Tel-Aviv, Israel
David, 35
Producer, Artistic Director & DJ
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a bit about David

What are you working on?

Designing an album, doin’ my “It’s Britney Bitch!” parties, working on a musical project with 28 musicians and DJing a lot.

What drives you mad these days?

The change from summer clock to winter clock. Hate losing a whole hour of natural light.

What makes you happy?

It depends at what hour you ask this question. There’s a minute in every hour that makes me happy and another 59 of waiting for the next “happy minute”.

When was the last time you cried?

When my sister told me that apparently I’m a bad brother a couple of days ago.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

Lots of Middle Eastern music from Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo, Israel, Africa and more and on the other hand, lots of 90’s house and future garage. Mostly because I play these genres when I DJ. In between there’s lots of “sad” music that somehow lift my spirit.

What was the last movie you went to?

After waiting 2 years I finally got to see Amour by Michael Haneke and it was appropriately sad and beautiful.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I usually buy my clothes abroad. Mostly in London or Berlin. But if I buy in Tel Aviv and can afford it, I would go to Eliran Nargassi and The Muslin Brothers.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv?

I’ve got three different places. Nechama VaChetsi if I want to have a great breakfast, Rotchild12 to have a great business lunch and Tony & Esther to have a great coffee and sit in a great patio.

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in Tel Aviv?

I love walking through Chen boulevard because it’s so beautiful and although it’s near Rothschild boulevard it isn’t as hectic as the latter. There are almost no cars and no coffee places so I can take my coffee and walk there to just sit or wander under the big old trees while looking at the beautiful buildings and various balconies (or as I love to call it “Balcony shopping” – gathering great design ideas for my own balcony).

What do you LOVE to do in the city but never actually do?

When I was younger I loved walking to the beach at night and just sit there for hours but I never find the right time or the energy to do it at these days.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in Tel Aviv?

I would like to take Nina Simone to a dinner at Joz ve Loz, wishing she’d drink enough to get up and head for the piano they have there and play and sing on it. I think she would love the location and the casual yet brilliant food.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

Taking my dogs for a long walk through the city (Neve Tzedek, Rothschild blvd.), then sit on a bench and eat some ice cream.

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

I would go to a music show at Levontin 7 or Kuli Alma if it’s at night or to the Flea Market in Jaffa if the rain stopped enough for a walk and look at all the beautiful old furniture and stuff full of memories from a while ago, then maybe have a coffee there at Shafa Bar.

What’s a place in Tel Aviv you feel like only you know about?

In my opinion there’s no real secret spots in Tel Aviv but I think I would go and sit at the Yaacov Garden next to Habima. Everyone knows about this place but thanks to its special structure with two garden floors and a maze vibe I can feel all alone there.

If tomorrow was your last day in Tel Aviv before you left for good, how would you spend it?

I’ll start in Jaffa (Flea Market and the Jaffa cliff) eat some shawarma at Haj Kahil Express or homemade food at DR. Shakshuka and then walk to Neve tzedek (top for an ice cream at Grandmother’s Ice Cream), then walk through Rothschild with coffee and something sweet and finish my day with a drink at the Shpagat bar and dancing at The Breakfast Club and/or The Block club.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I think I would like to be the mayor of the South Tel Aviv so I could make changes there and make it a great, clean area to live in, as it should be.

What’s the place in Tel Aviv you’ll never be caught dead in?

Places in the new Tel Aviv Port area because they’re artificially made and everything is too pricey and disconnected from the real Tel Aviv experience.

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

In my dream I would go to Catit restaurant but in reality I would probably go to Hotel Montefiore with my partner in life or a bunch of close friends.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Listening to lots of music and shop for beautiful things for the house (or for my Instagram!)

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place you usually consider going to?

Grab a quick drink at Shpagat bar or Kuli Alma and then it’s The Breakfast Club and The Block club.

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