Winnipeg singer-songwriter Greg Rekus is on the road again. His ten-week fall tour will see him performing throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in support of his latest release, a vinyl re-issue of the 2014 album Punkoustic.
“It was always the plan to do the vinyl,” says Rekus. “By the time the album cycle finished for Punkoustic, I already had another record ready and it seemed to make more sense to do that… Now I’m at the point where that record is almost sold out— it went really well with Sibling Cities (2017)— and I’m going to be doing a new record next year. So it was kind of like ‘now or never’ with Punkoustic.”
Rekus tours more than half the year and works as an audio engineer during his time at home. He says finding a balance is key to maintaining a do-it-yourself music career. “The biggest thing is having a job [which is] kind of feast-or-famine. Something that has a busy season— you can go home and work— and then a slow season. You can disappear, and they don’t miss you.”
“If you have you have a credit card, you’re your own record label. If you have an email address, you’re your own booking agent,” Rekus says of his process. He makes a distinction, however. “I guess it should be more… ‘do-it-everybody’ because it’s all about helping each other out… If it wasn’t for this network of friends and other D.I.Y musicians who are all in the same boat— we’d be nothing without each other.”
Listen to the full interview below.