Eliezer is a long time favourite of the underground music scene in Tel Aviv, as a regular at renowned hotspots such as The Block, Alphabet and Breakfast Club. Whilst as a producer, you can find his recent releases on Days of Being Wild, La Dame Noir, Eskimo Recordings, and Prins Thomas’ imprint Internasjonal (under the alias Midnight Dicers), amongst others. And not to forget the impressive fledging label ‘ New Day Everyday’ he has set up with compatriot Niv Ast. Check out his super mix for us including plenty of unreleased music and find a bit more about the musical maverick in his interview below.
1) Introduce yourself?
I am Eliezer, a producer and DJ that is based in Tel Aviv. I have been part of the underground scene in Tel Aviv and Europe for the past 20 years. My agenda as an artist as well as a club owner has always been to uplift the underground scene, to create exposure while maintaining the special colour this community has. Luckily, this has been extremely successful and the underground culture has become an essential part of the music scene, welcoming more and more creative and interesting people from around the world. I am also Rafael and Emmanuelle’s dad (two very hardcore underground kids) and live with my partner in life and in music, Isadora.
2) What have been your highlights from the last 12 months?
Wow, this has been a crazy year and many things to mention. I have released an album called ‘Bauhaus’ under the French label La Dame Noir and collaborated with or been featured;
- Niv Ast on two EP’s, ‘The Untold Story of Del Fierro’ and ‘Del Fierro Strikes Back’ under our label New Day Everyday,
- Middle Sky Boon on an EP called ‘I’m Here Till They Fix My Spaceship’.
- With Rina on ‘The White Collection’ compilation with a track called ‘San Sebastian’, that has been released under the Belgium label Eskimo. They also released a remix EP that is a collaboration I have made with Middle Sky Boom, The EP is called ‘Slow With The Run’.
- On the the compilation ‘The Underground Sound Of Tel Aviv’ with the track ‘Akko After Midnight’.
- With Isadora on two tracks, ‘Eskimo Limon’ that was released under German label Relish and ‘Til Besderot’ that has been released under the Israeli label Nana Disk.
- I have released an Oriental, down tempo EP called ‘Haifa Mafia’ under the British label Days Of Being Wild.
- Part of the La Dame Noir compilation ‘X’ with the tracks ‘Art/Vital ft. Lodessa’ and a collaboration with Middle Sky Boom called ‘Woods’.
- On the Night Noise compilation with a track called ‘Depth’ that is a collaboration I have made with Middle Sky Boom.
- Finally, my most recent track is inspired by the worldwide pandemic, it’s called ‘Corona Maradona’ and has just been released under our label New Day Everyday. All the these tracks and EP’s can be found on SoundCloud or Spotify.
3)What do you have lined up for the coming year?
La Dame Noir is going to release an EP that I have collaborated on with Middle Sky Boom, the EP is called ‘Pozelo Europa’. I am going to release an EP I have collaborated on with Rina called ‘Eli Ohana’ on the Israeli label Camel Riders. I am also working on an album that will be released at the end of the year under New Day Everyday.
4)Do you have a favourite track in the podcast?
No, I really love them all
5)What tracks have really stood out for you in the last year and why? (i.e, dancefloor bombs, originality, inspiration)
Red Axes -Break the Limit
Iñigo Vontier – Bo Ni Ke
Middle Sky Boom & Eliezer – Slow With The Run
Eliezer & Niv Ast-Burning Down the Club
Eliezer & Rina – San Sebastian
Curses – Puttanesca
Autarkic – Trancelat
6)Who or what are your biggest musical influences?
I got into music at the age of six. My fathers and uncles are all professional musicians and I would accompany my father to his shows and then come home and eat steaks with him at three o’clock in the morning. My Record collection contained a combination of rock n roll that was played full volume at my childhood home by my dad plus Greek and old school Arabic music that my father specialised in as a bouzouki player. As a teenager I got more into post punk music such as Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Neon Judgement, Cure, The Clash, The Smith’s, Pixies, Sonic Youth and psychedelic rock from the U.S, England, Turkey and Lebanon.
7)Tell us about 3 DJ’s / Producer’s we may not know but should be looking out for?
I’ll need to name a few more than three since there are so many talented people I know and love: Daniel Weill, Niv Ast, Rina, Middle Sky Boom, Goss Martin and Fred Noir.
8)What is your favourite Venue or Festival to play at and why?
Acapulco in Mexico and Glastonbury in England.
9)Do you have a ritual before you start playing or straight after?
Not really but I do like to get to the club a bit before the gig and grab 2 beers before i press play. I also never prepare a specific playlist for the night because i really like to feel the crowd.
10)What is your favourite bit of kit?
I don’t have a particular favourite, but the guitar is my solution to any hard moment in the studio. I also love using the Juno 60 and Casio. I also have a habit of using furniture or people that are with me in the studio in order to produce sounds.
11)What makes you smile?
My kids, my partner in life, and a lot of simple stupid things.