The Apples (Israeli band)

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The Apples
Nine player stand in line on top of a stage.
Perform live in Tel Aviv, March 23, 2007 (from left to right): Yuval Tabachnik, Oleg Nayman, Arthur Krasnobaev, Yaron Ouzana, Ofer "Schoolmaster" Tal, Erez Todres, Shai Ran, Yoni Halevy.
Background information
Origin Tel Aviv, Israel
Genres Funk, Jazz, Turntablism
Years active 2002 (2002)–present (present)
Labels Freestyle Records, Audio Montage Entertainment
Associated acts RadioTrip, Audio Montage All-Stars

Ofer "Schoolmaster" Tal
Uri "Mixmonster" Wertheim
Yonadav Halevy
Yaron Ouzana
Arthur Krasnobaev
Oleg Nayman
Yakir Sasson
Erez Todres

Elad Muskatel
Past members Shai Ran, Alon Carmeli

The band The Apples (Hebrew: התפוחים, Modern {{{2}}}, Tiberian {{{3}}}) is an Israeli Funk nine piece – including a drummer, upright bassist, 4 brass, 2 DJs and a sound console operator. The Apples play funk, jazz and groove.

The Apples started out in 2002, when a friend assembled the members of RadioTrip (Ofer Tal, known as SchoolMaster, and Uri Wertheim, known as MixMonster), drummer Yoni Halevy and bassist Shai Ran. The idea was to create a funky base combined with samples, scratching, and a dominant brass division. Their first impressions were actually spontaneous improvisations, which formed the basis of The Apple's first album, "Mitz" (Hebrew for "juice"), published on 2003, which was recorded in one recording session.

Their second album, "Attention!" was released in October 2005. The album launch was accompanied by a tour culminating in New Year's Eve at the "Comfort" club in Tel Aviv in front of an audience of about 700 people. The UK edition of "Attention!" was released in 2006. The record contains a bonus track: "Strip Ahskrac 'first Hebrew'".

In October 2006, The Apples released a single through the record company Freestyle Records located in London. Albums are distributed worldwide by the two major distribution companies in Europe, Goya Music and SoulSeduction.

In January 2007, The Apples toured for three weeks in Britain. They primarily played at the Jazz Cafe nightly.

In June 2007, the band released the single (EP) on vinyl 7" with a cover of "Killing in the Name" by the band Rage Against the Machine. It gained popularity, and sold out in the shops within a few days, becoming a hit dance radio stations in Europe and Australia.

In May 2008, The Apples released their third album "Buzzin' About", on vinyl and CD, through Freestyle Records.

In 2010, they released their fourth album, "Kings". The band collaborated with Fred Wesley, the Trombonist musical director of James Brown, and Shlomo Bar, lead singer Natural Selection.

Band Members[edit]

  • Yonadav Halevy – Drums
  • Elad Muskatel – Double bass
  • Arthur Krasnobaev – Trumpet
  • Yaron Ouzana – Trombone
  • Oleg Nayman – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
  • Yakir Sasson – Baritone saxophone
  • Marky Funk - Turntables
  • Erez Todres – Turntables
  • Uri "MixMonster" Wertheim – Sound effects

Past members[edit]


Studio Albums[edit]

  • Mitz (2003)
  • Attention! (2005)
  • Buzzin' About (2008)
  • Kings (2010)
  • Fly On It (2012)
  • Dragonz (2016)


  • Mediterranean Grooves and Raw Sounds[1] (2011)
    • Thang (previously unreleased)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ V.A-Mediterranean Grooves and Raw Sounds-2011 on Audio Montage Entertainment site.