Tal Wilkenfeld - Ask 6

HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?

My name means “dew” in Hebrew. Funny thing is, after I started playing music I found out that my -name also means “rhythm” in Hindi!

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WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?

My very first gig was at a wedding, so probably 200 people that weren’t paying attention. My first club gig was in NYC when I was 18. I don’t remember the very first one because I was playing in several clubs a night. My first gig on an actual stage was when I was 19 and I sat in with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

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WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?

I participated in a 5 week meditation retreat last September and basically went off grid. It was nice to look inward and spend more time in a monastery. The video I just released for my song “Killing Me” was shot in a small room, inspired by my time spent at several monastery’s over the years. It explores themes that the world is experiencing in magnitude right now, such as isolation, self-inquiry and facing your shadow.

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WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?

You mean aside from my mask, gloves, and anti-bacterial wipes? Definitely not toilet paper! Haha. I’d say my “adult safety blankets” are my BPA free water canister so I can take mini sips of water throughout the day, and a stack of napkins while I eat.

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WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN?

“It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding”- Bob Dylan.

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WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?

Sitting with Leonard Cohen on his living room floor waiting for an earthquake to subside, right after I sung him my song “One Thing After Another” on my acoustic guitar.

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