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Top 20 Under 40 Los Angeles- Nachum Peterseil

One-half of Automatic Toys joins us for the final day of our Top 20 list

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: September 11th, 2012 in Culture » Music » Interviews
Nachum Peterseil (L) and Yasha Gruzman

In celebration of Shalom Life’s new Los Angeles office, we have decided to take our popular “Top 20 Under 40” series on the road.

Over the next 20 days, Shalom Life will showcase 20 individuals of diverse talents and backgrounds that have made a significant contribution to their field both locally and globally. From entrepreneurs to philanthropists, entertainers to chefs, this list places a spotlight on a small sampling of the spectacular, innovative, and passionate Jews that call Los Angeles home.

Top 20 Under 40- Nachum Peterseil

Age: 32

Nachum Peterseil was born in New York, raised in Israel, and recently relocated to Los Angeles. His Automatic Toys band mate, Yasha Gruzman, will be joining him shortly to begin spreading their “primal popular music” together on the west coast.

Peterseil was born with a passion for music. After completing his army service, he decided to pursue music full-time. He realized that music was all he truly cared about, and he feels the same way to this day.

Automatic Toys not only creates some of the best modern rock n’ roll music available today, they spread the important message of “living with passion and inspiring creativity.” Their unique soulful electronic sound and memorable live shows combined with raw, honest lyrics have garnered them a loyal fan following and critical accolades.

After releasing their 2011 EP, “Not Enough Glue”, Automatic Toys started getting regular radio play and online attention. They won 102.1 The Edge’s online indie competition and were later featured on TV series “Electric Playground”.

Automatic Toys’ music videos, including original song “Deep Sleep” and a cover of Kanye West & Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild”, have obtained over 65,000 views on YouTube combined.

Currently in the studio creating their debut full-length album, Automatic Toys intends to make a huge splash in Los Angeles and around the world.

Inspired by “many many many” things, Peterseil explains that although other musicians such as Sinatra, Susanne Vega, and Skrillex influence his life and music, his Jewish heritage “is with me and a part of me everywhere I go, any music I make, and any show I play.”

Click over to Page 2 to learn some fun facts about Nachum Peterseil!

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Rosenthal is the co-founder of Show Gopher, Toronto’s listenable music listings website

EXCLUSIVE: Edon Pinchot Talks ‘America’s Got Talent’, Justin Bieber &

The 14-year old Orthodox Jewish singing sensation joins us to discuss his experience on ‘AGT’, being compared to Justin Bieber, and his upcoming projects.

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Exclusive Interview With the Girls of ‘HAIM’

San Fernando Valley’s HAIM (the band) join SL to discuss playing music with family, future plans, and Dash’s plan to change his last name.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Actor & Hip Hop Sensation, Khleo Thomas

Khleo warmed our hearts as Zero in Disney’s ‘Holes’, and continues to spread the love today with his music. The ‘Too Many Girls’ MC sat down to SL to discuss his Jewish heritage, upcoming album, and his necklace line, ‘Love Wings’.

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