Exclusive Interview: Genish

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Hailing from Tel Aviv, and with a string of notable releases on the like of Blue Shadow and Multi Culti amongst others, Genish embodies a funky Middle Eastern spirit, combining a global outlook with local influences to create a spellbinding sound. Following the recent release of his stunning, two-part ‘Like A Dream’ EP on Adana Twins’ long-standing TAU imprint, we caught up with the in-demand Israeli talent to find out more.

— Hello Genish, and thanks for taking the time to chat with us. We’re at the beginning of another new year. How are you feeling about 2023?

Hey friends! what’s up?

I have a lot of reasons to be excited for the new year, but one of the biggest ones is the music that will be released. Some of it is very dear to my heart, and I can’t wait to see how it will impact the dance floors and the people.

— Massive congratulations on your huge new EP ‘Like A Dream’ on TAU. Can you talk to us through the release and what fans can expect when it drops?

Thank you! It is a great honor for me to release music on the label; I can honestly say that it is a different version of me with different grooves, sound choices, and depths—each of which is incredibly distinctive in its own right.

— Going back to your formative years, can you explain when and how you fell in love with electronic music? Was there a particular moment when the penny dropped?

Yes !! When I was 17 years old, a fashion show producer asked me to walk the runway for a well-known brand. During the rehearsals, I didn’t pay much attention to the music, but when an Ame howling was played, it completely caught my attention. I went to the DJ after the show and drove him crazy by pleading with him to send me the track, and I followed him around everywhere he went for two years. He was a very unique and eclectic type, and even today I occasionally listen to At the age of 20, Satori performed live at a party called Zero in New York, where I worked on the art team. After that performance, I found myself sitting on the floor and realized that I needed to return home to Tel Aviv to set up a studio. 

— What music (or artists) have played the biggest role in shaping you as an artist?

Enigma, Metallica, and Pink Floyd all had significant influence.

— How would you describe your sound, and why did you choose to pursue your particular brand of electronic music over other styles? What is it about the genre that you love so much?

I don’t put much stock in musical definitions, but my music can be characterized as music that is joyful, occasionally naive, trance-like, powerful, and hopefully uplifting. I didn’t really make a choice; instead, I follow my gut and then I know what I like and what I want. It appeals to me that unconventional music has something special to offer and unquestionably tells a story.

— Looking forward, do you have any specific goals or objectives you would like to achieve as an artist over the next few years?

Naturally, in the coming months, I’ll start putting together my first live show. This is a significant goal of mine. I also have some labels I want to collaborate with and venues around the world where I want to perform. 

— If you could put on your own show anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would you have joined you on the lineup?

Where not? Lol

I dream of performing in so many places, I would probably like to play in a jungle (not specific) with as many people as possible, the lineup will include Soulwax, Red Axes, Acid Arab, Bawrut.

— Where can we see you perform over the coming months? Are Any big tours planned?

I’ll be performing in Stockholm, Sweden in March at Stakthuset with Bambook’s record label, Ya Hala Ya Hala Records. I’ll be in Panama, Mexico, and New York in April; additional dates to be announced.

— Finally, do you have any other projects coming up this year that you’d like to share with us?

Yes, I am collaborating with singers on a number of new EPs, and I am also wrapping up a project I started while in Mexico with the children’s choir. The entire EP will draw inspiration from my most recent trip to Central America. And the live of course.

Genish – Like A Dream EP is out now via TAU: http://bit.ly/Tau041

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