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Offer Nissim
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Position: 
51

Questions Top100 DJs 2008 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:25

Style: 
Power house
Best known for: 
My 'Happy People' anthem featuring Maya.
Tune of the year: 
Rio 'R.I.O' (Zooland Records)
Producer of 2008: 
Timbaland
First record you ever brought: 
The Three Degrees 'Dirty Old Man'
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
An article about a space elevator.
Top gadget of 2008: 
iPhone 3G
Your year in five words...: 
Sour, bitter, salty, spicy, sweet.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
Enjoy the simple moments in the present.

For Offer Nissim, music has become a religious experience in the most literal sense. Talking from his home in Tel Aviv, the pillar of the Holy Land's house scene reveals how he's been producing tunes inspired by the Bible, bridging the Israeli-Arab divide by working with the music of Lebanese singer Fairuz and - in tribute to Madonna's fascination with the Jewish practice of Kabbalah - has made a version of 'Like A Prayer' called 'The Jerusalem Prayer'. He's also touched the Material Girl in a less spiritual fashion as well, remixing 'Jump' and attending the launch for her 'Hard Candy' album in New York - "I can't believe I saw her so close." He's also dabbled remixed musical deities such as Shirley Bassey and Michael Jackson as well as kneeling at the feet of a slightly less Godlike figure in the form of Marky Mark, whose 'Happy People' track, which Nissim covered with singer Maya, has provided him with his biggest hit to date. "'Happy People' wasn't Marky Mark's biggest hit but I think it has a very important message," Offer explains of his reasons for reinterpreting the rapper's track. "When Maya sings the track it really gets the message across to make people happy and take them to places they've never been before." Nissim himself has also been to new places through debut shows in Amsterdam and Barcelona, as well as enjoying the same rapturous reception he regularly receives at his Forever Tel Aviv parties in Israel. With his production work on Maya's new album nearly complete Offer Nissim has clearly devoted his life to spreading the word.

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