Discoid Interview

Allen Richards
4 min readDec 8, 2021
Photo credits: Sagit Malka

If you love discovering new music from around the world like we do, then please allow me to suggest Discoid. He is an electronic artist based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His newest single “Movable Objects” will be a favorite of anyone who listens. He was gracious enough to grant us an interview. Be sure and follow him on social median and Spotify.

TMB: What is the story behind “Movable Objects”?

This track is the turning point of my entire creative process. I always loved playing with synths and drum machines, but it never occured to me that they were excellent compositional tools. Only when fellow artist, composer, producer and DJ La Mer and I played some shows together in Tel Aviv, I realized how easy and fun it is to compose with synths. So this track is actually the opening track to our gigs, which are all available on youtube. So I took that track and arranged it a bit, then played it all at once, mixed it, and it was ready. Super easy, super fun. Like playing with a live band, only it’s machines. The track’s title “Movable Objects” is actually an ode to synths and them being physical objects. I composed and produced my debut album “Creatures And Machines” on my computer. This track is composed only using hardware, actual movable knobs and faders on actual physical objects, and not on a computer screen. This excites me deeply.

TMB: How would you describe your music?

Odd, experimental, robotic, alive. I resent genres and I don’t agree with the perception of them being important for the creative process of music making. Therefore, I don’t attempt to make a track of a certain genre. Most of the time, it is what it is, maybe with some sound influences from the artists I like.

TMB:What is your creative process like?
I turn on my gear (which takes about 30 hours). I then think of a concept or motive or theme. Out of that theme comes a melody, a beat, a chord, a sound, a harmonic phrase or even an idea for a feeling. I then start jamming with it, until every piece of my hardware puzzle has it’s part. When I’m comfortable with what I have, I practice and rehearse, and finally I record everything. Then mix and master and loads and loads of referencing everywhere I can. At least 5 car sound systems, 3 bluetooth speakers, computer speakers, 6 pairs of headphones, my studio monitors and the monitors in the studios I work in. Just to see if I like repeating it in changing environments. Finally, I ask my friends’ opinions and that’s it.

TMB:What made you realize that music was your path?
I have been a music enthusiast ever since I can remember myself. One of the most prominent and vivid memories I have is of my 3-year-old self and my brother listening for the 5th time in a row to the helicopter sound in Pink Floyd’s 1979 The Wall. I have photos of me drumming on pots and pans as an infant and on a real drum set at the age of 2. I’ve been playing for years on end and deep down I always knew that this is my path. The electronic music twist happened 2 years ago in a Dan Mayo/Yehezkel Raz show in Tel Aviv. Their music enchanted me and planted the electronic bug in my brain.

TMB:So what plans do you have for future releases?
Find more interesting concepts to play with, and attempt to make people enjoy my music and my passion as much as I do. Maybe gain some stories from people that include my music.

TMB:Are there any additional songwriting or producer credits you would like to add?
I’d like to credit Sagit Malka, my dear dear friend and an unbelievably talented artist, who made the single’s cover. In addition, La Mer, who I mentioned before, for being my partner and an inspiration for me, and who performed the track with me initially. And finally Gyozan, my brother-like friend and co-artist, who keeps collaborating with me while making astonishing works on his own.

TMB:Who are your biggest musical influences?
Pink Floyd, first and foremost. They are such a huge chronological part of my life, that I can assume that they have a huge impact on my personality. Radiohead, and Thom Yorke are also a huge influence on me. Other than the main two — Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Floating Points, Jacques Greene, Jon Hopkins, Nils Frahm, Yehezkel Raz, Peter Spacey, and of course, La Mer and Gyozan.

TMB:What makes your music unique?
I know it’s a cliche, but I really do believe that every music is unique to each and every person differently. For example, Aphex Twin makes some unique tunes, to say the least. I mean, you can’t find the things he does anywhere else. My music is just synth music, and it can be found all over the internet. So for Aphex Twin fans, it could be really boring. But to me, it represents my experiences in the musical world, and so, I’m also proud of it, and this is something I can’t say about Aphex Twin. To me, it’s really unique because I know that I am the only one that could make what I want to make.

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