Stella Gotshtein is a Tel-Aviv based performing artist and audio engineer. I first learned about Stella while scouring YouTube for clear, concise lessons on basic mixing concepts. Stella recorded a series of videos for Waves Audio that were exactly what I was looking for. I was so impressed with her teaching and communication style that I emailed her to connect. Stella agreed to chat with me via Zoom so that I could learn more about her career in audio, her musical projects, and the growing studio scene in Tel-Aviv.
How did you get started in audio?
I went to record drums for a song of mine. I already wanted to find a studio where I could become an intern, and I came to this studio where they recorded mostly hard-core metal music, which was not my type of thing, but somehow I felt the engineer was very strict. I really liked it and I felt like he could teach me. I just asked if I could help him. I would help him and ask questions. It was one or two years that I was there, and then a big studio opened the position for assistant engineer and I got in. There I slowly became an engineer myself. I was also reading a lot of books, sitting with other engineers, and recording at home. I’m really grateful that I got to work in a big studio.
What’s the audio scene like in Israel?
Everything is happening in Tel-Aviv. We’re trying to get this industry growing. There are a few big studios, but it’s very limited. It’s small, but there are a lot of talented people.
One thing I noticed about your experience is that you do everything!
You can’t do just one thing here. These days, right here, there’s just not enough work to do just mixing. It’s possible, but it’s hard. I feel like, personally, I always was really interested in trying to master a lot of things. With time, I do understand that I actually want to focus.
If you were to focus on one thing, what do you think that would be?
I would say making music, but it's always a hard question because I love mixing and recording, so it’s hard to choose. I really love studio recording, maybe the most. Producing [other artists] doesn’t come easily to me. It never has. I really put my heart in it and I go to sleep with it. If you put your heart into something you don’t feel fits, it’s hard to wake up in the morning and go do it again. So I love producing, but it’s really, really specific.
What are you most excited about working on in the future?
There’s an artist that I work with, Assaf Amdursky, who’s very talented and a big thing in Israeli culture. We are working on one album and starting another album. We built his studio together and for the last three years we’ve been working there. It’s a big honor.
I’m also releasing my own album, which is the most exciting thing for me. It’s an album that I was recording for the last two years and that I produced myself. Someone else is actually mixing it. I recorded it half at my studio and half at Amsdursky. My studio has a window to the sky. I love it.
About Stella Gotshtein :
Stella Gotshtein is a Tel-Aviv based performing artist. Graduate of the Music-Technology department in Bar-Ilan University. She released one solo album, two side project albums and collaborated with many great musicians in Israel and abroad. Parallel to this she has developed her production and engineering skills and spent hours working in recording studios. Today she's a producer and mixing/recording engineer at Assaf Amdursky's studio. Stella also composes music for dance, film and art installations and is a guest teacher for Omni Sound Project.
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Written by Lisa Machac
Lisa Machac is a musician and director of the Omni Sound Project, an organization dedicated to being the most accessible point of entry to the music and audio industries. Omni Sound Project strives to provide affordable opportunities for learning to under-represented communities as well as spotlight the talents of female and gender non-conforming audio professionals.
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