Miriam Massie and Colin Mac have been making music together as INK for a couple of years, carefully formulating their sound before sharing it with the wider world.
But they have already won the hearts of The Guardian, earning the newspaper’s Band of the Day (online) and Band of the Week (print) accolades. Amazing Radio has also pledged early support, playlisting their first release Ink Goes On.
Ink Goes On is a sentimental affair, with lulling guitars, gentle twinkly electronica and lush female vocals. Its romantic plotline has been teased out by upcoming video artists Katia Kush and Kristine Kenmochi, who also crafted the animal masks the duo hide behind. You can watch it below.
We thought it was time we caught up with INK, before their cover is blown and they get busy bothering the top of the charts….
How long have you been making music?
We have each been making music since we were children. But together, INK has been two years in gestation. We each have an uncle that was a major inspiration. So music was around for both of us in the family.
What inspires you?
INK is inspired by what we see around us. We would say we're as inspired by art and literature as we are music. There are great writers, words, and thoughts as documented in The Paris Review and that has been an influence, as has the work of several artists. We like to go to wide empty spaces, whether that be a museum or down by the river Thames and let the space impact on our ideas.
Is there an album in the offing?
We don't have an album out yet as we are currently unsigned, but we have a lot of interest and are meeting managers. We do have an album's worth of materials ready to record.
What process do you go through to create your music?
We like to keep things simple, with a lack of clutter. Sometimes an idea may come from a piano and a melody and other times it may start with programmed sounds and beats. We prefer to add real instruments to the programming. We like that mix.
Our first single in the world is Ink Goes On. It was started on our phone recorder as a simple melody - we start a lot of our songs that way, playful melodies that then find a beat. We often meet at the river in London and sing ideas to each other. Then we cut off the fat and work with the best bits. We like to craft but also believe in being instinctive first and foremost.
Then we bring on board our producer, Dom Morley (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Grinderman), and he does his stuff. We're lucky to have a really strong, organic visual and musical creative team around us.
How would you describe your sound?
When a rabbit meets a fox.
What would your dream collaboration be?
With the artist Stefan Bruggemmann. Feist or Bon Iver.
Where can we catch you performing next?
Our first show will most likely be in London at the beginning of 2013. More at inkmusic.tv