On the Couch with Lior

ACF-Lior-photo-by-Alice-HealyWho is Lior?
Lior is a guy who shares my first name and often gets up on stage and performs songs that he wrote. I don’t know him all that well, but I wish I was a bit more like him.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I wasn’t a musician I would have most likely gone into medicine… or tried to make it as a professional soccer player. Next lifetime.

Who inspires you and why?
That’s hard to pin down into one answer, but if I was to narrow it down, I would say that it is people who display a genuine sense of compassion.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I think that ultimately the reason I chose to become a songwriter is that I valued how the songwriters that moved me when I was growing up made me feel, and the way they could make the idea of living in this world seem like a magical notion. If I can impart that on to someone else then I would have fulfilled my purpose.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Israel – I fall in and out of love with that place a hundred times in a single day, but my happy childhood is wrapped up there and we are only kids once.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I love the City Wine Bar in Melbourne. It’s not an attraction as such but you feel like you’re in Europe. When I was living in Sydney, I would drive them to a secluded harbour beach where you can stand on the water’s edge and see the city with no one else around. For reasons pertaining to seclusion I won’t name it.

What are you currently reading?
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari – which will complete his trilogy that I’ve devoured. A brilliant philosopher and writer with a deep insight and sense of humanity.

What are you currently listening to?
Brooklyn based Indie band Big Thief.

Happiness is?
Blurring the line between work and play.

What does the future hold for you?
Nothing can ever be taken for granted, but the whole notion of certainty has particularly been turned on its head over the last couple of years. So if you could offer me a guarantee of a continuation of what I now have and enjoy, I would gladly accept it.

Lior stars with Jess Hitchcock, Sophie Koh and Thando in an intimate evening of song and storytelling in Songs My Mother Taught Me, led by Artistic Director Tina Arena, at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on Friday 24 & Saturday 25 June at Her Majesty’s Theatre. For more information, visit: www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Lior – photo by Alice Healy