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INTERVIEW: KFIR

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

Great! It’s been a great few months of creativity and work can’t ask for more.

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

My new single was written by Javier Cardellinio and myself and was produced by Majik Reed at the Hits Lab in Jersey this summer. This track opened the flood gates to creativity, and because of it, I recorded an unexpected EP.

The track is about not wanting to let go of summer or a wonderful vacation you’ve been on, and go back to reality. Especially after encountering unexpected love/romance interest. Something I think a lot of people can relate too. Don’t let the fun end.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

I was on winter break in Miami in February and I got some beats to listen to. I came across one of them that really grabbed me, and in a matter of minutes, I started humming what became the chorus for this amazing track. At the time I was seating on Collins Avenue under the palm trees so I called my co-writer Javier Cardellino who’s residing in Uruguay. We jumped on FaceTime and twenty minutes later we had a full chorus, verses, cords, pre-choruses, and bridge. An hour later I came back to him with complete lyrics.

I was so taken by the sun and the palm trees and the feeling of that moment that I was so inspired to write this song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I am a very visual artist and person. You can see it in my previous body of work. I would love to create a video for this but right now due to timing and financial, I have to be satisfied with a lyric video that is coming. Hopefully, the music will speak volumes on it’s on. Anything else would be extra goodness on top.

What was it like to work with Javier Cardellino and how did that relationship develop?

Javier and I met a few years ago and already worked on my previous EP FREE DELIVERY. Our last single “Drama Queen” has reached Top 100 Hot AC at #24 just last month. We have a very fiery, emotional creative work relationship, which is great for creating music. Especially since it’s important for me that my music captures a feeling… we jive.

How much did he get to influence the song?

Javi has an incredible ear and musical talent, he is a major part of my writing process. Being an artist and producer himself he knows what it takes and how to get there. Mostly he is very open to my suggestions and writings so he doesn’t ever shut me down.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Not really, it’s very important to me that the other person listens to my ideas. I’m very particular about the direction. I almost always go into the studio with a direction. I don’t like to waste time. I also almost always go in with an idea of melody or lyrical thoughts and it’s important that we are on the same page to get out of me the initial concept. But then, I pull back and allow others to create, suggest and criticize its very important to let others do what they do through that push and pull a track is formed.

The single comes off your new album One Time With You – what’s the story behind the title?

Ohhh I’m on fire about this track – “One Time With You”. I know in my gut it has something big to offer. It’s very dancy, Latin and hip hop influenced. Funny story, while I was writing the track I kept thinking about Khloe Kardashian. The song is about wanting to be with someone who is already taken but the feeling of wanting each other is mutual. It also features a hot rap section by the incredible Sue’ Roze.

How were the recording and writing process?

The process for this EP was so different. This time around I wanted to be true to my writing and not doubt the initial inspiration. I wanted to trust my gut feeling as a songwriter. I didn’t want to go back and forth checking and thinking if things are right or perfect, I wanted to be true to the first inspiration of each track.

What role does Israel play in your music?

Israel is where my family is. It’s where I grew up. I think the way I sing, stylistically is influenced by my roots and my Israeli upbringing. Though the music is very worldly and pop. I think it gives me sound uniqueness.

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

I find inspiration in the world in everything. Many times I wake up in the middle of the night humming melodies and usually I also have a word that comes with it, that many times inspire the lyrical direction of a track.

Any plans to hit the road?

My biggest dream is to create enough body of great work to allow me to create a stage show. I love being on stage and touring and meeting new people. Big part why I record music is in hopes to connect with different people.

What else is happening next in KFIR’s world?

Today, I’m still performing on Broadway in the Phantom of the Opera. Eight shows a week and continuing to go into the studio creating and writing. Other than that, I keep on networking and searching for better ways to reach a broader audience. It always works and I’m thankful for that.

For more information: www.kfir.com

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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