Feeling Kinky? An Interview with the band Kink

Team Fox caught up with Kink this week for a chat. Kink will be headlining the fundraising event “Sunday Funday” at the Cadillac Lounge on Sunday April 24. You can follow Kink’s story on Twitter @Kinktheband

If you’re thinking about attending our fundraiser you can purchase tickets here.

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-Can you remember the exact moment when you guys decided you wanted to form Kink?

We had actually been dating for a few months and were both frustrated with our individual music projects. We were constantly talking about the style of music we wanted to play, our goals and aspirations, so we decided to spend a day working on each others songs to see where it would take us. When we heard what we came up with, we knew we had to be in a duo together.

-What year was that?

That was in late 2014, but we only started playing gigging seriously and recording in 2015.

-How would you describe Kink to folks who have never heard your music before?

We call it “dark pop-punk“. We like to think of ourselves like Tegan and Sara playing Blink 182, merged with Alice in Chains.

-You have covered some Tegan and Sara songs. Who are your major influences that help shape your music?

We both have long lists of influences, and they are from a variety of genres. We both love metal, pop and punk. Some of our influences are The Pretty Reckless, Failure, Nirvana, Blink 182, Deftones, Tool and Tokio Hotel.

-You recently played some songs on a Brazil radio show. Do you have fans in Brazil?

We actually have our biggest fan-base in Brazil, so we are chomping at the bit to get out there. Our fans are actually from all around the world. Some of our biggest ones are in the UK, France and Mexico! It is one huge benefit the Internet gives to bands – the opportunity to have your music heard worldwide.

“For us, rock specifically has given us the means to feel free, act strong and be genuine: it doesn’t force us to conform to what “pretty” or “feminine” traditionally look like.”

-What’s been the greatest moment for Kink since forming?

I think our best moments have been at the studio – both albums we have created have been amazing experiences, which we will never forget. We both love writing and the process of making music is something we both cherish.

-You guys founded ‘Guitars for Girls’. Can you tell us more about that and why you started it?

Guitars for Girls was originally formed because we constantly go to music festivals, and notice there are not a lot of musicians in bands who are female. It is a very male-dominated industry. That being said, we know there ARE bands with women in them, and there are many female musicians who are extremely talented, but there is definitely an imbalance. For us, rock specifically has given us the means to feel free, act strong and be genuine: it doesn’t force us to conform to what “pretty” or “feminine” traditionally look like. So we created the initiative to gives girls who want the opportunity to pursue music, the chance to do so, even if they do not have the means to do it. We have donated over 40 guitars to girls in Toronto, and the program continues!

-You’ve just spent time in the studio recording an acoustic album. Do you enjoy time in the studio or being out on the road more?

Since we are a new band, we actually don’t know what it feels like to “be on the road.” We have played most places in Quebec and Ontario, but have not played more than three shows in a row before. We love being in the studio though. The studio we just recorded the acoustic EP in was especially beautiful. We slept over for two nights so we could wake up and just focus on music. We also won a Factor grant for the album, which was great.

-What are some things you want to accomplish as a punk rock duo from Toronto?

Our favourite thing is connecting with fans from around the world and really connecting with them. We respond to all our fan messages, we often mail little gifts to fans to show them we care, and we add special custom perks to march packages when people buy them. We are fans of music and bands, so we always want to treat our fans the way we would want our favourite bands to treat us. We also would really love to tour one day with one of our favourite bands, Tokio Hotel. They are a great band from Germany that fits our style of music and they just seem like great people. We think we would have a blast touring with them.

You can check out Kink’s music here. If anyone has a new or gently used instrument they would like to donate to Kink, they can contact info@kinktheband.com

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