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Eric Rachmany of Rebelution


Written by: Timothy Castaneda

New member of the MusicBailout team Tim Castaneda had the chance to catch up with the very busy Eric Rachmany of Rebelution. The band just ended the Winter Greens Tour and will be heading back out on the road outside the U.S. in the coming weeks. 

Has there ever been any talk about adding new musicians/instruments to Rebelution?

Actually, we have thought about adding a horn section to fill in the horn lines we recorded on both albums. I just love hearing the sound of horn sections in all music but particularly in reggae, having that horn section just really fills up the sound."We just want to spread our message because we really do love our message and believe in it."

Do you think we can expect to see the horn line addition by the next tour?

Well we’ve been talking about it but nothing is really set in stone just yet.

August of 2009 was the release of your sophomore album Bright Side of Life. Is the preparation for the next release taking shape, if so when can we expect a release?

Yeah lately we have just been doing a lot of writing, we would really like to put out new material but we’re also not trying to rush anything, we are just trying to do the best material we can. As of right now we don’t have a date set out yet, we originally thought it would be released in summer but now we’re looking at probably more around the fall/winter just because we want to give everybody the best material we possibly can. Right now we have around 9 songs in which the tracking is all done so they just have to be mixed and mastered but we want to give our fans a full length album with at least 13 or so songs.


Lyrically, what can we expect from the new album? Do you see Rebelution ever getting lyrically deep politically like such bands as Rage Against the Machine or Immortal Technique?

Lately I have been paying a little bit of attention to the banking system in this country. I never really knew a lot about it until I had a friend show me how people get loans, you know you get it from the bank and the bank gets it from the Federal Reserve and there’s just this whole system on the way people get loans and how debt is created. It’s a whole scheme that’s just somewhat depressing to me after looking into it. I have been trying to write about it recently because I see how it affects this whole country and how it affects everybody else, it’s just been something of interest to me lately. We have written about political and social issues in the past and it’s always something important for me to talk about because it’s what I observe, it’s what goes on every day. I’m not the most political person and it’s kind of hard to pay attention to politics when in my opinion you can’t really trust anybody. It’s not going to a 100% of our lyrics because I think I would be pretty depressed if I had to talk about it all the time but it’s definitely something you can count on being on the next album for sure.

Rebelution had a very busy summer last year with a handful of major festivals. What will be on the agenda for the band this summer?

We have a lot of festivals we will be playing actually, such as the Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and a few more. The summer is definitely the festival season, in June alone I think we’re playing 4 or 5 different festivals.

With so many festivals lined up is there one in particular you guys are looking forward to?

I think Wakarusa is going to be really killer this year, I know there’s going to be a ton of bands like Ben Harper so I’m really looking forward to it. We played last year and this year we are actually playing two sets so we’re thinking about possibly doing half of an acoustic set or something like that. Usually when we have two sets we can experiment a little bit more and play some stuff we don’t usually get to play.

Eric you recently started a blog page, can we expect it to get updated more frequently?

Hahaha, you know one day I was just super motivated to spread the music I was into, I do need to update it for sure thanks for reminding me. But yeah you can count on it; I’ll get back into it.


Do you think technology is now moving in favor of the music industry or still hurting it?

I think it goes both ways, for independent artist it’s definitely helpful with everything done digitally now. Look at what Rebelution did, we were able to record our first EP in this guy’s apartment using whatever program he had. We were able to spread it through the internet using Myspace, Itunes, and other stuff without even having to even put it on an actual CD, as far as technology that really helped us out. But there are definitely a lot of people that can get away with a music career through technology now. A lot of people don’t even have very much talent and can’t really sing but they can rely on things digitally now to make them sound like a full time artist. I mean if there’s good song writing I’m O.K. with it and I don’t really mind the enhancements but they’re never going to be able perform it live. I dig artist that can go out and sing live, like if T-pain was able to pull a live show with singing on key I would totally be down to check him out but somehow I doubt that he can actually pull it off live.

What are some of the most important issues that are going on in the world right now to you?

I think it’s a shame to see all these people in power that just don’t really give a shit about the people and just take the money from everybody. The thing I’ve noticed for years is that people in power are greedy. Look at the situation in Egypt Mubarak has billions of dollars and in my opinion no leader should have that much money when you have so many people in your country that are starving and living in poverty. It’s pretty astonishing that it’s happening around the world now and it’s crazy to see people, especially in the Middle East, revolting in a sense and to see this happen is almost like watching the evolution of mankind. It just show how corrupt some of the governments are around the world and shows that when people get into power they do all sorts of crazy things and just forget about the people.

