A true Jack of all trades, Israel-based Kutiman is not only a songwriter, producer, orchestra leader and filmmaker…but he’s also a man with an alternative take on the funk psychedelics, at least that’s what he’s done on his 2017 release, White Monkey. We had a quick exchange right around when that EP dropped at the end of April, and now we’re here sharing it with the rest of the world.
Kendra: Was music always the career you wanted?
Kutiman: Yes. It started when I was six-years-old when I heard my neighbor playing the piano. I fell in love with music and started taking piano lessons. I hated it, and after a few years quit, but then when I was 12 I was lucky enough to sit on a drum set and it brought all my love to music back again and it never left since then.
Kendra: Other than music, are there any other creative scenes you’ve found yourself in over the years?
Kutiman: I love visuals. I did some animation a long time ago and in the last few years, I’m more into an analog video. Mostly shooting and manipulating video without a computer.
Kendra: Where is your dream place to perform in Israel?
Kutiman: At the moment, I would have to say at home and with no audience but maybe one day somewhere in the desert.
Kendra: What’s going on with you musically right now?
Kutiman: I have few projects going on. One is a psychedelic African album. I recorded few African tribes singing and played some music on top of it. And another ambiance project that not a lot is happening with musically but it has a good mood to it but I truly spend most of my time learning Tabla.