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Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.


The real answer to this question has layers... So when I was younger, my brother and I spent a lot of time playing browser games. Our favorite minigame website had a game called Mix Master Beats. In this game, you could pick different musical phrases on a limited set of instruments. I ended up playing this game for months! I eventually wanted more control over the music and sounds, so I started searching for DJ apps including ones like Edjing. These apps exposed me to so many different styles of music that it inspired me to start writing my own. By the time I was 15, I was looking for music production software and I found Logic.


One day when I was in High School, I was working on a music project with a classmate where I was the producer and he was the rapper. During our recording sessions, I would get behind the mic and help him with the delivery of his lyrics, and he said, “Bro, you should be the one rapping on this!” I completely dismissed the idea, but the seed he planted blossomed in college. Believe it or not, it was another class project during my Music and Sound Recording studies at the University of New Haven that was the final step. For the project, I decided to write rap lyrics about our class topic on top of my own instrumental. The classroom went WILD when the professor played my piece. Ever since, I’ve been putting out music with lyrics – something I didn’t see myself doing or even capable of doing before.


Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?


The craziest thing that happened to me in my music career is when my honors thesis advisor at the University of New Haven gave me a crazy opportunity that I didn’t see coming. He connected me to a highly-experienced music lawyer out of New York who worked with artists such as Pop Smoke, 6ix9ine, and Desiigner. I spent over an hour with that lawyer on Zoom. The advice he gave me changed my direction as an artist and he exposed me to resources that I still lean on. I could not have created that opportunity on my own.


What has been the high point of your music path?


Announcing and releasing my debut single was the high point for sure. I was invigorated by the outpouring of praise, likes, and shares I received from friends, family, and even strangers! Watching the reactions and engagements to my debut release motivated me to keep pressing for a larger worldwide audience.


So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?


When I’m in my creative domain, I tend to gravitate towards instrumental ideas first, which makes sense since I was producing and composing long before I started doing lyrics. Once I feel like I have a solid foundation of a track, I start playing around with lyrical cadences without words (you would laugh if you heard how this sounds.) After I’m done what I call my “brain dump,” I continue developing the track until I’m no longer inspired. I simply leave the unfinished project and start another one. When I come back to a track is usually when I’m ready to build on it musically and let the wordless lyrical cadences become words.


What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?


I believe Indie Artists are most challenged by the legalities associated with protecting and monetizing their work. The waters can be quite shark-infested when you don’t understand intellectual property rights or how to avoid bad contracts. I started studying the business side of music when I was just 16 years old, a year before my mom and I incorporated my first music business. I even had a chance to consult with a highly-experienced music lawyer in New York who gave me powerful advice and resources on what to do as a new artist. To some, this may feel like a distraction from the goal of creating great music. I believe many Indie Artists struggle with justifying the time it takes to become knowledgeable in this area – or simply don’t enjoy giving the business side so much attention.


If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?


There are a lot of artists/bands I could see myself sharing the stage with, but the most interesting one would be Snarky Puppy (interesting pick, I know). They have a bold style that I describe as jazz, funk, and tastes of rock, which carries a completely different sound than the kind of music I put out. One of my personal favorite things to listen to while I’m chilling is the “We Like it Here” album by them. I love mixed genre music and I like the idea of an unusual collaboration, so the merge would be totally mind-blowing.


What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?


I haven’t performed any live shows yet, but I plan to have my stage debut in 2023.


Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!


This one is easy! Defiant was my greatest challenge. I originally produced Defiant as an instrumental track. When I decided to add vocals, I had two challenges: 1, how do I make room for lyrics in this thick-layered instrumental track and 2, how do I make this better than my first release, Focused? Answering these questions was the most compelling songwriting challenge I’ve faced to date. I’m very proud of how Defiant turned out though. When I listen to the underlying composition, I can hear my musical style starting to blossom, and when I listen to the lyrics, I hear what I am capable of as a vocal performer.

What's coming up in the future?


In the near future, I intend to dig deeper into my classical roots as a composer and explore how that defines my signature as a contemporary producer and artist. I'll begin with cinematic hip-hop as I merge that style with genres like pop, rock, and EDM. I ultimately want my music to defy stereotypes and challenge boundaries.


Tell us where fans can access your music?


Instagram


Facebook

 

About REBL


REBL is an Artist, Producer, and Composer from Hamden, Connecticut by way of Mays Landing, New Jersey. His hip-hop, pop, and EDM styles reflect his orchestral and classical influences. REBL embodies fearless expression through music and sound. Fans can expect a multi-genre signature, punctuated by powerful new cinematic hip-hop projects in 2023 and beyond.


https://www.reblofficial.com

 

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