YMX was excited to sit down with artist Hagar Levy to discuss the release of her outstanding remastered single ‘I Will Never Know’. Having grown up between Israel and Belgium, she is currently working on a new EP. She told us all about the unique concept behind that project, her dream collabs and how she realized that becomig DIY is the way to go as an artist today.
YMX: Hey Hagar Levy, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would describe yourself, in a few words?
Hagar: Hi dear ones, I’m Hagar, a singer-songwriter from Tel Aviv. I did however grow up in Belgium, which is a very different place to Israel. I love them both. They both have very, very good food.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
Hagar: Music has been my natural go-to from a very young age. I was born with a very sensitive nervous and hearing system, and my mom was worried about me (in the very beginning). Turns out my sensitivity became a musical one. It is my outlet to the deepest emotions and unspoken words. It has been a long journey, with many different angles to music making (choirs, ensembles, cover bands, my own releases, a tribute to Nina Simone we toured with…and the beat goes on).
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
Hagar: Wow. Tough one. I have many, many such dreams. I think I would love to collaborate with HER, Hayley Williams and Eefje de Visser. When I watch Arian Grande live sessions, or Sting concerts, all I want is to sing backing vocals for them. Honestly.
YMX: You recently released ‘I Will Never Know’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
Hagar: My latest release is actually a little 5-year birthday celebration of my debut album. The song is titled ” I will never know” and I have felt (for the last few years) it should have been the lead single of that album. So this is a (remastered) dream come true.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
Hagar: My songwriting is both inspired by real-as-they-get events (such as “I will never know” – true story), and also by inner ‘trips’ and experiences not directly linked to reality outside. I think the best ones combine the two (like my tune “Highway”).
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
Hagar: I’ll just mention two venues, one in Israel and one in Belgium, I dream of playing but have not had the chance yet: Barby in Tel Aviv and Le Botanique in Brussels. And I ‘pin’ those down so that I can later come back to this very interview, as a declaration of a goal attended! Wish me luck!
YMX: What’s your brand strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
Hagar: When I first started out in the industry, I was overwhelmed and in deep need to prove myself. I definitely did not trust myself enough and employed PR services while not really daring to go the direct-2-fans direction myself. Nowadays, I experience and believe the best is to combine the two, and I would even go further as to say the DIY approach is crucial nowadays. And fun.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
Hagar: I’m now composing and producing an EP set to very old and stunning poems by Emily Dickinson, William Blake and more. Can’t wait to share it with you this summer.