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Koby Israelite


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Israeli-born Koby Israelite, now based in London, is a highly gifted and versatile multi-instrumentalist.
He studied piano at the Tel Aviv conservatoire from the age of nine, and became interested in playing percussion at fourteen, at first playing on a make-shift kit of old drums and a broken cymbal. He started playing with local bands at school, playing punk covers with Hebrew lyrics. At seventeen, Israelite started studying drums with “The David Rich Drumming School” in Tel Aviv, studying for a full two years. Deeply into heavy metal music, he played in the first speed metal band in Israel. But inspiration throughout his drumming education also came heavily from jazz, and Koby Israelite lists Tony Williams, Peter Erskine and Jack DeJohnette as major influences.
Following a three year stint in the Israeli army, Koby Israelite moved to England, at first working as a part-time musician while doing a variety of other jobs to keep body and soul together. By 1994, he made the move to working full time, at first as a session drummer, recording and touring with a variety of artists, gigging five to six nights a week. Finally, in 1999 Israelite was in a position to also start writing and recording his own music.
His first major project was the album “Tequila Girls”, a sophisticated Latin pop flavoured album co-written with Adam Rogers that so nearly resulted in a major record label contract.


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