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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - CUTS

27.10.11 - On release of Hold The Sun

 
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Q: Would you begin please by giving us a bit of background on yourself?
  I was born in 1981 in Haifa, Israel. I was involved with music since I can remember myself. When I was younger I played bass and electric guitars in different rock bands. Eventually I’ve found myself drawn to the world of sound engineering, recording and musical production. I got myself some equipment, built my own studio and started to experiment with different microphones and such. Today I work mainly as a producer, a mix and mastering engineer, and off course I still find myself playing bass, guitars and the occasional synthesizer.   Q: So how did the CUTS project come into being?   I first got to know Aleph Zero records when I did a project with Eitan Reiter called “Unoccupied” back in 2008. I never really thought about doing a solo project since I would always put away songs that I wrote and recorded. But one day I finished recording one of my own songs, and I called my good friend Omri Klein to do some vocals. After he was done, I had a good feeling about it and decided to send it to the guys at Aleph Zero to see what they thought about it. Turns out they really liked it and even offered me to record a full length album.
   
             
Q:  Was there anything specific that you wanted CUTS to sound like or to achieve?
 


I didn’t really consciously want the project to sound like anything in particular. My work process was always very instinctive and less preplanned.

  Q: How did you go about recording the music on Hold The Sun – do you have a writing/recording method as it were? Were there particular techniques or pieces of equipment that were crucial to the music?
 

I wrote and recorded all the songs by myself; after that Omri came in and wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals. On some of the songs I would bring musician friends of mine to record specific instruments. As for equipment, it was very important for me to use only analogue synths and studio equipment as I greatly value the sound they produce over their digital counterparts.

             
Q:  How did you work with your collaborators on the album?
 

Ok, so I had a few collaborators on this project: With Shay Raviv (Violet Vision) I actually wrote and produced one of the songs on the album, “The Wheels Will Turn”; I brought Elad Aizikowitz to lay down drum tracks on “A Devils Inside” and “Swallow Your Pride”; Gal Binyamin played violins on “A Devil Inside” and “Love”; lastly, Barak Rosen played santur on “Religious Standards”. Coincidentally all of them are really good friends of mine.

  Q:  Having completed the album how would you describe your sound to the uninitiated?   Well, it’s somewhat difficult for me to put this music in any definite genre. Bottom line is that these are songs and the song is the most important aspect of the music. In retrospect I guess the music resembles stuff like Zero 7, Massive Attack or Air, though I didn’t set out to do it that way. So I guess if you like those bands you’ll dig this project as well.
             
 
     
Q:  Having worked in a number of joint projects in the past – how did creating a solo album compare?
  There wasn’t too much of a difference for me between working alone or in a joint project with someone. Having said that, being the only one making the decisions you definitely have more freedom in making certain creative choices.   Q:  Could you tell us something about the album that might not be obvious?

  Looking backwards, I feel like the source for my creative inspiration to make this album was a pretty lengthy relationship I was in and that ended just before the work process began. I guess that could put a different light for the listener on the music and lyrics. All in all, the entire process of making this album was happening just when I was undergoing a very intensive soul-searching process that somewhat redefined my spirituality; that definitely influenced the music.
             
Q:  Besides CUTS, what else is going on in your life at present?
  Aside from CUTS, I’m working as a producer, mixing and mastering engineer for many productions in Israel. I really love to produce, and as a producer it is very important for me to involve myself in other aspects of the project aside from producing. So for example, if I’m producing an artist. I will also actually play myself some of the instruments, and usually take care of mixing duties.   Q:  Do you intend to return to CUTS in the future? If so – how do you hope to see the project developing?
  I definitely will want to record more CUTS albums in the future. I’m not really sure, but for next album I think I would want to experiment with a female vocalist, or perhaps I would go for an all instrumental album. I can’t really say; like I said earlier, the process is very instinctive so I wouldn’t know until I actually start working.

 

           

Q:  Do you have any interesting little anecdotes around the creation of Survival that you'd like to share?

 

  Only that my wife Janee helped me so much, she is a good critic to have around, she helped in so many ways, from volume of instruments to lyrics, to which song works after each song....really great to have someone you love understand your work.
  Q:  The sleeve notes hint at more to come - what can we look forward to?
 

There will be at least 2 more albums to come from these sessions........have fun........

Q: Any news on the Olias of Sunhillow development - some websites indicate a multi CD release in the wings?
I will continue writing songs for this kind of release, but I do have 4 large projects in the works, and a new way of getting the music out there into the big world, but technology is not quite ready.

Q: Any possibility of future work with Yes?
I don't see me touring with YES at this time...

             
Thanks to Nadav for allowing us that interview.
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