Tel-Aviv, Israel
Yarden, 28
Photographer & DJ
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What are you working on?

I’m kind of a juggler these days, juggling between school (I’m a Visual Communication student), nightlife (I play music at bars and clubs around the city to make people dance), and my real job as a photographer (doing fashion photography and of course for Cool Cousin!!).

What drives you mad these days?

Usually I’m pretty calm, but still, if something drives me mad, it’s probably driving a car in Tel-Aviv. I don’t know what’s worse – the traffic, or just the bad drivers. Whenever I get the chance I chose a cab/bicycle/my own two feet.

What makes you happy?

It’s sooo so easy to make me happy. Shaquille O’Neal.

When was the last time you cried?

The other day I went to a Gali Atari concert. She’s an Israeli singer whose music I grew up on. My mom really loves her and so do I. At the concert she dedicated one of her saddest (and most beautiful) songs to her sister who passed away from cancer a few years ago. Man, i’m such a pussy when it comes to touching moments.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

Overall I would say it’s a pretty rational question to ask a DJ, but I guess I’ll go for a genre to make my life easy here and say R&B.

What was the last movie you’ve went to?

It’s pretty embarrassing because it was a long, long time ago. It was Samba. It’s a French movie about a guy named Samba who migrated to France from Senegal. The plot is about his struggles in finding a job. Omar Sy is playing the lead and I have an insane crush for him.

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

I work so hard and never have time for that. Don’t worry about me though, I check online websites once a day like a pill. ASOS, Urban Outfitters and all the other clichés. If I do have time to go shopping I’d probably go to Topshop for another good pair of jeans or Zara (Told you I’m a cliché).

What’s your go-to café?

I don’t drink coffee. It’s terrible. You can say my replacement for a coffee is Coca Cola. I drink it all day everyday and god help me I can’t stop. I do like to sit in coffee shops though. I guess my favorite is Landver Café. No one who cares about their prestige would ever recommend this place but man, they have a great breakfast and such a simple and well done dessert – Rozalach. It’s like pita bread baked with Nutella. I think It’s supposed to be shared but I always finish it by myself.

Where’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander in?

Kerem HaTeimanim (The Yemenite Vineyard). An area in the center of Tel Aviv which is also known as the Yemenite Quarter. The smells there reminds me the smells of my Grandparents’ neighborhood, who were also from Yemen. It’s amazing to me how they kept it so simple and old school.

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

Have a picnic! It seems to be such a production and I always get lazy. Whenever I pass by people at the park who eat and drink on a blanket so peacefully I tell myself “if they can do it so can I!” and then forget about it ten minutes later and move on with my life.

Who’s your hero and where would you take him out to eat or drink?

Shaquille O’Neal, like I said before. The one person who always makes me happy. I stopped exploring food at the age of six so I guess I’m not the person to ask about food. I also never drink alcohol. BUT – I’d take him to eat Shawarma at HaKosem. They always hid a ball of Falafel inside the pita bread like Kinder Surprise – you get to enjoy all the good things in life in one bite! After that, I’ll take him to church or wherever to say our vows, kiss kiss and then straight to bed. Kidding. Seriously though, we’d probably go dance to some hip hop beats on the dancefloor of the Radio EPGB.

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

If it’s cold and sunny – I’m fine! If it’s warm and sunny – put me inside a pool full of inflatables. Otherwise, let me hug my air-conditioner a little bit more.

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

Bowling. Oh my, I love bowling. I’ve spent half of my childhood playing bowling with my father and brother. They always won but I never lost the spirit. I’ll never forget that one time I defeated my dad. He had so many excuses, couldn’t handle the fact that I beat him! Unfortunately, there’s no bowling alleys in Tel-Aviv but there are a few just outside! in Ramat-Gan or in Herzliya.

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

I’m not sure I know secret places and if I do I get so excited and tell everyone so it’s not that much of a secret anymore. I do often go to Legenda, which is an Ice-cream place that sells the best Belgian waffle in town, or so I believe. Most of the people don’t believe me when I say this until they try, because it’s a very mainstream place.

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

Alright. I’d start the day at the beach, before everyone arrives. Ten minutes later (I’m Hyperactive), I’d pedal around the city with bikes and headphones. The most fun thing about Tel Aviv is that everything is close by. I’d probably catch a lot of faces that I know and love and say goodbye and of course, start pedaling real fast while crossing the ones I don’t wanna see!

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

Insane. You’ve got to be really weird to give me that power. Probably Kerem HaTeimanim, which I’ve mentioned before. Just so I can reassure no one ruins it for me, and spend all my life feeling like my grandparents and that their legacy is still alive.

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

Tel Aviv Port by night. It’s just not my thing. Pretty touristy and over packed.

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

That’s easy, Radio EPGB. I feel at home there. I love all the staff, they knows me so well and give me Pepsi and pizza (they have a really good pizza!!) whenever I come without saying a word. I also have a monthly party there called YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US. It’s a hip hop party that only girls are invited to play at.

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