Amon Naor, otherwise known as Sun Tailor, was born in Israel and only started playing the guitar at the age of twenty. A few short years later he relocated to London where he joined and left a rash of bands before moving back to Israel in 2008, where he locked himself into the bedroom of his apartment in Tel Aviv and recorded what would eventually become debut album Like the Tide, after adding bits and pieces to it in a studio with his brother Udi Naor. After touring Israel and then Europe in 2011 he eventually released Like a Tide in February 2012. 2012 also saw Sun Tailor playing in Germany, appearing at the Reeperbahn festival amid a host of solo living room concerts that he organized through the couchsurfing network. Now Sun Tailor is once more abroad in Germany with his new tour and is live in Kaffee Burger on the 11th September – and we have got 2×2 tickets for you to win: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the interview here:
ib: how would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard any music ever before? It’s about little explosions. Sometimes on the outside, and sometimes on the inside. With every note I sing or play, I try to tell a story. every note is there to serve the meaning and essence of the song, like frames coming together to tell a story in film, or words coming together on paper to form a sentence.
ib: is there such a thing as a typical Israeli style of modern music? That depends on where you’re looking. The Tel Aviv indie music scene is currently thriving with hundreds of acts playing very different kinds of music, very much in tune with what’s happening in the world of music today.
Outside of Tel Aviv, and in the mainstream, the majority of the public listens to a kind of arabic influenced oriental pop music.
ib: How do you feel about touring Germany? This is my first time touring Germany properly. I played a few shows in Berlin and Hamburg last year and it was a lot of fun. I feel people are really kind here, and they seem to connect well to what I’m doing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Germany this time around.
Interview: Mia Morris
ib: how are concerts in Berlin different from concerts in Tel Aviv? One of the most beautiful things about music is the fact that it often touches people in the same spot, no matter where they are from, or what’s their background.
It was really inspirational for me to play in front of an audience in Berlin, and see the people moved in the same way, by the same songs, as the people in Tel Aviv. We are not so different after all.
ib: Do you write songs out of personal experience or does it work more abstract for you in a way that you figure out what could work best? There are no absolutes in the way I write. Often I will use the framework of a story, either a personal experience or something else that touched me, as the basis for a song and then let it develop and write itself from there. The songs usually write themselves, I’m just there to move things along..
ib: In your video Fay we see an Japanesse couple, we see a Bratwurst sign and English pounds – how come, what’s the connection if there is one – to the music? The video for Fay was filmed in London, in the China Town area.
I grew up in London, both as a young boy, and then later on as a man, so I am very connected to this city, and the multicultural mess that it is.
So for me, even though there is no direct connection to the music, it is right in spirit to have so many different cultural elements as a visual accompaniment to the music.
ib: Colour of black and white? I will answer you with a song
ib: where can we see you live the next time? I will be playing in Berlin in September, on 11.9 at Kaffee Burger
ib: Where can we listen to your music online? You can find me here