Posted by Sandra on March 19 2018

Read below the interview Dougie and the rest of INK. did with Pause magazine and also plenty of new pics in the gallery.



Meet INK, formed of three friends: Dougie Poynter, Todd Dorigo and Cory Alexander. Each member comes from their own musical journey and the band works this to their advantage by producing genre-defying music. Discovering their interests in poetry, modern art and YSL, INK is far from your typical alternative rock band. The trio speak to PAUSE about all things music and menswear.

How did you guys meet?

Dougie: Just through being out an about in London. Yeah it was just like a whole bunch of ‘hey you guys are doing this too!’. We always gravitated towards each other and became friends with each other.

 Did you all meet individually?

Dougie: Yeah, so we just met being out and about in London and me and Todd started writing songs for no reason…they weren’t for anything. Just for fun. That kind of spiraled and turned into demos, until we were at the point were we were like ‘this sounds really cool and this could be a band’. Obviously the missing piece was a drummer. Cory was playing the bands and was recommended by a good friend of ours.

 How did you guys come up with the name INK?

Todd: Something that me and Dougie would always talk about is this artist called Ralph Steadman. He did cover art or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. We would always look at his artwork and when we were thinking of a band name, INK cropped up because he would start his pieces of art with a splat of ink. He would use that to build into some sort of illustration that reminded us of how we write a song. Starts as a small idea that grows into something unexpected.

How would you describe your music in one word?

Cory: Atmospheric

Dougie: We can pick any word? Escalator! *Laughs* Jheeze… yeah I’ll stick with escalator.

Todd: Anxious

Who are your musical influences?

Todd: I think what was cool is that we come from different musical backgrounds and have quite an eclectic taste, so it was interesting to find the crossovers. But for me Nick Cave and was a big one when we were writing, especially lyrically as well.

Cory: Incubus, Rage, Blink I guess from a genre perspective.

Dougie: Playing-wise, I like the way The Descendants bass player plays; I like the down-stroke kind of thing. Nowadays I am more interested in song writing, so not necessarily a specific genre like ‘I’m into heavy metal’- I’m more interested in great songs. It doesn’t have to be the hookiest melody… I like classical music… I have a really kind of broad… (taste). Like Todd said, we all come from different places, but that’s what made it so much fun when writing. It was pretty unpredictable, which leads us back to Ralph Steadman as we never knew where each song was going to go. I could present Todd with a little, tiny melody or a chorus and he could take in a completely different direction than I would, which was awesome. We would just keep on going back and forth and then Cory came along and waxes his stamp on it and that’s how we’ve ended up (with music).

How does your sound with INK contrast with your past career with McFly?

Dougie: The process is exactly the same really. Just a bunch of friends sitting around with acoustics first and demoing, and then taking it into a rehearsal studio with everyone bringing different influences. With McFly, everyone was into completely different things but that’s what made it what it was. It’s the same with this project. It may sound like a big difference, but at the end of the day we’re just musicians that play together.

 Tell us about the album. Is it finished?

Todd: It’s a 4 track EP. It’s all recorded and ready to go. We recorded it in Brussels in ICP Studios. We were there on the 1stJanuary.

 Wow, that’s not long ago! Is that when you started?

That’s when we recorded, yeah. We’ve have been writing since last May. We went straight from New Year’s Eve parties straight into the studio. It was a big way to kick off the year.

Posted by Sandra on March 14 2018

Below there’s another interview of Dougie’s new band INK with Phoenix Magazine UK and some new pics aswell.


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Though he’s already enjoyed stratospheric success with his first band McFly, Dougie Poynter is working from the ground up on his next big venture. INK are a three-man homage to good old-fashioned rock music, marking a maturing progression in sound for the ‘fit one from McFly’ and the blistering debuts of his bandmates, lead vocalist Todd Dorigo and drummer Corey Alexander.

With a sound hailing from a bygone era of rock n’ roll and a definite West Coast influence, INK have the kind of staying power the genre hasn’t seen since Queens of the Stoneage. Title track ‘Heaven’ begins with a galloping riff from Dougie, swiftly followed by a guitar chord straight conjuring the dusty trails of the Wild West and rumbling, baritone vocals. From the get-go, second track ‘Fever’ showcases stadium-worthy harmonies, and by the pre-chorus the crashing hi-hats have us lost in the imaginary mosh pit.
In a world of carefully engineered brand hookups, truly organic artistic collaborations are all too rare. They seem a somewhat quaint and romantic hangover from a past cultural era – think Mick Jagger and Keith Richards bumping into each other on the platform at Dartford train station (true story).

