What exactly is it that you do?
There are two sides to my studio: One is a professional sound/recording studio, and the other is live band and DJ services for events. Since 2009, I run an active recording studio using my education in sound and production to create a wide variety of tracks for different types of customers and projects. Earlier than that, since 2007, I have been playing music at live events as a one-man band and DJ. This service has evolved and now I also provide lighting, amplification, and a multiple-piece band upon request.
What is your background in music? What instruments do you play?
I began playing music by ear at the age of four, and at age six, I began formal piano lessons. Today, my main instrument is the electronic keyboard, though as a hobby, I also play guitar, flute, accordion, and electronic drum pads.
What events do you do?
Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvas, Sheva-Brachot, engagement parties including hinas, birthdays, holiday/memorial ceremonies, and more…
You offer everything from a DJ to a full wedding symphony – what advantage does each option offer?
DJ – songs are played from their original tracks, and some remixed. There are no “silent” moments between songs. I keep the energy level very high through playing songs chosen by the clients and by me. Within pre-arranged “limits,” I also play requests on the spot.
Wedding symphony – This ranges from a one-man band to an eight-piece band. Live music is more authentic, especially for Jewish events; it sets the mood and tone for the “simcha.”
Both my DJ and wedding band services are great, and I usually supply both. For example, at a wedding or bar/bat mitzva: The first round of dancing would be live traditional Jewish music while the second round is usually a pre-selected mixture of popular hits, dance songs, secular music and special requests.
Are you involved with the guests during the course of an event?
Yes, very much so. Besides taking song requests, I plan with them special “moves,” accompany spontaneous singers from the audience, and throw in different sets of “shtick.”
Tell us about your music collection.
The live music for traditional dancing is a wide variety of Chassidic-Jewish music and Israeli “hora” style. For background music, I play all types: Israeli songs, classics, jazz, swing, inspirational music, even Disney songs, and others.
In my DJ collection, I have collected over 70,000 tracks, all organized by genre and type: Pop, rock, dance, tango, techno, hip-hop, all types of Jewish (Chassidic, Western and Oriental) music, known radio hits, and a special folder of “songs always requested at events” – which is updated following every event.
How do you measure the success of an event?
By noting the amount of energy, happiness and activity. I also measure success based on the one special compliment I usually get: “Thank you for keeping a decent volume; we were able to enjoy your music and hear each other speak without yelling.” You should know that clients remember me for a long time because of that.
What do you use your recording studio for?
I arrange, produce, and compose music for songs ranging from the “homemade” variety all the way to recordings for professional musicians and sound tracks for dance groups. As an example of “homemade,” I record vocals and instruments for fun party presentations, such as video clips made by friends or family for a bride and groom.
Where your studio, and what is is the advantage of using Ramix Studio?
My studio is currently in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem. It has many tools for getting more work done in a shorter amount of time. Multiple devices, controllers, multi-track systems, screens and keyboards allow almost every recording session to happen within one hour. The studio combines digital and analog tools and hundreds of virtual sound processors and effects. Note that all software, sound packs, and virtual tools are legally owned by the studio.
Another special thing that the studio provides is online service. I can easily hook up to the studio and have a session with a client through video-conferencing platforms. The studio is equipped with four webcams and audio is streamed in high quality. I can always access the studio remotely, even late at night. Therefore, if a project urgently needs any type of modifying, the studio is available and changes can be accomplished within minutes.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
At events: The bottom line is that I love playing music. My experience shows that when I am happy, the audience is happy too. And I am always happy when I play. I particularly like it when “older” people in the crowd recognize songs from “their days,” and have a blast with that.
In the studio: Honestly, I like projects where I get to be the most creative. Recording other people’s music is fun. But when I get to be part of the creation – composing, or arranging in “my way” – I enjoy my job the most.