Panic Ensemble

12th Annual Eclectic Album Nominee
12th Annual Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song Nominee

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Record Label: Self-Released

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Home Base: Israel

Genre: Eclectic

Categories Entered: Eclectic, Folk

Work Submitted: A Different Story CD, and the song “How Many Ways”

Artists Featured: Yael Kraus : lead singer, Roy Yarkoni : keyboards and music, Karen Alkalay Gut : lyrics, Dirk Kunesch – trumpet, Galia Hai – viola, Boris Martinovsky – accordion, Yonatan Levital – bass, Omer Hershman – guitars, Giori Politi – drums, Richard Woodcraft – mix

Label: Self-Released

Who are your influences?: From Ravel to Bjork, through King Crimson

Describe your nominated work: Cross genre music, a mixture of folk, rock, lounge, pop, ethnic, Jewish and more.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: The band contains some unusual instruments for a rock band, like accordion, viola and trumpet. Those instruments were used to create the effects of the insects in the opening track “Imaginary Insects”.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: Many song arrangements were changed in the studio, it can be described as an accident to some of us, but the result was worth it.

How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: It was raised by the band’s own budget, unfortunately with no expectation to recoup, for now at least.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?: We have participated and been nominated in the past with our song “Spring in your heart” and it was fun so we wanted to have fun again.

What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: Well, that’s a great question. We think getting people around the world to listen to our music, and performing abroad will be a success. We are near it, but didn’t fully get there yet.

How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: Inform local media about the honor, and our fans, and add this honor to our international efforts.

Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: Our fans are open to many genres of music, most of them like poetry and books, and to discover and share eclectic music. We have very young fans and old ones too, so it is not the age but the curiosity for different and exciting music that our audience shares.

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Only alcohol and more alcohol. Playing on the accordion after some drinks can be pretty funny.

Who are your musical heroes & influences?: Robert Wyatt, Zappa, Bjork, Mahler, Genesis, Portishead, Beck, Of Montreal, Charles Bukowski, Albert Camus, Chekhov, Woody Allen, Monty Python, Jobim, and so many more

Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: Too many, honestly. First we can think of is “Sea song” by Robert Wyatt.

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: Now listening to Man Man and Edward Sharpe, but it changes every day. Recently mostly listened to Sufjan Stevens. Maybe the surprise is recent listening to a lot of Irish music, which has nothing to do with our music…

How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: Reading blogs, listening to podcasts and local radio. We usually Stream.

How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: By selling tickets to shows, merchandising, crowd funding, special offers, etc.

What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: That if they expect music to be free and also will not pay for anything else, there is really no chance for an artist to survive.

Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: Guess so.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is…changing faster then modern technology, or at least they are changing together.

What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: Recording new songs with a new singer, and touring.

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