Interview – GAN

GAN is an interesting musician with a diverse sound to his music – I reviewed his latest EP, ISRAEL 2020-2021, and wanted to find out more about the concept of the EP and GAN’s music. Find out how I got on below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an EP titled ISRAEL 2020-2021, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the EP?

The EP is a soundtrack for how living in Israel has been in my eyes during 2020 and 2021. These were times of a social and economic low due to the pandemic and a war that has spread more panic in our country. Sadly, there isn’t much change in 2022.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Yes, the pandemic has had a great effect on my life as a musician, but actually in hindsight, it was for the best. Due to the situation, and with me becoming a father not long before the pandemic hit, I decided to make a career change, which has taken a heavy load off my shoulders, financially, and now when I make music, it’s unaffected by thoughts of money, which is very liberating creatively.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The music usually comes first, either on the guitar or by some beat or synth line, and then I try to feel what the music brings out, and if I have a repetitive melody with some lyrics that are attached to it for some reason, I try to explore it and go deep as to what it can mean, which ultimately brings more lyrics.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Yes, I have tons more singles that I want to release.

Have you started writing for another EP or an album?

Not for an EP, no. I have some drafts and rough ideas, but I’m mainly focusing on releasing my existing tracks.

I have some drafts here and there, but I am, mainly focusing on releasing my existing tracks.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

My main influences are:

1) Berry Sakharof, who is an Israeli Rock god that is also famous for blending a lot of electronic elements within his music.

2) New wave and everything 80’s. Depeche Mode, The Cure, and The Smiths are big influences for me as well.

3) Although it’s less noticeable in this EP, I always try to have some aesthetics from the techno world. Something about the darkness in this music speaks to me.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The music scene here is insane. I’ve seen other places around the world, and I have friends from other countries that I’ve talked to about the scene in their respective cities, and I haven’t seen something like Tel Aviv. It’s a very small city compared to other metropolitan cities, yet the amount of talented and very versatile musicians here is astounding.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not at the moment, no.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Essentially, my dream is to combine a rock show with the dark, smoky vibe of a techno club.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks to anyone who listens to my music. It’s really not something to be taken for granted.