Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Artist Spotlight – Guest Actors

‘Alternative indie rock band Guest Actors comprises of Avi Ilani, Shaked Yaakov, Yoni Talias and Matan Wexler. Performing and recording since 2015, the band note Arcade Fire, Coldplay and Leonard Cohen among their influences.
Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Guest Actors have developed a unique musical style that effortlessly fuses contemporary rock with indie flavours and a touch of the ethereal. The band first started performing in Tel Aviv in March 2016 with a self-published EP, followed by a return to the studio, a change in lead guitarist and an even fresher sound.
Guest Actors have since been performing, rehearsing and promoting their brand new LP, building a catalogue of performances across the city. Two new singles, “When Everything Ends” and “True”, have been released from the LP with accompanying videos in the works for two more tracks.
Described by as “hypnotic and engaging”, the track “When Everything Ends” is a dreamy offering taking the listener on a journey through a wild afterlife reverie. Typical of the band’s fluid yet distinctive sound, their second single “True” combines a rhythmic energy with lyrics that err on the side of existential.
Upcoming lead single and the third release from the LP, “By Demand” is set to be another innovative track that showcases the band’s passion and creative flair.
The rest of the year and 2018 will see Guest Actors performing the new LP, touring and recording new material. With their undeniable dedication and natural born talent alongside a distinctive, sensory indie style, the band are looking at an exciting future in the industry.’

1. What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
I’ve been playing piano since I was 5 and guitar since I was 10. When I was about 22, I decided that forming a band and being a recording and performing artist is what I want to do in my life. I was influenced by Chris Martin both as a musician and as a person, and also by Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan.
2. Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don’t get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
Keep working as hard as I can, and keep trying to improve all the time. It’s as simple as that.
3. Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?
Reaching to as many people as we can with our music, and keeping it authentic, is the most wonderful thing I could wish for, being on a major label or independent.
4. Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
I think that since today’s artists can go such a distance independently the rules have been changed of course, but even that physical distribution is much less relevant today. I think that major labels are still playing a big role and that the independent path can cost a lot of time and energy.
5. How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
I think it’s just amazing that a song could be sent today to every corner of the globe at a touch of a button, and that independent musicians have countless ways today, more than ever before, to promote themselves, either by social media platforms or by doing their own PR. Still, the most important thing I think is to do your best to write good music.
6. What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?
The years between the initial decision to form a band, to the actual debut LP recordings were the hardest I’ve ever had. It was a painful but an inspiring journey and I’m grateful for it. I think that the upcoming LP reflects that period in my life, and just like that period, it starts with mainly questions and ends without many answers, but with more acceptance.
7. Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as “sell-outs.” Do you see it that way and if so, what do you plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to “sell out”?
I think that you only become a “sell-out” if you quit being authentic, and that in the spectrum of authentic, one can choose how challenging and demanding he wants his music to be. To me the connection that music creates between people is one of the most exciting experiences, so I personally try to find a balance between communicative and experimental when I write.
8. When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?

Hope, I guess. I personally feel less lonely when I listen to my favorite artists.

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