Jive 64 Invited to an Interview by MITM’s Quintin Goynes
Quintin Goynes | ManIntheMiddleqg
1. When and why did you start playing?
I got my first Yamaha keyboard when I was just 3 years old. My parents thought it would be a good idea. Needless to say, they needed some therapy following my 3y/o try-outs on the keyboard.
2. Which instruments do you play?
I play keyboards of all sorts, Piano, Electric keyboards and of course synths. Not many people know that but I used to play on a watch wristband by blowing it and making accurate sounds.
3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?
The actual first tune I played was Jingle bells, which is very weird considering the fact I grew up in a Jewish home. The first commercial tune I’ve learned was Lambada (It was acceptable in the 90s)
4. Is your family musical?
Not that much. My mom used to play the accordion as a kid and my brother played the guitar for a little while but that’s it.
5. Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
I grew up in a house that music was played all the time. Mostly rock but some other interesting stuff. I grew up listening to Dire straits, Supertramp, Queen, Eurythmics, Marian faithful and war of the worlds on vinyl. These are the dominant tunes from my childhood.
6. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Wow, so many of them. I adore almost anything that Rex the dog releases and on the same breath I can add Royksopp, Robyn & J.u.s.t.i.c.e. I just high on the 80s synths sounds. Warm and un-reverbed. The in-your-face style. It was all around me when I grew up. I adore mainstream producers that know how to crack the code to hits that you would want to hear over and over again like Stock-Aitken-Waterman from the 80s and Max Martin from these days. Every time a new hit comes up from this guy I put the instrumental version on repeat. My biggest dream in the music business is not to fill Wembley but to work with Max Martin.
7. Which famous musicians have you learned from?
All of the above. I was inspired from everything I loved and listened to.
Iterate, the 6th track in our latest album started from me trying to recreate the awesome piano lines of Supertramp. We got a long way since, but this is what started it.
8. Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
Tough one. My first teacher was Reina, a Russian immigrant that taught me all the basics of music. 15 years later it was Hernan Arber (AirNan) a trance producer, that taught me how to produce better and gave me the drive to start JIVE64.
9. Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
Yamaha keyboard with the most annoying sounds. FM based. Followed by a double organ in the 80s and followed by the blue Yamaha CS1X with the amazing filter knobs.
10. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
The insane gated arpeggiator line in the opening of “The ballad of lucy Jordan” by Marianne Faithful. I didn’t even understand the lyrics when it came out. I was just mesmerized by the sound of this chord line bouncing in the giant headphones.
11. Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Yes. As mentioned in 11 / 7.
12. Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
I am a mainstream sucker. Everything that Stock Aitken waterman did and Max martin still does. Don’t laugh, but I currently have 2 songs on repeat in my playlists: Royksopp & Robyn – One more time and Ariana Grande – Greedy. I could listen to both over and over again.
13. Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
Not that many. I’ve produced a remix for Peter Gabriel’s “Games without frontier” for Indaba music competition. I have won an honorary mention from Peter who liked it much more that the audience did J
14. Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
After releasing our second studio album “The Surprising Obvious” we went on a tour of break-out sessions in parties. We have performed in almost every possible gay party in Tel Aviv, we have opened the pride parade of 2009 launching our new single “Right vibes”. Right now we’re working on a live show for our new album. In one occasion we did a new years party In a place with no stage, so Ella, my partner for this awesome road, stepped up and climbed the bar and started the performance. 3 minutes later, a security guy that was not aware of the permission we were given by the owner, came over and tried to drag her down.
15. Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the differences.
16. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
We love it. It’s our “kids”, our songs, we make mistakes every now and then and it’s usually funny and we just slide on.
17. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Not at all. I get excited. I love this pre-performance fever. Ella, on the other hand, is so used to this as she performs quite a lot with her two other Jazz groups (Jazz’n’Roll & The DooWop Girls)
18. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Enjoy this nervousness. It’s the excitement we make music for. And listen to acapella and instrumentals. You will hear that not even a single creation is perfect and that’s what makes it perfect.
19. Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
Not really. I do DJ in parties in which I will shove my tracks and improvise with synths and loops on top of what I play, but that’s mainly it.
20. How often and for how long do you practice?
Never. Only when I’m inspired. And of course when I buy a new synth. That’s the best inspiration.
21. What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
22. Do you teach music?
I don’t but Ella is. She taught a couple of The Voice / X-Factor contesters. She is super talented and the only reason I sing in our albums from time to time is because she’s such a good teacher.
23. How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
The toughest of all. I work full time. So holidays, weekends and time off are my haven for creation. I’m lucky that my husband (Eyal) gives me the freedom to come home, open the speakers and play repeatedly until I’m satisfied or exhausted from playing.
Jive64 – ‘Right Vibes’ (Offical Video)
Members: Roy Cohen & Ella Tadmor
Genre: Pop / Electro / House
Hometown: Tel Aviv