Digging Deeper with Chaim

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
June 12, 2020

Digging Deeper with Chaim

Chaim is an Israeli musician, whose organic and forward-thinking music rouses listeners around the globe. His productions have found homes on some of the industry’s most notable labels, including his own label ” Blue Shadow” BPitch Control, Flying Circus, Rebirth, Rumors, Supplement Facts, Visionquest, Disco Halal, Saved, Cocoon, and many more. With a knack for turning out hits like “Love Rehab” and the Ibiza anthem “Blue Shadow”, Chaim continually finds himself at the forefront of a booming electronic music culture.

Known for gracing the DJ booths of acclaimed venues Chaim creates memorable soundtracks. His signature sound is rich and varied range, connecting the earth,wind and fire, body and soul. In his sets he creates a mosaic, tapestry of organic and analog sounds that take the dance floor deep in and high to the sky. from the exciting melodic to the penetrating desert sounds. His understanding and respect for the classics can be witnessed in his sets, as he effortlessly weaves listeners between familiar jacking gems to off-kilter techno. With a stack for new unreleased tracks Chaim is excited to explore new immersive experiences with music.

Following critically acclaimed releases on the likes of Guy Gerber’s Rumours, Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control and Tiga’s Turbo Recordings over the past 12 months, Chaimhas just dropped drop two big remixes on Gardens of Babylon and Eleatics Records.

Before live events recently ground to a halt, Chaim was also a regular fixture at the likes of Fabric London, Circoloco, Panorama Bar and The Block in Tel Aviv, and has earned a dedicated legion of fans as a result of his captivating live sets and unique production style.

Given the opportunity to chat with Chaim recently, we decided to go deeper with our conversation, discussing his childhood, time living through the pandemic, adapting to recent changes in our world, favorite food and much more.

Thanks for the chat mate. Where in the world are you living through this pandemic right now?

Thank you guys for taking the time…

I’m in Tel Aviv right now and have been for the past few months. I got back home in February not a long time before the pandemic started after a 2 months tour that started in Vietnam with Epizode Festival where we did a showcase of Blue Shadow. From there I travelled to Tulum and then spent another month on the road in the U.S. I was lucky enough to get back home and also had the luck to play in the last show in Tel Aviv which was the Circoloco Tel Aviv.

How is it going there in terms of safety and the community you live in?

Most of the people are following the restrictions and rules and it feels safe at the moment. We’re just counting down the days to go back to normality…the virus didn’t hit hard in Israel as our gates were closed very early.

How has it been adjusting to this new temporary life, given you’d usually be traveling and touring? What are some of the positives you’ve drawn from this situation?

I took the time to be the family of course…and been spending a lot of time working on new music. I actually have a few new releases done which I’ll be releasing soon, so it’s been quite effective. Other than that I have been cooking and spending time in my home kitchen!

Have you been more or less productive in the studio? Why do you think that is?

Well… given the time we had to stay at home, spending time in the studio was like a gift, especially after a very busy year on the road.

You’ve had a history of releasing on a diverse range of labels with a varying palette of sounds. Do you strive to be eclectic when you sit down in the studio to produce?

Actually this is exactly what I try to go for, especially now at this time of my career where I feel freer to go and explore other directions. I’m getting bored pretty fast in the studio as I feel there’s a wind of change and it’s time for the next thing to come. I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly but I do feel that people are waiting for it.

Can you walk us through your studio process, from any pre-studio rituals to how you usually go about working on a track as well as any must-haves or must-dos in order to remain productive?

For me it’s never the same process, for me it always comes from an emotional feeling or a sound I heard. It’s not like going to the computer and opening the software and just improvising, it’s more like an idea that comes into my head which I try to translate into sounds on the computer. The process of making original music and remixes are very different of course. With remixes, I’m just opening the channels and start to edit, cut and to add my own interpretation to the project.

What are your favorite software and hardware to use?

My software is Ableton Live, but I’m more a hardware guy to be honest. My favourite piece of hardware at the moment is my new Moog one — the possibility of this machine is endless…warm sounds and most importantly it’s the first polyphonic Moog and its magnificent.

Is there a piece of hardware you hope to be able to buy some day?

Oh yeah. My all-time dream is to get the Yamaha CS-80.

Let’s rewind things a bit. Where did you grow up and how was it growing up there? What did you get up to as a kid?

It’s funny to say, but I’m sort of a country boy (laughs). My parents own a farm not far from the city… it was a very innocent childhood and I had horses until I was 18 years old. Horses for me are equal to music when it comes to my biggest passions. I have a special connection to this animal and for 20 years I was away from that focusing on music. Since the situation with Coronavirus began, I have rediscovered my love for horses again — my family have two horses and I’ve started to ride again which is amazing.

At which point did you discover electronic music?

Since I heard ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and Bloody Monday from my brother’s room when I was 8 years old

How long was it before you realized this was going to be your career?

It was when I was around 20 years old. I bought so many vinyls I realized there is no other way for me.

Were your family and friends supportive?

From day one, I got full support from my loved ones…till this very day I’m lucky to be surrounded by love & support.

Can you tell us what your biggest lessons were in the beginning of your career as you broke through and began releasing and touring?

My biggest lesson is that dedication pays off and when you dedicate yourself to something do it all the way. Do not to cave when you’re tired or missing home — all this weaknesses can push you back

Did you have a mentor or particular influences back then? How about now, anyone you draw inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from everything, and especially from people and friends that aren’t artists. I can get inspired from a song I heard in a taxi or something my friend just posted. Of course I had some over the years but what I’m trying to say is that my inspiration doesn’t necessarily come from DJs or producers.

What was a typical weekday in your life before quarantine?

In the past year I’ve been working hard on my label Blue Shadow. It’s my baby and together with my label partner Jenis Tarsol, we’ve been signing a lot of new music and new artist. We’re very happy with how it’s building.

Do you listen to and/or play any other music that isn’t electronic? Can you tell us some artists?

Actually during this time I’ve managed to do a remix for a legendary Israeli acoustic guitar player who signed an instrumental album on BMG. The remix is out on June 11 on BMG which is the first time I signed on a major label. I’m pretty happy with the result and cant wait to share it with the world.

What is your favorite hobby or activity after music?

Riding single foot horses

Name your favorite dish?

Turkish Burek

What is one food you absolutely hate?

Cous Cous

If you could play any location (not necessarily a club, but a location) in the world, what would it be?

In front of Es Vedra in Ibiza

What is the first personal thing you want to do when quarantine is over?

Hug my parents!

What is the first music-related thing you want to do when quarantine is over?

Last year in Burning Man I played the Mayan Warrior and I’d like to do it again.

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