Two weeks ago, I sat in a coffee shop and chopped it up with Repko for a little under an hour. We talked about everything from his come-up in music to the mentality it takes to be successful in this business.
Unfortunately, planned obsolescence (which is when tech companies intentionally bug their older devices to push the consumer to purchase their newest product) is a bitch, and Apple killed my computer battery and deleted a bunch of my files: most notably, my Zoom interview with Repko.
However, if there’s anything that this industry, and my interview with Repko, taught me is that when shit hits the fan, you just gotta figure out another way to get shit done.
Repko is an expert at moving past obstacles beginning with his upbringing in Elizabethtown, a small town 30 minutes from the capital of Pennsylvania. As one might guess, there was no emerging music scene in Elizabethtown. Despite that, Repko began producing at 16 and met Nick Mira.
He and Mira struck up a friendship initially through gaming and Mira invited him to come to Virginia a couple of times to cook up with him. At that point in time, Repko stated that he wasn’t particularly good at producing but continued to sharpen his craft, which lead to him signing to Internet Money when he was just 18.
During his tenure at IM, Repko produced a handful of tracks for Lil Tecca, iann dior, Trippie Redd, Trevor Daniel, and most notably “Blastoff” with Juice Wrld, Trippie, and Diplo, which would go on to achieve RIAA-certified Platinum status.
After two years, the young talent decided to leave Internet Money and partnered with English soccer star Daniel Sturridge to start his own label Embassy.
Repko explained during the interview that the label was a chance for him to provide opportunities to talented producers and close friends alike. His first signings to the label were Levi Bandito, Duece, Eugene Tsai, and Cv, and has since tacked on sample maker/producer LaSource to his roster.
Repko‘s camp has produced tracks like The Kid Laroi‘s “Wrong” ft. Lil Mosey (which is now platinum), Popp Hunna‘s “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” as well as songs for Tory Lanez, Muni Long, Dro Kenji, and many more.
Still only 21, Repko‘s ability to balance achievement with an already thriving record label venture speaks to his uncanny work ethic and his ability to bring out the best in his collaborators.
Check out “Blastoff” below and check out Repko‘s producing credits here!