By Staff on October 7, 2013
For this special Culture Collide issue of the Guide, we asked some of the artists playing our festival to share some of their American tales with us.
Israel's Adi Ulmansky takes some time to talk about her anticipation of a first visit to the US, the possibility of an upcoming music gear shopping spree and which American artists have taken the plunge performing in the Holy Land.
What have you heard about American audiences? What are you looking forward to most about playing in the States?
I don’t know about audiences specifically, but from what I hear, I think Americans are more open-minded and liberal than most places, mainly because of the huge and diverse population. On the other side, American audiences are exposed to so much local music that they have probably heard almost everything so it may be harder to excite them. All in all, I’m pretty excited. This is my first-ever visit in the US, and different places and people always excite me. It is going to be really different.
Is there anything you are looking forward to purchasing or trying out in the States?
Haven’t decided yet on anything specific, but chances are I’ll come back with a little bit of musical equipment, a little bit of photography gear and a little bit of clothes. Well, you can probably strike out the “little bit” on the last one.
What American stereotypes have you heard about?
That you make a lot of money there! Sounds good to me.
Have you been able to see many American bands play live in your home country? What bands from America do you like most?
Israeli culture is really influenced by American culture. So many American bands and artists come to Israel it is hard to keep track. I even had the pleasure of playing the support act for some American bands and artists like Blonde Redhead and CRNKN! I’m also really into the whole OFWGKTA group, Angel Haze, Flying Lotus and many more.
What are you looking forward to most about Culture Collide festival?
Can’t wait to hear a lot of amazing new bands and artists!
Make sure to catch Adi Ulmansky in the Taix Front Lounge at the 6:00pm Israel Happy Hour Thursday October 10th, in the Taix Champange Room at 7:30pm Friday October 11th, and in the Taix Front Lounge at 9:30pm on Saturday October 12th.