Israeli singer-songwriter Inbal Paz has just released her latest single ‘The Other End’ to UK audiences on Friday 28th February.
Inbal has already cemented herself as an artist on the rise with the release of her first album ‘My Own Way’ which was welcomed warmly by American TV and Radio upon its release in 2010. ‘The Other End’ is Inbal’s latest single detailing a personal experience with sexual abuse as a young girl. The track has already seen success, garnering support from some of Israel’s biggest radio stations, as well as achieving support across national television with interviews on Mako TV and i24 News (one of Israel’s biggest news stations).‘The Other End’ sees Inbal opening up about a harrowing event she experienced as a child, giving the listener an insight into the thoughts and feelings she has from a reflective point of view. She explores how it became such a defining moment in her childhood, affecting Inbal throughout her life. Set to a bare-bones track with guitar and piano and produced by long-term collaborator Adi Hayat, the song travels straight to the listener’s heart thanks to Inbal’s dynamic vocal range.
We caught up with the Israeli singer-songwriter to talk about her latest single. You can check out the video for ‘The Other End’ and interview below
So, what’s up, Inbal? What’s on your mind right now?
I am super excited for I just released my fourth single here in Israel “Eyes Open Shut” and now coming to the UK with the “The Other End” I feel so humbled at the moment. It has been a turmoilous year with a lot of soul searching and I’m grateful that I have writing and music to get me through it.
Tell us everything about your new single ‘The Other End’.
“The Other End” started as a writing exercise for an emotional writing class I took a couple of years back. I sat at the piano playing around with some chords and the first sentence “I was so young then” came out. I immediately stopped knowing where the song is taking me and tried changing the subject. I got up walked around and sat at the piano again, the same sentence creeped out. After fighting with myself for another few minutes I surrendered and let the song spill out of me. It took me a couple of weeks until I got the nerve to record it and then it took another year to release it. This song has resurfaced a lot of hurt and confusion I tried to hide away from. It brought up a lot of clarity to who I had become. It cracked the shell of who I thought I was and now I finally see how that experience affected my life, my womanhood, my sexuality, my self-esteem and more.
How do you feel sharing your experience as a child with the audience? Do you think that you can better connect with them?
Besides being a singer I am also a vocal coach. There is something very intimate when you work with people’s voices, and usually, a lot of emotional things come up. I’ve had students share with me experiences of being sexually harassed and I always encourage them to speak up and ask for help. That’s when I realized that I have to the same for that 10-year-old girl living inside of me. A lot of years have gone by, but the hurt and the shame still remain, until we’re brave enough to speak it aloud. So I did! For me and as an example for them. I was floored with all the messages I got from girls and boys sharing with me their stories, and how the song touched them. It’s humbling how something you say or do can have such an impact on people you don’t even know. As a very private person, I can now say that this song was totally worth losing some privacy for!
When did you start writing music and singing?
I started humming the moment I could and writing came a bit later, around my twenties
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
First of all, I have a notebook that I scribble down ideas, sentences, and subjects. So every time I read something or see something and ideas come up I write them down, the world is an inspiring place after all.
With those ideas I sit at the piano and start playing around, sometimes the music comes first other times it’s the lyrics that lead. Then I usually sit with my music producer Adi Hayat and he fills in the blank if needed but he always works his magic.
Which animal would best suit your personality?
I think a dog. In Hebrew, a dog is called Kelev which means “As a heart”. I feel like I wear my heart on my sleeve
Who are your musical icons?
At the moment #1 is Sara Bareilles she inspires me with her amazing craft and talent. Other inspirations come from, Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury, Celine Dion, Elton John, Carol King, Alanis, and Pink.
What was the first album you purchased?
Mariah Carey – Emotions
Which artists are you listening to right now?
Sara Bareilles, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Alanis, K’s Choice, Musicals.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I would describe it as Romantic and Feminine with edge
What does the rest of 2020 hold for you?
2020 is going to be filled with a lot of music, singing, teaching and performing worldwide.
You can keep up to date with Inbal on her socials.