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Reuben Keeney: ‘Rebuke’, ‘SVE’ And Zerothree Music

Reuben Keeney opens up about working with Zerothree Music, his latest release 'SVE' plus much more.

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Reuben Keeney has been an artist flirting with success on the dance music scene. Hailing from Letterkenny, Ireland, he has been an extremely busy artist in the last few months. Some huge support has come in from the likes of Nic Fanciulli and Deadmau5, while he has also been making a big impact through some of his tracks on Zerothree Music. Reuben Keeney opens up about his latest release on the label ‘SVE’, talking about the influences behind the track, as well as receiving support from some of the major names.

It has been a busy time for Reuben Keeney on a number of different fronts, whether it be as Rebuke or not. Support has been flying in from a number of high profile artists. Can you sum up how the last few months for you have been?

Yeah man! Things have been going really well, a bit surreal really. I was just speaking to my mate about it last week and was saying how blessed I am to be getting recognised by my idols. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge deadmau5 fanboy, and my favourite DJ is Nic Fanciulli – so to be working them both on different projects is a bit mad!

In saying that, DJ support and chart positions are cool and all but what really makes it for me is seeing everyday music fans connecting with your tunes, that’s what really motivates me.

As mentioned, you recently released your ‘EP1’ under your Rebuke name, a release on Nic Fanciulli’s label. What has it been like to get support from huge influential names such as these?

Rebuke is a byproduct of going to a Nic Fanciulli gig last year whilst on a stag do at in Manchester. We hadn’t planned to go to the gig and we had a 6am flight home the next morning but when we seen the flyer we were like, ok fuck it we’ll go. Anyway it was wicked and I was inspired by his set so much that I wrote two tracks as soon as I got home, which happens to be the two tracks off ‘EP1’ that he signed as soon as I sent them to him.  Funny how spontaneous choices can guide you into a whole new direction, if I hadn’t gone to that gig I’d not be in the position I’m in now.

However this hasn’t stopped you focusing on your work as Reuben Keeney. In the last few months you have been working closely with Zerothree Music. What is the label like to work with and how supportive have they been of your music?

Definitely not, the Reuben Keeney records are coming out thick and fast. ZeroThree are a great fit for my new direction, and I’ve always felt myself as part of the Toolroom family. They were the first big label to sign me from a very early age (think I was 15 when they first released my tunes, Esatue it was called if you can find it!) and I’ve been working with them ever since. Jamie the head honcho at ZeroThree is a top man and a credit to the Toolroom team. Still waiting on them to send me over some Toolroom tee’s though!

‘I Won’t Forget It’ was your first release on the label as part of the ‘Zerothree 100’ EP. Can you tell us a little about how the track came about and how you ended up releasing the track on Zerothree Music?

That track came about randomly in the studio one day when I was playing around with a Roland 909 drum machine my mate had brought into the studio to have a play with. I really love drums that are quite clunky and fat so ended up building the melody structure around the drum groove and it all sort of came about pretty quickly. I was already flirting with Jamie on and off at hat stage, sending tunes over and back on Skype – so when I sent it to him he loved it and we didn’t waste any time getting it out.

This was followed up with a solo release ‘SVE’. This is a track which brings in a number of different sounds, ranging from Progressive House, Electronic and a real darker side as well. Was it always your plan to bring a number of different genres into your tracks?

Not really, I think it just shows the depth of my music tastes. I love Bicep to Stephan Bodzin, Jon Hopkins to Carl Cox, so genres never really bothered me too much, ya know? I think it would be pretty boring if you only listened to one type of music, it would be like only ever wearing the same black T-Shirt (sorry Richie).

In terms of influence for ‘SVE’, could you pinpoint anything which really made you go in a certain direction with the track, or did it just all naturally happen in the studio?

SVE is a personal tribute I wrote for a very close friend of mine that passed away last year, and the track was written between those days of mourning that I cant really remember too much of, its all a bit of a blur. However I think the emotions of the track sums up how I was feeling then.

On the topic of the studio, would you be able to explain a little about your set-up and what pieces of equipment / hardware / software you use most often?

I use Logic X for all my production and use Ableton whenever I need to timestretch files. Most my setup is all in the box as I produce quite a bit on the road too, so my macbook and studio iMac is sync’d together, using loads of hardware gear would make that difficult. As for plugins and software, I use the Komplete bundle every day and also started using a plugin by my friends over at Sonic Academy called ANA 2, its great.

2018 is already looking to be a big year for you in terms of releases. Is there anything we can look forward to from Reuben Keeney over the next few months?

Yes! Loads going on.. We MAY or MAY NOT be discussing the idea of an album on ZeroThree at some point (Jamie don’t kill me!!). I also MAY or MAY NOT be working on a release with a label headed by a dude that wears a cool ass mouse head ;)

As well as releases, you have some pretty cool shows coming up / already happened this year. For fans of Reuben Keeney, what can we expect in terms of touring and is there anything you are particularly looking forward to?

Yeah! I actually have my own weekly clubbing brand called Outhouse that does really well here in my hometown of Letterkenny. Its more underground aimed and recently we’ve had over CamelPhat, Huxley, Darius Syrossian, Ejeca and more. It’s great for me personally as it’s a place where I can go and test out my new music, and also great for the local community to finally have somewhere to go every week to hear quality tunes by both international and local DJs. Besides from that, I recently signed to Radius Agency in UK and looking forward to getting on the road this summer.

For more information on Reuben Keeney:
https://www.facebook.com/reubenkeeneydj/
https://twitter.com/reubenkeeney
https://soundcloud.com/reubenkeeney

Reuben Keeney Live Shot January 2018_preview

Reuben Keeney.

