Today we bring to you a chat with my brother, the man himself VESHZA. After bursting onto the scene last summer with the now classic ‘Beside Me’ refix anthem with fellow THV member hushush, he has since then rose in the producer community, accompanied by his crisp drum work, hard kicks and displaying his unique take on rhythm infused trap. On the roster of family collective Midi보이즈 and THV, VESHZA has been an important member in our movement , helping us build a sound and community.
His first release with TreeHouse “TV OFF” has become a core favourite amongst our audience. VESHZA is a producer, graphic designer and also a photographer based in Haifa, Israel. Not only is he a creative, he is currently doing his mandatory army service, highlighting his dedication and love for music to still find time to share his authentic sound.
TREEHOUSE TALKS TO VESHZA
TREEHOUSE: Could you Introduce yourself, and tell us where you are from and your age?
VESHZA: So yea hi, my name is Dor and I go by the artist name of VESHZA, I'm 19 years old, from Israel and I’m currently doing my mandatory army service as a photographer and a graphic designer.
TREEHOUSE: When and why did you start making music?
VESHZA: I’ve been making music for about a year (started may 2015) I started making music pretty randomly right after I finished school, I was listening and discovering new genres and sounds on Soundcloud and became really close to the Future Beats genre and the Soulection scene.
And so one day I thought 'hey, why wont I try to make that kind of music as well?' (in Israel we don’t have a large community and interest (if at all..) for future beats so for me it was like discovering something completely new and revolutionary and I fell in-love with it)
TREEHOUSE: What kind of sound or style would you say you have?
VESHZA: Well I find it kind of hard to say because I feel like my non-rhythmical instruments (synths, melodies, chords etc.) are inspired by a lot of things (mostly visual things, for example in the track “Self Service” with Casual, I just watched a nice shot from a movie and somehow got inspired to make a certain synth? is that weird? Lol)
While on the other hand I like to keep my drums at a very certain way, I like to make my drums loud, punchy and tight, oh and I got a serious fetish for kicks, I really really like my kicks loud and hard (it always bothered me when I listened to a Drake song or something and the kick wasn't loud enough it pissed me off haha, even before I started making music) so yea I've spent way too many hours and days making ‘the right’ kick, so at this point I just use like one or two kick drums that I synthesized, layered and post process the LIVING HELL out of so they are really unique to me and I think you can hear that the kick is a big part in most of my tracks mix.
So overall I’d say my style is Future/Trap/R&B? yeah that sounds about right
TREEHOUSE: Being from Israel, does your environment influence your music?
VESHZA: Actually no, not at all, I hate the local music and I feel completely disconnected from it, and most of the people here don't really understand what is it that I really do or what beat-making is. However, there are local artist in Israel that I like who also make beats/future beats but that’s really rare, the future beats community in Israel is really small, almost nonexistent, which makes me sad :(
TREEHOUSE: What is the hardest thing about having to split your time between the army and creating music and art?
VESHZA: Oh man that’s a good question… if you really get to think about it, I'm only 2.5 days at home per week and I got ALOT to do in these days.. (I’m getting home on Thursday around 5pm and I'm getting back to the base on Sunday)
I got to split my time between music, friends, family and some alone time - and that’s hard for me I'm not going to lie. Some weeks my parents barely see me either because I'm out with friends or I’m making beats in my room, or some weeks I don't get to see my homies for the same reason.
But I always find time to make music or discover new music because its really available to me and I'm surrounded by it and for that I'm grateful, I really am putting music as a top priority in my life because I want it to be my future, and I always want to get better at it, its a part of who I am today.
Lucky me I sometimes manage to get my macbook with me to the base and so in my free time I get to make some music or work on graphic design stuff, but its not the same like creating in your own room in your house
TREEHOUSE: Who are your influences?
VESHZA: Right now I’d say Soulection, Khadisma and Lege Kale
TREEHOUSE: What equipment and music programs do you use to create?
VESHZA: I use FL Studio 12 as my main DAW, I really love it, it enables me to convert what I hear in my mind right into the computer easily and that’s the most important thing for me.
I use M-AUDIO Oxygen 25 as my MIDI keyboard and hopefully soon I’ll get a Traktor S2 controller so I can start working on my DJ’ing skills more seriously. Other than that I just have a pretty decent desktop PC at home and a Macbook Pro 15” that I just bought like a month or two ago
TREEHOUSE: Tell me, what’s a production day like for you?
VESHZA: Well it’s literally a day for me, like if I really want to finish something and I have it in my mind I usually work about 8 hours straight, then I usually take a break to freshen up and get ‘back to work’ usually till 1-2am, and my mom doesn't like that at all haha... but I just feel like I'm wasting time during the week when I'm not home, so I feel like I really need to make progress when I can.
