ARTIST NAME: Rebel Heart
SONG TITLE: Self-Made Man
ALBUM TITLE: Yuk Fu
RELEASE DATE: September 2018
Rebel Heart is a rock band hailing from the Independent Republic of Vancouver Island (Courtenay, BC) whose sound is an unapologetic jump in the air for fans of classic Rock Music.
Staking out a wide territory in the classic rock genre, with a sensibility that only time could bring to their music; the songs are a blend of the social commentary of Steve Earl combined with the wry humor of Warren Zevon.
“Self-Made Man” is a hard-hitting protest song borne out of the “99” movement.
Their mighty, crunchy guitar riffs together with their pummeling rhythmic textures and dynamic edgy vocals are laced with old school elements while still maintaining the focus of a modern band.
With a rhythm section throwing down tight grooves and guitar big enough to put a hole in your chest, it’s hard to believe the band is only four guys…. who never gave up their dream.
Charlie, Jimmy, Josh and Jon all set aside music careers to raise families…… but they never forgot the dream or their passion. And…. now that the kids are grown, it’s time – they’re back…
In early 2017, Rebel Heart caught the attention of legendary recording engineer/producer Paul Laine (Poison; Scorpions; Defiant; Danger Danger).
Laine became a fan and was even more impressed by the demos of new material the guys were working on. Upon hearing these songs, he immediately offered to produce their album.
The band entered the studio with Laine in the fall of 2017, and Yuk Fu was released in September 2018. The response to the album has exceeded the band’s wildest expectations. The album has received national and international attention with radio stations in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
State your reason for choosing music as a career.
Passion for music, have been playing since I was a young boy, and love sharing that passion with the world.
Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.
Almost always about something that is going on in the world or in my world.
Discuss your life outside the music world.
I own a pub, I am a very happy husband, have the greatest wife on earth, 3 beautiful children and 5 grandchildren.
I am an active mountain biker; I also play in a cover band with my wife who plays keys for local charity and fundraising events and local jams.
I am also a car buff; own a few very classic cars. I love craft beer…
Discuss your music career.
In my 20’s I was playing and touring but the usual story, I got married, had a child and had to make money to support them so dropped out of that band.
I kept my finger on the guitar and played in a garage band that did some local pubs and restaurants, churches until the kids were gone.
Now I had an opportunity to tackle my passion for music…worked with my music partner Grateful Jon (the bass player) on the current project. 1st CD out, working on the 2nd and loving the ride.
Elaborate on your artist’s name.
One of the songs we wrote is called Rebel Heart, we were struggling with coming up for a name, one day in the studio working on the CD Yuk Fu, our producer suggested that song name would be an appropriate band name and it was.
List your five favorite music videos.
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Eagles – Hotel California
John Mellencamp – Small Town
Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
Tell us your source of inspiration.
Life – all the people I meet, and because of what I do I meet people from all walks of life.
Tell us your experience of dealing with fans.
I am always humbled by them and very grateful that they appreciate what we do.
Elaborate on the recording of this song.
We felt it was a powerful song as it came out of we are 99 movement, but it could easily be a political song about Donald Trump – Just saying…lol.
Meaning you can have a billion dollars and want to build a big ass tower – but don’t forget you need the rest of us (the 99% of the world) to make it happen.
Tell us about your future projects.
We are working on a video for 2 songs, the first on our CD about the current weed industry and the 2nd our newest single I Ain’t Dead Yet!
List the names of those that have supported you so far.
My Love Judi Janz (my wife)
Grateful Jon (my music partner and bass player)
Paul Laine (my longtime friend)
Chris Aiken (my brother)
Jimmy Dupris – who is also Neil Young’s cousin…
Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.
I don’t use any electronic voice enhancements or modifications, all real; what you hear on the CD is what you will hear live.
Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.
It takes time and money to release songs, so we have to juggle both to get out any additional songs. Because both I and Grateful Jon write and we have a lot of songs in our books (quantity) but we also want to put our best foot forward too so we work with Paul and Chris on the quality of each song, but time and money dictate that process.
Tell us your viewpoint on comparing a music career to a non-music career.
I have always had a music career, I believe the question you are asking is ‘do I make a living off my music career?’ – the answer is not so far but it would be nice to break even….and that won’t stop me from playing and keeping my music career going.
Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.
I find it hard sometimes, some music is very obvious. Like Jazz, Blues, but Rock has a few extra layers to it, so I find it depends more on a personal test of what kind of Rock you like. Zeppelin vs. CCR or Lenard Skinner.
State the genre you despise most with reason.
Rap – I find it is so anti-society; they generally hate what is around them.
List your favorite movies with reasons.
Forrest Gump – several of life’s good and bad experiences caught in one person’s story.
The Princess Bride – a great story told of love conquers all, while allowing you to laugh.
Terminator – warning us of how to avoid chaos.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – the heartwarming human response of wanting to save (help) while the government wants to control.