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INTERVIEW: Ink To Spill

Ink To Spill is an American, coast to coast, virtual band. They are almost never in the same place and yet they’ve been highly prolific creating content. Gus Reeves, the face and voice of ITS drives sound from his Music Box on Vashon Island, west of Seattle, delivering soulful vocals and innovative guitar. Ernie Adams drums and percussion deliver a signature sound developed over the years from his world travels with Jazz legends and his University of Illinois at Chicago Professorship. Ryan Behling’s vocals are the sorbet that breaks up their sound whether exploring ‘Eclecticity’ or joining Gus on duets. C’Quil’s (Bob’s) restless mind inspires the melodies and harmonies through demonstrative lyrics. Together, they explore an eclectic sound that bounces off all the boundaries within the alternative rock space, leaving no stone unturned as they examine all aspects of this world. Ink To Spill present a poignant examination of our world through an eclectic, alternative rock sound with influences from Soul, R&B, and Funk. The group leaves no stone unturned, with lyrics that range from the deeply personal to the socially conscious, to the downright ridiculous.

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Bob: Great, thank you so much for taking some time to hear and communicate our story to your audience. We’re excited and anxiously awaiting the release of 5th song ‘Raging Hormones’ next week.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Raging Hormones”?

Bob: The concept for the lyrics began with me just being interested in the juxtaposition and relationship between the phrases ‘Raging Hormones’ and ‘A Raging Whore Moans’. From there it was just what does that journey look like for our character? I told the guys, light and hopeful feel up front and dark and soulful on the back end, and they went to town.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Bob: No, not really, it was just about the word play and creating a story to progress between the two phrases.

Any plans to release a formal video for the single?

Bob: The live video from our debut concert goes out publicly Tuesday 11/12/19.  I’d love to issue a follow up video with the story progression of the characters in Vegas at the right time.  We have a couple local studios hinting that they’d love to go to Vegas on our dime.

How was the recording and writing process?

Bob: I’ll let Gus take the lead on this, but lyrically it pretty much wrote itself.

Gus: “When I first got the lyrics from Bob I toyed with a couple different musical feels before landing on the one you hear in the recording. I wanted it to be a little bit glam but a little dark and raunchy too. I think the minor key feel worked out well and I’m very proud of the guitar solo.  I recorded most of the elements in my home studio but the recording really took off when we added keys and drums with Grammy Award-winning producer James Auwarter in Chicago. He really helped make the song sound big and ominous. It was a great experience.”

What role does Las Vegas play in your music – or at least in this single?

Bob: For me it’s simply a backdrop where risk-takers dreams go to thrive or die. In this case there was a little of both. With great risk comes either great reward or tragic failure, sometimes both.

Is the woman on the single based on a real person or it just serves as a concept?

Bob: I’m sure there are a few real live people whose narrative could fit. In this case, she’s  conceptual.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Bob: We have a couple of CD’s worth of mixed and mastered material to release and we’ve just decided to release it one by one as we work to understand the business side of the industry.  There’s another 2 CD’s of demo’s and probably another 2-4 CD’s of lyrics I feel very confident about this team delivering on.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Bob: We are targeting our next release for 12/12/19 titled ‘Keys Awaiting’ about our first demo session in Gus’s Music Box. “Robes on Fire’ early next year.

Any plans to hit the road?

Bob: We hope to do some mini tours through Chicago areas, Seattle area and Virginia Beach area next year.

What else is happening next in Ink To Spill’s world?

Bob: We’ll continue to release song/video singles every 4-8 weeks over the next 14 months while developing some live concert opportunities and continuing to develop the demos in the pipeline. We have some really interesting protest songs that are focused on government oppression in some global cultures. Ernie is bringing his worldly music experience to bear on these demos with instruments from these cultures that just really rounds out their sound. Very exciting to hear things instrumentally in alternative rock songs that I’ve never heard before!

You can learn more about Ink to Spill on Facebook or via their website at: https://www.inktospill.com/

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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