DJ Gondi to perform at Israel Music Showcase Festival

The schedule for this week’s Israel Music Exhibition Festival, like every year, is a mixed bag. The twelfth edition, Mix Edition, features acclaimed and lesser-known acts from the country’s rock, jazz, indie, world and electronic sectors.
Among the artists whose profile has yet to reach global proportions is one Keren Rothstein, also known as DJ Gondi, who references a staple of Persian cuisine, appearing on the show on November 28.

Over the past year, Rothstein has built a reputation for being someone to be reckoned with on the electronic DJ scene. The public across the country has moved happily and moved to the rhythm of the rhythms that she dispenses from her console.

But that doesn’t tell half the story of the 25-year-old High School Music and Dance Academy graduate.

“I studied singing and I performed opera and all kinds of things,” he says.

The latter refers to his Persian cultural roots. Her mother is the well-known Persian music singer Janet Rothstein, with whom Keren still performs.

NINET WILL BE one of the featured artists at this week’s Israel Music Exhibition Festival. (credit: DANIEL KAMINSKI)

But despite honing her craft as a vocalist, the most demanding role in live music in terms of personal emotional exposure, Rothstein says she wasn’t always as outgoing as she is now. “They are very tough in the academy and you have to do everything right; otherwise you are worth nothing. I was very shy. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself. “

That was completely transformed after a life-changing situation, indeed a life-threatening situation. As Rothstein traveled the world on an extended post-IDF trip, he began experiencing bouts of extreme exhaustion. She was 22 years old.

“I was in Fiji and had just volunteered to work in a kindergarten for underprivileged children,” she says.

She was not content to cut down on her odyssey, but eventually acquiesced in her mother’s protests and returned home.

Here he was diagnosed with advanced cancer and underwent a trial period of chemotherapy and other forms of treatment. Fortunately, that culminated in good health, and it also left Rothstein with an insatiable hunger to get out there and live life to the fullest.

“I’ve been as healthy as an ox for two years,” exclaims Rothstein. “I was really insecure, but when I got sick, I found this strength inside of me that I didn’t know I had. I also discovered yoga, and that gave me a sense of calm and peace that I had never known before. “

Music was and continues to be a healing element in his life. “I discovered joy, which helped me to recover. I also wanted to share that with others. “

That meant imparting his newfound positivity to other cancer patients in hospitals and to the general public in his professional musical capacity. Now no one can stop Rothstein.

“I wanted to spread this joy to the four corners of the world,” he laughs. “I want to be present in every moment and share my love with everyone. When you do that, there is no suffering or anxiety for the future. Every time I go on stage, I remind myself that I love myself and I love the people in the audience, regardless of who they are. I give absolutely everything. Why not?”

Why not?

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