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Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?

[Bob Concrete – lead vocals, rhythm guitar] 

We started out in the end of summer 2007. It took just a couple of months until we played our first gigs. The line-up changed a few times over the years, but we are back in the original line-up for some while now.


Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up? 

I think it was Kaspar (bass) and Kristine (drums) who had the idea. They were classmates in highschool. Me and Johnny (lead guitar) joined them responding to their ad in a local internet music website.


How would you categorize the style of the band?
At the very start we wanted to play some good old hard 'n' heavy music. Our sound has changed a bit over the years from a thin to a bit thicker and tighter, but I think we have kept our integrity so to speak.


What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?

Mostly we let our music speak for it self, not pushing any specific imagery. Although I could throw in a few keywords: oldschool, loud, wild, rebellious, classy, thought-provoking. 


Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands' sound?

Not to put a stamp on, I could say that most of our influences have come from a lot of different bands and artists. Mostly from the classic genres of rock 'n' roll, hard rock, psychedelic & progressive rock, heavy metal, speed & thrash metal, punk, doom metal, industrial.


Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?

It's heavy! A mix of faster, mid-tempo and slower tunes. The lyrics are based mostly around social and philosophical themes. If you like classic heavy rock music, you'll like it!

 
Where did you record your latest release at?

We did it in our hometown Riga, Latvia.


Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record? 

We worked mostly just with a guy who engineered the whole recording process. We did pre-production (demo). Recorded the album in live sessions (all rhythm instrument parts together). The mixing and mastering took a bit more time. A lot of the mixing was done by ourselves to get the nuances right. The final touch and mastering however was done by one of the experts in metal music production here in Latvia.


Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?

Most of the ideas come from Johnny and myself. But all of us in the band are involved in the arrangement process.

 
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
We've been playing together now for more than ten years. It's going steady. But we did a brief tour around Europe this spring. That helps a bit polishing the performance.


Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
From things we see around us. Maybe some good read or movie. Then we kinda try to put it in a concept.


How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums? 
I think lyrics are quite important. Sometimes the composing process gets influenced by the lyrical theme, if that has been put forth before the instrumental parts. It could be argued that a song should sound the way how the lyrics make you feel.


What are your current tour plans, if any? 
No specific plans yet, but we will definitely be doing some touring around Europe, hopefully soon.


Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live? 
It's some heavy rock 'n' roll action with a few stage gimmicks, just to keep it a bit out of the ordinary.


Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?

Of course! That's the case with most commercial radio stations everywhere. We used to have a cool local rock radio station with DJs having their shows dedicated to different genres including metal music and also to new upcoming bands for that matter. Then the station got bought over by foreign companies. After that no more DJs, just a common list of overplayed poprock songs spinning around for eternity. And nowadays metal music and local new bands on radio – almost non existent. 


What do you think of the music industry right now?

Obviously it has changed over the past few decades because of the internet. But to survive in it bands and artists are forced to change the ways of operating in it. Unfortunately a lot of brilliant music stays unheard while cheap soulless music products get massively marketed all around. Not everyone has the time and patience to filter all that out.


Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?

I guess we're still sort of fighting for a place where ever that is. The biggest obstacle is ourselves and not finding enough time to keep the band going at a healthy pace. 


Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?

It's a small scene, that's for sure. If you're really good, it's not that hard to prove yourselves and find a spot in it.


Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?

To be honest, it's hard to follow since there are myriads of bands out there. I'm still trying to go through some of the oldschool stuff that I'm into. But it's nice to hear newer bands while sharing a stage with them. For example we played with Evil Invaders a while ago, those guys are going wild all over the globe now. But they're working it hard. The Finnish guys in band Madred are cool, we toured with them together a couple of times.  


How has Social Media impacted your band?

I think it has given us a chance to get our music out there easier. Although it still takes a lot of time managing it all. But we still believe the first and most important thing is to make some good music. Someone will notice it eventually.


Where can our readers find you on the web?

We have a few videos on our Youtube channel: REBELRIOTvideo  

For music and merhcandise browse on Bandcamp: https://rebel-riot.bandcamp.com

Most of our activities can be followed to on Facebook: rebelriotmusic

Also on Instagram: rebelriotmusic

You can also check out some stuff on our homepage, a bit outdated, but quite a bit of history there: www.rebelriot.com


What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
No official endorsements yet. We use different brands including: Gibson and Kramer guitars with Laney and Jet City amps. Spector bass with Ashdown amp. Yamaha drums, Sabian cymbals. A few effects pedals of course!


Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers? 

Thank you for spreading out the word! We appreciate any support and are very glad if people dig our stuff. Don't hesitate to check us out or contact us!