Freedom of Voice

“Whether it’s a pop album or a film composition, I always try to create something I really enjoy listening to, something that moves me,” says Ivri Lider. Here the Israeli popstar talks about his latest project with Ofer Meiri of synthpop band Metropolin

6 ביולי 2016

What was your experience of the music scene in Tel Aviv when you first started out, and how does it match up to 2016?

When I started out in the mid-90s, the music scene was vibrant. There were amazing clubs everywhere, where you could play rock music, like “Roxxane” and “Logus.” I feel like today there are less established places for up-and-coming musicians to play. The pop and rock music scene needs more support from the country to help young artists create and perform.

Tell us a bit about your upcoming album, how you met Ofer Meiri, and what drew you toward one another?

I called Ofer to see if he wanted to work on a song that I didn’t use on my last album. We met and started working right away, instead of producing that song I wrote, we started writing new ones and experimenting with sounds and ideas together. We had so much fun and we loved what we were writing together so much so, that we just kept going and then at some point realised we were actually making an album!

Do you find that you two have a compatible work ethic?

Yes! We both like long hours in the studio, and are very precise with the sounds we like. So it takes time to get there for both of us to be happy with the final outcome.

Photo courtesy of PR
Photo courtesy of PR

You have always been incredibly open about your sexuality. With the atrocious anti-gay hate crimes recently in the world, how do you want to impact and inspire using your music?

It’s incredibly sad and frustrating that things like [the Orlando nightclub shooting] still happen. It’s sometimes easy to feel like it’s all good, and there’s no need to fight for our rights anymore, especially if you live in a city like Tel Aviv, London or Paris – but that is definitely not the case. I always thought that visibility is the key for change, that’s why I came out, and why I think it’s great when famous people come out. I think being there and talking about these things is important and makes a great impact.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

For better or worse I always think about the next thing I’m going to do (not very living in the now I guess!) I enjoy a lot of what I do, whether it’s writing and recording or playing for people, which is amazing. The highlight is the fact that I can actually do this for a living.

Photo by Ronen Akerman
Photo by Ronen Akerman

July 8 at 19:30, Omer Amphitheater (ivrilider.com)