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INTERVIEW: Roni Bar Hadas

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

Thank you! Very excited to have released my album with such support from listeners around the world.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Calm the Beast”?

My latest song, “Calm the Beast”, is the theme song of my debut album. It talks about the fear of revealing the wild and raw sides within you. I feel like this theme is prevalent throughout the entirety of the album, which talks a lot about my maturation process and my inner dialogues about self-love, self-acceptance, and the courage to be revealed.

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

On my 18th birthday, I went to Rome with my ex and we didn’t have so much fun together. On the last day, we had a huge fight and I was so mad, I yelled at him like a crazy person. For weeks after that, I felt so bad that I behaved that way and was ashamed of how I revealed my “crazy-self” in front of him. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t leave. This is what triggered me to write this song.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Definitely! The two talented women Inbar Katz and Amit Chachamov made a beautiful video for “Calm the Beast”, which will be out on Sunday, November 22nd. You can watch the video on YouTube or on Apple Music.

Why naming the album after this song in particular?

“Calm the Beast” talks about the fear of revealing the wild and raw sides within yourself. I feel like this theme is prevalent throughout the entirety of the album, which talks a lot about my maturation process and my inner dialogues about self-love, self-acceptance, and the courage to be revealed.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the earliest song at 16, and my latest song of the album at 21. After writing all the songs, I started to work with the producer Zach Drory. It was such an interesting and enriching experience. I learned so much about how to convert and communicate my thoughts into music. To follow my intuition and trust myself, and everyone who took part in the creation of the album.

What role does Israel play in your music?

I was born to a musical family. When I young, my father and brother played a lot of Israeli music at home. So I guess it’s an important part of my musical DNA. I love to sing in Hebrew and collaborate with great Israeli artists such as Foto Mariana, Daniel Rubin, Maor Alush, and my brother Gil Bar Hadas.

What aspect of love and self-acceptance did you get to explore on this record?

I think this theme is particularly dominant in the opening song of the album, “Everything”. I wrote it when I was 16, and as a teenager, I was very insecure. I didn’t believe I was pretty or funny, but was trying very hard to be both. One day, I felt exhausted from trying so hard to be loved, and writing this song was like putting a mirror in front of me. It wasn’t until last year when we shot the music video for “Everything” is where I realized that if I really want love or to be loved, I should be ready to expose and accept myself.

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

I mostly get my inspiration from conversations with people or thought in my head. It usually starts with one sentence I like and keeps rolling from there…

What else is happening next in Roni Bar Hadas’ world?

Today, I’m working with my partner, Maor Alush, on a new song which will be out soon and is very different from my debut album. We are working without any inhibitions and expectations, and is very liberating and fun. I can’t wait for you to hear it!

You can listen to the album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2WV4PtTQ6qMJSUi9gnpmtV?si=wSoCOovbR1yAKpHpCmHfgQ

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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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