Her appreciation for Israel, however, predated her encounters with her Israeli crew and the Bible. “It was weird, and I think part of it comes from being raised by my mother, and my mother always having a love and respect for Israel, and always hearing that, so I think I was already open to that energy and it just connected.”
“Most bizarre” and “most trashy” are just some of the categories that made the 5th annual Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVAs) stand out. The weekend-long indie awards event was founded by Aviel Silook, an Israeli man from Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa, who sought to provide an open platform for celebrating video and performance acts—big and small—from across the globe.
Puth was only one call – or rather one message – away when a mutual friend introduced me to Puth’s Israeli music director and guitarist, Asaf Rodeh, ahead of his Berlin concert, which happened to coincide with the Eurovision song contest. Rodeh arranged a “meet and greet” with the pop star for us.