Ninet Tayeb, an Israeli vocalist known for her rock and pop music. Ninet Tayeb, an Israeli vocalist known for her rock and pop music. Ninet Tayeb is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter you should know about. (Photo: Courtesy of Ninet Tayeb)

Exclusive interview with Ninet Tayeb

The singer-songwriter is already a household name in her native country, and she's setting her sights on the international stage.

If you haven't heard of Ninet Tayeb, you probably don't live in Israel. This singer-songwriter is a household name in her home country. She's won awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards, performed at SXSW and moved from the Israeli city of Tel Aviv to Los Angeles in July, where she's released her latest album "Paper Parachute." Recently, Tayeb performed on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" series.

Tayeb's hauntingly beautiful melodies and alluring vocals have critics comparing her to American pop star Lana Del Rey. From the Grapevine sat down with this rising star to get to know the woman behind the music.

What themes do you keep coming back to in your music?

I usually try to get out of my comfort zone, so I don't really come back to any certain theme. But my home base is wherever I feel my guts, and for me that place is very deep and dark.

What do you love about being a musician?

First of all, being a musician, a working musician, is such a privilege and I'm so thankful for that. The thing I love the most about it is the fact that I can share my thoughts and feelings and spread it out there to people who listen and feel the same way. At the end of the day, we are all searching for a place where we can feel related to and music has that power, I'm only the messenger.

What inspires the darkness in so many of your songs?

I'm not inspired by darkness, I feel it. I feel life, in every single way. In bad times I sink into it, in good times as well. I guess I'm hypersensitive.

How has the transition been from writing and performing for Israelis to writing and performing for a world audience?

I'm still learning and walking on that new path. It's overwhelming and full of grace and loneliness.

How does Israel influence your work?

Israel is in every beat of my songs. My childhood, my home, my country, my friends and family. It's all there in my songs.

How would you describe your fans?

My fans are all very special souls. I see them in the crowd, looking into their eyes, and each and every one of them is a special wolf.


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