but there’s the general vibe that you’ve gotta go out and play elsewhere.. There’s alot of cover/DJs so original, flamboyant pop isn’t really the flavour of the day down here..
7. How does social networking help you as a band?
It’s funny you know.. It’s great in the sense that our audience can constantly reach you and there’s a definite interaction there but at the same time, every other band, popstar, tv show, brand etc has the same interaction.. So it’s kinda destroyed the “sacred” relationship people used to have with their favourite band.. Nothing’s secret/special anymore.. But hey, you gotta go with the times..
8. How do you think connecting with your fans helps you as a band?
I don’t know that it does.. As a band, your priority should be to write what is honest and real for you; the four guys in that rehearsal room. The fans have the choice to then like or dislike your work.. But yeh i think it’s best for the music to be the most important resource, not someones sexy press shots or super cool bio…
9. What is next for yourself and what do you hope 2013 will do for you?
We fell in love with music 10+ years ago so we’re gonna continue making the music we love and playing it everywhere people will listen.. We’ve just locked in a swag of dates across Europe next year so we’re all pretty buzzed about that.
10. How do you find being an independent band?
Good and bad. We get to create the music we want to create. We get to play the shows we want to play.. But, we don’t have the media campaign Lady Gaga has, and we definitely don’t have the swag full of ARIA’s that Guy Sebastian probably has..
11. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Pharrell has pretty awesome taste.. or Brian Eno. Too much to ask??
12. Any plans to tour overseas?
You know it! England, Germany, the rest of Europe; we’re coming to get you.