Diwon interview plus free downloads

Found this at Generation Bass. “I was fortunate to see DIWON about a year ago in London at Cargo, albeit very brieflyand quite accidentally, when he was performing with a friend of mine SMADAR LEVI (who will be on a post very soon as part of my SPECIAL LADIES series).

At the time I did not really know much about him save for what I’d heard from my jewish mates in London who regarded him as LEGEND. My dear mate Smadar kept on mentioning him to me as though I ought to be awestruck and impressed that he was performing with her but man I just didn’t know but after the gig, I DID KNOW!

Man, there’s a lot of info on Diwon on his MY SPACE page that you can check out for yourself. I’d just like to summarise that essentially he is now based in New York and is a very highly regarded Artist, not just within the global jewish community, but also outside of it and he is on the verge of BREAKING IT INTO THE BIG TIME!

He has performed with Lou Reed, Anthony Coleman, Matisyahu, DJ Spooky, and Idan Raichel, along with countless others. URB MAGAZINE listed Diwon amongst their NEXT 1000, London Radio’s 104.4 FM called him, “one of New York’s hottest Jewish musicians;” the Jerusalem Post dubbed him, “Jewish music’s multimedia mogul;” Forward listed him as one of the Top 50 “most influential Jews of 2007;” and The Village Voice stated that his work “as producer and DJ is among the most adventurous and banging on the new Jewish music scene.”


He is the founder and director of Shemspeed (the largest & most diverse Semetic music site), Modular Moods (an independent record label), Hip Hop Sulha, and The Sephardic Music Festival.

So there you go, nuff said I reckon on that front :-)

So where is he musically, well he’s a musical mystic, a multi-genre producer who travels the globe performing, producing and researching sounds. His styles range from Yemenite music blended with electro hip hop beats to cinematic psychadelia. He is very strongly influenced by his migrational family background as his family migrated from Yemen to Ethiopia before finally settling in Israel.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Diwon and pin him down for a bit of a chin-wag despite his very hectic schedule and so thanks Diwon man for giving us this time.


GB: How are you and what are you up to right at this moment?

DIWON: Good. In the dreams in static studio workin on the debut album for that project. It’s me and Dugans (his guitarist collaborator).

GB: How do you describe your sound?

DIWON: Every project I do has a very different sound. The mixtapes are all over the place from Yiddish remixes to Sephardic clubbed out tracks to B-more and Bhangra. The albums I produce range from Cinematic rock/hip hop type sound to Yemenite & Moroccan chilled out downtempo stuff to just hip hop in all its forms. I think I would say an element of hip hop is in everything I do and I love bringing in that style into all the diff types of world music that I make.

GB:What are you working on at the moment and when will it be released?

DIWON: I’m trying to finish up the Diwon Riddim record which is this sort of Moroccan Yemenite melody sound but set to a dubbed out hip hop track. I have vocalists from around the world singing and making songs out of the riddim. So far I have the riddim in French, Hebrew, Yiddish, English, German, and Russian. I’ll probably finish all the songs in the next few months. At the same time I’m workin on the Y-Love & DeScribe albums as well as my solo album and the Dreams in Static albums with Dugans which will be one instrumental album and then another album with different artists singing on each track. Gonna be hottness

GB: How is the scene in New York compared to that in Tel Aviv?

DIWON:I have only DJed a few times in Tel Aviv and it was really awesome. I think things still feel fresh out there. In NY there are tons of great shows and loft parties and such, but a lot of the club parties get boring because people are jaded and the scene is so over saturated that nothing feels new and original…

GB: Which new names do we need to look out for coming from both scenes?

DIWON: If you mean Jewishly, def DeScribe, Kosha Dillz, Eprhyme, DJ Balagan, and Y-Love. They are def makin some amazing music.

GB: Who are your favourite Dj’s/Producers or the ones that influenced you most in these scenes?

DIWON: Diplo, Kanye, Prefuse, Mark Ronson, Cheb i Sabbah…

GB: Please give us your TOP 10 records of all-time!


Beastie Boys – Pauls Boutique

Roni Size Reprazent – New Forms

Ersen – Ersen

Coltrane – A Love Supreme

K’naan – The Dusty Foot Philosopher

Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinios

Mars Volta – Deloused

Kanye West – 808s

Mum – Finally We Are No One

GB: If there’s one thing that you would like to say to the world what would that be?

DIWON: “Be nicer to, like, everybody, man”

Thanks to our homie, DIWON for this brief chin-wag



Idan Raichel vs. Kid Sister extended Diwon Remix

Lecha Dodi – Benyamin Brody Vs. Akon (Diwon Remix)

Jah is One – Mosh Ben Ari (Diwon Remix)

Balgan Boogaloo

New Soul – Yael Naim (Diwon Remix)

Tikkun Klali (diwon dancedancetanz remix)-Diwon Vs. Erez Yechiel

Ein Ani – Shotei Hanevua (Diwon Remix with Y-Love)

Diwon meets Miriam Zafri meets Diwon

Idan Raichel Remix with Y-Love

New Soul – Yael Naim (Diwon Extended Remix)

MIXTAPE-The Beat Guide to Yiddish


Shemspeed is an independent recording label and promotional agency highlighting cross-over music artists with positive and unifying messages. Founded by Erez Safar, an American-Israeli DJ/Producer, Shemspeed promotes over 15 dynamic artists representing a wide range of genres including hip-hop, reggae, and rock. These artists include Y-Love (revolutionary Jewish hip-hop), Diwon (Yemenite / Sephardic hip-hop, Israeli music and more), DeScribe (soul-awakening dancehall, hip-hop, & soul), and Electro Morocco (Israeli rock, dance music.) Shemspeed artists, collectively showcasing the diversity in world Jewish music, have performed with musicians as varied as Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Idan Raichel and Eminem; they’ve been profiled in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The New York Times and XXL; and they’ve been seen and heard around the world on various TV appearances (Conan O’Brien, CBS and BBC World) and global radio. Shemspeed’s mission is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground. By way of this work, we add a public Jewish voice to multi-cultural, inter-faith, creative and collaborative bridge-building.

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