The Hazelnuts are a new vocal trio, singing swing jazz with wonderful vocal harmonies in the style of The Andrews sisters, the bosewell sister and the likes. Their emphasis on carefully crafted vocal arrangements is unique and quite rare to find these days. Their first EP was recorded live at my studio (The Slick) in Tel Aviv. I had the pleasure of recording them on one evening in January 2014 and then mixed and mastered the songs at the studio.
The band, which consists of the three singers, a double bass and electric guitar, recorded in the live room performing the songs with no overdubs (Also quite rare these days). It includes two original songs written by Shira Z. Carmel, two swing cover songs and one special bonus cover of Beyonce’s “Single ladies”.
You can listen to the full EP and buy it here as well:
The new free sample pack “Space Guitars” by Yuvi Gerstein was released a couple of weeks ago and has been featured on quite a few different music blogs around the world. Here is a round up of some of them. You can still download this super sweet free sample pack just click here to get it.
Yuvi Gerstein Space Guitars sample pack featured on Nois3 music blog
Yuvi Gerstein Space Guitars sample pack featured on VST planet blog
Yuvi Gerstein Space Guitars sample pack featured on Rekkerd.org
Yuvi Gerstein Space Guitars sample pack featured on lfo magazine (Hebrew)
Yuvi Gerstein Space Guitars sample pack featured on nice-disport
Yuvi Gerstein Space Guitars sample pack featured on myVST blog
Yuvi Gerstein Space Guitars sample pack featured on bedroom-producer
Soul-Royale is one of the coolest animation, film and post companies out there. I had the pleasure of composing and producing music for their latest project. A short viral video for a new building project in Tel Aviv.
The story is about a young couple, animated paste-up posters (brilliantly made) that fall in love between Florentin and Neve Tsedek in southern Tel Aviv. The music is heavily influenced by French chansons. Here is the video -
Space Guitars is a new sample pack written recorded and mixed by music producer Yuvi Gerstein at the slick studio. The pack contains original samples recorded using a classic vintage Roland space echo RE-150 and some really good guitars and mics.
Two new tracks have been made by Yuvi Gerstein and released to Soundcloud in the past two weeks. The two tracks are instrumentals and were recorded and mixed by Gerstein at his studio.The first track is called African Resort and is inspired by african music, especially Ethiopian scales and style.
The second track is called Sclater street, is a bit more cinematic, based on some lush piano chords. Sclater street -
Listen to the new song written and performed by soul singer Leslie Phillips and Guitarist Yuvi Gerstein. The song is the duo’s second release, the first was a song in French entitled “Dans tes bras“. This song is called Spiders and is all about those creepy creatures..beware :).
This year my band Coolooloosh was part of a very groovy night of shows including the ever famous Hadag Nahash, Ramirez brothers and Yossi Fine and the remix. It has been a while since we played live in Israel and this time we prepared a brand new set of songs which are much more hard hitting rock-hip hop in your face kind of vibe.
Coolooloosh live at Yaarot Menashe Festival, May 3rd 2013
Yuvi Gerstein and his Gibson Es-175
The special thing about the show was the collaboration between Coolooloosh and Yossi Fine. Fine is an incredible bass player and producer who has influenced us heavily as a band. His African style of music is infectious and his new group ‘Yossi fine and the remix’ is sounding great on stage.
Yossi Fine and his amazing godin fretless bass
The remix band with a fan dancing on stage
We collaborated with them on a track called Ebae and Soul (Listen) which was originally a remix made by Ori Winokur, combining Cooloolooshs’ ‘mind and soul‘ and the ex-centric song ‘Ebae‘. The crowd at the festival was very supportive, dancing all the way and we felt it was a great come back for us as a band and celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, it was a good kick off.
The song was recorded at Offtape studios in London, as part of as session in which three songs were recorded, to be released later this year. This video was directed by Cristina Picchi and the sound was mixed at rock of london studios by Yuvi Gerstein.
2012 is coming to an end this week. I’ve spent this year mostly in London, UK, working on various projects and keeping busy with loads of music productions and writing but also performing quite a bit and touring in Germany and Israel. Next year I will be mostly in Israel, building a new studio with a great producer and friend Ori Winokur (Asaf Avidan, Mika Karni and more) but for now here’s a round up of the main projects I was involved with in this past year 2012.
Penniless Cove EP – Out on a roof
“what you’re treated to is nothing short of an excellent, innovative and refreshing alt-folk fusion.” Dean Ruxton, MRU Magazine
Penniless cove was originally a duo comprised of Phoebe Osborne on piano and vocals and writing the songs and Luca Nasciuti on cello. I recorded and mixed their beautiful EP this year, recording a grand piano at Goldsmiths University, and then a lot of cello, some melodica, violin and back up vocals. The EP was just recently released and received some great reviews. the duo actually turned into a full band with four musicians (without Luca this time), which is now performing the songs from the EP and many more around the UK. Like them on Facebook.
