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From their basement studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, rises Man Made Sun, with a sound as big and powerful as the city itself. Headed by mastermind Ofer Tiberin (formerly of Emok), this jet-fueled hypnotic powerhouse relentlessly mixes up genres into an intense explosion of dark heavy beats, with hard driven Middle Eastern rhythms lending a ferociousness which matches the relentless tempo of New York City.
With influences ranging from Rage against the Machine to the Prodigy, from Middle Eastern folk music to rave trance, Man Made Sun is unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Their masterful layering of raw force and rhythms over captivating melodies and grounding harmonies hints at a deep-rooted history while at the same time building up a thoroughly modern- even futuristic- sound. Undoubtedly tracing back to the city of Jerusalem, where Tiberin spent his formative years, this dichotomy- modern, lively, and at times violent, but also highly spiritual- explodes between the lines of Tiberin’s lyrics. You can not only hear, but also feel, these influences on every track of Man Made Sun’s debut EP, More a Devil than a God.
As Emok, Tiberin’s hard-hitting, precedent-breaking three piece, slowly wound to an end, drummer Eran Asias (Julian Lennon, Patty Smyth) came on board to collaborate, and incidentally became Man Made Sun’s first member. Guitarist Shahar Mintz (Meta and The Corner Stones) and bassist Mark Kelly rounded out the group. Soon after, Kelly was called to join The Roots, and Jonathan Levy (Izabo) stepped in on bass, and it was evident immediately: this line up was the one. The band was complete.
Man Made Sun’s live shows pulse with the same complex and precise intensity as their recorded EP, with an added heavy-hitting dose of spontaneity. They play shows constantly, and are most likely in the studio recording at the time you read these lines. These men, convicted to their art, have each played with a slew of great artists and covered an amazingly broad spectrum of genres and styles on stages around the world, and are finally bringing their art back home. These prolific professionals have created a steeping mixture of dark rhythm and throbbing harmonics to match their very heartbeats, and are playing it for the city, lighting up the world.
This is Man Made Sun.