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Disorder Talks to Adi Ulmansky

Disorder Talks to Adi Ulmansky

By: Chris Jones

This week we caught up with exciting Israeli singer-producer extraordinaire Adi Ulmansky! Below is what she had to say on her new EP, Hurricane Girl, and dealing with the pressures of being an ‘up-and-coming’ artist in 2013.

This week we caught up with exciting Israeli singer-producer extraordinaire Adi Ulmansky! Below is what she had to say on her new EP, Hurricane Girl, and dealing with the pressures of being an ‘up-and-coming’ artist in 2013.

Adi, how are you? Busy few months?
Actually i’m quite overwhelmed by the last few months and the ones to come – touring soon to London to be the opening act for a very cool artist called Mickey Lightfoot, then off to play in Millan at the Millan fashion week opening party, and after that one i’m gonna fly to the US to play two festivals – Culture Collide in LA and CMJ in New York.

Besides touring there are 3 new videos on their way so i’m pretty excited!

Where did the inspiration for ‘Hurricane Girl EP’ come from?
I started working on the Hurricane Girl EP approximately half a year ago and I think it captures both what’s been going on in my personal life and hard times that i’ve been going through, and also there’s a lot of the Israeli environment in it as well. The fact that I’m producing my own music really makes it more cohesive and I just tried to capture that specific period in time. There are a lot of arab elements on the EP (both musically and visually) alongside a very current sound of EDM and it kind of represents where I come from and the mixture of cultures in my home land.

What can people who haven’t heard your mixtape expect?
I’ll just say it’s gonna be a fresh experience, different and unique. It’s a mixture of singing alongside rapping. Quite eclectic.

A lot of noises are being made about you in music and fashion circles right now, how are you coping with the buzz?
It feels amazing to get recognition and appreciation for my art and my statement. I feel like the main thing that always lead me was being true to my point of view and my passion and it feels really cool to know that people understand and like my creation.

How does ‘Hurricane Girl’ translate to your live shows?
I’m playing live all by myself. It’s just me, my MacBook pro, a midi controller, a Rolland SP-404 sampler and a keyboard.
I’m singing and playing and there are a few different versions to some of the songs cause I really wanted to give them a different touch and to make them more fun.

‘Hurricane Girl EP’ showcases some great production, as well as vocals. What comes first for you, the lyrics or the beat?
It depends. I’ve been writing lyrics ever since I remember myself so I have lots of notes and notebooks full of scribbled sentences and thoughts. So I think for me the lyrics are kind of always there… so sometimes I just start playing a few chords on the piano and composing the song (that later on translates to a more electronic production on my Ableton) and sometimes I just have this cool Idea for a beat and I rolls from there. I think my main focus is not to do things as routine… I gotta stay excited about creating and that’s the main thing for me.

As a producer/rapper/singer-songwriter, what part of the process do you most enjoy or take satisfaction from?
I think the part I enjoy the most is the song writing. It’s a fascinating thing to do – you kind of get to learn how to express what you’re going through in a way that people can relate to and you need to find a good balance between your self expression and the fact that people want to be able to kind of song along with you. Producing is an amazing part as well cause it’s an endless world of possibilities and sound and you can paint the picture whatever colours you want so it’s fun.

When and where can we come and see you?
I’ll be performing live on September 19th as the supporting act for Mickey Lightfoot at The Old Queen’s Head
BE THERE wink

Words by: Chris Jones // Image Credit: Nir Perry

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