The 195th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Nissim Gavriel.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 30 years old, I live in a small village just 5 minutes from Tel Aviv, Israel. I got in to Djing when I was around 8-9 years old, I volunteered to be a DJ at a year-end class party, When there were only cassettes. And since I was a DJ every birthday in the classroom or in different schools in the area. At the same time I was also curious about the production and started to try to create a home computer beats. And once I dragged my home computer a big party and I tried to get live play, which was not very successful because of the severe restrictions of a technology solutions at the time So I continued to focus on Djing until about 7 years ago when it got serious again.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
I grew up in a house where they heard music from records, all kinds of different styles of music. The first memorial was significant electronic music from “Faithless – Insomnia” My older brother bought the album before the album came out and I just remember hearing that it gave me the creeps of the first electronic sound. I remember as a child going to my parent’s car and listen to cassettes I got from different authors in the field of electronic music. It was my escape it was only mine. then I first heard about Tiesto in his series “In search of Sunrise” the melodies of the tracks where simply life giving. And I was dreaming myself getting big as he is ( before he got to Minstrim).
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
I never took a course it is more a matter of trial and error to me. In the past years if I wanted to learn something I would use Youtube.
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
For me it all starts in the melody ! after creating the melody I create the beats and then the final FX and automations etc. I can just come to the studio and make something, I need to have an idea in my head first then I create it. It funny but if a melody come to my head while I’m not in the studio I whistle and recorder over the phone so I won’t forget. If I hit a creative block I just take some time off and try to think about the track.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
A normal day for me starts around 7 am, I work full time in a start up company, In the field of logistics. When I’m not working on music, I love to cook or watch movies.
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
I don’t have specifically favorite artist, I love all kinds of music, if it is good then I can relate to it, it can be acoustic cover, Arabic jam or country music.
No, it is not effects my productions.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first CD I bought for the “Tiesto – In search of sunrise 02″ And the last one was ” Daft Punk – Random Access Memories ” and also “Time” by Guy Mantzur and Sahar Z.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Approximately 12 years ago I was very religious, kind of a monk without music and without the “joys of life” but that is a long story so I will tell it next time ; )
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I think that all the Electronic Minstrim producers are factors antipathy, Something that is not virgin is distancing me, not because there music is not good, It just not something I connected to.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
I follow producers such as Guy J and Guy Mantzur, I really love Guy J melodies in his productions and Guy Mantzur is Surprisingly in his creations. Most of my production just hit me while doing other things during the day. I think that life is one big symphony and every situation accompanied by a kind of music and this is where my inspiration coming from.
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
My advice is keep making what you love and connected to, Do not try to imitate others It will only make your productions be boring.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
I think I would play “Adam P – Pleasure Trip (Nissim Gavriel Remix)”
Nissim’s remix of Adam-P ‘Pleasure Trip’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here