Nice to Meet You, Ofer Bashan

Ofer Bashan’s music is affected mainly by the size and solemn style of pop-rock bands like Coldplay, by an older glam-rock and classical music that Bashan listened to growing up.

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Ofer Bashan was considered in Israel a provocateur on his debut album, and a consensus on his second. But in fact, he has always been a singer-songwriter whose music and emotions are the only things that lead his way. “According to Loui (Lahav, Bashan’s producer) I sing from a total place, as if I was going to die any second now, “ he once said in an interview. “I feel that art in general is a matter of life and death. I was singing before I learned to speak. I began to speak only at the age of four, so music is my primordial language, a basic way to communicate. Everything I can’t say in words and communicate in normal language I transfer to music. This is a feeling I have even today.”

Ofer comes from a classical music background, a Jerusalem Music Academy alumnus, who started to write songs at 6 years old, and recently graduated the NYU with a Masters in Film Scoring and Song writing- to which he was accepted on the Billy Joel Merit Scholarship. He says that he lives in a few parallel musical worlds: from the baroque and classical music, through pop music and glam-rock. “I like a lot of talented artists,” he says, “but in terms of impacts there is no one who really influenced my music. I create in a vacuum. I create from a metaphorical place – I close windows and shutters and there’s no noise from outside. The beating heart affects the writing hand. The pure artist in me is connected to a person who lives the day-to-day life. It affects the art inside out, and not inward.”

In the past Bashan managed and wrote music for theater and video dance, and also wrote some hits for top Israeli artists Miri Mesika, Harel Skaat, Amir Fay-Guttman and more.

“Every song is written from a different place and every song is already creating a new place,” he says, “so it doesn’t matter where in my life it was written. I’m really not important in this system- whoever hears the song is. Once I finish making a song, it belongs to the listener, not to me. If the song is good, all the information is already in its 360-degree area, no matter what the artist intended, but only what you took away from it”

Listen to Ofer’s music:

“Loke’ach Ta’Zman” (‘Taking the Time’)

“Al Te’fached” (‘Don’t Be Afraid’)

“Mechadash Lihiot” (‘From the Beginning to Be’)

“Vekshe’tiga” (‘When You Touch’)