We had the good fortune of connecting with Emanuel Keller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emanuel, what are you inspired by?
As a music producer I see myself as someone who aims to create worlds where songs can exist. It’s a rewarding job and I’m lucky to have people around me who support my visions. To do so and to keep getting better, I absolutely have to find daily inspiration and personally, I find it in the small details that make any creation a memorable one.
What do I mean by that? Food is a great example. To me, it can be a meticulously constructed delicious bowl of Ramen, crafted by someone who had this knowledge passed to them for generations. It is the scene in the movie where all the elements of sound and visual are blended together to make you, the spectator, feel the emotion that the creator had chosen for you to experience. And of course, it is a piece of music that sometimes tells a story you felt but never had the words to express until that one person, knew exactly what you felt, wrote it down on a piece of paper and turned it into a moment you can never forget.
Recognizing these small things helps me channel this kind of inspiration into my own style of work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up in Israel, I found it a place of complex narratives, truths and ideas. I see it now as something that shaped the person I am today and the way I think about the process of art making, how it can tell a story and how it can contribute to a positive change in the world.
One of the projects that I am extremely excited to share with you today is my first self-produced EP titled ‘Reconciliations’ which is set to be released this upcoming summer. It is a complex musical and human mosaic comprised of my different musical and personal encounters during the past few years. In this project that has been produced entirely remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am attempting to bring together my deep passion for World, Folk and Electronic music. I have three incredible singers join forces with me: Emily Sangder, Ella-Jane Sharpe and Annette Philip. In addition, I just finished producing a music video in Israel that celebrates the places and views I grew up in. This video will eventually accompany one of the songs on the project.
I find that this musical experiment of bringing together so many different parts of my personality is a form of reconciliation with the idea that as musicians, we are bond to a single musical path. I can only hope that this leap of faith will help me set myself apart from others in the way that I choose to tell my story.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think one of the most exciting things about L.A is how multi-cultural it is and that comes into expression with some of the food you can find in the city. I guess my first choice would be Kogi BBQ Korean Taco trucks and probably just Tacos in general. I love when a the demographic of a certain city has such an immense impact on the food culture. Also, I really enjoy museums so I’d love to visit the Getty Villa. For coffee I would drop by at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea at West Sunset Blvd.
One of the things that inspire me the most is nature and I absolutely love how hiking is such a big part of what the L.A has to offer. Nothing beats a good view of the city so Griffith Park is definitely my choice and maybe also Ocean Trails Reserve at Palos Verdes. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to two of my friends, Omri Drumlevich and Or Schraiber., both incredible dancers and film makers.
As I struggled to find a way back into music for almost six years, these two always knew I’d find it. They pushed me, gently and with the highest level of respect. They kept believing that eventually, I will find my own unique way. They are my artistic confidants and I don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without their constant support. One thing is for sure, I would not be as happy as I am today.
Art by: Noa Raz Photos by: Michael D. Spencer and Jing Hwang