We were lucky enough to catch up with musician Liad Abraham following the release of his superb single ‘Call Of The Sea’, in February 2022. Read the full interview below!
Hi Liad, thank you for talking with us. First off, what is your earliest music memory?
Well, I was into music from a very early age. My parents had a huge record collection (probably a luxury that only kids born in the seventies had), so music was constantly playing in the house.
When I was around three years old, I had a funny habit of waking up in the middle of the night, as most infants do. But instead of going to my parent’s bed, I’d hop on my little Fisher-Price car, ‘drive’ to the livingroom and put on some random record on full volume. That’s the earliest I can remember.
Who influenced your latest release, ‘Call Of The Sea’?
Speaking in general, my music takes influence from a multitude of different directions and genres. It’s a unique mishmash of folk, classical, medieval, with a strong “soundtracky” vibe.
In ‘Call Of The Sea’, I really tried to synergize folk and classical musical ideas, and you can clearly hear that the first half of the song has more of a folk atmosphere, while the latter half sounds much more in line with western classical music.
I love these combinations, and it’s not something I’m trying to go for when I write music; it really just flows this way on its own.
‘Call Of The Sea’ is a brilliant folk song; what draws you to the genre?
This genre is filled to the brim with so many amazing musicians I won’t even start name dropping because it would take all night long.
I was always drawn to the timber of steel-string guitars in folk songs, but also to the inherent traditional roots, the simplicity in the chords, and the fact this music sounds out of time. For me, it is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
You recorded ‘Call Of The Sea’ in your home studio; the production sounds fantastic. Can you tell us about your recording process?
I love recording in my own home studio. I started this process when covid first struck because we were all confined, and I just couldn’t wait for things to go back to normal.
So I just had to learn to record myself on my own, which in my case (mostly solo guitar) was actually super easy. My (now late) father bought me the equipment I still use, which is quite modest, to be honest, but I’ve been able to achieve a real crystal clear sound with it so far, so I’m in no rush to upgrade.
So, I just close myself in the studio for a few hours, edit my own tracks, and rely on some very talented friends for mixing and mastering.
The single is taken from your third studio album. Can you tell us any more about the full album release?
Absolutely. So, each one of my albums has a theme; I love writing this way. For instance, my second album (‘Odyssey‘) was written as an imaginary soundtrack for a fantasy movie.
The new album is called ‘Extremely Rare, But Not Unheard Of’. It will be my longest album, with 14 tracks in total. This time, the music is mostly inspired by folk and dark country, which is a genre I discovered lately and simply fell in love with. I hope to release the album just before the summer, around the end of May probably. This is a very special album for me, as it’s the very first time in my career that I’m also using my voice in my compositions.
I wanted to test out my fan’s reaction to this, so I released one vocal single a few weeks ago (‘Prelude To The Apocalypse‘), and the response was phenomenal; it’s one of my most-streamed tracks.
So you can expect a few more vocal tracks in the full album, which I’m really excited for.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Ok, so, first of all, I am super blessed to have two of my top favourite musicians as collaborators I work with regularly: Roxane Genot is an amazing French cellist and composer specializing in medieval music.
Alina Lesnik is a fantastic German vocalist/singer/songwriter in the soundtrack/metal genres. These two are phenomenal musicians, dear friends, and will, of course, also be a part of this album.
Now, if I could choose anyone outside of my circle of musician friends, the first one that comes to mind is Ritchie Blackmore. I think we could write something magical together.
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
My family, my dog, really good tv shows and video games. By now, all my Instagram fans know my hobbies, as they take a big chunk of the stories I share.
Video games are really the easiest way for me to clear my mind and sink myself into a fantastic world. If you ask me, everyone should do that from time to time.
Also, music in the video games industry has reached celestial heights in the last few years, so it’s also a place for inspiration.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
I think the last few years have been amazing for indie musicians. Never was it so easy to release new music and to reach new fans worldwide.
Musicians now have both more options and more opportunities to make connections, collaborate, and choose how they prefer to work. You can release on your own, or you can try and get signed on a label; the important thing is that the choice is now much more in the musician’s hands, and I believe we have more power because of that.
On the other hand, I’m sure every musician will agree that the split we get from streaming could be improved.
Spotify is constantly flamed in this regard, and I believe falsely. Sure, Tidal or Apple Music might pay a cent more, but their user bases are pretty small in the grand scope of things, and they don’t provide half the tools that Spotify gives us musicians to promote ourselves.
How do you feel about how the internet plays a role in today’s music business?
I have a song called ‘FarAway’ coming out in a few weeks with Alina Lesnik. She wrote the lyrics while living in Germany; I wrote the music in Israel. The guy who mixed my guitar lives in Costa Rica, and the guy who mastered the song lives in NYC. If that’s not enough, the song is licensed to Amuse, a Swedish music distributor and label I’m signed with.
I can’t think of a better example to showcase the power the internet gave us musicians. Without it, this song would just never exist.
What would it be if you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music?
When I write music, I try to tell a story with six strings. To create a small world that the listener can live in, if just for a few minutes.
I wish my listeners would close their eyes and let the music tell them the story I treasured inside, hidden between the notes. I think that would elevate the listening experience.
Have you started working on your next release?
Of course. I’m planning my releases way ahead, and I release a lot. Usually, every two weeks or so.
The next song to go live is the title track of the new album, ‘Extremely Rare, But Not Unheard Of’, out March 18 on all streaming platforms.
This is a track I am really proud of, it was written for my friend Roxane Genot, and later this year, we will release a version for guitar and cello. It’s gonna be pure magic, so stay tuned for that.
Thank you for having me!
FVMusicBlog March 2022