Solo Musician Interview: Rhett Repko

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Tell me about yourself?
Hey I’m Rhett Repko and I make music with of a mix of genres such as Alternative and Pop.

What Instrument(s) do you play, if any? And how long have you been playing your respective instruments(s)?
I play guitar, piano and sing.  My main instruments are vocals and guitar.  I started singing and playing guitar about 10 years ago.  I picked up piano though in college when I was studying music production as a music major and now use it to write about half of my songs.

Who are your biggest influences?
My influences are countless.  Modern artists include The 1975, twenty one pilots, and Ariana Grande.

What song(s) do you remember most from your childhood?
I remember Beatles songs the most because that’s the first band I really got into as a kid and that band made me serious about wanting to do music.  

Do you perform covers and if so what’s your go to?
I haven’t performed any covers in a while, but I used to really enjoy playing “Gold on the Ceiling” by the Black Keys and “I Melt With You” by Modern English.  Those were always fun ones haha.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
It’s definitely a mix, but I tell people it’s Alternative and Pop.  Different songs of mine definitely have different styles that influence them, but I like to think that they all sound cohesive as a collection.

Do you have a process for writing your songs?
For sure.  Each song comes about in a different way, usually stemming from a strong emotion I’m feeling at the time. I always start with a melody first though and build it from there.  I either write my songs on piano or guitar, and a lot of the time both of them. Maybe I’ll come up with a verse on my guitar, and then finish off the chorus and bridge on piano.  After that I’ll teach it to the band, and start to rehearse and record a demo of the song. Once I have a demo in Pro Tools, I start to finalize the arrangement and start adding counter melody’s and synth parts if I feel they’re needed.  The final step after that is to take it to the recording studio and re-record most of the instruments/vocals to make sure they are performed and recorded as tightly as possible. Bam! Pretty simple right?

Have you released any music yet, and if so how has it been received?
I’ve released 2 EP’s and multiple singles within the past 2 years.  I’d like to think that they’ve been received well as my fanbase keeps growing and I’ve landed 3 Top 100 College Radio Hits in 2018. It’s a really exciting time for sure!

Are you planning any music releases for the near future?
I have my upcoming 3rd EP “Songs of the Night” being released Feb 5th which will have 5 new songs on it.  I absolutely can’t wait for it to be out, as I think this is my favorite collection of songs yet. I think it will bring a new sound to my discography while still giving fans something they’re used to and can dig into.  

If you have released music, where can fans to be find it?
You can find my released music on all the standard platforms.  Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Music. So choose whatever you prefer!

Do you have social media, if so please provide links?
I definitely have social media! You can follow me on the links below to get cool updates on behind the scenes stuff that I’m doing:

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
In 2018, I started touring nationally for the first time which was pretty new and exciting for me.  One of my favorite places to perform at was during SXSW in Austin, TX. I’ve never seen that many people at once and it was so crazy and beyond wild to say the least.  I don’t think I have a least favorite venue, there was a show where my guitar broke on the first song though. I asked the crowd if anyone had a spare guitar and someone went out to their car and handed me a guitar to use.  Talk about having the worst and best luck all at the same time haha.

Do you have any gigs in the near future, and if so where and when?
My 2019 schedule isn’t set yet.  I have a couple New York shows booked, but after this new release is out I plan on getting more of 2019 booked.  So stay tuned and follow me on the socials for updates!

How do you balance your music with other obligations?
I don’t really.  I’m all in on music haha.  It’s what I work on everyday and night.  

Following on from that question, what has been your biggest challenge as a performer and have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
I think everything I’ve done so far has been an absolute challenge.  How am I going to do any of this? But I break it down into one thing at a time, and look at it like I’m building something great brick by brick and song by song.  

What advice do you have for beginners?
Just start making music and doing it.  With anything in life really, it’s not going to be perfect at first or for a while.  But it’s a step in that direction, and along the way you’ll get better at it and make a lot of friends.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, living or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Thanks for having me on this interview! And let’s pick Leonardo DiCaprio.  What a cool guy, man. You’re definitely going to be able to schedule this right? Ok cool just checking.


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