Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Tee Dee Dees

Artwork for “War.” Courtesy of The Playground PR.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Tee Dee Dees – the indie synth-pop project of Tel Aviv-based artist Ori Mark, with help from drummer Tower Z (Blackfield) – recently dropped his debut single “War,” which will be featured on the album ‘1^2=1,’ produced by Ben Shopen and slated for a 2022 release via Alaska Music.

Recommended for fans of Interpol, Placebo and Depeche Mode, Mark expressed that “War” was his the song he was most proud of, as he wrote it while he lived in Boston under weather that was minus 20 degrees celsius, with the melody stuck with him the whole Winter, happy he finally had something to go with the lyrics he wrote a year prior.

Over time, Tee Dee Dees has released two albums in Hebrew and performed at all of the major stages in Tel Aviv, including recently at the Kolorádó Festival in Budapest, alongside artists like Alice Phoebe Lou, HUNEE and Black Midi.

The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Mark about “War” and more.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?

Tee Dee Dees – The combination of emotion and excitement. What’s beautiful about this genre is that it’s supposed to make people dance, but also touch their hearts.

Music Bugle – What inspired your artist name? 

Tee Dee Dees – The loops of the synthesizer. If I try to emulate them vocally, what I get is Tee Dee Dees.

Music Bugle – What was your goal for your single “War”? 

Tee Dee Dees – Reach as many ears and hearts as possible…

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise? 

Tee Dee Dees – When Saints Go Machine. They are a good example of a combination of dance and emotion.

Music Bugle – How would you describe Tel Aviv to someone who has never been there before?

Tee Dee Dees – Extraordinary food, beach and nightlife. A city that is hard not to fall in love with.

Music Bugle – What was your most memorable moment while onstage? 

Tee Dee Dees – To be honest, since the Coronavirus, I have only performed once, at a festival in Hungary. The show itself was very special, just because of the fact that there was a feeling of normalcy in the air.

Music Bugle – What should expect in regards to your upcoming album? 

Tee Dee Dees – Nine songs with synthesizers coming under the skin!

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Tee Dee Dees – The truth is that because I am a journalist, I was exempt from all restrictions, so my life went on pretty normally.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do? 

Tee Dee Dees – “Take me out tonight, where there’s music and there’s people, and they’re young and alive,” by The Smiths.

Music Bugle – What do you hope for by the end of 2021? 

Tee Dee Dees – The truth is I have no definite purpose. I just want to keep releasing songs, hoping people will want to listen to them.

*Photo Credit – Nir Arieli*

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