It seems like more and more reggae artist are making more music videos now. Can we expect any new music video releases in the near future?

That’s a really good question, I’ve never really thought about doing music videos although there has been talk about it in the past but we never really jumped on the opportunity to do it. Some of us like to be on camera a little bit more than others in the band which makes it tough to do a video. I think if we all agreed on a way to do it without necessarily having to have our faces in the video it would be easier because for me it’s important for people to listen to the music rather than follow an image. I’m not opposed to showing our faces in a video but I feel that it goes a little bit further and it means a little bit more when the music stands by its self and people can identify with just the music.

Life on the road can be challenging, some people love it and others don’t. In your opinion what is your favorite aspect about life on the road? What’s the most difficult for you?

The road does get tough sometimes, we’ve been touring pretty hard for the past three and a half years but my favorite part is sharing the music with our fans and seeing their reactions. Being on stage and seeing people smile and knowing that when they’re at the concert they’re free of their worries is awesome and we hope that when they leave they are happy, that’s really our goal. We just want to spread our message because we really do love our message and believe in it. There’s not a lot of bands out there doing what we’re doing, spreading a positive message and trying to encourage people, that’s definitely the best is going to different places and sharing that atmosphere with them."We have written about political and social issues in the past and it’s always something important for me to talk about because it’s what I observe, it’s what goes on every day."

The hardest part is maintaining my voice because when we headline I’m pretty much singing for an hour and half at least. I try to stay as healthy as I can, I really don’t party too much. When we play shows I go out there and do my thing and then I try and take care of my voice to make sure I can keep on performing. When we’re playing shows almost every other day trying to stay healthy and finding ways to preserve the vocal chords is definitely challenging.

Rebelution has become one of the biggest names in the reggae scene but at one time you guys had to start out like every band playing local shows and releasing your own music which can be very difficult. What would you say was your biggest motivation to stick with music as a career?

I think that music was always just my thing. When I was a little kid I was always playing piano and after piano I went to guitar and I guess I always knew one day I would share my music but I never knew that it would be my living. For me the motivation was always there to pursue music, the reason why is because I knew that was my talent as a little kid. I was really into soccer all throughout school but then as I got older I couldn’t really hang with all the athletes out there but it was never really my goal to be a professional athlete or anything. I had actually never really started singing until I was about 20 when I took this song writing course in college and the first thing they made us do was get up in front of the class and sing a song. It was a little nerve wrecking because I had written songs by myself in my room but never really shared them with anybody but you had to get up and sing in front of everybody or else you couldn’t be in the class. That was the first time I had sang in front of people and it was cool because the whole class was very supportive because there was a lot of people like me who had never sang in front of people before and it just went from there. I took all the right steps to be where I am but I am definitely very lucky, there are a lot of musicians out there that get over looked who are 10 times better musicians than I am but a lot of them never get noticed. I feel very fortunate to be where I am today because a lot of it was just being at the right place at the right time and meeting the right people which I did. I met Marley and Rory and everything just fell into place.

Growing up was there ever any other careers you wanted to follow besides music?

I guess it changed throughout the years, when I was little I wanted to be a soccer player and then after that I was really into architecture for about a year but that fad went by pretty quick. I was never really too passionate about too many things besides music, music was always a sure thing for me and I always knew I wanted to have music be a big part of my life. I always thought I would spread the music but I never knew I could make a living out of it.

You guys will be hitting Brazil next month. Can you discuss why Brazil was chosen?

Our friends SOJA have been to Brazil a few times and when they go out there they work with a promoter who had contacted us and wanted to bring us out there. They’re actually covering transportation and costs to get us out there and helping us get our foot in the door in Brazil. So it was basically the promoter who invited us to come out and we said sure I mean 2 weeks in Brazil sounded good. We’ll be opening up for Groundation who has been there a few times so it will be nice to open up for them and to play for their fan base.

Will the trip to Brazil be all work or will guys be able to have some leisure time to explore the country?

I think we’ll have about 5 or 6 days to chill and I’m sure they’ll take us around. Hopefully they won’t leave us on the streets having to play music to make money, haha. It should be good trip though and I’m definitely looking forward to it because I’ve never been there and it’s fun just to go to a different country. It’s super cool to get to fly so far away from home to play music which is the universal language. I’m going to work on my Portuguese in the next couple of days but music is what’s going to get me by and it’s what is going to let me communicate with the people.

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Marley & Eric -Kelsey J Photography

Eric Live Solo - casmithphotography

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