Exclusive Interview: EZRAKH for Never Normal Records + Bonus Track Stream
Jersey’s own Ezrakh just released a special tape with us. Today the super progressive producer, dj, & co-founder of the club movement THREAD, chats a bit about his world adventures, rare Jersey garage music & his spiritual sound. Press play on the music stream & enjoy the read.
1. As an artist, what things in life make you feel, never normal?
I suppose my overall world view along with my way of seeing and sensing things. I like to call it #PARANORMCORE. As well, the capacity to feel and the ability to turn the feeling into a shared experience via art.
2. What is your favorite part of your sound?
As of late I’m falling in love with my own voice more and more nowadays. I was very critical of it after high school. Then years later I took to task the process of finding the truer version it. As well the quintessence/spirit of my sound, there’s an indescribable vibe to it really, its more felt.
3. Tell us a highlight moment of your music journey.
Probably going to Montreal, I’ve been twice. My friends out there (Phil Sparkz & Compton Chic) are integral players in the Piu Piu and Booty Bakery collectives. There’s a certain magical charm there as well as a laissez faire spirit, so it feels very free. Also I did some modeling for a little while and shot for L’Uomo Vogue (Italy), not exactly music but very much related to my journey as an artist overall. Getting a page in a magazine is an interesting feeling.
4. How did you even get into music?
A combination things I think. Hard to answer know exactly, but here’s a list
- my parents eclectic music choices
- dancing to the rhythm of a broken washing machine with my sister as a child
- tap dancing (solidified my affinity for percussive music/movement)
- church chorus (discovery of my voice)
- my brother djing (got me into club/house & hip-hop)
- teaching myself guitar & experimenting in bands
- musical theatre
- school band
- my brother giving me my first production software
5. What’s the 1st thing on your mind as soon as you wake up?
Usually I’m trying to remember and decipher details/symbols of the dreams I had during the night. Sometimes I’ll have 2 or 3 segments of a dream, which at times seem unrelated in real world terms. “I Stay Woke”
6. You live in New Jersey who are some of your favorite new artists from Jersey right now?
There’s so many but here’s a few: Moruf, Nadus, Asha, the Kusher/Dead Rebel Society, BillZEgypt, brain orchestra, St. Joe Louis and myself. As a “new” artist I like my music a lot, especially the new stuff I’m finishing up.
7. You couldn’t live without….?
Probably music. Sounds cliche maybe, but considering thats why I’m here thats my answer. Besides there are few things I’d rather do more than make music :)
8. What are all of the instruments you play?
Voice, guitar, a little bass, some piano, timpani, mallet keyboards, percussion (traps/auxiliary), and records/turntables/mixer
9. Who are some of your favorite artists you’ve had the pleasure of working with?
I’d say a lot of my contemporaries, some of whom I mentioned earlier. Also I’ve had the pleasure of DJing with Taz Arnold whose work with Sa-Ra I especially revere. DJed with Blaqstarr recently and that was crazy, especially considering he’s made some of the best club music of the last 2 decades.
10.. What’s one thing in life that always inspires you?
I’m always in awe of creation (both natural and human-made) and the fact that all this exists. Like for a time I would just sit for like an hour or more outwardly observing things and being like, “wow i’m really here right now. in this time, in this place” or “wow, all of this exists.” Then other times I shift to more inward observation/inspiration, which is basically just all of that (the idea of creation/existence etc.) but from an inner view.
11. Do you like where music culture is going right now?
Yea, I think so. Its a bit more saturated now, but the balance has shifted more into the hands of the people, artists and listeners so thats great. Plus thankfully the tools are more readily available, and that helps expedite the progression.
12. What are your top 3 most influential records of all time?
That’s a tough one, especially as a DJ and even more so as an artist who gets influences from everywhere. There are so many but here’s three of my top ones, in no particular order:
- “Follow Me”- Aly-Us. This record is a NJ garage/house classic and was/is very essential to my life/musical experience. Plus there from my hometown (Rahway!), so I’d hear this song all the time btwn like ‘92-97. As a DJ, you put this track on at the right time in Jersey and its a wrap
- “Fast Car”- Tracy Chapman. One of my dad’s favorite artists, so this song represents a very specific combination of feelings from a much simpler time & space. Very seldom do I not tear a little while listening to this song
- “As”- Stevie Wonder. Stevie channels the creative source and lets it speak directly to the listener through him. When i hear it I’m just like “Whoa, tru. Thank you Creator.”
13. Any last thoughts?
Just really want to thank Suzi Analogue and Never Normal for releasing this. I always said to myself I’d like to release it on cassette and I see the multi-verse was listening.
Fourword To Infinity is now available on cassette on Never Normal Records.
The EP drops digitally 10|28 • available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon & more.
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