When you first hear of the name RICKY REBEL, what do you think? When I was first invited to attend Rebel’s show at the hot spot Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, I was quick to judge from my first impression. A highly recognizable asset in the music industry told me that this artist would “blow my mind” and to give him a chance to validate her referral. I decided to put aside all my pre judgmental thoughts and catch the show.
The show… “BLEW MY MIND”! I think Lady Gaga would go GAGA over Rebel. I can see his performance opening for a GAGA tour. Gaga is invincible and after witnessing a Rebel show, he should open for her, its like her soul mate little monster, match made in heaven… I would like to start a buzz about this and make this happen. GAGA DO YOU HEAR ME?!
Ricky Rebel is a mix of Prince, Depeche Mode, Madonna and David Bowie. He has this pop, rock, edgy and electronic mix all in his music. The melodies are catchy. There was even one song that had me thinking about other artists that he resembles, but what I came to realize is that there is really only ONE Ricky Rebel.
His performance style is edgy but you can’t seem to keep your eyes off of him and everything going on behind him. Each song had my full attention and was completely mesmerized by his performance. I think it is always so rewarding to find a hidden talent that can appeal to a mass market and to all ages.
Rebel is set to release a new album in the coming months. I highly suggest tracking any upcoming news, shows and or releases. If the album includes the music featured at his show, the album will make you want to listen from beginning to end.
You tell me after you go and see a show if I was right about him opening for GAGA. I was able to do a quick Q & A with Ricky Rebel! Lets all get to know more about this new artist.
GOLIGHTLY: Tell us about the inspiration behind your new album.
RICKY REBEL: This album is a celebration of my independence. I’m literally the definition of an independent artist. Basically, I’ve lived the life of a controlled artist for so long as a child, It feels so good to finally release music that is 100% me. Down to playing the instruments, songwriting, and overall production Of the LP. I have my DNA in all of it.
GOLIGHTLY: How do you want people to perceive you as an artist?
RICKY REBEL: I want people to know that my music is a reflection between the 80’s and 90’s updated. I’ve been involved in the music industry for 10 years. I was the lead singer in a successful boy band called “No Authority” that toured the world. I’ve worked with the biggest names in the business including Rodney Jerkins, Jay Baumgardner, Michael Jackson and Madonna. I was signed to Michael Jackson’s label when I was a kid and then later, Madonna released our second studio album on her Maverick label. So, I’ve used all of my experience working with the greats to make this record. My album is literally 9 years in the making. I’ve been wanting to be a solo artist ever since I was 5 years old and now that it’s finally happening, I couldn’t be more excited to show my fans the un manufactured me.
GOLIGHTLY: Tell us more behind the production of your show, it’s very entertaining
RICKY REBEL: First of all, thank you so much for coming and I’m glad you enjoyed it. We worked hard to make it look effortless. My show is inspired by my favorite performers of all time. Bowie, Prince and Madonna. I have had lots of experience on stage. The pop group “No Authority” that I was in toured Europe twice and opened up for the biggest acts in the business including Britney Spears on her Oops I Did It Again Tour. So when the lights and the music turn on, my body instinctively knows what to do. Not to say that I never rehearse, on the contrary I love rehearsing. I love the process of unfolding a show and fitting the different parts to create a picture and tell a story. I live for it.
For my CD release concert at the Troubadour I hired a new Choreographer/Director named Alexander Fost who just got done filming the show “So You Think You Can Dance.” I also hired a drummer, guitarist and keyboardist, which seriously pumped up the live experience to a whole new level. Now, it’s got the whole band, dancers, costumes, makeup and set pieces. The show is so complete and it has such a high budget feel to it.
GOLIGHTLY: What do you have coming up that your fans and new fans can know more? About?
RICKY REBEL: I have four songs currently available on iTunes. I’m also promoting my new single and video “Manipulator” at clubs and venues throughout LA. I’m planning on touring soon to promote the release of my new Album “Manipulator” which is coming out in late September. You can check out my music, videos, and listings of upcoming shows on my website RickyRebelRocks.com