Few artists have made as much noise in such a short amount of time as Rebuke. After barely a year he’s already caught the attention of renowned selectors like Nic Fanciulli, who not only featured Rebuke’s uplifting hit, “Burma’s Apache”, on his 2017 Essential Mix, but he curated Rebuke’s entire “EP1” release on his own Saved Records imprint.
Since then Rebuke’s landed releases on Hot Creations, Toolroom, Defected and more. Now he’s making waves with his latest EP on Dirtybird, “Jump Ship”, which features the dance-floor weapon “The Pipe”. Some of our favorite DB players like Fisher and Shiba San have been dropping “The Pipe” at huge festivals all over the world to great reactions. One of my favorite things I get to do at Dirtybird is give rising talents a platform to grow, and Rebuke is rising fast. Check out his guest mix on the latest episode of The Birdhouse below!
How did your music career get started in earnest?
Whilst Rebūke is only a year old, I’ve actually been making music for over 10 years, so I’ve been around for a while under different aliases. I found a love of music from my dad having a Korg Electribe in his studio (he was a DJ back in the day) and it stemmed from there.
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I’m from Letterkenny, Ireland. I’m not sure if it influences me and my music like big cities such as Berlin or London would, but I do hold my own club night here called Outhouse which has been massively influential on the development of Rebūke. Its basically where everything gets tested out before I send it anywhere.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
More times than I can remember, but the key is to keep on going, be patient and wait for your shot.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
None in particular, I’ve been mostly inside the box for my whole music career using plugins and vsts as I couldn’t afford equipment. I’ve been getting into using my Roland TR8 lately for drums though which is fun, so I think I’ll probably get more into hardware now.
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?
I don’t know if I tried to emulate any artists in particular, but I used to find tracks I loved and try to recreate them or elements of them, I think that helped me learn the technical side of stuff as I’m self taught.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
I like to mess around with my dog Rolo, play a bit of PS4 for a day or two and then get back at it.
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
These days since I’ve started touring alot, I find myself most content when I’m crate digging and going through music. Coming across a gem that you can’t stop listening to gives me such a buzz man.
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
I have developed a hobby of collecting hotel key room cards, which when written down sounds super weird - but hey I gotta do something to keep me sane haha. I’ve collected ones from all over Ireland/UK and hopefully America and Australia ones this year. God, I’m such a loser.
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Blue and Yellow.
Favorite and least favorite words?
Can and Can’t.
Dogs hands down.
Favorite board game?
Monopoly? I don’t know.
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
I am like a trash can and normally eat everything in sight, but I suppose chicken curry and rice.
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
Always a fan of anything Benny Blanco is behind.
German or Detroit techno?
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
Illegal Warehouse. Bring on the Rebūke/rave.
Biggie or Tupac?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Neither I was never a fan of them.
Exercise or Netflix?
Is that a real question? Netflix! Although exercising makes me feel better the rare time I do it.