Israeli experimental / progressive rock band Anakdota have recently put out a debut album “Overloading.” Pianist and composer Erez Aviram answered our questions about the work on the album.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
All is Sababa (Arabic for “strong urge of love”, Hebrew for “cool”). How are you?
All’s good here, thanks for asking. Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “Overloading”?
Not sure exactly, while making the album we didn’t really think about expectations. We did put a lot of thought on how the experience would be for a fresh listener and tried to capture it with our own ears (which is of course, impossible). I think people that love depth in their music, fresh ideas and to be moved would love this album. It has a lot of surprises in it and I’m sure that each track contains something for someone.
What was it like working on the album?
It was really, really, really hard. Producing everything on our own when we resided in different continents was difficult but it was worth it. I flew over to Boston where Yogev (Drums) and Guy (Bass) live in order to record all the instruments live.
Some of the writing process and renditions were made there during a 3 day session at The Rec Company, then I got back to Israel to record the vocalists (Ray Livnat and Ayala Fossfeld) which was a delight after needing to imagine the vocals for so long (yeah… we should have made guide tracks..).
Are there any touring plans in support to “Overloading”?
Sadly, the answer to that is no. We plan a couple of shows in Israel for Spring 2017 and seek funding for a european tour, currently in contact with our label about this.
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
Each country that has our fans in it. We would love to perform in front of the people who supported us around the world, bought the CD and enjoyed our music without ever seeing us live! I believe we owe it to them.
Who and what inspires you the most?
In the words of Frank Zappa, “Things I love or things I hate?” I listen to all sorts of music and I never dwell on something for too long. Currently I get inspired a lot by Jazz artists such as Shai Maestro and Omer Klein, you should really check them out. Oh… and Tigran Hamasyan bless his name and soul.
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
Now I’m into dark jazz or whatever it’s called but I really listen to a wide variety of generes. Sometimes I go out on a run and put on “Best of Bela Bartok” playlist on Youtube just to see if there’s something that I didn’t listen to our discovered yet (and of course there is). Also, classical music (Chopin, Bach, Brahms, Ravel, Debussy, Tchaikovsky), really hard to pick a favourite and lots of folklore music, whatever I can get my hands on.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
Yes, be good to one another. After you’ve done that, if you love our music, go ahead and share it with the rest of your world, anyone you know who would enjoy this music as much as you do.
“Anakdota” is out now and is available here.