Soulful and Inspired, Roy Ben Bashat is one of those artists who navigate music through conscious yet natural artistry.
Rightfully making a name for himself in the International Jazz Music Scene, Roy Ben Bashat is an incredible musician whose sound stands out for originality and depth. Investigating human emotions with his guitar, Bashat is an inspired composer whose refined songwriting is clever yet intuitive.
Today, at Planet Singer, we have the great pleasure of discovering more about Roy Ben Bashat and his music, while diving into his world with an exclusive interview!
Hi Roy, thanks for being with us today at Planet Singer! Your career is incredible, and we can’t wait to know more about your artistic journey. Let’s start from the very beginning. When did you discover your passion for music?
Hey, Glad to be here. I started playing piano and guitar when I was 6, but I wasn’t really serious until I turned 14. I was lucky enough to be accepted to this arts high school in Israel, that’s considered really good. My time there was a real push in terms of striving to be better at music. It was really inspiring to see so many musicians that are better than me. That really made me take the step into being serious about pursuing music as a career.
Your career sees countless collaborations with some of the most illustrious names in the Jazz Community. How enriching is it to share a song and the stage with other incredible artists?
That’s the best part of it. There is nothing more fulfilling than making music with people who inspire you. Regardless of it being really joyful, it also teaches a lot on a personal level. Everyone has their own agenda and ideas, and there is always something to learn from others, especially from those who challenge and inspire you.
Jazz music is fluid, intuitive, and extremely adaptable, does this make it easier for you when you collaborate with such big names? How do you manage to keep your identity as a creative artist, while supporting their project?
Well, when you are in the making, it really doesn’t matter how big (or not) the artist that you work with is. However, those who become famous, become famous for a reason (for the most part, at least). Making music with people who really have a deep understating and good intuition for the art makes it really easy, to answer your question. The reason for that is that it doesn’t require so much effort from my end to make the music sound like something as the responsibility can be shared. Most of the artists that I work with invite me to work with them because they are interested in what I, as an individual, have to offer to their projects. Therefore, I can just be who I am when working with such artists.
Among your collaborations, we can highlight also the incredible Darren Barrett. How did this collaboration come to life?
Darren and I met in Boston, still when I was a student at Berklee. At the beginning, he was calling me to sub in his ensembles, but pretty soon we started recording a bunch together. We started doing also some live streams together, playing duo. After a year or something of playing, he asked me to record on his upcoming record ‘EVI Sessions’.
What piece of advice would you give to those young artists who are just starting their musical journey?
Practice. Forget about all the things that have to do with professional success right now and just focus on being the best musician you can be.
The next month, you will perform with Georgian pop singer Stephane Mgebrishvili at Webster Hall in NYC! That will be a show not to be missed!
Yes! Looking forward to it, that will be fun.
Tel Aviv, Boston, NYC, Aspen, New Orleans, Mexico City; Is there a place you think Jazz is more well received?
I would definitely say NYC. So many venues to play at, so many incredible musicians, and a good crowd. I don’t think there is any other city like that.
Among all the pieces you have composed, is there a special one that represents you and your artistic vision the most?
Hard to point out one in particular… Every piece that I write has its own universe that represents one thing about who I am. However, if I had to choose one piece that personally I think represents a real honest statement, I will choose “Lucid.”
What are your plans for the future?
I just moved to NYC a few months ago, and want to give the city a chance for at least a few years. Working in the Jazz scene in NYC is something that has been a dream of mine since high school, so I am gonna do that for now. Besides that, I will release sometime in the next year or two a singer-song project that I have been working on for the past year.
Roy, it was such a pleasure having you with us. Is there anything you would like to say to our readers and your fans?
Likewise. Thanks for having me, and yes! I will release this summer a new EP entitled “Lucid.” I will post further information about it on my socials soon.
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