So where should I begin?... Here's the short version of my story!
I started playing the guitar in Israel at the age of 12. That's where the love story began!
I've lived most my life in Los Angeles, CA but was born in Israel and lived there as well for about 11 years of my life.
At 17 I moved back to LA and started a band with some really good musicians who also happened to be very close friends of mine. So we had some good times and crazy times as you can imagine! We played Funk, Reggae, Hip Hop music with other influences as well. We were into many different styles of music, and experimented a lot during those years. We wrote recorded and performed around the US for 12 years. We also got to share the stage with top national acts such as Mix Master Mike, Xzibit, The Alkaholiks, Pennywise, Black Eye Peas and more.
It Was a great experience and I got to experiment and develop my writing and performing style a lot during that time.
If you're interested in hearing that music, you can Google the name "Poopan". Yes I know what you're thinking!...
Let's just leave the story of the band name for another life time:)-
In 2004 I released my first solo cd "Desert Cruising in a Dub State of Mind". That cd was a mix of Latin, Reggae, Middle Eastern, guitar instrumentals.
Other then that I recorded with various producers in LA and continue to do that as well. As long as the music is nice and soulful, I'm always open!
A few years later, in 2009, I went to see a Flamenco show in LA and fell in love with that style, So I went home and booked a flight to Seville Spain and decided to go study flamenco guitar out there. for 3 Years I went back and forth to Spain Each time for periods of 6 to 7 months to Study the Flamenco Guitar in Seville and immersed myself in that music.
In the end I decided to not take the Traditional route and felt that my calling was to continue with the Electric Guitar and incorporate the things I had learned into my music doing it my way:)Now I still continue to Go to Spain almost every year for inspiration and to perform as well.
On April 10th 2014 I successfully finished my Kickstarter campain and managed to raise enough money for my album "Uplift Your Soul". This album was funded by Fan,s Friends, and Family through www.Kickstarter.com and officially released in November 2014. The album has gotten a great response:)
At the moment I am performing full time in Los Angeles, CA and continue to perform in Spain for parts of the year as well. I will be adding the performance dates on my website, so come back soon!
My Goal is to keep putting out the best music that I can, and give you something good. If it touches your soul and makes you feel good, then it was a success in my eyes.
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Thanks for listening to my music and for reading!I appreciate it very much.
Rafi B. Levy