The 207th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Eyal Cohen.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I am 30 years old. I live in Tel Aviv. Djing for eight years, producing for five.
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.”
In the late 90s I took a trip to NY. There I met a local dj who introduced me to Yoshiesque by Deep Dish. That was pretty refreshing for me; I dabbled in house for a bit after that before experimenting with other types of music. Years later I visited the Eleventh club in Amsterdam where I first heard minimal techno to which I immediately connected. I’ve been djing ever since.
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’ve never taken a course. My first experience in a studio was with a friend who walked me through production basics. Since then I work and discover on my own.
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 have a background in drumming so drums are the most natural and enjoyable part of a process. Often when I begin a project, I may have a few visions for where to take things artistically and that in a way can pose a challenge— choosing a single direction. When there’s a block, I often take a break and listen to the furthest thing from electronic music.
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?
I have a job in management, finance, HR and operation. I lead a fairly normal urban life. I enjoy going to the movies,swimming and spending time with my loved one.
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?
Post rock is my main thing. I’d say it has an influence on my own productions by way of melody and structure. I appreciate some synth/dream pop, shoegaze and indie folk as well. Radiohead, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Joy Division, Dirty three, Tortoise, Caribou, Mum, Nigel Godrich, The Soft Moon, Sonic Youth,Cocteau twins, Explosions in the sky,Tame impala … all iconic.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
Isn’t anything, My bloody valentine (first); Early Violence, Psychic Ills (last)
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
An inconspicuously-placed grass-eating panda bear tattoo
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Helmut Ebritsch and Marko Fürstenberg are awesome. I want to keep hearing more of their stuff. I also Really like Markus Gibb and his label rock to the beat And Matt Hardinge from Motek Music. i’m looking forward for great things from those two.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
Eric Volta, Ryan Davis, Mind Against, Daniel avery, Mark Hennning, Andrew Weatherall, Four Tet, and Roman Flugel are ongoing inspirations for me. Sometimes I get imagination from listening to a unique movie soundtrack.
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?
When choosing equipment from the myriad of attractive and tempting synthesizers, drum machines, VSTs, and plug-ins, try to select a package that you connect with creatively and that is also versatile enough for you to use regularly, long-term. One doesn’t need an endless amount of gear, but master of what you have.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Modeselektor – The White Flash (trentemöller remix) or Nathan fake the sky was pink (James holden remix)
Eyal’s remix of Nevee ‘So Intentional’ is out now on Sound Avenue, you can purchase the release: here