Exclusive Interview: Perezo

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Blessed with a keen ear for music and a sharp sense for sound, Idan Perez was born and raised in the bustling center of Tel Aviv. With his finger on the pulse of the local electronic music scene, it wasn’t long before a young and impassioned Perez adopted the stage name, Perezo. With drive and talent comes recognition, and Perezo quickly rose to popularity both locally and internationally, performing at well-established large-scale productions including Rumors, Marco Carola, Hashmaliko and Flying Circus.

In 2020, Perez founded the One of Us, a community of like-minded artists that have since organized high quality music festivals in Israel. Their success led them to expand their reach to international party locations like Mykonos and Costa Rica. Perez commands control of the dance floor with tracks ranging from indie to dance electronic. Today he continues to build his business, conquering the hearts and minds of ravers everywhere. We caught up with the man himself to find out more…

Hey Perezo, thanks for chatting with us today. Where in the world are you right now?

Right now I’m in Tel Aviv as I take a break from my world tour. In Israel it’s our holidays and it’s my time to be with family and to make more music in the studio after traveling around the world a lot this year.

For those of our readers who are not yet familiar with your music, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Idan Peretz aka Perezo. I’m a 34 year old DJ and producer who has been in the music industry for 15 years. My music is a little bit different and lies somewhere between disco and indie dance. The fact that I was born in the 80s influenced me a lot. Growing up with parents and brothers who exposed me to that era of music meant I was raised on pure disco.

How did you first get into music? Were there any significant figures who have helped you on your musical journey?

The first time I realized that I wanted to do music was when my brother bought the Phil Collins records. He included drums for a live performance of ‘In The air Tonight’, and the beat caught me. From there I started exploring house music, especially the likes of Mark Knight and Dennis Ferrer. I played alongside Guy Gerber at parties around the world and really connected to the floating music he plays.

What is one of the stand-out moments of your career?

One of my stand-out moments was being invited to play at Gospel in New York. Another of my goals was to play in Morocco so when I got invited to play at a big festival there, it was amazing. My parents were actually born in Morocco so for me it was particularly exciting to play there.

Where does most of your inspiration come from? Is it from other artists or your immediate surroundings?

I get most of my inspiration when I travel and when I’m in nature or places like the sea. I really love the beach in Tel Aviv. I start to think of all kinds of ideas when I’m there and always try to bring them to my music.

How would you describe your sound?

I think that my music in the last two years has definitely achieved the ‘colour’ and sound that I have been waiting for and expecting over the last decade.

Is there any upcoming music you can share with us?

I can tell you that I have a new music that going out in 2024 and it’s going absolutely amazing.

What is your tour schedule looking like in the coming months?

I have Zanzibar this November and then Costa Rica and Tulum in December. Following this I have some shows in America, Miami, and New York, and then I’ll be heading to Paris.

Do you have any final words for our readers?

Thank you to everyone who has read my article so far. I will continue to work in the studio and try to continue to bring my sound and colour to the field for years to come and to make you happy, always! Yours PEREZO

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