As producer, songwriter and engineer, Ink Pix plays every part in the creation of his music that could be considered ‘bedroom pop’. ‘How R U?’ is his new single, out on Friday, May 31st and we caught up with him to find out more about his music.
I’ve got quite a catalogue of songs waiting to go, but this song really does a good job at building energy and playfulness through my synths and that classic groove that gets used in so many pop songs now, but that’s because it’s just so infectious.
What first got you into music?
A variety of things got me into music I would say, seeing my Dad singing in cover bands, discovering I could sing when I was a kid in school assemblies (had to do some rediscovery when my voice dropped though haha) and then learning how to play the upright piano our family had inherited that no one in our house could actually play.
It took a good seven years though of just playing other people’s music before I discovered you could get GarageBand on your iPod touch (back when they were a thing). There I fell in love which just being able to instantly record your ideas and hearing what they sound like together straight away, like having a studio that could fit in your pocket.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
Yeh there’s always loads of music that I get inspired from. I think the main ones for Ink Pix as a project would be Bruno Mars, The 1975 and The Beatles. However when I discover new music I like, I’m always looking into what they’re doing to achieve their sound. Then I attempt to create something similar but get no where near. But that’s probably a good thing that I don’t get very close to be honest.
How would you describe your style?
I’d say I take a bedroom pop approach to my music. I wouldn’t particularly define it as bedroom pop cause that would be similar to acts like Mac Demarco, Still Woozy and Boy Pablo. Just take out the guitars on their tracks and put some cheesy synth pop vocals and you’ve basically got me. But I guess that’s due to the fact I make most of my music in my bedroom so I’m sure as I evolve as an artist and hopefully with some more success I can break into a realm of pop music that has not been achieved yet.
Why the name ‘Ink Pix’?
As I’m sure with most artists and bands, Ink Pix was a name that occurred after a long list of other names. It seemed like everything I came up with was always taken when I Googled it or typed it into Spotify. The solution was to come up with a long name (which has to really be good), or something completely random that no one could have come up with. But I still wanted it to have meaning so I thought ‘Ink Pixel’ originally as a kind of band name.
A reflection of transitioning into a modern world where pixels have replaced ink as a fundamental tool for humanity or some shiz. Googled that and it was (no surprise) a graphic design company. But ‘Ink Pix’ sounded like that could work as a first name and surname. Similar to Post Malone in the sense that ‘Ink’ isn’t really a common first name.
If you could collaborate with any living artist who would you choose?
I think No Rome would be my choice. I can see him taking off really soon cause he’s got so much talent with his songwriting and production. Would definitely jump at the chance to be apart of his journey to success. Would also love to know any tips and tricks he had to achieve such a quality sound. Pretty much any one who’s with the label Dirty Hit, The 1975, The Japanese House, Pale Waves. They just seem like my kind of people.
Tell us about your new single ‘How R U?’. What’s it about?
It’s about this awkward experience I seem to be having with someone that I’m not sure how interested they are in me. We always message each other every day and have gone out a couple of times over four months, but when I ask her out for more she’s always busy, yet if I don’t message her for a bit she seems really upset. So I’m just waiting for her to ask me to see if she really cares, but everyday our conversations are just about how the day’s been.
I think it’s difficult with this situation when it’s like a guessing game over the phone. Reminds me of that Key and Peele sketch where they’re texting each other and one person thinks they’re having a friendly conversation whilst the other person thinks they’re having an argument. I always seem to read into the subtext too much.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it over the last month really. Normally takes me about a week to produce a song (over my busy schedule of over things), I seems to produce the instrumentation fairly quickly, just had to really spend the time on the lyrics and what I was trying to say. All recorded and produced in my bedroom, it allows me to record whilst I write so I have more of an idea how my finished product will sound as I’m writing it. Although shoutout to my local studio ‘QM studios’ who are always kind enough to let me record there in return for some voluntary work.
How does ‘How R U?’ represent your style?
At the minute I’m really trying to gain attention towards myself. I’ve got quite a catalogue of songs waiting to go, but this song really does a good job at building energy and playfulness through my synths and that classic groove that gets used in so many pop songs now, but that’s because it’s just so infectious.
What are your hopes for ‘How R U?’?
I’ve just been trying to write that song that really get’s my fanbase going. It’s hard though cause I always think I have it but then release it to the world and still end up back where I started. I hope this song is really going to help me step up and gain some serious attention.
Do you have more music we can look forward to this year?
Yes definitely! ‘How R U?’ is the first in a new line of releases every three weeks (because that’s as fast as the website I use lets me release music), until whenever I feel like I should stop based on anything. I also released an EP and another single back in March which I definitely recommend listening to if you like this song.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen for you this year, what would it be?
To be able to be earning enough money out of making music so that I don’t have to live with my parents anymore (as much as I do appreciate the top class service they’ve given me).
Watch the lyric video for ‘How R U?’ on YouTube below. For Ink Pix news and details go to inkpixmusic.com.