How did you come up with the name Inkfields?
The real story is a bit on the boring side! I wrote down words that I liked for a week and made different combinations out of them, Inkfields was the winner! The ‘name story’ has now evolved to include the fact that all Inkfields ink artwork is my own handiwork and so the name could derive from my mixture of music and art.
Who are your influences?
My influences change year on year, but some consistent ones include Muse, Radiohead, Coldplay, Razorlight and Arctic Monkeys.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Inspiration often comes from hearing peoples stories, but also from personal circumstances and ‘weird encounters’. There are days, though, where I hear an incredible track and it inspires me to wap the guitar out and get to work!
Your debut LP ‘Beneath The Waves’ is out now, tell us more about it.
Beneath The Waves is a collection of my favourite songs that I’ve written over the past few years. As the songs were written through different points in my life, the messages vary, but some songs such as ‘The Last Ebb’ and ‘Black Sails’ were written specifically for the album and it’s core theme (ocean conservation). ‘The Last Ebb’ was written as my musical interpretation of tidal movement in the ocean and ‘Black Sails’ is a fairly obvious lyrically jab at over exploitation of marine environments.
What is the message you are trying to tell your fans?
There are a few messages that come out through the different songs. ‘Dream Catcher’ for example, is a ‘be yourself message’ and ‘don’t worry about the image the world wants you to convey’. As mentioned in the previous question, I’m also very keen on preserving our seas. It would be great if as many people as possible took whatever small steps they can to look after them.
What was the writing & recording process like?
The writing process led to about 30 demos, which I had to narrow down to the final 12. I then re-did every demo at least once to refine them and to add some more creative production ideas. It was a lot of hard work! The recording process was easy in comparison, as everything was so well rehearsed and ready to go.
Describe each track from the new LP in three words.
The Last Ebb: Ebb and Flood
Who Is The Fire?: Hiding from reality
Snare Yourself: schadenfreude indie disco
Nights Like These: synth indie pop
Gate In The Blue: What happens after
Made In China: strings indie folk
Roll Of The Dice: trapped by addictions
Garden Of Delusion: futility of war
Black Sails: Stop plundering ocean!
Dream Catcher: Fight the clones!
Running To The Fight: quiet Dramatic finish
House In The Dunes: musically lyrically weird
Do you have any shows coming up? if so where will you be heading?
I have quite a lot of shows in Germany and a few in Austria. Nothing official in the UK yet, but I’m looking at doing a wee Autumn tour.
Would you be up for collaborating with artists or bands?
I actually have a collaboration EP in the works at the moment. 5 songs with 5 artists. I’ve figured out the first 4 artists, but I’ll keep that quiet for now!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I’m working on an album ‘super project’. I would like to give something to music history that as far as I’m aware has never been done before! Other than that, I’d like to be able to tour outside Europe and have a couple more albums and EPs under my belt.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Winston Churchill: ‘Never give up’
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
I’ve come across far too many ‘clone bands’. Bands that sound the same as each other. If you want to be an originals artist and you don’t sound original. Do something to change up the game. Listen to genres you usually shun, add a kalimba player to your band! Do something unexpected and you may just find ‘your sound’ along the way!
You come off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/Who do you see?
My girlfriend and my golden retriever!
3/What do you eat?
Anything that’s available, but in a dream world an Envirotarian roast meal!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?