Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently living in Tel Aviv, my hometown. The music scene here is very interesting, quite a lot is happening, lots of artists from Tel Aviv are working very well outside of Israel at the moment, huge amount of the hottest names in the international scene are coming to play here. Tel Aviv has a special blend of people and you can feel it in the music that’s coming out of the city.
How did you first start playing and producing electronic music?
I got into music many years ago, was working with few known singers and produced few of the most successful albums in the Israeli music and radio stations during the ’90s, then during ‘2000s I had my own projects, in the beginning, I had a Dub/Reggae project, I travelled with this project around the world till I moved to Australia for 2 years cause the project went well there. later on, I came back to Tel Aviv and decided to combine the Turkish roots of my family with my music and opened the Laroz Desert Groove project, I got myself a sampler during the work on this project and got in loved with it. Since that moment I am working on electronic music every single day for almost 10 years.
What’s been happening recently?
I just released my music on Diynamic Records, and during the last year I am playing abroad much more than before so I am really happy about it.
What new music do you have on the way?
I have a few tracks that coming out soon, can’t reveal everything yet, but next week my track Shanal Matar is going to be out on Magnetic Moon by Rob Garza from Thievery Corporation, also very soon my track with Yost Koen (Innervisions, Watergate) that already getting great feedbacks will be out on Eleatics Records.
How do you approach your music writing process?
Usually, I have a melody in my head that I just want to put out, then I am excited from the creation during the process while I hear the melody that was in my head through my monitors.
What influences your sound and songwriting?
I am influenced mostly from old school music, mostly ’90s music such as Prodigy, old school tribal house and many more.
How do you approach producing?
I am waking up, sitting in front of the computer, opens the software and then everything starts to happen, I am producing music for so many years so it’s my internal operating mechanism.
What programs/instruments/equipment do you like to work with and why?
I am working with Cubase for many years, I have lots of experience with it so I am doing everything in a fast and easy way for me. On the other hand on my live shows, I am using Ableton.
How do you prepare for live shows and what do you most enjoy about playing live?
Usually, 80% of my sets are my tracks so I am just listening to music that I like and think which tracks can complete the package of my set in the best way.
I am enjoying the most in playing live from seeing the faces of the people while they are getting excited and enjoying my music, that was exactly my main intention when I created it in the studio.
What do find most challenging and rewarding whilst on tour?
Of course, the lack of sleep hours, but also being only with new people most of your weekends, but in the same breath I have to say that meeting new people and to see new places is the most fun part also.
What do you like to do away from music?
Family, doing some sport and most of course travelling.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
There are many things that I really like from many genres, I have a strong attraction to World Music, but if you asking about the electronic side the artists that I hear the most lately are Super Flu, JOBE and Sobek.
You’ve recently signed to MFM Booking Agency, how did this come about?
Harald sent me an email and suggested me to join the family, I did some checkups with promoters, producers and friends, I got great comments and reviews from everyone so I discussed it with my manager that already knew Harald and we thought it would be a great idea. We just started working together so I am really looking forward and already waiting for lots of fun and travells.