Ladywood was curious to learn what the Brooklyn based duo, Inky Jack, was all about. So we did.
Inky Jack is Dipesh Sinha and Kwame Butler. Their sound has depth and soul as they blur the boundaries of electronic, reggae and rock. Later this year they will drop their forthcoming EP Infrared - so watch out! If it's anything like their latest single, Freedom, or Handmade (my favourite track)...get at me. There is something about their songs that are addicting. I'll listen once to find myself replaying it over and over again. Well done sirs, I look forward to all the good vibes you keep on producing. Read the interview below to learn about how they met, how the magic comes together and other fun/weird facts about these two talented humans...or maybe they are aliens from the future...no one will ever know.
How did you two meet and decide on the concept of Inky Jack?
We met when Dipesh moved to Crown Heights and asked a mutual acquaintance if he knew any talented artists and he introduced us. Dipesh was doing pop/urban production and Kwame was doing pop/urban hooks and we had both quit the music industry a couple of years prior, as that world was pretty lame and boring. We initially got together just to hang out and make music for fun, make stuff that we could sit back and smoke a spliff to, when our friends started liking the music we were doing. Inky Jack was a very organic thing that didn't form as an actual entity until we had 4 or 5 songs and decided to get a live band together. It was initially called Patchwerk, when we were just having fun as that described our sound best, but then we changed it when we decided to make it a more serious endeavor. Starting in this particular way made us promise to ourselves that Inky Jack would always be about real, honest music, because that's what actually resonates with ourselves, and by extention to others.
What is the process for making your music? How does it come together, who does what?
Dipesh is the music producer, Kwame the songwriter/vocalist. We make some suggestions occasionally in the other's realm, but its pretty cleanly split. Dipesh will usually lay down a groove, kwame will come by dipesh's house/the studio and see what he feels. Usually he'll come up with an idea on the spot if the groove catches him and then we'll develop a structure and arrangement together and Dipesh will fill out the music production
Do you guys have any plans for live shows/tour?
Getting the band together after finishing our record and playing our next show on April 30th and The Bowery Electric in NYC. We're planning a north-east tour in the fall and hopefully more, depending on how the record goes, but its all a bit up in the air at the moment.
What are your fondest music memories?
- Fondest Inky Jack memory: playing at the Highline Ballroom
- Dipesh's fondest music memory: playing flamenco guitar when I had the time to practice in college and was actually getting decent at it
- Kwame's fondest music memory: being in four-man singing group "release", sang for over 600 people
Where did the name Inky Jack come from?
Inky Jack is a character from Neil Gaiman's American Gods. He was captured in West Africa, brought to Haiti as a slave, was given the monniker Inky Jack because of his dark complexion, and joined Toussaint Louveture in leading the slave rebellion. During the fight for freedom, he was killed and became a spirit that the rebel fighters summoned for strength. The first time I read the book, I thought this was a real deity, as many that appear in his book are. However, I'm now pretty sure this is a made up character as I haven't been able to find anything else on this.
If you could spend the rest of your life in one place, where would it be?
- Dipesh: Rio De Janeiro - I actually learned Portuguese and planned to move there before a freak medical situation which prevented me from going. I love it down there!
- Kwame: South America or Ghana
What are the plans for 2014?
We just finished our record and our now shopping to build our team to get to the next level - distributor, publisher, booking agent, publicist. We plan on doing a small tour in the fall, and hopefully something bigger afterward. We're also producing and writing for other artists, most notably one named Roxiny Rivas, who will be releasing music featuring Inky Jack and we'll likely play live with her as well.
Any other weird things we should know?
- Dipesh's ears are asymmetrical and he has a prosthetic hip for reasons no one knows
- Kwame never writes down lyrics and is insanely afraid of heights
- Ol Dirty Bastard's brother almost pulled a gun on Dipesh in a Brooklyn studio
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