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INTERVIEW: YOAV

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Hi Yoav, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thank you. I’m enjoying myself. Just getting used to life moving at a faster pace now that my record is coming out.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Touch”?

After my last record cycle I wanted to have more space and time to create songs in studio without feeling rushed,so I wanted to learn how to produce myself.  I didn’t get very far on that mission,though I learned a lot and I did make some rough musical sketches along the way-beats and bits of vocals. A couple of weeks after I arrived in Ibiza,the whole of the chorus of Touch arrived in a flash one afternoon over the top of one of these sketches. I was so excited that I ran to the living room where some friends were hanging out,to come listen to it and then kicked them out so I could continue jamming. Then once I started working with my producer Lasse Mosegard,he made everything multidimensional and sparkly.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

A conflagration of various events all at once. Partially due to having felt a bit stuck for quite some time after coming off of many years of touring and constant movement and pressure. I arrived in north Ibiza with no plan and ended up having a two year long adventure that culminated in this record. I lived in two different places while I was there. Both were frequented by passing musicians,mystics,artists,shamen,philosophers and eccentrics. I was surprised at the communities I found there. I went along with whatever came across my path and lived extremely free flowing while writing and recording or being surrounded with music constantly. A number of breakthroughs happened along the way, of a more personal nature that would be hard to describe and are best illustrated by the songs.

The single comes off your new album Multiverse – why did you take so long?

It’s kind of strange I know,since it feels like I haven’t stopped working since my last record. I suppose have travelled a fair bit too (Asia,Africa,Europe,America)  in the time since my last single around 2014. Then the process of making the song sketches was about a year and the album making was about a year and a half. And I’ve just spent the last nine months building and rehearsing a wicked intricate new live show while preparing videos and art and remixes for the new record.

What’s the story behind the title?

I feel like this record was a breakthrough for me. Creatively,musically and  emotionally. I feel like I’ve levelled up somehow. The ideas of the “multiverse” is that our universe exists at the same time as infinite other universes.. I felt like this word captured how it felt to create and to live through this record.

How was the recording and writing process?

Just full of serendipity and wonderful coincidence. I had no intention of making a whole new record,at the time. I just went to Ibiza to visit a DJ/producer friend to jam some ideas and maybe make a song. I had a flight booked out for a week later. Missed that flight and stayed for nearly two years. The eventual record producer Lasse, was staying in the house I was living in and we very organically started to make music together and the record was born out of that time.

What role did Ibiza play in the writing of this album?

Most people have a skewed view of Ibiza. Of course,there is the slightly silly tourist side of the island. But there is also a whole other feel generally to the north of the island. Many more locals,beautiful spaces, a large community of quirky creative people and music everywhere. I didn’t engage with the party scene very much other than a few select happenings,but I danced a lot to some wonderful DJ’s and was totally immersed in sound for the time I was there.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you balance them together?

I think I’d put it all under the heading of “electronica”. That being trip hop,house,ambient and their various offshoots and whatever they are being called at the current time( chillwave or trap or whatever) . I like all of it and I like that the beats and feels are different. I’d get pretty bored to be limited to a four on the floor kick drum,or to arranging my tunes like a typical songwriter with a guitar. I’m interested in fusing electronic and organic sound into my strange pop songs.

What things did you get to meditate about on this record?

The words and music that tumbled out was for the most part weirdly positive. I know there is a lot of social and political upheaval being felt around the planet and I’ve written those darker kinds of songs in the past to call out certain things. I think my more personal songs always used to be more melancholy too. But I wanted these new songs to carry light somehow-point out the oneness rather than the separation -without being flakey “rainbow” songs,that is. And part of me feels that if one zooms out far enough,all the chaos and upheaval is part of a process that’s happening faster and faster,that I guess we call evolution. It’s not like evolution has stopped with us human beings. So where is it going?

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I try to be as alert as possible to a good line or word or idea. It’s the people  I connect with, or a vivid dream,or something I read,random journal writing I’ve forgotten about. I also believe in stepping out of comfort zones,adventures,journeying (either physically or otherwise) for staying fresh.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes indeed. Next year looks like it will be a full month to two months around northern and western Europe. Starting February I believe. I have this crazy new guitar playing setup that’s like a spaceship I’m slowly learning to operate. Can’t wait to show it to people.

What else is happening next in YOAV’s world?

Good question. I am toying with the idea of doing something new and to see what else I can explore. I’m gonna continue learning to pilot my spaceship of course and perhaps finally choose a place to live for more than a few days/weeks/months at a time.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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