2020 has been a year full of activity, especially in the case of young Irish producer Rebūke. This year has seen the producer actively experimenting with his distinct techno sound, with the recent release of his EP titled 'Dial Tone', as well as remixing Fatboy Slim and Eats Everything's epic single 'All of the ladies'.
The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't been a musical hindrance to Rebūke, as he continues to wow audiences with his unique interpretation of techno.
MITA Magazine journalist Dominic Magli spoke to the promising musician to find out more on his background, stage name and the construction behind his recent releases.
DM: What was the type of music scene coming out of Letterkenny when you were growing up?
R: In the very early days growing up, none of my friends at school knew anything about dance music and the only DJ they had ever heard of was Tiesto, as he was the only household name DJ back then. When I got a little older, I found myself heading to my local record store and buzzed off people there, trading music and making new discoveries. It was a wide range from electro to house music and a bit later I got into techno. It was a very exciting time for me as a young guy finding all these new sounds and genres and finally having some people I could play them to.
DM: You have an interesting stage name, Rebūke, a word that expresses disapproval towards something. How did the name come about?
R:The name initially came about as I wanted to make an anagram of sorts of my real name (Reuben Keeney) and something I could attach that to. When I found out the word Rebuke means to “express disapproval towards something”, that was the decider as the roots of our scene were heavily “rebuked” in its birth which ended up leading to the massive surge in its popularity with the illegal rave culture, etc.
DM: You recently remixed Fatboy Slim and Eats Everything hot track 'All The Ladies', what drew you to remix that track and what do you feel that you've added to it?
R: I’ve been a massive fan of Fatboy Slim for years and his records have influenced me and my music, so when I had the opportunity to remix one of his records I couldn’t say no! I loved the fun and disco vibe of the original but wanted to make something a bit more heads down and banging whilst still keeping the energy and not too overly serious.
DM: Your new track 'Koto' is an extremely upbeat sound that sonically provides energy, taking listeners on a journey similarly as you did with 'Jump Ship'. What inspired this track?
R: Thanks! I wrote it in February after my first trip to Tokyo. The name ‘Koto’ derives from the traditional Japanese instrument called Koto which plays the lead on the track. The flip side of the Dirtybird EP ‘Dial Tone’ is a more trademark Rebūke record that DJs of any genre can play and put their spin on it.
DM: Finally, what does Rebūke get up to in his spare time?
R: In my spare time, I usually find myself going down YouTube rabbit holes which normally revolves around music in some way. I’m blessed that music is both my career and favourite hobby. Asides from that, I like to mess around on Instagram doing live streams with fans, and playing Warzone or Valorant when I am feeling lazy.
Be sure to check out the new Rebūke EP 'Dial Tone', releasing today at 17:00 (BST) on Spotify!
Words by Dominic Magli