TREEHOUSE: Favourite artist right now?
VESHZA: Oh man I got my ears on a lot of talented people; RIVR, Lege Kale, Khadisma, Monte Booker, gera, Montell2099, Lotus, Crush, DEAN (a korean singer/producer, so is Crush), ROM, j.robb, Ordnry Yngstr, ADI, JonEcks, casual, letgo, mister, JEA and a lot more that I just cant think of right now, I love all u guys and love your music.
TREEHOUSE: You recently dropped a project with the talent producer RIVR, how did that come together?
VESHZA: I think we first started a track to work on together, and in the process of that RIVR sent me some more unfinished work he had and I reallllyyyy liked it so I was like, yo we should make a 2-track EP release that would be dope, and so we just did that haha, I really liked working with Phillip (RIVR) he's a super chill dude and a great sport to collab with.
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing you can't live without?
VESHZA: Water. Just kidding - its probably headphones
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing on your bucket list?
VESHZA: Meet some of my Internet/Soundcloud friends in real life, which would be so dope
TREEHOUSE: Favourite track right now?
VESHZA: Crush - Castaway (Feat. MISO)
TREEHOUSE: Favourite childhood TV show?
VESHZA: Tom & Jerry, I always remember myself as a kid eating dinner and watching it lol
TREEHOUSE: Hard question, but what is the favourite track you have done?
VESHZA: damnnn haha… that’s a hard one because each track got different things to it that I like… if I had to choose one I think I’d choose ‘ALL4U’, I really enjoyed producing with gera (seriously this guy is so good with chord progressions and melodies) and I really had a blast working with PLAY, he got crazy good flow and a voice you just cant ignore, it is also the first time I got to work with a rapper/vocals on a track and I'm defiantly going to work with more rappers in the future.
TREEHOUSE: What Instruments do you play and one instrument you wish you could play?
VESHZA: I play the guitar, and I wish I could play piano and contrabass
TREEHOUSE: In terms of your music, what are you trying to accomplish?
VESHZA: Well I really want to be able to some day make a living out of music so i guess I'm ‘practicing my craft’.
Also I'm trying to get more local audience and more local people (in Israel) into the future beats genre and style, I feel like if I really want to make a change and create a community I should take some action, hopefully start getting booked for local shows or get some of my tracks played on local radio stations, I guess that’s some goals of mine to accomplish
TREEHOUSE: 3 facts we wouldn't know about VESHZA?
1) I’m can be kind of an introvert sometimes
2) I can make ALOT of weird faces and noises
3) I’m way too frustrated than I should be about the fact that Israel doesn't have KFC, Chipotle, Subway or Dunkin Donuts, like seriously that’s messed up, its 2016 we should have those things right??
TREEHOUSE: If you could play a show overseas tomorrow where would it be?
VESHZA: Probably where some of my Soundcloud friends are, I don't really care I love traveling anywhere :)
TREEHOUSE: Other passions beside music?
VESHZA: Graphic design, photography and Pizza.
(Photography via www.dorreznik.com)
TREEHOUSE: What can you tell us about future projects?
VESHZA: Actually I'm pretty empty on project right now I'm not going to lie haha, but I want to start working with more rappers/vocalists
TREEHOUSE: Do you believe that the Future scene will keep progressing and growing?
VESHZA: Most defiantly yes, we are a community. And one thing I can say for sure for about 90% of this community is we are VERY, very supportive of each other, I personally don't feel like I compete with other people, I feel like I grow with them, and when there is a community that is that strong and in bound with each other, I feel like we are just getting bigger and better together and I'm grateful for that
TREEHOUSE: Name one artist or collective who you want to point out to our audience?
VESHZA: I want to shout out my homie Phillip (RIVR) one more time, check him out.
TREEHOUSE: Who would you love to work with dead or alive?
VESHZA: I’d love to work with Lege Kale or Ordnry Yngstr, or both of them as ‘Lost Club’, I really dig their sound and style.
Would also love to work with DEAN or Crush, they are really cool Korean vocalists/singers and really cool producers as well, and I got no idea what they are saying in their songs but I still dig it so that’s awesome. Also would love to work with ADI, like in real life because since she lives in Israel I believe its actually possible.
Oh they are all very alive, not dead.
Special thanks to Dor for taking time to chat to us. Wish him a successful and productive year, look out for his future releases, and also go check him out on the Midi보이즈 v3.0 | Ebb & Flow Compilation OUT NOW!
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