And yet INK really did form spontaneously. Dorigo and Poynter met on the London fashion scene where, says Poynter, ‘we were usually the only musicians.’ Both had ties to the industry – Dorigo has recently collaborated on the Burberry Acoustic campaign, while Poynter is a regular face at Fashion Week, who’s modeled for Louis Vuitton, Topman and Joshua Kane. They connected over what set them apart from the standard fash-pack, and when they were introduced to drummer Alexander (through the traditional ‘mutual friend’ route), the spark was lit.

‘As soon as I’d see Todd at one of these places, I’d make a beeline for him and we’d hang out,’ continues Poynter. And after ‘sliding into [Dorigo’s] DM’s’, it wasn’t long before the inevitable was set in motion.

‘The cool thing was, there was no real intention of starting a band straight away. I think my first message about writing to Todd was like, “do you want to come over with your guitar?”. We just wrote something there and then in a couple of hours, and it was very easy and lot of fun.’
‘In the end, I just set up camp at Dougie’s and we just had a month or two of wake up, write up, record,’ adds Dorigo. ‘Some days we’d get up and just chat for a couple of hours. We opened up about a lot of stuff, and it got quite personal.’

A chirpy morning coffee seems like unlikely origins for an EP that offers more than a murmur of the melancholy (they cite Nick Cave and poet Oliver Clarke as major references). I mention that their music sounds more like the product of sultry midnight beers. ‘Always the morning over a coffee,’ Dougie protests. ‘It was like caffeine fuelled therapy. I make some strong coffee, man!’

They may have not set out with the intention of hitting the studio (and then, naturally, the stage), but after accumulating ‘literally hundreds of ideas’ between them, it became evident that their little project was destined for greater things than Poynter’s dining table.

‘I’d been in a band before, but I was actually working for the family business in Yorkshire when I got the call,’ says Alexander, when I asked him where his part in the narrative began. ‘I was on a train and got a call from a friend, who said he’d thought I’d be good for it. He sent me some stuff and I thought it was great – I loved Todd’s voice and the vibe they had and we talked some more, and I drummed a bit…’, he trails off.

Poynter adds, ‘we’d auditioned a few guys already, and weirdly, the mutual friend had told us [about Corey] when we were still demo-ing’. He called me up and said, “Dougie mate. I’ve found you a drummer, look no further.” And he was right.’
…keep reading.

Posted by Sandra on March 14 2018

As we all know McFly is in a kind of hiatus right now and during this time Dougie has formed a new band with two friends, Todd Dorigo and Corey Alexander. The band is called INK. and has more of a alternative rock vibe, completely opposite as what we know Dougie for in McFly.
Read below their interview with 1883 Magazine and check some pics on the gallery!

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Dougie Poynter, Todd Dorigo and Corey Alexander are three mates with a lot of talent and have joined together to form INK. Each successful in his own right. Dougie, arguably best known for his membership in chart-topping McFly, Todd, an experienced solo artist with Glastonbury on his CV and finally, Corey, a Musical Institute LA graduate.

With a sound that can be described as a modern post-punk revival, INK. has all the ingredients for an honest and organic collaboration. We joined the guys in a London’s Covent Garden to talk about working as a trio, instant validation and what we can expect from debut EP ‘Heaven’ out now.

Introduce yourselves…

T: So, I’m Todd. Todd Dorigo over here.

C: I’m Corey.

D: I’m Dougie and a Sagittarius.

How did you guys get together?

T: Dougie and I would kind of meet, like bump into each other, on nights out, here and there in London over the last couple of years. Eventually, as musicians do, they eventually find themselves with some guitars lying around. That’s how we found ourselves writing very casually with no sort of goal. Fast forward a few months or so after that, we had all of these songs and we kind of found ourselves in a band and we thought we need a third. A rhythm section. So, then a friend of Dougie’s recommended Corey to us.

Did you [Corey] have to do an audition or anything?

D: There wasn’t an audition, but more a sort of… vetting process…

How did it feel being that third, final member, the final piece of the puzzle?

C: It was really nice, the way they approached it was really cool. It was making it a band. It felt really nice.

D: Yeah once we approached it, and checked out his criminal records- they were all clear. His medical records, they were all good. He was in. He had to pee in a cup to get into the band.

Did you know the name of the band before you became the three or was it a joint decision?

D: Did you (Corey) know what we were called before?

C: When we started speaking it was just… no. They had ideas and, we kind of finalised the fact we were going to do this.

T: I think we were throwing ideas around and INK. was one of them. We hadn’t decided.

