What’s your cultural background?, what’s the music you used to hear at home when you were a kid at home?
Musically i was hearing a lot of 90’s Turkish Pop i would say. Of course a bit of Madonna, bit of Vaya Con Dios as well. Nothing special but i would say it was peaceful.
What’s been your all time musical preference through life?, give us 3 bands from your life?
As a kid i was just listening to generic pop music. Later on i met with punk music first with the new school Rancid, Green Day etc.. later on with Ramones and many more. Than i met with post rock with God is An Astronaut and Mogwai. Glaswegian band Errors with their blend of Post Rock with dancy synths led me to the dance music and parallely to post punk as well that led me to my favorite band ever “Joy Division” .
And disco is another thing for me. It’s my first crush that led me to be involved in the electronic music scene and still “groove” is a must for me when i produce my tracks.
Your artist name is Menachem and in your soundcloud it is written ” A legacy from a grandfather ” Could you explain us a bit more the story behind your name?
Well i haven’t managed to see my grandfather. Technically i did but he passed away when i was five months old. I am happy that he managed to see me but sad that have no recollection of him. I knew that my name is a shortened version of Menachem but didnt knew the meaning of it. (In Hebrew; Someone who stand aside when a dear person having hard times)
When i learn the meaning almost fifteen years ago, i realised how much i do not know about my past so i started to look into it and first i was doing some blogging to write about my grandfather.
Rather than telling a story it started as a way of motivating myself to learn about my past but later on it became both ways; i started to learn and started to share. Alongside with stories, photos and the music i am deeply involved in for the last few years this project, Menachem 26 evolved. And last week we celebrated Menachem’s 93rd birthday, i hope it helps for the name 🙂
Why and how did you start to make music?
I would say it’s a matter of events and the experience that has been piled up in the first quarter of my life. First i wanted to be an engineer than i started studying economics, then i dropped out to study film making, later on i started making music videos and finally started promoting shows and djing. Now this is where we are at.
What’s your current musical preference, can you name a few artists you are following currently?
Recently i am very much into House music. I’d say Detroit Swindle is an act that i always follow. Obviously downtempo is another genre that i really enjoy. Luca Musto, Coss, Iorie, Anatolian Sessions, Islandman, Kurt Adam , Viken Arman, Be Svendsen, Sound Shapes, Pandhora any many more… are the names that i sincerely follow
I can also say that i am a big fan of most of the Jack Essek’s works!
Do you have any relation to spirituality?, if so, does this translate to your music?
Which are your favorite technical tools to create music?
What do you have planned for your future projects?
So many remixes lined up at the moment for Rapossa, 7even (GR) , Victor Norman (w/ Anatolian Sessions), Islandman, Beyhude and many more… Also a new ep is on the way and a collabration track with Anatolian Sessions will be out from Pipe & Pochet on the way. And hopefully at summer lots of gigs to play. Exciting days ahead.
Could you give a little description to describe the track you made for the compilation.