‘spontaneity is a priceless element’ | Interview with Yoni Mayraz

Mind-blowing , deep jazz sounds with a playful finish. The Israeli producer and pianist delivers ‘The Rat’, an intriguing riff driven instrumental with intense improvs.

Describe your sound in three words please!

Dense, Rugged, Honest

You recently released your EP ‘Rough Cuts. How do you feel now? How has the EP been met, would you change something, is there a song you are particularly proud of? Describe to us the post-release feeling

The whole process of making ‘Rough Cuts’ was really intuitive and organic, and I think you can feel it through the music. There is some kind of flow that just doesn’t exist with the ‘over thought about’ materials, and it made me realize that spontaneity is a priceless element that should be treated very carefully.
The third track on the E.P ‘Ram Don’ was a game changer for me. I’ve been thinking a lot about how a ‘Jazz’ piece can progress and still maintain a very specific atmosphere. I think Ram Don really nailed that one…this track was the main lead for me to create my new single ‘The Rat’, which is kind of an evolution to that certain idea.

Your ideal place to perform live?

I love those dark smokey underground venues… I think it’s a good setting for my music

Where do you draw your inspiration from this period?

The UK jazz scene is really on fire right now. This is definitely inspiring for me, to see how jazz keeps on evolving, and continues to be relevant

Favourite album of the past year?

Theo Croker – Star People Nation

And if you were to collaborate with someone who would that person be?

Cardi B

Some pianists when you ask them if it wasn’t the piano what instrument would you be playing? give you a blank stare. Is it the same with you? Is there another instrument if it wasn’t for the piano?

I’m a real big fan of the drumset, and the different sounds and vibes it contributes to the music. In my opinion, The drumset is the instrument that holds the most historic load in modern music, because it changed so much and still does every year. You can apply so many references to different genres and styles with that instrument alone. It’s a real musical treasure

What is next for you?

I’m planning on releasing my first full length album this upcoming summer, god willing

Tell us something not many people know about you!

I used to have dreadlocks before I got bold

Thanks Yoni!

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