The 244th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Shai T.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 32 years old, living just on the beach line of Tel Aviv, Djing for more than 10 years and producing for 7-8 years.
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.”
Well, aside to that I’m a dj & producer, I’m a musician, as I play the guitar, drums, piano and harmonica since I was 10 years old. My music roots is between funk, soul, disco, oriental and Latin music, but I guess I can find something I love in each and every genre.
My first meeting with house music was 11 years ago when I did my “After Army” trip to Australia, I guess that’s the place where I fall in love with house music and all the scene.
The artists that took my attention at that time were Deep dish, Mylo, Eric Prydz, Sasha & Digweed, Tiga, Junior jack and many more.
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?
Most of my life I was teaching myself. As for producing music, it was kind of natural to me, as I always been connected to music. At the beginning, I took private lessons from my teacher and it was very helpful indeed.
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?
I think that I can truly say I love each and every part of the production process, as in every part there is something that I like and love to do, When I have kind of creative block, the best thing I can do is to take a short break and get back to the studio fresh.
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?
Lately, a normal day for me is wake up around 8-9 am, drink my coffee and read newspaper, go to surf at the beach, lunch, studio time, gym and at evening meetings for the business and playing my gigs. Aside to all of that, I’m a lawyer too but I’m not work in the profession at the moment.
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 effect on your own productions?
I can say I love many genres of music, almost everything except for heavy metal.
Few of the artists that I really love – Stevie wonder, George benson, Jamiroquai, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Doors and many others.
I think that in few of my productions you can feel some funky influences and that might come from few of the artists which I love.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Last one – Beatles – Abby road (vinyl), First one – A vinyl of an Israeli musician.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Mmmm…. I’m learning Kung Fu !
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
I guess many… but I can’t find in my head the names right now.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Really love and inspired by Guy Gerber, Mark knight, Guy J, Karmon, Chaim, Davi, Lane 8, Dimitri from Paris, Todd Terje and many others.
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?
Keep on trying! Never get desperate. If you love music, and you are producing from the bottom of your heart – it will finally happen.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Danny Tenaglia – Music is the answer
‘Rishikesh’ is out now on Stellar Fountain, you can purchase the release: here