Eyal Levi is the guitarist for Industrial Death Metal band Daath and record producer.
In This Interview…
1. What’s new in the life of Eyal Levi?
There’s a few projects on the horizon that I’m very excited about. First and foremost I’m engineering for Mark Lewis on the upcoming Cannibal Corpse. Also, I’ll be producing the vocals for the new Monuments record. The Defiler mix is about to be underway and there’s lots of other cool stuff in the works. Never a dull moment!
2. How was it working with Sean Reinert for the Advanced Drum Production with Creativelive.com?
Not many musicians have the power to intimidate me yet I am humbled by the presence of the great Sean Reinert. He IS the embodiment of music. I have never met a deeper authority. And to work with him again is more than just a great honor and pleasure, but a profound working experience. And it helps that he’s my friend and I love hanging out with him.
3. What equipment are you currently endorsing, etc.
Toontrack – The BEST OF THE BEST in every way. Every company should be like this.
Ernie Ball Strings – Cobalts – The Best
Dunlop Picks – Tortex – Can’t live without
EVH Amps – 5150 3 – What can I say besides that this is the perfect amp ?
Blackstar Amps – Best lead tones. Never have to re amp these
Zildjian – My cymbal choices always go back to these.
Seymour Duncans – Man their new pickups just get better and better. Black winters are SO BRUTAL!!!!
4. What would be some of the craziest stuff you’ve seen on tour?
Sorry can’t say. I’ve seen it all. And the most entertaining stuff is what I would get into trouble for sharing.
5. What were your earliest influences in life?
Definitely my father. He’s the other person that intimidates me musically. He’s a multi-instrumentalist. Piano, accordion, violin, percussion, and conducting. A real master. And I grew up in his shadow. He showed me what it meant to have standards and work to meet them. And I try to uphold that to this day.
6. What would be some of your main influences today?
All the great achievers I am surrounded by. You are a product of your environment and I try to surround myself with winners. You are most influenced by those closest to you.
7. What could we find interesting in your music collection at home?
Depends on your definition of interesting. Lots of people are surprised to find Maroon 5 in my regular playlists. But I listen to anything that I consider great. From a Hans Zimmer soundtrack to Queen to Gojira. If it’s at a peak of achievement I will probably listen to it.
8. Could you describe what goes on in a day in your life as a musician on tour?
You know that cliche about war that soldiers say. Wide expanses of boredom punctuated by brief moments of sheer terror. Well I would say long moments of boredom punctuated by brief moments of adrenaline pumping fun. Touring is a grind. You drive. You setup. You maintain your rig. You warm up. You play. Maybe you party. You sleep. Repeat.
9. Where do you see music going in 100 years from now?
Shit man. Where is it going 5 years from now ? Who the fuck knows ? I do think that one thing that will never change is that there are consumers and there are creators. They are two completely different types of people. The specifics of it are hard for me to pinpoint. But I see acoustic instruments being technically perfected and the integration between man and machine being very solidified. Maybe truly we will be able to imagine things into reality. From your head to reality might be a way shorter process I would imagine.
Extra questions with Eyal Levi
Life without music would be unproductive and empty
Favorite movie Bond
Favorite food Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffles
Favorite drink Horchata
Favorite car Mclaren
Favorite book American Psycho
Favorite band The Beatles / Pink Floyd / Muse / Queens Of The Stone Age
CD or Vinyl Depends but usually Vinyl. That Depth!
Star Wars or Star Trek No thanks
PC or Mac Mac
Check out Eyal Levi online http://eyallevi.tumblr.com/