has Looking for inspiration for his album Dotan go into the living room. However, not only in are own four walls, the mysterious singer-songwriter has also visited the premises complete strangers. The result is "7 Layers"A magical album of a unique talent.
"I have bad fright," Dotan admits, "and I have decided that I can defeat it best when I test my new songs in the living room of other people. Unplugged, all alone, without being able to hide me anyway, in a roomful of strangers. Something scarier I could hardly imagine. " He posted a call on Facebook, in which he asked people to invite him to her. The response was overwhelming, and finally he played more than 100 solo gigs -. In breaking full apartments, tiny furnished rooms, but also on houseboats, farms and even in castles "" There are remarkable things happened, "he remembers like. "Sometimes I found myself in an emotional song in a room full of weeping people. From this experience I learned a lot."
To understand the origins of this unorthodox career step, you have to look back a few years. Like many others watched the shy young man a professional career that awaited him others. "Good for the outside world it looked maybe like this, as if I had a good job, but that I never intended. I wanted as long as I can remember, never do something other than music." When he gave up his shyness Overcame and the normal job for his musical passion, his first successes were impressive: He worked with international producers together, picked up in London and Los Angeles, was often played on the radio and performed at some big stages. But in the course of the whole, the pressure on him and Dotan increased again had the feeling that the expectations to meet others and not his own.
The living room shows managed as Remedy and left Dotan find himself again. They inspired him to write honest and personal songs. He finally felt free and able to make the album he always wanted to do. Based on the intimate experience of small gigs he decided to record the album in the familiar surroundings of his own living room. "We have installed microphones and designed mattress, to reduce the noise, and started recording." Most he liked how developed the sound, even in this modest studio environment. A song like "Let The River In"Begins slowly and increases gradually to epic proportions. At the same time the album has rough edges. Background noise, such as the trams outside his window, can be heard in the final mix still." I wanted to make no perfect, clinically pure album, "explains he. "the outside noise give the shots more authenticity. The album lives and breathes. "
Through the lyrics of the album is the central theme of water draws. In his brief but eventful career Dotan has recorded, played and written already all over the world: Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Norway and Israel to the beautiful coast of the English county of Devon. And in all these places him above all his love was aware the sea. The coming and going of the water calmed him. He took on even the sound of waves and discovered that he was able to sleep better. The many magical qualities of water meander like a river through his album.
The title track refers to the seven layers of the skin, which should protect the people. A fitting title, because every song replaces Dotan layer after layer of his skin to penetrate to his true self. "I think that the 7-layer theory is a nice explanation for what I wanted to achieve with the album. I wanted my core getting closer, going myself really to the bottom"
"7 Layers" is only so far a typical singer-songwriter album, as most of the songs have their origin in Dothan, his voice and his guitar. But after he had taken up the backbone of a song, he began to build on, add backing vocals and percussion. The album sounds dynamic, minimalist and partially unnerving. Silence is in contrast to the sound of explosions, take small acoustic songs on the grand and sweeping compost ion - and everything lives of Dotans voice and his acoustic guitar. He spared no experiments. "On commercial potential I never thought, I just received my album and then came the worst part:. Waiting for an answer" But since all the worries proved unfounded. The reviews were benevolent and praised the authentic beauty of the album.
Now it is time to make a new audience beyond the cozy living room familiar with the songs. Although he sometimes describes itself as quite a loner, Dotan will go with a complete six-piece live band on tour. On stage, his songs come to life, which have already experienced numerous festival goers. In the hands of his bandmates develop compositions in which he has filed as carefully a whole new dynamic. The musicians are not set on a role, they exchange before their instruments and take turns singing from. "We are not a traditional band with pre-assigned tasks, we just want to make music together. It is once again about to leave his comfort zone." And that can Dotan best.
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