Tebi Rex

Alternative, lyrically complex hip-hop from Maynooth duo.


Photographed for State’s Faces by Mark McGuinness

How do you find the hip hop scene in Ireland at the minute? Do you think it’s getting stronger or saturated?

I don’t think something that barely exists could be considered saturated. It ain’t even in the mainstream eye. The more the better right now, but we are growing at a steady pace. And I’m curious to see how it pans out. 


If there was one thing musically you would try, but haven’t done so yet, what would it be and why?

Hmm, that’s a good one. I’d really like to make some pop punk/rap stuff just because I love the pop punk genre. I don’t know what Matt would be into trying, but fuck him. I wanna do a pop punk EP because it’d be the best. 


What are the plans for the Tebi Rex live show in 2017? Are you keeping things simple or have you got plans to expand?

We gonna keep it simple composition wise. We’ve changed up the team and our set list up a little bit but we’re going to up the energy and up the weirdness. We’re steadily improving so hopefully bigger and better gigs. 


Who has been a defining influence, past or present, on your musical career?

Childish Gambino is my spirit animal. Matt loves Chance... Gambino is better though. 


What’s the one thing that people will celebrate about Tebi Rex in 2017?

Just that we’re being fun and being ourselves. Ya gotta celebrate that shit in and of itself, being unapologetically yourself in a genre that’s all about image is something that’s different and unique. Just have fun with it. 


“You just know they’re only going to get better….” (Bad Sea)