Updated: Sep 20
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Today We Have The Pleasure To Have This Great Artist Here On Goathead!
GH: Hi Avi! Great to have you here! What inspired you to start writing music?
Avi: Hey ! Pleasure to be here! As a kid I always struggled to communicate, and for some reason, music was an easy way of expressing how I felt. I started by sharing music I liked with people, in an attempt to maybe share how I felt and the connection I had with the songs, which eventually led to the realization that I could make my own music and say exactly what was on my mind. Got hooked to the craft ever since.
GH: Can you tell us more about your experience performing live at gigs and what was the most memorable experience you had?
Avi: I started performing quite young with different bands and settled for about 4 years with a band back in Barcelona, playing live consistently. I always love the connection and the energy when on stage. Of course, anxiety is a hard bullet to dodge before a gig, but as they say, if something scares you, then it’s worth it. I think one of my top moments so far was when I played in London for the first time. I had been playing for some years before, but London was a city that I always wanted to cross off my checklist. I moved to this city right at the beginning of a pandemic, so I didn’t have the chance to do it after almost 3 years of being here. Still, the moment was magical and such a special night to share with my new community I had been building.
GH: How is your process of songwriting set around?
Avi: I like to think of songs a bit like growing a plant. I always start with a premise I like or a short sentence that I think has a hook and a story behind it. Then I let it rest for a while, and one day I go back and try to develop those little seeds of ideas. As a producer, it’s hard to write a song only thinking of one instrument; my brain is already trying to build a whole arrangement around it. But that’s why I collaborate with as many people as possible, to keep me grounded and explore new perspectives.
GH: What motivates you to create music and bring awareness to different situations through your songs?
Avi: To me, it's always being honest and truthful, even in the cheesiest and most generic topics honesty goes a long way. I love giving a twist to some stories and highlighting two main causes that drive me as a human being. One is mental health and the need to open up and communicate, which is an issue I always found lacking growing up and I believe music has that power to inspire a change. Also deconstructing the roles of masculinity and what it means to be a man, breaking all stereotypes and trying to give a sense of liberation of what we are told we should be, opposite to what truly makes us happy as individuals.
GH: Could you share some insights into your next projects?
Avi: Well, this year is closing the “Sour Kisses & Goodbyes” chapter, my first exploration into my sound craft and stories about love and the darker sides of it. Next year will open up a world of more color, higher intensity, and rhythms. I’m trying to paint a world that hopefully captivates people and makes them feel free.