Fine, It’s Pink and it’s electronic
Fine It’s Pink is a band that experiments with each release, adding layer and layer of musical influences upon their compositions. They have performed all over the country opening for artists such as Tricky, Nadine Shah, Daughter and Sevdaliza, to name a few.
Last year the band was also invited for Black Rhino Music project Artist in Residence were they composed Moon follows river, alongside The Ghost of 3.13. The track can be purchased through our Bandcamp page.
| Before beginning to talk about your music I find it important to put your music in context. I believe that most of the musicians are influenced by the environment in which they create. So, could you share your thoughts about the Romanian music scene, of course, the one you feel you are part of.
We feel we are part of the alternative music, understood as an alternative for the mainstream music. This kind of music is not part of an industry, such as the mainstream, but it is a scene that is constantly growing and everybody tries to do his best.
This means we have to work twice as much in order to stay true to our own thing. In order to be a real competition for the mainstream we have to focus on working harder, to continually evolve, always pay attention to the quality of our live performances, compositions and productions. We think this is the only way we can be a real alternative.
| Do you feel your music is connected to the local landscape or do you find it more appropriate to other backgrounds?
Our music is strongly connected to this place we live in, to the people around us, our friends, our personal experiences, our view regarding everything that has an emotional impact getting us to that point where we feel this urge to create.
| So far you have released a series of singles and an EP. What is your signal flow regarding production and recordings?
Well, we haven’t done anything by the book so far... maybe this and do it yourself type of action could be a definition for being indie. This process makes you understand what needs to be done in order to put things in motion. Up to this point we did our recordings and production in our home studio and this is something we recommend to every young band, because this way you end up understanding your music and your needs better. When you work with a professional producer, in order not to waste his time and your money, we think that one has to be very skilled as a musician and have a vision of how his music must sound like. Working at home allows to experiment more so one can end up taking music production from a more creative point of view. Nevertheless, we have to mention Marius Costache who mastered our EP and some other track. His studio is a very welcoming space and his attitude is always positive. A real pleasure to work with him.
| Do you fell your sound evolved from interacting with the audience and their tastes?
Of course it evolved, we keep it healthy this way. We didn’t understand that from the beginning, but the truth is we have to let the flux of energy run back and forth, so that we can avoid the feeling of being stuck. It’s rather refreshing to try new things, new sounds, new ways of expression that maybe are different from what we did two years ago.
| Nowadays it is more difficult to talk about a genre because most of the music tries to outstand a tag. But still, what is your music about, how would you describe it if you would be in the public?
We don't feel that is our job to put a tag on the music we create. We just tell stories and share our experiences. There is no need to put a tag on that but of course we are educated to label everything around. By doing that, people think that they understand better what is all about. We make social music and as long as it creates a dialog with the audience, we're more than happy.
| You have released only three singles and an EP in five years, why so few? Are you still searching for a particular sound?
We didn't feel it was the time to release more music. For us, the songs weren't yet completed. We also got through some personal issues that took almost a year and a half to get things in order.
We'll always search new sounds and explore new soundscapes. It's a part of the job and also the beauty of making music.
| In our latest interview with Adrian Sherwood he was talking about how difficult is to promote a record, even for him, after such an extensive career. What are your thoughts on this subject? What alternative media, except Facebook, do you use for promotion?
Living in this digitalized era has it's perks as in more and more people get to listen to your music online, but that doesn't necessarily mean you are promoted. We believe that a good promotion materialize itself in live performances. At the end of the day, what you see is what you get.
As an independent artist/band is more difficult to promote your music because you don't have the support of a professional label. It's true that there are a lot of online platforms but they don't have the same power as a label.
Most of young indie bands as we are, still relies on online platforms such as Facebook, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes etc.
| How do you listen to music? Do you enjoy the physical format or just digital?
We listen to music online and we like to stay connected to what’s new. Digitally is easier and faster. Besides, we like to listen to live versions of our favorite songs. Nowadays you can find everything online, you just tap on YouTube or SoundCloud and listen to whatever you want. Of course, listening to music on vinyl is a whole different experience and not only because of its warm sound, but also because we find it to be intimate and somehow romantic. Our next material will probably have a physical format.
| Do you have a memorable story from your shows that you would like to share with us?
I remember how excited we were when we played on the same night with Tricky, at Control Day Out in Bucharest. A friend introduced me to Tricky the night before the show and told him we will share the stage the next day at Control Day Out event. The next day we met at soundcheck. It was raining, there was mud everywhere and the stage manager gave us a trailer to stay in. We were the last band scheduled for soundcheck and Tricky was there all the time, in his backstage, hanging around. When we started soundcheck, he literally walked on stage asking Iustin “What is this?”. He was really enjoying our sound. We stopped for a minute to talk to him and that’s when he told me “your voice sounds angelic”...his exact words. I just couldn’t believe it…. And the only thing I was able to say was “Thank you”. He thought it would be nice to sing something together on stage during his show but unfortunately, due to circumstances, it didn’t happen.
Nevertheless, Tricky was extremely supportive, he stood in the first row during our show. His presence there brought people in front of the stage and it was fun to see all that from the stage. We had a very pleasant night in his company and we kept in touch for a while. We kept in touch for a wile after but after some time he changed his phone number and that was all. But we’re looking forward for our next encounter and his new phone number (hahaha).
You’ve decided to make a limited edition of merchandise with Fine It’s Pink, how is it going?
This merchandise thing came to us almost out of nowhere. We decided to make someone a gift and we got very exited about how the shirt looked like with the FIP logo, so we took a picture of it and put it online. The reactions came almost instantly and we made a bunch of t-shirts for our friends.
It's nice when people appreciate what you do and support you in every way.
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