Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Rebelution has developed into the front runner for grassroots, independent, and touring-driven music groups representing the Cali-Reggae scene. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals / guitar), Rory Carey (keyboards), Wesley Finley (drums), and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution’s future would be planted-- and would instill their kick-back “worry free” vibes, catchy refrain, and optimistic, inspiring, and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Eric.
We all met in college and we all were very motivated to start a band. We would set up stages in our backyard or driveway and play on Friday nights for the people in Isla Vista. We all just really love playing music and performing and people started enjoying it, showing up with more friends and more friends and we kept rolling.
How do you describe your music to people?
We usually tell people that Reggae is the foundation but we mix it up. We add rock guitars, hip hop, synth, funk and jazz aspects.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Lately it's been Croquet. Anything active really. It's important to keep moving. We like to exercise, stay healthy, eat good food hang out with friends, the same stuff we do on the road.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
I think we're gone from close friends and family for a long period of time. Sometimes it's hard to be away from them but it's all worth it to be doing this for a living. We miss hanging out with the people we love but we always get to come back to them. At times we're on the road for months and then off the road for months so it kinda balances it out here and there.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always knew I was going to be a musician. I didn't know I would sing though. Some of the guys were born to play their music. Wes has been playing drums for a long time and he is so precise. Marley grew up in the woods and going to reggae concerts and festivals his entire life. He is named after Bob Marley so it was kinda his destiny.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Really just playing in Isla Vista set the pace for us. It helped us train for downtown shows and then ultimately touring around the country and world. Santa Barbara is also a great mixture of people from the north and south and you can sense a lot of diversity which we translate into our music and overall vibe.
What other artists out there do you love?
We love a lot of different artists and styles of music. My personal favorite is Don Carlos. I got into Reggae because of him. Collie Buddz, Alborosie, Seeed,and west coast hip hop and rock is what were all into right now.
What does your future hold?
We're going to be making a lot more genre bending songs in the future. I think people will see the progression from Courage to Grow (2007) to Bright Side of Life (2009). Who knows what the next cd will sound like. Definitely very exciting.