Ido Morali is an Indie Dance and Electronica music DJ and producer based in Tel Aviv. Morali, one of Tel Aviv’s most esteemed DJs, started his career ten years ago as a resident of one of Tel Aviv’s leading underground clubs, the Bootleg. At the age of 22, he continued to hone his craft in Beit Maariv, sharing the booth with some of the best DJs in the world. Since then, he continues to play in major clubs and on major stages in Israel and beyond, alongside artists such as Dixon, Soul, Guy Gerber, Whitesquare, Moscoman, Jennifer Cardini, etc.
FOR EXAMPLE caught up Ido Morali to learn more about the drop of his new single ‘Tune’his evolution as an artist, Mondo2000 from Tel Aviv club, summer plans, and more.
EG: Hi Ido! Welcome to EG. It’s a pleasure to have you here with us. Where are you based at the moment? How have you been?
Ido Morali: Hi, thank you for the opportunity to have this conversation with you. I feel good these days. To say that I started doing this almost ten years ago when I was living in Ashdod (where I grew up) to live in Tel Aviv now and work all over Israel and travel the world is an amazing feeling.
EG: First of all, congratulations on the recent release of “Tunel”! How was the reception?
Ido Morali: Thanks! I had a lot of positive feedback from colleagues who liked the track, which is amazing. I’m always looking for how I can improve, of course, and the truth is that we have a very interesting year ahead of us.
EG: What can you tell us about this cut in particular? What was the experience of working with ‘Nothing is Real’?
Ido Morali: This version was created during the COVID19 period, when the whole world was essentially “shut down”. After a few weeks of uncertainty about when and how COVID would pass, I, like so many other artists, walked into the studio and started coming up with ideas and bringing what I love into a final product. Working with guys from nothing is real was great fun; I met the Modular Project duo, the bosses of the label, in Tel Aviv in my club World 2000 and the connection was completely organic. Today they are very good friends, we have played together a few times and I am very happy that the first release is on their label
EG: How would you describe your music now? How has it evolved since your debut? Do you tell stories through your songs?
Ido Morali: I can define the music I play and create as a groovy bass combined with warm sounds connected to an acid sound. I always try to tell a story through my music, both in the segments I produce and in my sets. I always like to take the audience, regardless of the starting point, on a journey that suits me. At the end of the month I have a second build release on Douroproperty of Mago & Moisesalongside very cool names on a label.
“I always try to tell a story through my music, both in the segments I produce and in my sets. I always like to take the audience, regardless of the starting point, on a journey that suits me »
EG: What other tracks from Nothing Is Real’s “Nir Vol.4” compilation caught your attention?
Ido Morali: I really like the piece of Astroloop. In my opinion, he is one of the promising producers of this year and I think he has a very bright future ahead of him.
EG: You are also the founder and content manager of the Mondo 2000 club in Tel-Aviv. How is the club currently? What exactly is the job of content manager?
Ido Morali: World 2000 is fine. Our rooftop location in Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Market makes us quite unique in our city’s cityscape and popular from day one. As the club’s content manager, I select, book and welcome local artists as well as foreign names that I respect and admire, such as Ivan Smagghé, White square, Andry Bros, Chaim, Manfredas, Benjamin Frohlich, and more. From this position to WorldI formed a trio called Gavoa with my friends Urie Klefter and Asaf Samueland we DJ together there and in other places as well.
EG: Summer is here! What are your plans for the season? What are you waiting for, apart from the music?
Ido Morali: I love summer, especially this one where all COVID restrictions are finally behind us! It’s great to see everyone happy and smiling. I have a bunch of gigs in Israel and around the world booked. Other than that, I look forward to spending time with my family and friends at the beach and dancing at festivals and parties when I’m not “on duty”.
EG: The pandemic has given us all a chance to slow down and reevaluate. On the electronic music scene, it even gave us time for some much-needed discussions. What would you like to see more of and less of?
Ido Morali: The pandemic has changed the game as a whole. A generation has changed and young creators have burst in alongside the “veteran” DJs who are still leading the way. I would like to see more action and respect between colleagues around the world, mutual support should be a primary goal. If we don’t support each other, we won’t be able to move forward anywhere. And of course, I still hope that the nightlife cultural scene will get bigger and better in the years to come.
“I would like to see more action and respect between colleagues around the world, mutual support should be a main goal. If we don’t support each other, we won’t be able to move anywhere.
EG: What is the next step for Ido Morali? What particular milestones are you looking forward to now?
Ido Morali: Above all, I am grateful to be able to work on doing what I love. The past two years have shown us that we cannot take anything for granted. So I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. Playing music for people and seeing them smile, producing and releasing new music, and collaborating with other artists and labels.
EG: Thank you very much for your time, Ido! We wish you the best for the future.
Ido Morali: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. Hope to see you again soon! See you on the dance floor!
Ido Morali’s “Tunel” is available now through Nothing Is Real. Buy your copy here.
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