Meet Perth’s newest band: ‘Schtik’

November 29, 2018 by Susana Wills-Johnson
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Four graduates from Perth’s Carmel School have jumped straight from WACE exams to forming Perth’s newest band, Schtik.

back row: Dylan Kotkis, Yannai Goldberg front row: Brad Hershowitz, Joel Mierowsky

Schtik is not your average indie rock band, they specialise in contemporary Israeli music, drawing inspiration from artists such as Idan Reichel. The band formed through a love of music that grew during high school, and has developed after band members noticed a lack of live Jewish music at celebrations within their community.

“Our goal is to revive Jewish live music in Perth,” says vocalist Dylan Kotkis. The music scene at cultural festivals such as weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs consistently includes backing music or DJs, agree the band. Their goal is to bring a more lively and engaging atmosphere.“Through our music, we hope people will feel a strong sense of belonging, unison and inclusion, while at the same time enjoying a great performance,” asserts drummer Brad Hershowitz.

Schtiķ which means ‘performance that steals the show’ are currently focused on gigs that allow them to explore their niche by positively impacting the Perth Jewish community, bringing to celebrations the live music element that is currently missing. Once they have prioritised this, they intend to start exploring bringing the contemporary Israeli music experience to events outside of the Jewish community.

While most of their classmates are relaxing and reveling in their new-found freedom post-exams, these four young men are resolutely going after their dream of bringing live Israeli music to Perth. You can catch them at their first gig on Wednesday 5 December at Chanukah in Esplanade Park, Fremantle.

Members of Schtik are Yannai Goldberg, acoustic guitar and vocals; Dylan Kotkis, vocals; Brad Hershowitz, drums; and, Joel Mierowsky, bass guitar. They can be booked for events by emailing or calling 0466588231.

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