The FullBug is a four-piece hard rock band from Tel Aviv, Israel.After spending years playing in various groups within the Israeli punk rock scene, the band formed in 2015 under the name “Project Revival”. In 2017, Project Revival released it’s debut album, “Heavy Gravy”. That year they won the prestigious “Best Rock Act” award from Radio WigWam in the UK.In 2018, after changing the band’s lineup and its name to “the Full Bug” (slang for “give it everything you got!”), the band set out to record their first E.P, titled “Black Hole Syndrome”. Produced independently and mixed by Daniel Brecher, the “Black Hole Syndrome” EP, which features Lavy Josephsohn as the lead vocalist and guitarist, has a big and epic rock sound filled with heavy riffs and melodic choruses.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band / project.
Lavy Josephsohn(Lead vocals & guitars)
Nadav dori(Guitars & vocals)
Assaf (Jessie) Dori (Drums)
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
Lavy: Joe Perry, rocking his guitar on MTV
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
Asaf: Van halen 1984.
I sent my mom to buy it when I got my first cassette player at 4th grade.
Lavy: I bought a cassette tape of Aerosmith’s ‘Big ones’ at tower records, i was 9 years old.
Nadav: Soundgarden Superunknown, I think I was about 7 years old when I got that record
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
Lavy: at age 13 i started taking guitar lessons.
Asaf: Started playing drums when i was 9, then quit after a month because I didn’t like taking lessons.. at 14 I got back on the kit for good.
Nadav: I played like 3 chords that my big brother taught me when I was super young but only really picked up the guitar at age 16-17 or so.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
Lavy:as i became more fascinated about playing music when i started out,
i decided i want to be able to write my own songs. early on i was really attracted to the guitar riffs and solos, so i spent most of my time practicing the guitar, two years into it, i had already written a couple of instrumental songs.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Asaf:Guns N’ roses, I had a video tape of the Paris show and I would watch it every day so definitely that influenced me to play music.
Lavy:Aerosmith and later on Guns and Roses, there was a metallica phase somewhere in between…
Nadav:Angus Young. I was listening to AC/DC, and his style blew me away. in that moment I knew I have to start playing myself. not too long after, I got my first guitar for my birthday.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Lavy: It was clear to me that i want to spend most of my time writing and playing music. I naturally was attracted to punk rock music,
“Drugs are good” by NOFX was the first punk rock song i’ve heard,
And i kind of fell in love with everything about it.
Asaf: not really. I was dreaming of playing music since I was around 5 years old so for me it was there ever since I can remember.
Nadav: Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood was a punch to the face that I recall did it for me.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We have released our debut EP Black Hole Syndrome, earlier this year
Where and when did you record it?
The Ep was recorded at the end of 2017,
Most of it was recorded at Keo studios and Drum space studios in Tel aviv.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
Most of the time, one of us comes up with a guitar riff and we go from there. the riff for “Blood bath” came up when we were all sitting in Lavy’s apartment.
the riff usually comes with an idea for a verse or chorus,
sometime we’ll make a quick sketch on the computer just to get a wider perspective of where we’re going.
originally the song had a different chorus, melody and lyrics, after listening to
the demos for while, we decided we could come up with something better.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
It‘s not a big scene, but there are a lot of great bands in it, with people who are very passionate about making music and getting it out there, no matter the cost.
More than a few have established themselves outside of Israel and it makes the local scene proud. not to brag but we don’t fit in at all 🙂
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
well, no. can’t blame them though, they’re in the “money making business” not the “promoting and establishing new bands business”…
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
in an ideal world, streaming services would share a bit more of the revenue with artists.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far? Never give Up, don’t chase the Dragon.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
“Popular” doesn’t necessarily mean “good”, Working hard pays off, sometimes.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
we feel it’s great that technology these days gives us and many more people, the opportunity to write, record and independently publish their music. you might still need some experienced people to help you out but it’s much more affordable these days.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
Overall we think it benefits with any new artist exposure-wise, how else are you going to have your music heard so fast by people all around the world? of course it’s somewhat of a ‘honey trap’, in most cases, the big beneficiaries are not the artists.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
We’re working on new songs these days and trying more musical directions.
we’ll probably go in the studio some time this year, before or after we schedule our first tour.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Stone temple Pilots, Black label society, queens of the stone age