Luca: What influenced you to get into your field?
RITMO: Listening to a lot of music, and a huge urge to bring new sounds coming from my perspective. There’s also this kind of joy and fulfilment in creating things from scratch, something which is unique to you.
Luca: As an artist, what role do you think you play in society?
RITMO: I think that artists, myself included, provide a sort of mental and physical therapy to listeners. This treatment allows people to avoid everyday life issues without any barriers, just tune in and unwind, relax and forget about everything, this is your time.
Luca: Creating on a regular basis can be a bloody tough job, so what motivates you to press yourself into the workstation every single day?
RITMO: To be honest I really love my work, and I really don’t feel as if it is burdening me in any way. On the contrary, I love waking up every morning, get myself excited towards a day of creation, even though not everyday is as productive. I never give up, I love the challenge and the exhilaration of accomplishment.
Luca: Do you get nervous before a performance?
RITMO: Hmmm most of the time not really. However, there are particular places, such as big parties that make me feel a bit pressured, mainly because I am a perfectionist and I want to make sure everything will go smoothly.
Luca: What quality do you admire the most in others? What quality do you like about yourself the most?
RITMO: I really value modesty and honesty. It can tell quite a lot on the person in front of me. It’s kind of hard to talk about myself, but I think I am a very open and sensitive person.
Luca: Which phase was the hardest/scariest in your life?
RITMO: I think that the hardest part was combining the daily work I had and creating my music. These were hard but challenging days. I used to find myself working around 18 hours a day.
Luca: Any embarrassing/funny moments? Yes, you’d hate to disclose your secrets but we’d love to hear.
RITMO: Well not many people know this but I am sort of afraid from heights. And one time at a street party I was playing at Haifa, which is a city in Israel, I was lifted up on this kind of crane and it shook me a bit, but luckily I got over it through the music and the amazing vibe of the party.
Luca: When have you been most satisfied in your life? Care to share one of your happiest memories?
RITMO: It was in one of the first days I started to get booking to play abroad. I suddenly felt that there is someone at the other side of the globe that appreciates the hard work and effort I have invested for so much time, it was pure joy 🙂
Luca: Everyone starts somewhere, what was your first job before you got into music?
RITMO: I worked in many kinds of jobs before I started to create music professionally. The latest one was in a post-production studio in Israel. I worked in one of the biggest studios in the country that gave various sound services, I learned a lot about music and sound over there so I am very happy for this experience, but I believe you learn from everything you do.
Luca: Flash-forward in time. You are now really old. What would you tell your children/loved ones?
RITMO: I will tell them how important persistence and the desire to fulfil your dreams. And most importantly that nothing stands in the way of will power.
Luca: Into the time machine again. What do you miss about being a kid?
RITMO: The mental freedom. You don’t have too many things to worry about. You are just free without any inhibitions.
Luca: Excessive chopping dulls the axe. Time-outs are a must. What do you do when you take time off from creating? Got any hobbies? (Books? Movies? TV shows?)
RITMO: Most of the time I am surfing. I love the sea and try to be there as much as I can. The sea is a place that really calms me down and rejuvenates me with power time and again.
Luca: The genie comes out of the lamp and grants you one wish that will change the world. What would you wish for?
RITMO: Peace and love to all human kind all over the word.
Luca: How do you connect to the spiritual side of yourself?
RITMO: I think that when I’m surfing I go into this meditation mode which makes me enter this zone where I don’t think about anything and my body and soul go through this cleansing process.
Luca: Do you have any belief/beliefs that you cannot do without?
RITMO: I have this funny thing that I do – I tend to go on airplanes and on stage with my right leg 🙂
Luca: At the end of the ride, everyone’s looking for some form of success (tangible or not), what does success mean to you?
RITMO: Success to me is the place where you feel satisfied from what you have accomplished so far, without doing unnecessary comparisons with what the people around you have managed to accomplish. It’s an inner peace of acknowledging what you have done both in terms of career development but importantly emotional development.
Luca: We are almost done. Give us a nutshell of the life philosophy/motto/mantra that you clutch close to your heart.
RITMO: Live and let live, no matter what is your religion, race or gender. Be honest and real and the world will smile back to you J
Luca: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
RITMO: To be honest, I received the best advice ever from my dear parents who told me to go with my inner truth all the way.