What´s the name of your band? Racing Beat
How was the band formed? We started working together when we were both studying at "Muzik", a college for music production in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Working on assignments for school we started creating music together which later on became "Racing Beat".
Can you tell about your band? Racing Beat is an electronic music project which combines live instruments from the worlds of hard rock, jazz, classical music and trance.
Where are all band members from? /Who does what in the band? Racing Beat is made up of two band members: Shiko and Eitan. Shiko from Tel-Aviv, playing the electric guitars. Eitan from Mevasseret Zion (a small village located near Jerusalem), playing the Ewi (Electronic wind instrument). Together we are doing all the Synthesizers and production.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? It is all about doing what we love-music.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We are producing electronic music with a strong vibe influenced by Psy-trance and other electronics. The tempo ranging between 110 and 155 BPM, combining live recorded Ewi, electric guitar and Synthesizers. We work in collaboration with vocalists, eastern music instrument, didgeridoo, bass guitar, violins, and different types of drums which are all recorded live by pro musicians.
Where was the latest gig? At the north of Israel in a magical forest.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Hahah…Shiko… but actually, humor is part of us and part of our music.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? When we realized the kind of music that is born when we work together it became our style.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All of the tracks are original and once in a while we make a remix as a tribute to music and bands that we love, Like Prodigy, Led Zeppelin and more...
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have 4 E.P's, and 1 album named “LOST IN TIME”. Nowadays we are working on additional 2 e.ps- one Electro-acoustic and one Psy trance that we plan to release by the end of this year.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We have a lot of psychedelic videos on our YouTube channel and on our FB page. We have one official video clip to the track "Y", you can watch it on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkWtDvUlss4
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Shiko: I started playing the bass guitar when I was 16 and changed it to the electric guitar when I was 17. From the get go I was performing with different rock groups and bands. Eitan: I started to play jazz and classical music on the saxophone when I was 9 and pretty soon I also started to play in different bands. Both of us were drawn to electronic music and music production when we were teenagers, combining our instruments with electronic music, that’s what got us here today.
What year was the band started? In 2009 we started working together and 3 years later, in 2012, we officially formed Racing Beat.
Best/worst gig you've played? We came to play in a party located at the far south of Israel. We began our show and right when we started to play the 2nd track, the generator exploded and we lost the power. This generator was the extra one because the first one was also dead...it was the end of the party right than….
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Shiko: Slipknot on Grass-pop Belgium 2009 Eitan: Racing beat ;)
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Until the end of the year we are planning to release 2 new E.ps, new sets, a few remixes and a lot of raves. By 2019 we are planning to start working on a 2nd album.
Where do you usually play? Mostly on Underground raves
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Eating Humus J
What are your goals with your music? To make as much people as possible happy and to make them dance.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? Since we were little, music was part of us, each one by himself. When we grow up we felt that there is no other option but making music.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both.
What are your sources of inspiration? Actually, both of us grow up listening to the 80's and 90's metal hard rock, jazz, classical music and trance because of the musical environment that was surrounding us as kids. Both of us are also inspired by movies, theatre and arts.
What's the first step when making a new song? Every time is different J
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We think it's terrible and an insult for the artists, that people don’t respect their hard work. Nowadays you can find almost everything on the internet but we believe that if you like an artist you can show your love and appreciation by buying their music.
What would be your dreams for the band? That our music will reach as many people as possible all over the world.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Venetian snares, Pantera, Shpongle, Korn, Prodigy, Daft Punk, Amon Tobin, Pink Floyd, jazz and classical artist and a lot more… There are so many J
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Global warming J
What would you do if there was no music? Shiko was probably an actor and Eitan was a photographer.
How important are your fans? The most important after the music itself! We see ourselves and our fans from all over the world as one big trippy family. We have a small strong fan group that comes to every show and we already became friends. We are so thankful for each one of our fans which support us and give us the power to keep on making our music.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
One of our dearly fans made a drawing of us like “South park” cartoon characters.
How often do you rehearse? Where do you rehearse? 3 times a week and mostly in our studio.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?
“Let it go” (unreleased) and “Led Zeppelin”- Immigrant song remix.
Do you have any webpages? Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Racing-Beat/141859089286608?ref=bookmarks Sound-Cloud- https://soundcloud.com/racing-beat YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFGPNL5oEtmNdhfFj1j78Ew Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ Beatport - https://www.beatport.com/artist/racing-beat/587406 We are in all of the electronic music shops and also on Spotify.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Be patient and humble, know that there is always something new that you can learn, and don’t forget to smile J
How do you view the music industry of today?
Today, the power of the big labels and studios significantly decreased mainly because of the ability of almost anyone to set up a home studio with a small investment. People study how to use the software's by themselves and start making music.
On the one hand it gives young artists the ability to speak up with their music without being dependent on labels, but on other hand it created a situation in which there is a lot of amateur music around the web. It's very difficult to find good new artists, but the ones that are true to what they do are here to stay! Eventually those who are serious will get to their audience. Having a good camera doesn't make you a good photographer, music is a language that takes years to practice and master.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? EGO
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? Psychedelic
What is your favorite crappy instrument? KAZZO
How do you think that this interview will help you in the music business? What do you think and know of my work? We think that your work is very important. This kind of interviews helps to bring a new and fresh view on the artists, besides the music. Getting to know the artists point of view is important and can help to relate to the artist, and understand better the story behind the music