Noga Erez, who announced her arrival late last year with debut single ‘Dance While You Shoot’ and two London shows, is headed back to the city.
The Tel Aviv singer plays Convergence Festival at Village Underground with Rival Consoles on 21 March. Tickets are available now.
Erez, whose debut album ‘Off The Radar’ is out on 2 June, has just released her latest single, ‘Pity’.
“The song ‘Pity’ was influenced by a sexual assault case that happened a few years ago,” she explains. “What made it even more alarming and upsetting for me was the fact that it was documented by several different people who were there when it happened. People stood by and willingly chose to film on their smartphones and then upload the videos and share them online. The presence of cameras and the violation of the victim’s rights and respect was completely disregarded beyond measure.”
Clearly not one to ignore what’s going on around her, Erez was born in Tel Aviv four days before 1990, the year the Gulf War started.
“As I became more aware of everything going on – the complexity of the situation, and how it affects lives on both sides – my reaction was to separate myself from it. I got rid of my TV and stopped consuming news completely.”
But she couldn’t seek sanctuary in music permanently.
“Most of the time it’s easy just to ignore what’s happening, but every now and then reality makes that impossible.”
So her work reflects the manner in which she’s learned to live: “I have this idea of giving people moments of thought and inspiration, and at the same time offering escapism and fun.”
And she hopes her music will form connections between people.
“Our way of trying to keep in contact with our feelings and fears, and of avoiding emotional detachment about everything, is music. Human beings can come from completely different places but share a fundamental basis of emotions. In my opinion, music is the form of art or communication that expresses that most accurately.”