D: It makes sense because it’s a three-piece, three letters. The reason for INK. collective was while Todd and I were doing a lot of our writing, we would talk a lot about this artist called Ralph Steadman, he did a lot of the artwork for Hunter S Thompson, Gonzo, early Rolling Stones illustrations. But, he starts a lot of his work with just a single splat of Indian ink and then has to create something from that splat. He never knows what it is going to look like which is kind of like how we were writing songs. Todd would come in with a riff and we would take it from there. There was never any like target of who we wanted to sound like, what we wanted to sound like. Every song had a life of its own like a painting.

How do you each keep your own identity in the band?

C: Allowing each other to have a voice.

T: I mean I just want to be Dougie.

D: And I want to be Todd.

What makes this work as a trio?

C: We all bring different things to it, we all have different influences.

T: I’d say I’ve written with a lot of people in the past and I’d say it’s quite rare to find someone that you work really well with. One of the reasons is our pace of writing. We give each other that space to breathe. Sometimes we sit with each other in silence, staring at the window.

I thought you were going to stare into each other’s eyes…

D: Out the widow, not into each other’s eyes!

I’ve written with tons of people before, but with Todd the pace of it was exactly the same. Coming from two separate worlds as well, Todd introduced me to a whole bunch of things I was not aware of before, it was just a lot of fun.

Dougie, you’ve come from McFly and then that turned into McBusted, what is it about collaborative work that you enjoy?

D: I’d say since day one, I’ve always done it. With McFly and Busted, both Tom and James wrote songs for each other’s bands so James would come over and write songs with us. I think it is a lot easier when you are writing songs for another band, you don’t get in your own head. I think every musician does it, seeing what another musician thinks of your idea and what they can add to it, especially if they are from a completely different world, it can take you down a completely new path.

Like peer evaluation?

D: Yeah, exactly!

odd, you used to perform solo, how is it different to now being in a band. What do you prefer?

T: All by myself… I think one of the positives I’ve definitely taken from it is in the writing process. Its instant feedback, the back and forth of ideas. For years I have just been writing on my own and you have to wrestle with yourself and you can go so far without anyone saying no that’s a bad idea or that’s great. There’s no one to encourage you so that is a massive positive which definitely made me excited to keep writing with Dougie. Just the experience of something as a group of mates. It feels like you’re in a gang.

D: And you can point the finger elsewhere if it goes wrong.

C: He did it!

You have a couple of EP’s coming out, what can our readers expect from these?

D: Well the first EP comes out today, that’s a taster but it just scratches the surface of what we have been doing. Then we are going to do another one and then put them together and create an LP. But as I said, we don’t know musically where it’s going to go. It’s just doing its own thing which is really nice again not to try and hit a moving target.
…keep reading.

Posted by Sandra on November 9 2017

Tonight Danny and Harry attended the ITV Awards in London. Georgia and Izzy were there to support them and they both looked stunning as usual!
Check all the pics in our gallery.


Posted by Sandra on November 3 2017

This week three of the boys attended different events in London. Dougie attended the launch of a Nasty Gal pop up store and Harry and Tom were at the Pride of Britain Awards. Check the pics in our gallery below!



Posted by Sandra on October 9 2017


The former Strictly champ opened up to Fabulous about his mental health difficulties, and issues with drugs and alcohol.

Harry Judd arrives at our shoot still revelling in the hour or so’s peace the car journey here has just afforded him. With 20-month-old Lola and six-week-old Kit causing carnage at home, quiet and calm aren’t usually on the agenda these days.

“I love being with them and I’m so lucky, but god, it’s hard work!” he admits. “I don’t know how people have four of them. But it’s a crazy, wonderful thing.”

Despite the lack of sleep, Harry is remarkably bright-eyed and bushy-tailed today. He’s currently in a really good, healthy place. After years of battling debilitating anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, the demons are firmly at bay. Harry opens up about those mental health difficulties and issues with drugs and alcohol, plus how he overcame them through exercise in his book Get Fit, Get Happy, which is serialised in The Sun from tomorrow.

Part-memoir, part-fitness guide, it’s an uplifting and accessible read, full of photos of Harry demonstrating how readers can work out on the go – at the bus stop, in the office, in the shower (cue some gratuitous topless shots of a dripping wet Harry). It’s also intensely honest.

“It’s not a plan, it’s more: ‘Here’s my philosophy, here’s my story, here’s how fitness helped me,’ he explains. “My mental health has been up and down since I was 19, and I’m coming up to 32 now. It’s something I’m going to have to keep tabs on for the rest of my life, but exercise is something I can control. It focuses me, it’s productive and it makes me feel good. I’m happier in my job, my relationship, everything.

