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Ninet tayeb

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel | SELF

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel | SELF
Solo Rock Alternative




"CMJ Artist Spot"

“Let me… Let me… Let me entertain you,” Ninet Tayeb wails at the end of her stark piano- based cover of Robbie Williams’ cheeky dance rock tune “Let Me Entertain You”. When Robbie Williams sings these words you’re supposed to smile and laugh, but when Tayeb, the Israeli singer-songwriter, blasts into the same phrase it sounds like a command or even a threat. Tayeb will entertain you whether you like it or not. With her hard-hitting, guitar-based songs, her abrasive vocal stylings, and song titles like “Shot In The Ass,” it’s hard to believe that Tayeb was the winner of Kochav Nolad, Israel’s version of Pop Idol. Sure, she’s got the vocal range to be a traditional pop star, but where did all the fury come from?

“When I went to Kohav Nolad, I was only 18 and it was the first season, so I was sure I was going to just another talent show— nothing too big,” Tayeb tells CMJ via e-mail. “But suddenly everyone knew who I was. It was a crazy time!”Kochav Nolad may have been the launching pad for Tayeb’s musical career, but that doesn’t mean the experience has defined her ever-shifting musical identity. After winning the program and being catapulted into the limelight, Tayeb was cast in a television series called Our Song that was loosely based on her own life. The show ran for four seasons and once it was over Tayeb was eager to get back to making music. Her debut album Barefoot was released in 2006 and was a big hit in Israel.

However, Tayeb wanted to move beyond the more poppy material from her first album into darker, riskier terrain. “The main thing I wanted to do was to explore every possible [type of] music I could,” writes Tayeb. “I wanted to sit down and listen to every possible record. The first album that I fell in love with was Jeff Buckley's Grace. A friend gave it to me and from the first listen I knew that this album will change my life. Jeff became a huge inspiration for my life— musically and spiritually.”

She soon became entrenched in rock music, spending hours listening to British and American artists like P.J. Harvey, The White Stripes, The Kills and The Flaming Lips. Armed with a new set of musical influences and a new attitude Tayeb began to take control of her career in other ways: she began to play a larger role in writing and producing her own songs. “Hopefully people will connect to what I'm doing,” she writes. “I really want to hit the road with my band, really looking forward to it.”

Tayeb is currently staring in Israel’s production of the rock musical Spring Awakening while also continuing to work on her English language debut. The English songs that are currently available show the powerful range of Tayeb’s voice, which can switch from Alanis Morissette-like screams to a more delicate cadence that brings to mind Regina Spektor at her most feisty. The songs also feature a more aggressive rock sound that suggests Tayeb is a lot more than Israel’s version of Kelly Clarkson. She’s going to entertain you, but it’ll be on her terms.


Ninet Tayeb Has released 2 successful albums in Israel:


And Is now about to release her new album, recorded and produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic monkeys, blood red shoes) in Liverpool

The Album Sympathetic Nervous System will be out in Spring 2012



Ninet Tayeb was first introduced to the music scene when she was only 20 years old after winning the flagship season of the Israel's version of "Pop Idol" in 2003. Soon after, Tayeb's career grew into a what many critics have hailed as an overnight phenomena as Ninet who was still living with her parents at the time- decided to pick up her guitar and begin exploring the music scene in Tel Aviv.

Ninet's debut album was released in 2006, selling Platinum in less than 24 hours- after charting no less than 5 singles that became instant number one hits on national radio through out the country.

After releasing her first album and coping with its tremendous success- Tayeb opted take a short musical hiatus in order to dive into the lush sounds of more alternative and indie international influences before returning to the studio to cut her next album, the idea being to explore and grow new boundaries of music- that was something which she always connected to but still had yet to discover.

Spending her days listening to staple artists such as: P.J. Harvey, The White Stripes, The Kills, Blonde Redhead, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips and so many more, Ninet quickly rediscovered her musical identity and plotted what would become her new course.

During her break from music Ninet was tapped to co-star in what became her first international major motion film, "Kirot" (Walls), alongside James Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) while also staring in the seminal adaptation of "Spring Awakening" the musical.

Her second album, written and produced by Ninet herself was released in 2009, again receiving overwhelming critical success- Tayeb is currently laying down demo's for her forthcoming international EP release in English as she will be hitting the road through out Europe and the UK in Winter 2010 and 2011.

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