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uy Gerber has moved around more than most over the past four years, and not just in the way that producers and DJs tend to, spending their time pin-balling from one


check-in desk to another. For a while he was living in Madrid, and as we catch up with him, he’s in Berlin for the summer with his good friend and fellow Israeli producer Chaim. But he’s actually, strictly speaking, currently living in LA. He’s also lived in Rome for nearly a year. Oh, and in Paris. “Usually, it has been women,” he says, by way of explaining his nomadic compulsions. Nothing like a


bit of candor to kick things off. He was engaged to a girl from Spain, which explains his time in Madrid. But that didn’t work out. “I found more inspiration in Paris or Rome than I did there,” he adds. So what does he need in a place to live? What are the crucial attributes? Other than a preponderance of fine ladies, of course. “I need to be in a sunny place. For me, it has to be a romantic place, like say Rome, which is beautiful, and Paris, which is beautiful. I am a romantic person at heart. And I need, for my music, to see beauty around me. Tel Aviv is a little rough. It’s beautiful, but in a rough way.”


Before the wanderlust gripped him, Gerber was based in Tel Aviv, just next to Holon, the industrial


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city in which he grew up. His mother was an assistant to a manager at a phone company, and his father an accountant, “but a rebel at heart”. The Gerber household was not one of chamber music and family musical recitals. “Holon is kind of known as one of the more rough cities in Israel. My neighbourhood was fine, but I guess I’m from a kind of rough place. Not cosmopolitan by any means whatsoever. Working class, some areas maybe even a little bit aggressive. “People from Tel Aviv used to laugh at people from my city. But I had a lovely childhood. Even the hard people, in their heart they are nice. It’s just a rough place. But I’m from a more left-wing neighbourhood.” And there’s a first flash of the inevitable politics. Any discussion with an Israeli must at some juncture


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