2009 was a year to remember for Rebelution. After your latest album dropped, you set out on a headlining, cross-country tour, and played festivals like West Beach Fest. When looking back at all that has happened in just one year, how does it make you feel?
It is an unbelievable feeling. Sometimes, with things moving so fast you forget to set aside the time to take a step back and look at everything, in the big picture. When you do that, it is very surreal and the best part is to think about all the amazing people and faces that have been with you throughout the whole movement. "The most important characteristic a band should have is respect for each other and the people who support you in any ways."
Being teamed up with Silverback has to be the biggest leap of success as an artist in this genre. Here in Austin TX, Silverback shows kill it. What is it that makes Silverback so successful?
Silverback works on a level of success that is measured in keeping it real. Jon and Matt Phillips set values of managing music in a family oriented way, and work to get music that is timeless and relatable to everyday people spread out to the world. I think that this quality alone will always to be respected in the music industry and fuels the success of all the bands under Silverback.
You guys went to Santa Barbara City College where Rebelution was formed. Did anyone enroll with an intention to pursue another career path?
I wanted to play baseball before starting Rebelution.
It would be cool to mix n match band members with other Silverback artists to form something like a "Super group". Has there ever been any talk of something like that?
Not that I know of. I know that a lot of the bands under Silverback like to feature each other as much as possible.
When the new record Bright Side of Life came out, it topped Reggae charts extremely fast and continues to be a huge success. Were you surprised by the first weeks' numbers?
We knew it was going to do well after the success of our first album Courage to Grow, but I don't think anyone would have thought this was all going to happen this quickly. Now we just have to keep up with it and find ways to always improve. We have set the bar for ourselves and must continue to meet our personal expectations.
The words "rebellion" and "revolution" are combined to form the name Rebelution. Which, in your opinion, do we need in this country and why?
I think the word solution is also tied into Rebelution. With this in mind, I think we all need to find solutions that everyone can be apart of in unity for progress. I think a peaceful rebellion or a peaceful revolution would be the ideal goal. Non-violent rebellion can mean that people should question the norm and always try and find a way to improve upon things in all aspects of life. "Silverback works on a level of success that is measured in keeping it real. Jon and Matt Phillips set values of managing music in a family oriented way, and work to get music that is timeless and relatable to everyday people spread out to the world. "
What do you feel is the most important characteristic a band should have?
The most important characteristic a band should have is respect for each other and the people who support you in any ways. With out being considerate of others in numerous ways you can not grow as a band or and individual for that matter.
Rebelution has opened up for a few Hip Hop artist in the past like Pharcyde, Talib Kweli and Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The Blazed and Confused tour recently had Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dogg. What Hip Hop artist would Rebelution like to team up with for a tour? (Personally, I would love to see you guys with Immortal Technique).
I would like to team up with Nas and Damian Marley at the moment. I think they are doing something very special and would be thrilled if Rebelution was apart of it.
What kind of things do you guys look to do when you have a day off on tour?
Laundry, exercise, maybe bowl or miniature golf, eat a good meal, etc. take advantage of having time to do something out of our routine.
I love it when bands put out DVDs. Whether it's live footage or just random stuff, it's always fun to watch at home. Can we expect one anytime soon?
Most definitely. With these tours and the release of Bright Side of Life we have put that on the backburner, but I see us releasing a DVD in the next year.
Does it suck not being able to watch your favorite sports teams when you are on tour, or do you guys have the tour van with TIVO capabilities?
Yeah it is pretty sucky. I have missed a lot of games, but hey it is a small sacrifice for being able to do what we do for a living. Gotta pay to play!
The Winter Tour with SOJA and Zion I is about to kick off next month. Talk about how this line up came together?
We love these bands and are fans of their music. For us to be in the position to have them as our support is a tremendous honor. It will be great to give all of our fans a great bill like this. Let the good times roll.
Any final thoughts
Austin, Texas Rules!!!! Can't wait to rock out at Stubb's on February 26th!!!