Songwriters & Producers
Doron Medalie is one of Israel's most successful songwriters & composers of all time. Considered as one of the godfathers of the new Israeli pop, he has written over 480 songs, many of which have become all-time classics, among them the 2018 Eurovision winner “Toy” performed by Netta Barzilai, and various hits for the Greek pop star Eleni Foureira. Medalie also created theme songs for popular TV shows and cultural events in the country, including the Israeli "We Are the World." He artistically directed the “Acum Awards” (Israel’s Ascap awards) and held key roles in music reality TV shows such as artistic director for “Israeli Idol” and “Eyal Golan Star Search,” and mentor/coach on “The Voice Israel,” making him the first songwriter in the world who’s not a performing artist to sit on the red chair. In addition, Medalie works as artistic manager to two of Israel’s biggest stars: Omer Adam and Noa Kirel. Some of his recent awards include "composer of the year" (2018/ ACUM), "composer of the decade" (102fm, 2019), 4-time winner "song of the year" (Israel radio charts) and 2-time winner "song of the decade" (Israel radio charts).
By Moshe Nachmovits
Yinon Yahel is one of the most prominent dance and pop producers in Israel and a renowned international DJ, having played sets all over the world. He produced official remixes for Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Akon, as well as hit songs for Israeli pop stars such as Omer Adam, Eden Ben Zaken and Ella Lee. He’s previously worked with iconic Israeli DJ and producer Offer Nissim, as well as international artists and producers including Jason Derulo, P Diddy and Jim Beanz. Yahel also produced the successful Eurovision song “Golden Boy” in 2015, and is considered one of the leading voices in the global LGBTQ music scene.
The biggest and most innovative hip hop producer in Israel, and one of the most influential figures in the local rap scene, Ori Shochat was (justifiably) awarded with the nickname “the Israeli Mike Dean.” He’s produced hits for renowned Israeli rappers including Subliminal, Ravid Plotnik, Peled and Dudu Faruk, and is responsible for the breakthrough of some of the most promising young names in Israeli music. In addition he’s released two international producer albums on the noted record label Soulspazm.
By Dor Lev
Eliad Nachum is one of the top Israeli pop singers in Israel, renowned for three successful albums and countless mega hits-turned classics that inspired a new generation of local pop stars. He writes and composes most of his songs, also applying his talent to the writing of hits for acclaimed Israeli singers such as Shlomi Shabat, Harel Skaat and Shimon Buskila. Eliad is additionally famous for breaking the internet with unique English versions of some of the biggest Israeli hits that have gained popularity overseas.
By Eran Levi
By Eran Levi
One of the busiest songwriters in Israel, Avi Ohayon has written some of the country’s biggest hits of the past decade in the genre of Middle-Eastern pop, many of which were named “Song of the Year” in the most prestigious charts. Ohayon works with Israel’s leading artists including Omer Adam, Eyal Golan and Eden Ben Zaken, in addition to up-and-coming new talents. In recent years he began generating hits also in the poppier genres and in various international languages with the purpose of topping the charts overseas.
Singer-songwriter and producer Adi Ulmansky had achieved international recognition even before gaining local success. She’s collaborated with globally renowned, Israeli producers Borgore and Johnny Goldstein, and performed at huge festivals worldwide alongside names such as Metronomy, Roisin Murphy and Kelis. Ulmansky released two international albums that blend contemporary urbanity with cutting-edge electronics, both gaining critical appreciation. She recently released her first album in Hebrew that’s been reaching high popularity on the Israeli radio and streaming platforms, while continuing her musical creation and collection of international materials.
By Kristin Chalmers
Chen Tochner (DJ BrainDeaD)
Chen Tochner, better known as DJ BrainDead, is a music producer and one of the most prominent and creative DJs in Israel. He’s produced some of Israel’s finest artists such as Omer Adam and Eliad, as well as internationally successful tracks that have been endorsed by acclaimed artists from the electronic music scene such as Diplo, Skrillex and Hardwell. BrainDeaD’s official remix for the dancehall hit “Party Animal” by Charly Black has turned into a dance floor anthem no less than the original version. He’s worked with names in the global club scene including Henry Fong, The Kemist and many others.
Matan Dror is one of the busiest producers in Israeli music who’s shaped the Israeli mainstream's sound in recent years. He’s produced and composed songs for the biggest stars in Israel including Moshe Peretz, Eden Ben Zaken, Omer Adam and Eyal Golan, alongside promising talents on the rise to becoming Israel’s leading artists in the near future. Dror is additionally working on an electronic music project aimed at the international market.
Singer-songwriter Benaia Barabi has in just a few years managed to become one of the most loved and appreciated voices in Israeli music, thanks to his unique music style that blends Israeli roots with contemporary mainstream pop. He’s responsible for some of the biggest radio hits in Israel, the majority of which have become all-time classics, and has played a countless amount of shows all over Israel and around the world.
By Shay Franco
Known professionally as DEGO, Oren Emanuel is an innovative electronic music producer and songwriter. Detail oriented, with years of experience both in the studio and on stage, Emanuel produces for electronic, pop and indie projects, uniting audiences worldwide through his cutting edge sound. He is currently working with leading singers and songwriters in Israel, UK, Canada and USA while songwriting, mixing, producing and collaborating with top DJs and Israeli pop singers and producers.
Itay Kalderon is a producer, Remixer and DJ who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the global electronic music scene. Kalderon leads the electronic group JETFIRE which have released tracks on well-known labels suchs as Warner, Sony, Dharma and Spinnin’ Records, played by the world’s leading superstar DJs such as Tiesto, David Guetta, Timmy Trumpet and Afrojack. He’s co-produced and remixed many of local DJ legend Offer Nissim and is behind numerous club hits played on some of the world’s finest dancefloors.
Singer-songwriter Aveva is one of the hottest new names in Israel’s independent music scene. Her music incorporates personal lyrics in English on top of Ethiopian rhythms with poppy, urban and electronic touches. She’s released two solo albums that were highly praised by music critics, loved by audiences and issued several radio hits.
By Ilya Melinkov
Jenny Penkin is a singer-songwriter greatly inspired by soul, hip hop and R&B together with various types of electronic music--influences which are unmistakably present in her career both as a solo artist and lead singer of the highly esteemed neo-soul group Masok. With a talked-about EP and releases on notable labels such as Raw Tapes and Defected, in addition to her ongoing work with the group, Penkin is currently focused on songwriting and collaborations with a wide range of artists, each time revealing new sides to her musical persona both as a writer and a performer.