Artist Spotlight: Yoav Eshed

Guitarist, 31 years old, born and raised in Israel.
Graduated Berkeley with honors. Studied classical piano from the age of 3 and continued with the guitar from teenhood to this day.

Yoav Eshed. Photo: Lau Noah

What or who inspired you to want to be an artist?
I remember promising myself that after I finish my military service I would like to only do creative work, meaning I wanted to do something really different from what I saw around me, not only live and create within the framework of the regular status quo.

What was your creative journey that has brought you to where you are in your career today?
I can mention mostly names of artists and cultural influences, such as
Disney, Miyazaki, Michael Jackson, Schubert, Fernando Sor, David Lynch, Dostoevsky, Lau Noah, Ben Aylon, Lenny Breau, Chris Weisman

 

What creative project are you working on now?
I’ve just finished recording a solo guitar album in an orchard in Israel.
I also have a classical guitar duet with NPR artist Lau Noah.

Yoav Eshed. Photo: Phillip Perez

What do you need as an artist today?
I’d like to minimize distractions, such as social media or any type of external judgement. I’d like to let the creative process come as a constant flow. I’d like to keep creating and never stop. I want to fill life with creativity, to always be inspired.

Yoav Eshed. Photo: Lau Noah