When he's not drumming for bands like Nine Inch Nails, Paramore and Angels & Airwaves, Ilan Rubin is out making music of his own under the name The New Regime. The multi-instrumentalist recently dropped his brand new record Exhibit A last month to great reviews. Rubin spoke to us about the new album, possible touring under The New Regime and getting back on the road with Trent Reznor.
1) Exhibit A will be first in a string of "Exhibits" that you'll release over time. What made you want to put out multiple releases instead of the usual one album deal?
The music I was writing was being approached on a track per track basis and not thinking about what rolls they would fulfill on an album. Once I had enough material for a release I picked the songs that worked best together and then made them flow the best I could. I've enjoyed writing music this way and once I've grouped the songs into a couple of releases I'll probably get back to thinking about what the next album would be like from top to bottom.
2) What musical directions can we expect with the upcoming releases?
I can't answer that question to be honest with you. I enjoy changing things up from song to song so everything is constantly evolving. I like to keep things exciting and inspiration comes from many different places.
3) The track "Daydream" is killer. What's the story behind that song?
Thank you. Musically, the song started with an acoustic guitar and vocals. The entire structure of the song was accomplished this way but I knew I wanted to do something a little different with this one. The next step was programming an interesting drum loop that would continue throughout the entire song and filling each section with different electronic textures. Lyrically, I had a lot of fun with this song by describing a bizarre time and place and playing with words.
4) Obviously, touring with high profile acts can hinder touring under The New Regime. Will you manage to hit the road in support of the new tunes?
Absolutely but I can't say exactly when. I'm very excited to show these songs off in a live setting because they cover a lot of dynamic and stylistic ground.
5) Speaking of touring under The New Regime, what was it like hitting the road with Taking Back Sunday and AWOLNATION a couple of years ago?
I have very fond memories of those tours. I'm thankful to those guys for taking me out and especially appreciate it because they were first bands to do so. It was a great experience and the response from people at the shows was great. It meant a lot considering they had no idea that I was a drummer for other much bigger bands than my own.
6) You started playing drums very young which seemed pretty rare back then. Nowadays, you see 8 year old kids playing Beethoven on Youtube. How do you feel knowing that today's children possess strong musical talent at such a young age?
I think its great that there are very talented kids out there but I hope that their talent is cultivated properly. There's a big difference between possessing talent and actually turning it into something good or great.
7) What artists are you currently listening to?
Depeche Mode, The Civil Wars, NIN, and the classics I'm always listening to.
8) Nine Inch Nails are gonna be hitting festivals everywhere this year. How excited are you to get back on the road with those guys?
Extremely excited. There's nothing like a NIN show and the extreme preparation that goes into it. I love it.