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Spotlight - Avishay Gordon

Gordon, 28, is a long-time musician. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 6, and composed his first melody at the age of 14.

Avishay Gordon
Avishay Gordon

Gordon, 28, is a long-time musician. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 6, and composed his first melody at the age of 14. 


Gordon is a singer and songwriter based in Tel Aviv, Israel. He spent the majority of his life living in Warsaw, Brussels and Bucharest, and today he divides his stay between his hometown and Madrid – where his parents are currently living. After many years of making music and performing in various places locally and overseas with his former band White Shade, Gordon has decided to publish his music globally as a solo artist. Gordon's music has many influences, ranging from Morrissey, The Smiths, Editors, Fleet Foxes, Coldplay and Muse. 


World Magazine asked Gordon to reflect back on his time at AISB: 

When I lived in Bucharest between 2003-2007 I studied at AISB – which was also the place that made me want to pursue a musical career. 

Until 9th grade, my main musical occupation was playing the classical guitar, until “Five Finger Discount” (AISB’s flagship high school band at the time) was formed. 

When I noticed their song “Take me away from the dance floor” become extremely popular throughout all middle-high schoolers, I remember thinking – “I could make my own music as well.'' 

From that moment I began to explore my ability to compose and write my own music, to the point I realized that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. So I owe a lot to them and AISB for helping me realize my dream! 

"Shine" is the first song to be published to the local and international media. The song was written while touring and recording in Mexico, about his wife (girlfriend at the time). 

"It was quite difficult to speak to each other when your time zones are pretty much reversed. We could only speak to each other when it was night time in Israel and early morning in Mexico, and vice-versa ('As the night time turns to dawn'). We had very short windows of opportunity to speak to one another, making it very tough to maintain this kind of long-distance relationship. 

We were only able to overcome this thanks to the strength of our relationship, thus I wrote 'Let us Shine' – so we would always let that strength shine between us." 

Gordon has performed this song to his wife at their wedding. 





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