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"I used to get upset that I wasn't recognized with the songs I wrote, today a little less" - voila! Peace in culture

2022-12-22T13:17:56.854Z


Ili Butner came to answer the common searches about him on the Internet as part of the "Look for me on the Internet" section. watch


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"A few years ago, a guy passed by me and laughed. Then he came up to me and said, 'Look, I have here a page with the lyrics of the song you wrote, 'A Letter to My Brother.' This one because it was his most favorite song. I was speechless at that moment. I wrote a song about one thing, and suddenly it meets someone at another moment from another place. It's moving in a way that can't even be explained."



Eli Butner is undoubtedly one of the most beloved artists in Israel.

After writing dozens of hits for many singers, including of course the group "Yaldi Ha'ot" of which he is the leader, he still finds it difficult to digest the power of the song "Letter to My Brother" originally sung by Kobi Afallo: "I did not believe that the song would reach so many places. It had tremendous achievements And it is performed both joyfully and sadly. This is a very personal song of mine. I wrote it from a place of great sadness for my emotionally damaged brother after an experience of humiliating treatment he went through. Many people cry at concerts and I am very moved by it. Every time I am asked 'what is his message', So I would be happy for them to always remember that all those people who are a little different have families, siblings, parents, friends, and to show a little more generosity towards them."



Is this the biggest song you've written?



"There was something very interesting when they announced the death of Clifter. All the Israeli artists who performed on that day sang 'Tsilil Me'im'. Every artist has his own anthem. Klefter's anthem was 'Tilil Me'im' even though he wrote a lot of great songs. And then you ask Ask yourself, 'When I pass away, what will be the song I'll be remembered for?' Mine. Each of them tells a story from my life. But yes, 'Letter to my brother' is definitely a very significant song for me that reached a lot of people."



We invited Ili Butner to the studio and encountered him with the most common questions and searches about him on the net.

Watch the video above where he answers all the most intriguing questions about him and the most interesting searches about him

Why do you rarely sing your songs?



"From the beginning, my career has been characterized by collaborations. At first I wrote songs for Ninet, then a little for Rita, but actually from the first album with Ran Denker until today I actually do collaborations. Sometimes it's a singer, sometimes it's an album with many performers, and in the 11 years Lately I'm part of the band. Occasionally I get a guest role in my songs and sing, for example in the song "Tipota", but mostly I don't sing. I don't see myself as a singer. I write, I compose, I play, I produce, and I really enjoy doing collaborations action".

Is your voice not good enough?



"I just don't see myself as a singer. I really like collaborations. I like to give my songs to good male and female singers, to sing them and be some kind of bridge for the listeners. If I see an artistic justification for me to sing a song, then I sing. In a concert, for example, I sing more I was not gifted with an unusual voice."



On February 4th you will perform with the outdoor children at Hichal Menorah and host Ran Danker and Avri Lider.

How do you experience this transition from the room in the house where you write the song - to the stage in front of thousands of people?



"This process of writing the text is a psychological process, there is dealing with the past, with wounds. Most of my songs are songs about my past, about my childhood and my family. Therefore, writing at home is a very intimate experience. In a concert, you take that moment that was then in a room and suddenly you see what a song does in the timeline - from the moment you wrote it until it goes on stage. I'm very moved by how an audience reacts to a song. You look into their eyes, you see people crying, people dancing, you understand what the songs mean to them in their lives. The song 'A Letter to My Brother' ', for example, it's a song where people get up and dance and there are people who stand in the song and cry. I dwell on them because it connects to me personally. Most of my songs were written as ballads and when someone cries, I say 'I managed to touch them'. Some people come to me after a show and tell their story and it's very exciting to know how it connects with them."



How can you mentally cope with the moment when thousands of people sing songs you created?



"It's a crazy moment and it's not obvious. Me and myself are also going through processes, first of all thank you for it and enjoy it."

"I was not gifted with an unusual voice."

Ili Butner (Photo: Reuven Castro)

Are there fights in the "children of the outdoors"?

Ego battles?



"Obviously, but there's no fake here, you can't fake something like that and stay together for so long. It's a piece of life. At the end of the day, the method to take care of everything is communication. It's knowing how to talk and express things and say what's bothering you. Good. Those who were at the concert also see with their own eyes the love and the fun."



Were there any singers who asked to join the band or those you approached and they didn't want to?



"Yes, there were both."



You released your first album with Ran Denker.

He was a great success.



"True. I remember, for example, the first time I heard 'Equals' on the radio. I remember where I was, it was on the boardwalk in Manta Ray. I really remember."



After you broke up, were you a little worried?



"The second album was supposed to be our second album. Ran had already received sketches of my songs, such as 'Letter to my brother.' Ran and I are back on good terms, and we have children together - the songs."

Are there any songs you wrote that people don't know you wrote?



"To this day, after shows, people come and say, 'It was a great show, but why combine covers? Why not just sing songs that you write?'. And I answer them, 'But I wrote everything.' I think people don't know that I wrote "She Knows" And Ninet's "If You Come". I also wrote a song for Festigal and I also wrote a song for the series 'Disappearing'. People don't know it's mine."



Does it bother you that people don't recognize the song with you because you don't sing it?



"Yes. In the beginning, it upset me a lot. Today I'm less upset, but I understand that it's part of the DNA of my slightly-strange career. The most common response is 'Wow, I didn't know it was yours too.' On the other hand, I say, 'There is more work to be done.'"



Were there songs that you thought would become huge hits and in the end they failed?



"I also had songs that I did as much as I could so that they wouldn't be recorded and I was deceived. For example, 'I'm a fire', or 'What I didn't have time to say'. I didn't want to record them. There were songs that were recorded and were much less successful. You never know what will happen of a certain song".

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