Adi Ulmansky is a very extraordinary Israeli born producer, singer and songwriter making a huge wave with a mixture of electronica and hip hop giving light to a highly eclectic live performance in which she showcased in front of over 80,000 people at Israel’s pride festival. Afterwards Adi Ulmansky released her solo EP project Hurricane Girl. Adi brought it out in full for us in her own way, making the Hurricane Girl EP great from start to finish. Recently I had the chance to talk with the artist about a couple things going on in 2014, her album and what’s next for her.
Robbie: First off, your EP is awesome. Tell us about the meaning behind your Hurricane Girl title?
Adi: It’s about this contradicted girl who is both super strong and aggressive and at the same time lost and lonely and unconfident.. She’s getting closer and then running away as fast as possible, because of her fears.
Robbie: How long did it take you to complete the project?
Adi: It took me about 4 months to create it. I’ve been through a very difficult period at the time. So it really helped me to kind of deal with what I was going through.
Robbie: Did you make every beat on your Hurricane Girl album?
Robbie: What or who was some of your biggest inspiration for you to start producing and rapping/singing and how long have you been doing it for?
Adi: When I was a teenager, Kid A and Amnesiac by Radiohead were big inspiration.. later on I started listening to lots of producers like Hudson Mohawke, Diplo, Major Lazer, Rusty, Lunice and also lots of hip hop like Danny Brown, Angel Haze, Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. I was always into RnB as well… so my next stuff is going to be really influenced by RnB and gospel . I’ve been working on my music alone for about a year now, but I had a band before called Lorena B, and we played together for 4 years. I’ve been singing ever since I can remember myself.
Robbie: Out of all the many places you have performed, where has been your favorite?
Adi: Hmmm I think XOYO in London was definitely one of my favorites. and I had another gig in Brooklyn NY two months ago and it took place at this underground hanger… was superrrr cool. I’m going to smoke a cigarette and I’ll be back soon haha think of what you wanna ask meanwhile…
Robbie: So, coming from Israel into the States and UK – how has that been?
Adi: I always felt like being from a unique and controversial country is a good thing because it’s my strength and what makes me different from all other producers and singers. I love the US and I really feel like my music can really work there because I grew up listening to lots of American stuff as well as British. Trying to combine my Israeli elements in my music.
Robbie: So far, what have you been working on in 2014?
Adi: Working on lots of new songs and beats and really excited about them. It will be more RnB oriented and I feel like it’s going to be next level production-wise. I’m really excited about this new music that I’m working on… I feel like my production has really grown and it’s going to be a combination of really structured interesting songs with RnB elements alongside a few trap, hip hop, electronic, garage tracks with my ethnic vibe. I’m working almost 24/7 on new music and I’m also working these days on a new video for my song from the Hurricane Girl EP -”Was It You”.