Hey Ink to Spill, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Could you tell us something about yourselves that nobody knows?
Collectively, we were virtual well before the pandemic, starting in 2015. Individually, a few fun facts. Gus’s given name is not Gus. Ernie has played in 49 different countries with some big time jazz artists and was once an assistant zoo keeper in Milwaukee. Ryan and I graduated from the same university, many years apart. Our first song was demoed before I ever met Gus. In a previous life, I was a food scientist. I sometimes go by C’Quil, short for ‘The Acidic Quill’.
What influences would you say have gone into your sound recently?
I would suggest we’re very eclectic. A lot of it is influenced by the 90’s Alternative Rock vibe, but Classic Rock and R&B are also influences. I feel a lot of Billy Joel, Elton John and Warren Zevon, in the keys driven ‘Julie-Julie’ release.
What are you currently working on?
We head back into the studio for the first time in five years this coming week. A lot of our previous releases were topical to the current events of the past five years. This week’s title’s are a bit more introspective, which is a little more challenging for me to write. There’s also some inspired by the courage and insecurity of others.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We’re bringing some new members into the band on bass and a second guitarist. We’re also releasing a few new videos. I think we’ll finish 10-12 new songs in the studio next week. I also want to up our game in the video department for some releases we’ve been sitting on that require a different approach. Still working on figuring that last part out. I am also working on seeking out a publisher for my first novel that I just finished. The band finds its way into the story line in a meaningful way.
What do you love the most about being an artist?
Mostly, working with the people that have now become my brothers and sisters. I can’t thank them enough for their musical and emotional support. Selfishly, it’s made my life and personality more interesting to others. Prior to 2015, I never realized how much I really had to say. As a life long introvert, it’s very refreshing to share that with the world through song.
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