1) How did you meet?
Stevie (drummer) and Jeremy (bassist) met back in December of 2015 through a Facebook group for incoming CSU freshmen. We went through a few different members before we met Tim, our current singer/guitarist, through a friend of a friend in the spring of 2017.
2) Would you consider your music to fit a certain genre?
It'a grungy. I don't know if it's grunge but it certainly is quite grungy. We draw our inspiration from a lot of places, Jeremy listens to a wide variety of alternative rock, Stevie listens to a lot of older rock, and Tim likes jazz and hiphop.
3) Do you have any plans to release new music in 2018?
We don't have any plans set in stone, but we hope to be able to record some songs over the summer to release by the end of the year.
4) What are 3 things to keep a band successful?
Jeremy: We've found incredibly helpful to sometimes just relax during practice, and jam with each other, without the intention of writing anything or preparing for a show. This allows us to really develop connections between each other and to learn to play to each other's strengths and weaknesses.
Stevie: Allowing a song to develop over time instead of trying to perfect it in one sitting helps to flesh out your music and allows the band to gradually perfect upon it.
Tim: Practice a whole freaking lot. Together and alone. Every time we play through a song I feel like it gets a little bit better, and that totals up pretty fast if you play every day. Just imagine how good a band could be if they were able to devote ALL of their time to music.
5) Who inspires you most?
Each of us have different influences, Stevie is heavily influenced by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and Tre Cool of Green Day, Tim draws his style from the works of Kurt Cobain and the jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and Jeremy is influenced by Mike Dirnt of Green Day and Chris Wolstenholme of Muse.
6) Would you ever collaborate with other local bands? If you already do, who?
Currently we've only gone as far as sharing crowds and stages, but we would love the opportunity to collaborate musically with other bands in the future.
7) Describe Out of Ink's sound in 3 words?
Moody, Raw, Stevie
8) What song do you enjoy performing most?
Tubes! It's one of the first songs we started playing together in our current lineup, and the very first song we finished together as well. It's heavy as heck (one of the few songs where we keep our distortion pedals on the whole time) and it features what's probably the sickest riff we've ever written. Our favorite part is right near the end of the last chorus; we abruptly stop playing. Everyone in the crowd is super confused. Then, some low end. A syncopated bass riff from Jeremy, all alone for a few bars when suddenly drums kick in and Tim is in the crowd shoving you. We and our fans love a good mosh!
9) What is one thing you want to achieve as a band this year?
We want to grow our fanbase. Having more people to share our music and energy with would mean the world to us. This year, we will play as many shows as we possibly can and spend the rest of our time recording songs to release as singles and eventually an album.
10) Thank you, anything to add?
We'll be playing loads of shows this summer, so be sure to be on the lookout! You can follow our instagram @outofinkband for all the latest news and updates.
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