IncInk is a music collective founded by filmmaker Navzar Eranee and actor Ranveer Singh, IncInk seeks out and nurtures musicians, poets, painters and film makers. Our long-term aim is to create an infrastructure where artists from different mediums can collaborate without restrictions. By being inclusive, IncInk will provide a megaphone for creative voices.
In the world of the written and spoken word, a name like 'Rumi' resonates a certain quality of depth and wordplay. In a contemporary context, SPITFIRE aspires to be as great. The word 'Spit' is slang for the power of the spoken word. The word 'Fire' empowers the words to provoke or destroy anything that stands in his path. His weapons for peace and war are his words. Now imagine a word spoken, visible, soaked in the gasoline of depth and meaning, and then set it on fire. Spitfire embodies Ink set on Fire.
His debut EP “Paathshala” is about how Spitfire saved Nitin Mishra. The EP speaks of an old wealth of knowledge based on experiential learning that guides us to who we are. Art and expression had once saved Nitin, so he has now found the strength to give back and spit words soaked in truth. You can feel his frustrations and his release juxtaposed in every word, in every song.
The music producers behind the distinctive sound of IncInk are siblings Anushka Manchanda & Shikhar Manchanda a.k.a. R?KHIS.They were completely immersed in the experience of developing the sound for Spitifre.“Spitfire takes the seemingly ordinary and shows you why it’s extraordinary. There is anangst that he has, which we wanted to communicate with the sound for this EP.Poetic words marked with electronic aggression, sometimes subtle, and sometimes in your face.That’s the vibe.”
Paathshala being IncInk’s first EP release, seamlessly embodies the why behind IncInk. “We can speak our truths, learn, educate and maybe even inspire somebody outside of ourselves. Oppression must be faced with bravery and creativity. By bringing these subjects to light through art, we can recognise the matrix and take action. Rap lends truth to the idea that art is and will always be, mightier than the sword.”
“Ek akashvani si sunai deti hai kahin se,
ki tum nahi jaante ki kis tarah har cheez ek doosre se judi hai...
Tabhi kuch vaartalaap jaari hai,
mera khud se aur rab se.
Khud se hi seekh raha hoon jaise khud hi paathshala hoon.
Issi kashmakash mein
main har maya ko hataane mein laga hoon.”
on his debut EP, Paathshala
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.