Reuben Keeney has been an artist flirting with success on the dance music scene. Hailing from Letterkenny, Ireland, he has been an extremely busy artist in the last few months. Some huge support has come in from the likes of Nic Fanciulli and Deadmau5, while he has also been making a big impact through some of his tracks on Zerothree Music. Reuben Keeney opens up about his latest release on the label ‘SVE’, talking about the influences behind the track, as well as receiving support from some of the major names.

It has been a busy time for Reuben Keeney on a number of different fronts, whether it be as Rebuke or not. Support has been flying in from a number of high profile artists. Can you sum up how the last few months for you have been?

Yeah man! Things have been going really well, a bit surreal really. I was just speaking to my mate about it last week and was saying how blessed I am to be getting recognised by my idols. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge deadmau5 fanboy, and my favourite DJ is Nic Fanciulli – so to be working them both on different projects is a bit mad!

Reuben Keeney.

In saying that, DJ support and chart positions are cool and all but what really makes it for me is seeing everyday music fans connecting with your tunes, that’s what really motivates me.

As mentioned, you recently released your ‘EP1’ under your Rebuke name, a release on Nic Fanciulli’s label. What has it been like to get support from huge influential names such as these?

Rebuke is a byproduct of going to a Nic Fanciulli gig last year whilst on a stag do at in Manchester. We hadn’t planned to go to the gig and we had a 6am flight home the next morning but when we seen the flyer we were like, ok fuck it we’ll go. Anyway it was wicked and I was inspired by his set so much that I wrote two tracks as soon as I got home, which happens to be the two tracks off ‘EP1’ that he signed as soon as I sent them to him.  Funny how spontaneous choices can guide you into a whole new direction, if I hadn’t gone to that gig I’d not be in the position I’m in now.

However this hasn’t stopped you focusing on your work as Reuben Keeney. In the last few months you have been working closely with Zerothree Music. What is the label like to work with and how supportive have they been of your music?

Reuben Keeney.

Definitely not, the Reuben Keeney records are coming out thick and fast. ZeroThree are a great fit for my new direction, and I’ve always felt myself as part of the Toolroom family. They were the first big label to sign me from a very early age (think I was 15 when they first released my tunes, Esatue it was called if you can find it!) and I’ve been working with them ever since. Jamie the head honcho at ZeroThree is a top man and a credit to the Toolroom team. Still waiting on them to send me over some Toolroom tee’s though!

‘I Won’t Forget It’ was your first release on the label as part of the ‘Zerothree 100’ EP. Can you tell us a little about how the track came about and how you ended up releasing the track on Zerothree Music?

That track came about randomly in the studio one day when I was playing around with a Roland 909 drum machine my mate had brought into the studio to have a play with. I really love drums that are quite clunky and fat so ended up building the melody structure around the drum groove and it all sort of came about pretty quickly. I was already flirting with Jamie on and off at hat stage, sending tunes over and back on Skype – so when I sent it to him he loved it and we didn’t waste any time getting it out.

Reuben Keeney.

This was followed up with a solo release ‘SVE’. This is a track which brings in a number of different sounds, ranging from Progressive House, Electronic and a real darker side as well. Was it always your plan to bring a number of different genres into your tracks?

Not really, I think it just shows the depth of my music tastes. I love Bicep to Stephan Bodzin, Jon Hopkins to Carl Cox, so genres never really bothered me too much, ya know? I think it would be pretty boring if you only listened to one type of music, it would be like only ever wearing the same black T-Shirt (sorry Richie).

In terms of influence for ‘SVE’, could you pinpoint anything which really made you go in a certain direction with the track, or did it just all naturally happen in the studio?

SVE is a personal tribute I wrote for a very close friend of mine that passed away last year, and the track was written between those days of mourning that I cant really remember too much of, its all a bit of a blur. However I think the emotions of the track sums up how I was feeling then.

On the topic of the studio, would you be able to explain a little about your set-up and what pieces of equipment / hardware / software you use most often?

Reuben Keeney.

I use Logic X for all my production and use Ableton whenever I need to time-stretch files. Most my setup is all in the box as I produce quite a bit on the road too, so my macbook and studio iMac is sync’d together, using loads of hardware gear would make that difficult. As for plugins and software, I use the Komplete bundle every day and also started using a plugin by my friends over at Sonic Academy called ANA 2, its great.

2018 is already looking to be a big year for you in terms of releases. Is there anything we can look forward to from Reuben Keeney over the next few months?

Yes! Loads going on.. We MAY or MAY NOT be discussing the idea of an album on ZeroThree at some point (Jamie don’t kill me!!). I also MAY or MAY NOT be working on a release with a label headed by a dude that wears a cool ass mouse head ;)

As well as releases, you have some pretty cool shows coming up / already happened this year. For fans of Reuben Keeney, what can we expect in terms of touring and is there anything you are particularly looking forward to?

Reuben Keeney.

Yeah! I actually have my own weekly clubbing brand called Outhouse that does really well here in my hometown of Letterkenny. Its more underground aimed and recently we’ve had over CamelPhat, Huxley, Darius Syrossian, Ejeca and more. It’s great for me personally as it’s a place where I can go and test out my new music, and also great for the local community to finally have somewhere to go every week to hear quality tunes by both international and local DJs. Besides from that, I recently signed to Radius Agency in UK and looking forward to getting on the road this summer.

For more information on Reuben Keeney:
https://www.facebook.com/reubenkeeneydj/
https://twitter.com/reubenkeeney
https://soundcloud.com/reubenkeeney

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