by Fima Shlick

The Israeli multi musician, responsible for releases on Disco Halal, Malke Tuti and Multi Culti, talks about his diverse set of influences, spontaneous jam sessions with his Shame On Us project and things to come, next to orchestrating a highly danceable DJ mix with his current favourites.

Naduve is the next best thing to emerge from the fertile Tel Aviv scene in a wave of new age artists. In the beautiful world where Middle Eastern infused psychedelics collide with contemporary dance floor electronica, his musical output landed comfortably on record labels like Disco Halal, Mutli Culti, Cocktail d’Amore and Malka Tuti. Intricate synth themes, luscious melodies and pulsating rhythms, his no-nonsense approach makes for an infectious collection of sound that is full of character, energy and doesn’t lack its fair share of creativity.

Next to his solo endeavour, Naduve operates as part of the eclectic Shame On Us triangle along with Yovav Arzi and Alek Lee, the live project who just earned their debut release on Hivern Discs, and is part of Malka Tuti’s throbbing 84%Creativity collective. In short, a Jack of all trades who has drawn us in with a lively sense of anticipation and interest. We caught up with Naduve to talk about his influences, current projects and Tel Aviv, next to him supplying a hour long, highly energetic collection of his current favourites.

Welcome Naduve, first off the usual icebreaker. How have you been and what did your day look like today?

Hello, Thanks for having me! I’ve been ok lately, working on new music and struggling to shake my own pond. Today I just woke up and said to myself: this is the right time to answer some questions, but mostly I’ll wake up, do some checklist stuff and work in the studio.

Can you tell us something about how this musical endeavour of yours all started?

How it all started?? I was into music since I remember myself and as a child was sent to a piano teacher to get a proper education (didn’t work well) and had to handle on of those double decker organs with bass played with pedals. Later I was playing with friends in a high school band which was very serious and recorded an album! few years later I was sunk into electronic music but on my first release on Rothmans you can find Gilad weiss playing an electric Baglama. Gilad was part of how this endeavor started as he was the lead guitarist of this youth band, and he is also part of its future, I hope.

As you’re based in Tel Aviv, tell us a little about the creative spirit the city has with in it and why it seems to be such a thriving place for creative minds and people alike.

As you can guess, this comes up a lot now as so many artists are coming out of this town, I have to remind our guests that the action here lies within the borders of half a decent neighborhood of London or Paris. As for the socio-political explanation of this, I will leave it for the academics but I can say that I see more instrument cases here per capita than almost anywhere I visited and that Tel Aviv is boiling, we have had a few consequent years without war or operation and the night scene is alive again.

On your records, a lot of cultural influences are represented. Sounds from all over the world are woven into your music, most of all Middle Eastern sounds. Where do these influences and fascination come from?

As an immigrant society we have a mixture of influences everywhere here, from food to sounds, so there is no Israeli folk music.. what is considered as Israeli music is actually Russian music that the 19th century pioneers brought here with them. Asking someone who was born in the middle east this question is a bit funny… My father was born in Morocco and my mother had Turkish and Syrian parents, so this music was around me since forever. When you turn on the radio here this Makams are everywhere, In popular music as well as in classical – you can find and Andalusian orchestra playing maghrebian pieces with russian classical trained musicians that emigrated here during the 90’s – now that’s a crossover!

With labels like Disco Halal and Multi Culti gaining massive popularity in recent years, what would you say attracts people so much to the sounds from the Middle East?

I guess that has to be something with versatility in sound. I don’t think that a whole party of the same scale or chord or even a kick sound would be nice for the ears. As DJ’s we are looking for fresh sounds in tracks and these kind of labels offers this, not necessarily middle eastern sounds but more live and organic sounds to mesh up with all the machines and static noises.

Having released on both, next to being closely affiliated with them, they look very much like a tribe driven by joined effort and combined evolution, more so than other labels perhaps. Tell us a little bit about that and your connection to those record labels.

I have to say here that a record label, mostly is a one man project. In our circles this is for sure the reality as everything is DIY and there’s little to no money into it. My connection to these labels is mostly personal.. I know Mosco from before DH and was happy to release some orient oriented music there for my third EP. Thomas VP signed 84PC tune for his magnum collection before we knew him but once he landed in Tel Aviv I took him to my studio and after a short warm up and a nice joint the connection with the devine was made for solo in Cobra Cush.

Next to the solo project, you’re part of the live electronic-percussion trio Shame On us, along with Yovav and Alek Lee. Tell us a little about how the project came to be and the idea behind it?

Yovav and I meet in a rehearsal room he worked in, there we used to have a Friday Noon Jam. Friends came with instruments and he was working as the technician there.. We encouraged him to join us and I couldn’t disregard the vibe he was adding. This came to be a project we did together, more of an experiment in the joy of live jamming as a show. We where improvising and hosting some friends from time to time, just not to play with the computer all the time.. That is how Ori joined us, as our percussive hands and head.

Shame On Us’ first single, titled “Naam”, just got released via Hivern Discs. The video of the spontaneous studio jam session accompanying the track, looks like way to much fun! Tell us a little about that day and what the track means to you.

This was the last days in our good old apartment in Hen Boulv. We had a kind of open house and studio where many friends and guests passed in at all times. we had a studio there and that’s where Naam was created. When the rent reached a normal TLV price, we had to leave and Ori produced this video with the help of many talented friends. We did a whole balcony show facing the street up until my Juno started showing signs of dehydration due to the direct sunburn..

What do you want your audience to experience during a Shame On Us performance?

Our show is mostly improvised at real time. That means that as much as we want the audience feel our musical path for the evening we are trying to feel the atmosphere around us. That’s why each show is different and can go deep into a mood, could be sunset in the desert going from dance floor to space and back, or early morning ambient drones for dimension traveler’s way back.

On the Naduve front, you’ve released two remixes on La Belle and Raw Tapes recently. Which musical aspects do you look for in a track in order for you to feel inspired to remix it?

Honestly it doesn’t take a lot.. There’s was always some layers I could work with. I rather have a strong vocal track or some kind of hook I can play with but sometimes it’s just the rhythmic parts I’m laying on.

After the string of remixes, is there any original material in the pipeline we should be looking out for?

There is a new record almost ready now, apart from the remix, that should be out before summer and has two new tunes I made recently and one older and slower.

Tell us a little about the mix you’ve made for us – where is it recorded, favourite tracks, inspiration, atmosphere, etc.

It was recorded in my studio, south of Tel aviv and includes some of my latest favorites alongside a classic and a fresh jam from the recent days. I tried to give here glimpse into a mood i seek when I play and DJ.

Anything else you want to share with us?

Check out my partners in Shame On Us own productions like the forthcoming EP Of Alek Lee on Antinote or Yovav & Xen new record on Malta Tutti. I’m sure you’re you’ll get inspired!

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