Can you tell us about your musical background and how you got started as an artist?
Its kind of a cliché, but Im into music since I can remember. From a very young age I had nothing else in my mind. I started playing the Piano at 8, and wanted to be a modern-classic composer, so I studied classical and jazz composition in the Jerusalem Music Academy. But kept a great passion for club culture and electronic music all along the way. I have been DJing for almost two decades, and got into producing over the last few years.
What inspired you to create the EP “October” and how did you come up with the concept for it?
When forming an EP it usually starts with no concept at all. I simply getting into a creational process, writing music, finishing tracks. Only later observing and matching tracks together to form an EP
How would you describe the overall sound and style of the EP?
I have a warm place in my heart for retro sounds and aesthetics, and October has this kind of feel. Quirky, dirty, but still very approachable and dancefloor oriented. Whether the surf guitar of Bagavoa (Lifestyle) or those proggy sounds of October. It has this vibe.
What was your creative process like while working on the tracks for “October”? What gear or plugins did you use?
I always work out of the box, with analog synths and instruments. Not the VST type of guy.
Bagavoa (Lifestyle) is based on Hila Ruach’s song ‘Lifestyle’, which we performed together at one of my shows when I hosted Her. The performance was so good that we both felt this must get a proper release. October started as a tribal loop that I jammed with and finished it the same day (which is rare, it usually takes me longer to seal up a project).
How did you get connected with Moscoman and Disco Halal and what made them the right fit for this release?
Moscoman and I have been exchanging music for years, and Disco Halal is a solid imprint, so when he replied that he wants to release it, I was happy.
Can you share any specific influences or artists that inspired you while working on the EP?
I think an overall attitude of proggy-ravey-housey-90’s-rock N roll, that inspiration is in there. But you know, its only 2 tracks to dance to, I try not to over analyze my music.
How do you think your music has evolved since your earlier releases, and what can fans expect from “October” in terms of your artistic growth?
I never get stagnant on specific sounds. It’s a constant journey and I’m learning and evolving with every tune and production. Today its this EP but tomorrow I might be tripping on some Turkish Disco, so its hard to draw a line, ok he went from A to B inspiration is very illusive.
Could you share any interesting anecdotes or behind-the-scenes moments from the making of “October”?
The guitar riffs in Bagavoa (Lifestyle) was recorded by my live band Guitarist Guy Landau, and I think he did an awesome job. Hila is an amazing artist and recording her song together was so much fun. We’ve been knowing each other from music school. She was my class mate.
What role does Tel Aviv play in shaping your musical style and sound?
Tel Aviv is great for meeting other musicians and exchanging ideas, it’s a small city but with huge amount of artists, so you one can easily end up at someone else’s studio or show, and stuff will happen… The atmosphere is always buzzing.
Lastly, what can we expect from you in the future? Any releases or performances you’d like to share with us?
I have a new album coming out this summer. It called Collage 2.0 , an electronic tribute to timeless Israeli music. Basically a remix project for hidden gems and classics. I plan to continue my Live Band shows, which really took off this year. And of course have some nice tracks schedule to release later this year but can’t reveal at the moment.