Posted by: jbwuk | January 5, 2012

JBW Interviews: Lail Arad

Dubbed by Womad as ‘your next favourite singer-songwriter’, Lail Arad has a delicious voice and wry, funny lyrics about friends, exes, the internet and so much more.  2011 was spent touring her debut album ‘Someone New’ which was released on the French label Notify Music.Image

She’ll be at JBW on Saturday 25th February at 9:30pm where she’ll be performing one of her songs as a Six Word Memoir alongside Shalom Auslander, David Mills, Jamie Glassman and Francesca Beard.

In the meantime you can have a listen to some of her music on her facebook page.

Here are her answers to our questions:

If you could escape to another world, what would there be that is missing here?

The 25th hour of the day and the 8th day of the week.

What is the book you “inherited” from a parent or teacher that made a profound impression on you?

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe.

What is the book you would like to pass on to the future generation?

Just Kids, Patti Smith.

What is the most Jewish thing you have ever done?

Matzah Ball Soup at Canter’s Deli,Los Angeles.

What is the most important Jewish book of the last 60 years?

The Book Of Jewish Food, Claudia Roden.

When did you know you would become a writer?

A songwriter, at 18. I’ve yet to publish anything that can’t fit on a napkin.

 If you were not a writer, what would you be?

It’s probably too late for Roller-Skating Champion. I’d like to be a student again.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Nothing is as bad as it seems, nothing is as good as it seems (Father Ron)

[that’s  her father, designer, Ron Arad, rather than a priest called Ron]

What would your superpower be?

An in-built GPS.

Who (living or dead) would you invite to your ideal Friday night dinner?

My J-idols: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell and Jonathan Richman. But it would be a Thursday.

On the very distant day when you will make it to the other side, what would you like God (assuming there is one) to say to you?

“Let’s twist again, like we did last summer”

Picture Credit: Lisa Roze

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