Alex Jeffery, AKA Hello Hibernator is a singer songwriter I met while studying at Goldsmiths university for my MA in Creative Practice in 2011. being a music producer I was looking for an interesting project to get into as part of my studies. I heard some demos from Jeffery and thought they were awesome. A compelling combination of ballads and more upbeat songs with a great vocal ability, intriguing lyrics and performance. We decided to work on this project together as our final MA project and went off on a journey to complete a full album entitled ‘The leaf world’.
After working on arrangements and picking the songs, we gathered some wonderful musicians and recorded the album at Goldsmiths university EMS (Electronic music studios). The full album was submitted as our joint MA project. In 2012 we chose the four best songs in our opinion from the album and we re-recorded some bits, then I re-mixed them to be released as ‘The leaf world’ EP which was released in May 2012. My favourite song off the EP is called “My name is Jesus”. Read more about the project here, here and here.
Here is the full EP to listen (free) and buy -
Here is a little video of the production process
Working with soul singer Leslie Phillips
One of the best things that happened to me this year was meeting the wonderful soul singer Leslie Phillips. Phillips hails from Paris and based in London, she has a rare soulful voice and writes great songs as well. We had the chance to work together on a few projects, write songs together and perform them in London and in Israel. Phillips also collaborated with my band Coolooloosh, together we recorded our funky version of the famous song “Babe, I’m gonna leave ya”.
We also worked on a sold out performance at the Jerusalem theater in summer 2012. My role was musical director, writing arrangements for 24 songs, some originals and some old school classic soul songs as you can see here.
The highlight of my work with Phillips was a live in the studio video project we recently made at Offtape studios in London. We recorded three original songs live in the studio and it was filmed by a professional film crew and is now in the editing process. The songs recorded are entitled ‘Never enough”, Dans tes bras” and “Spiders”. They are due to be released early 2013.
I made this remix as part of a remix contest for the film “Man with the iron fists”. Have a listen and read more here.
Free guitar sample pack by Yuvi Gerstein
Earlier this year I released a free sample pack of guitar riffs and chords. I use samples a lot in my music and so, decided to make my contribution to the growing community of producers sharing their samples. The pack includes high quality jazzy and quirky guitar and is still a free download here. The free pack received quite a lot of online attention and was featured on blogs and websites all over the world.
Pro tools tutorial popular on Youtube
When I bought the software pro tools 10 I made this simple tutorial about its 10 main features. I don’t like long boring tutorials. I like them short and to the point. That’s how I tried to make this one. It proved to be very popular on Youtube and received over 55K hits since it’s upload.
AfroDJmac inspired 8Bit track
AfroDJmac is a cool DJ from New York, releasing packs for Ableton Live to be used by producers. A few weeks ago he released a Nintendo style pack and I downloaded it and was inspired to make this track with it, which was then featured on AfroDjmac’s blog. It’s a kind of cool weird 8bit style track with some panned guitars. check it out.
Coolooloosh tour in Germany – Mischpoke
In September, 2012, I had a crazy fun time touring Germany with my band Coolooloosh, Along with some other great musicians such as Geva Alon, Sharon Levy and the young rock band Trademark. It was a 16 day tour of the whole of Germany promoting new music and at the same time attempting to improve the image of Israel and to show that great music is being made there and it’s not just war and disasters as people see on the news so often. Here is a little video of Coolooloosh playing live with the wonderful singer songwriter Geva Alon performing the song “Until the day” -
Producing Oded Kafri EP Street life and live performance
Oded Kafri, Street Life EP
For the past year I have been working with a brilliant virtuoso drummer names Oded Kafri. Kafri is based in London and puts on quite an amazing live show, using a massive drum kit and a drum pad connected to a laptop running Ableton Live for the backing tracks.
I produced a lot of tracks for Kafri’s live shows and also produced, recorded and mixed his latest EP Street life. The EP was recorded at Soho Sonic studios and aims to capture Kafri’s live street performance in a studio setting. Here is a video from his last tour of Europe (video which I edited as well).
What is internet anyway?
Some experimentation with video editing in Ableton Live and my fascination with the internet made me make this music video exploring how people viewed the internet when it first emerged. It’s funny looking back at it now.
Psalm is a singer songwriter from the US, based in Israel. The album entitled STORY, is her second studio album and was released on 25 November 2010. I’m not sure why it took me so long to find it online. It has been up on her bandcamp page for quite a while now.
The album was produced by Ori Winokur and I had the honor of playing acoustic guitars on it. We recorded it back in 2009 at Haogen studios in Israel. It was a fun session, I remember playing through the whole album in about two sessions. Psalm songs are beautiful, captivating stories (as the title suggests), memories and quite soft ballads. She has a great voice and her sister accompanies on backing vocals to completes the picture. My favorite songs are There I go again and Songs of angels. Some beautiful cello arrangements were played by the wonderful Hadas Kleinman. I think it’s a great album with subtle beauty and I wish it would get more exposure and reach more people. It’s hard to do that with the overflow of music, which is all competing for our attention these days but do give this one a good listen. This jewel is worth it. Listen to the whole album here, and you could also buy it and support the artist directly.