Exclusive Interview with Static and Ben El, Israel’s top streamed duo with over 441 million views collectively on YouTube are leading 2020 with the Global Pop smash of the year, “Further Up (Na, Na, Na, Na, Na)” with Mr. Worldwide 305, Pitbull!
Where are you from?
We are both from Israel, Static lives in Haifa and Ben El is in Tel Aviv.
Tell us about your new single ‘Further Up’, how was the work on it, who were the people who contributed to the single and what is the story behind it?
Working on this single was such fun but it also had its challenges in special ways. Some of it was done in Israel and the rest was done over in America. On this single we had Ten towns, Static, Alvaro Rodriguez and Troy Scott, the music was produced by Jordi. He’s done all of our songs throughout our careers and plays a key role for us in Ten towns. I just would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who took part in this, thank you Haim Saban, Saban Music Group and everyone involved.
Your breakthrough into the music/acting industry was fast, do you remember the moment you realized you were a rising star in the field?
We didn’t feel it happened so quickly because Ben and I have been working together and alone for years now working towards this. Of course thanks to all the great work done on our label, it was done correctly and exactly according to plan which really helped everything move along relatively quickly.
After your collaboration with pitbull, who is the next artist you would like to collaborate with?
We decide whom to collaborate with based on who we feel fits into that specific song. So who doesn’t matter to us what the artist’s name is just that they will fit in musically. No doubt it was crazy fun getting to record with J Balvin and Pitbull.
Favorite moment from your career?
Our career consists of many small moments that paint a huge picture. It just wouldn’t be fair to pick just of them. But definitely the most significant moment was when we got to sign the contract with Haim Saban.
Tell us the feeling as a mentor on the international program “The Next Star” that you decide on their future when you are a music artist yourself
We take it as a huge responsibility but we aren’t alone with some of the greatest minds in our country. Competition beams from all the stages. First, we pick the best singers and sort them out and give them a song that will help show off their talent as much as possible, and then choose whom we think is best suited to represent Israel at Eurovision. We are so proud to have selected the colorful and unique Netta! She made us all so proud as a country. And even now with our current singers, the talent is off the charts! They will continue to bring respect to Israeli music all over the world!
What other things do you do besides making music?
We are both gamers, we also love fashion. Ben El is an up and coming turtle breeder and Static is growing a pop-up doll collection. Most of the free time we like to spend with good friends and family.
What are your goals for the future?
Our goal is to get interviewed by you in ten years and still be just as popular if not more. Always looking a decade back to see how much better the next decade will be.
Please write a message to your fans.
The message we always from the get-go wanted to get out there to all our fans and I think is the best message is this. “Spread free love, love each other, and do good things for one another”.
Listen to Static & Ben El New Single with Pitbull – Further Up (Na, Na, Na, Na, Na)