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Ilan Rubin VS Groovey.TV’s The Gauntlet! Interview Series

Ilan Rubin

(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the badass Ilan Rubin) is sent 75 questions from which they must choose  at least  12 to answer in whatever medium they choose: written, audio,or video. The questions range from standard to ridiculous.)


Ilan Rubin vs The GauntletIlan Rubin is a multi-instrumentalist and master musician who has achieved incredible amounts of success at a fairly early age working with such bands as Lostprophets, Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves and Paramore.  He also has an excellent project all his own called The New Regime.  Give the Soundcloud link below a listen to check out the tune “Daydream” off of The New Regime’s latest album Exhibit A.  Here are Ilan Rubin’s answers to Groovey.TV’s The Gauntlet Interview Series.


1) Tell me why your band rules? or why it sucks?

By asking me why The New Regime rules you’re putting me in a position where I can only look like an arrogant prick. So here it goes… The New Regime rules because it is precisely the music I want to create. I write, play, and sing everything heard on the recordings and the range of musical influence is pretty broad. There’s something in each album for everybody.

2) Describe your sound.

I couldn’t put The New Regime is a specific genre but a lot of moods and dynamics are covered. There’s a bit of rock, some electronics, some pop (the good kind), some classically influenced piano and chord progressions, some heavy moments, mellow moments, dark moments, and light moments.

3) What are you working on right now?

Currently I’m working on my next release for either later this year or early next year entitled ‘Exhibit B’ and rehearsing with Nine Inch Nails for some shows in the summer and fall.

4) Why do you play your style of music? Why not polka? or classical? or..?

I suppose the music that people play is a reflection if what they naturally enjoy listening to, so that would be the case with me. The music that gives me pleasure as a listener is what I learn from and inspires me to create my own music. I haven’t taken a dive into polka yet but there are hints of classical music throughout what I do whether it be the way I play piano, the chord progressions I use, or the way I construct my harmonies.

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Quality. Never write two songs that sound the same and don’t rip anybody off.

6) Do you have a CD coming out? What’s the scoop on that? Where did you record, style, songs etc.

I just released ‘Exhibit A’. Go get it! I recorded it somewhat equally between my home studio and the Angels and Airwaves studio. Its an 8 song release that will take you in 8 different directions. I focused on fully developing the songs but in concise structures. I’m very happy with it.

7) What was the last song you listened to before this interview?

Echoplex – Nine Inch Nails

8) If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to?

The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin

9) Stella or Guinness? Why?

At the risk of sounding unmanly I prefer Stella because its more carbonated.

10) What bands should quit forever and never be seen or heard from again?

Too many to even name!

11) What would you like to say to your fans?

I’d like to say thanks to anybody who enjoys The New Regime and try to convey how much I truly appreciate it. I have a lot in store for The New Regime and I won’t stop until I achieve it.

12) There’s a good chance you will look back and be embarrassed by your current hairstyle. Discuss.

I hope not. It’s the only hairstyle that looks good on me.

13) If you could accomplish one thing in a music career what would it be? When you achieve that will you quit?

What I would like to achieve is the level of success and respect where I don’t have a care in the world than creating more and more. That might be entirely unrealistic but an environment where I have every tool at my disposal to write and record at the location of my choice sounds like a pretty perfect situation for me.

14) Top five favorite albums?

Honestly, this is too tough of a question to answer but these are some of my favorites. Houses of The Holy & IV – Led Zeppelin, Revolver & Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles, A Night at the Opera – Queen, OK Computer – Radiohead, Violator – Depeche Mode, Grace – Jeff Buckley, and more albums from the above.

15) Would you accept 1 million dollars now to give up any and all music forever? If not what is your price?

Absolutely not. While money is great I honestly don’t think it would feel quite right if I didn’t earn it, especially by doing what I do.

16) What really pisses you off?

Terrible bands who don’t take the craft of music seriously and impostors in general who think they deserve things without putting in more than enough work.

17) If you could ask yourself one question what would it be?Ilan Rubin

When will my master plan come to fruition?

18) Without looking which presidents are on which bills?

 1, Washington, 5 Lincoln, 10 Hamilton (not a president), 20, Jackson, 100 Franklin (not a president either). I believe Jefferson was on the 2 dollar bill, but let me check… Yeah, Jefferson.
19) What do you geek out to besides music? Please geek out on your geekiness.

The vast majority of my geekiness is music related but number two would probably have to be World War II. I’ve seen almost everything on any channel that would possibly show WWII stuff and I own numerous DVD’s and over 100 books on the subject. It never gets old to me.

20) What are some of the unwritten rules of touring?

Don’t be an asshole, don’t be annoying, don’t be messy, don’t smell, and don’t invade personal space.

21) If you had a time machine what would you do with it?

I would go watch The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert, check out WWII battlefields (granted I couldn’t get killed), Vienna from 1780’s-1820’s, ancient Rome and Greece.

22) Name one person cooler than Evel Kneivel.

Freddie Mercury.


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