Catch up with Tel-Aviv, Israel based Benjamin's Brother, watch the video for new single "Like The First Time", and look for his album Like The First Time to be released this Summer.
What first got you interested in music?
The ability to tell a story through sound. You always have that soundtrack in your head, and when I first heard other musicians music and heard my life in it, I wanted to tell my story with my own sound.
Do you remember the first song you wrote?
After the second Lebanon war, I was still a soldier, and all of my officers and commanders and close friends were in that war and told their stories about the war. I wrote a song that had no hope, only cold, sad reality. I still sing it in memorial day.
Which musicians have you been influenced by?
From hassidic music such as Avraham Frid, to arabic music like Umm Kulthum, to Bon Iver, Other Lives, James Blake, Beck, David Bowie and more...
What words would you use to describe your sound?
I hate that question. There isn't one sound in now days music. we're all influenced by so many genres, and to put it under one name is a mistake. So I'm letting everyone choose to take it to their own way.
Could you tell us more about your inspirations behind your single and video for "Like The First Time"?
Just like the old cliche that behind every successful man, there's a smart woman who drives him? That's what this song is all about - my wife.
Are this single and "Story About A Broken Heart" indicative of what we can expect to hear on your forthcoming album and can you tell us more about that album?
As I said, the sound of the album is eclectic, and both "Like The First Time" & "Story About" are very different in their sound, so is the whole album. Each song has its unique sound, but when you hear it all, it's one big story, a soundtrack of my life.
How would you sum up your upcoming album, Like The First Time, in one sentence?
Day to day struggles, wrapped in music bubbles.
What do you want your listeners to be able to take away from your music?
The pain, the joy, the understanding that some things are made to broken, and there's nothing wrong about it.