Q&A: Have You Met.. ZIV

ZIVPhoto credit: Ariel Bendet


Where are you based at the moment, what are earliest memories in music?

I am currently based in Tel Aviv, moved here from Jerusalem three years ago. Earliest memories in music must be me and my dad playing the guitar when I was 9 years old.

Is there a big scene for the kind of music you now create? From Hip Hop and RnB  

No, not really. At least not a scene that I’m involved in.

Your seem to draw influences from Hip Hop and RnB, who were your main influences growing up

Erykah Badu taught me everything I know from since I was a little girl.

How has your music evolved from ‘Near Mint’ to the first records you released as a solo artist, is there anything you’ve consciously tried to do differently as an artist?

I didn’t try to do anything different, just tried to do me. The first E.P I released was all about love and relationships between man and woman, Near Mint is more about the struggle and pain in growing up.

You used to be a lead singer of band? How did that come about?

It was the best. I was 13 and this band saved my life as a teenager. I miss the band and the good old times. Not really into indie music no more though.

Check out Ziv’s Against The Clock with Fact TV:


Have you had the opportunity to perform as a solo artist in different parts of the world? If so where’s been your favourite? What makes it special

I was supporting homeboy sandman in London and it was super cool. I’d love to do shows all over the world!

Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate most with in the UK, and why?

I made a beat that I’m dying for Jimothy Lacoste to sing on!

Are there any musicians in Israel that we should be paying attention?  

Check out “Dolphinarium”, they are the best ambient group in Tel Aviv, and maybe in the whole world!

What can expect from you in future, have you got any dates booked in?         

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but I am performing at the Tel Aviv Museaum of Art on the 10th of October!

Check out her latest EP Near Mint below: 

Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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