“I don’t drink alcohol any more, I quit smoking, I certainly don’t do any drugs – it’s been a long time since I touched drugs. Those were the reasons anxiety reared its ugly head.”

Harry has more incentive than ever to manage his mental health after the births of his two children – becoming a dad has played a significant role in helping him stay well. After turning to IVF to conceive Lola following two years of infertility issues, Harry and his violinist wife Izzy, 33, were prepared to undergo the whole gruelling process again for baby number two.

However, life is full of surprises. “We were planning another round of IVF for this summer, but Izzy was like: ‘Oh, let’s just see what happens’. And you know, as a husband after a nine-month pregnancy and a bit of a delay after that, I was like: ‘OK. Yes, let’s see what happens!’

“And then she was pregnant and part of me was like: ‘This is amazing’, but also… yeah.” Harry sighs wearily and then laughs, quick to clarify that he’s in no way moaning about his lot.
…keep reading.

Posted by Sandra on July 28 2017

A little bit late but here are the scans of Danny and Georgia’s Hello Magazine where they announce they’re gonna be parents. Congrats to the happy couple!!


Posted by Sandra on July 27 2017


McFly’s finest talks industry change and Saturday night tell

With five studio albums, 14 sellout tours, and over 30 different awards, you might best remember Danny Jones for his role in pop-rock band McFly, the four-piece responsible for keeping tracks such as “Five Colours in Her Hair” and “All About You” stuck in your head since the early 2000s.

Jones, however, has a lot more under his belt than a Smash Hits award for 2005’s “Most Snoggable Male” might suggest. After finishing McFly’s Anthology tour in late 2016 – the band’s first series of shows after two years of touring with James Bourne and Matt Willis as McBusted – the musician has been working on a number of solo projects including some exclusive writing and producing for One Direction. Most recent is Jones’ stint as a judge on The Voice Kids alongside Pixie Lott and, the latest tear-jerking talent show to be aired on ITV.

Somewhere between the show’s finale earlier this month and preparing for his first child with former Miss England, Georgia Horsley, we managed to grab a few minutes with the man who helped score the soundtrack to the best part of our youth.

How was going back on tour last year with just the other members of McFly? Was it strange after touring for so long as McBusted?

No, not strange at all! Just a lot more room on stage as there was only three other dudes running around with guitars instead of five.

Fair enough. How do you think the industry has changed since your first tour in 2004?

The industry has changed a lot. Streaming has become huge and socials are now a vital part of promotion; we used to sell physical CD’s and do Saturday morning TV which was ace! It’s a super exciting time at the minute as consumers have their very own library of music that they can search and research whenever they want. I do think it has gotten harder for new artists to solidify a loyal, active fanbase though. It’s ok having a smash on Spotify or iTunes and be on all the playlists, but that can be short lived. It seems at the minute that we are a ‘skip’ nation and we don’t seem to even listen to a whole song without skipping onto the next without even knowing who it was. It’s the only downfall about having whatever music you want whenever and wherever.

You’ve done a lot of producing and DJing recently. How does that compare to writing and performing as a band?

They are all completely different. I DJ as a hobby, nothing super serious, but it’s ace fun. However, it doesn’t even compare to playing my guitar; the smell, the feel and the sound of an instrument always wins for me. Performing live, especially with the boys…there is nothing better. But I do like DJing, it’s a kind of escape for me. To go and play a show with your best bros is a superb feeling. Producing I also love, it’s a chance to start with nothing and end up with magic without any opinions. Getting something to sound sonically right is a challenge but it’s a challenge that I love.

Everyone has been loving The Voice Kids, how did you get involved with that?

I asked. I didn’t know they were doing a kids version and when they asked if I would be interested in a kids versions I said yeah! It was very exciting to think that you could find young undiscovered UK talent and help mould them into what they wanted to become. I’ve loved every minute of it.

Ok, quickfire round. Pixie Lott or


Backstreet Boys or Westlife?

Backstreet Boys.

McFly or McBusted?

If I had to decide…Mcfly.

Popstar or Opera Star?


Never Mind the Buzzcocks or 8 Out of 10 Cats?

8 Out of 10 Cats.

Favourite member of 1D?

Niall. His banter is on another level.


Posted by Sandra on July 14 2017

Last night the world premiere of Dunkirk, aka the first Harry Styles Movie took place in London and the boys didn’t want to miss it! After the premiere Dougie also went to Lou Teasdale’s new store opening in London.



Posted by Sandra on July 4 2017

Yesterday Wimbledon officially started and Dougie didn’t miss the opportunity to go and see some Tennis.


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