Indiana-born, Dublin-based artist Galia Arad has released her new single, Lion's Den. We asked her the BIG questions . . .
Arad, who has lived in Ireland since 2012, has released albums and toured the world with Jools Holland, performing in the 3Arena, The Convention Centre, and worldwide at Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, and Kew Gardens.
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Her music has also been featured in Netflix's Felicity, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, and movies such as Marcia Gay Harden's After Words.
Tell us three things about yourself?
My #1 party trick is that I can perfectly imitate the sound of wine pouring into a glass. Due to lockdown, it’s a gift that I haven’t been able to share lately, but I truly miss hearing the gasps and sometimes even a round of applause when I really nail it.
One unique PMS symptom I have (or, as you guys say here, PMT) is that I start to feel INTENSELY sad for strangers. So, if, say, I see someone running after a bus to catch it, and then find myself scream-crying into a pillow about whether they made it or not?? Well then, I know what's waiting for me around the corner! I bet you get this answer all the time.
I have mild trypophobia. I used to ask myself and everyone "WHY DO PATTERNS IN NATURE GIVE ME SUCH HEEBIE JEEBIES??" and no one including myself understood this or had any compassion for it, until I saw something online one day, and suddenly it all clicked. "Trypophobia - an aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps." I’m grateful to RTÉ for giving me this platform to raise some awareness on this phobia.
How would you describe your music?
I describe it as Bob Dylan meets Britney Spears. I’m not saying that anyone agrees with this but trust me when I say I feel this combo in the depths of my heart and soul.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Bob Dylan and Britney Spears.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Writing songs. Worrying. Walking. SO MUCH WALKING I AM OVER IT. The above song sums up my lockdown mood.
What’s your favourite song right now?
I really appreciate you adding "right now" - it takes away some of the presh. Well, one of my favourite activities (lockdown or not) is to drink by myself, and then sing and dance EXPRESSIVELY to a very specific kind of song. Love on The Brain by Rihanna is one of those songs that always gives me that lockdown release for these special sessions I have with myself. I am laughing out loud. This is embarrassing.
Favourite lyric of all time?
For some reason I feel like I’ve been waiting all my life to be asked this question and now the only lyric I can think of is from that hip hop track Panda. "Panda. Panda. Panda. Panda. Panda. Panda. Panda. Panda. Panda. Panda."
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Ok sorry. Um, let’s go with a line that I wish I had written every time I hear it. "Say something, I’m giving up on you" Say Something by A Great Big World. However, if you mean favourite lyrics in a full song (I know that’s not what you mean). My choice would be Don’t Think Twice by Bob Dylan or no, actually wait, Mama You Been on My Mind by Bob Dylan. Sorry to cheat and slip in three answers. Four including Panda.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
These are painful questions and I literally have a stomach ache and some low-grade anxiety choosing my answers. I’m gonna say Despacito by Luis Fonzi (the Justin Beiber Remix obviously). I don’t know what it’s about but it gets me in the MOOD!! The mood for what? Everything. That’s why it’s my pick. I’m already regretting all my picks but letting them go.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Music is on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, the usual places!