Erez Eisen was born on the 8th of September, 1980 in Israel and had an interest in music from a young age. He started his training in music when he was four years old, when he began to play the organ. At eight years of age, he started to study the piano at the Haifa Conservatory and when he was eleven, he began experimenting with music on the computer, starting from Impulse Tracker and then advancing to more sophisticated music-composition software. Amit Duvdevani was born on the 7th of November, 1974. His earlier life was somewhat similar to Eisen's. He began playing the piano when he was seven years of age and continued playing it for nine years. He then turned to punk rock and heavy metal. He joined a local band named Enzyme, writing lyrics and playing the piano for them.
The duo started to play with each other in the year 1998. In the beginning they called themselves Duvdev and Shidap and released a couple of singles. Some time after that, they named their band Infected Mushroom and began to work on their debut album. Their first album was named The Gathering and was released in the year 1999. Psycho became one of the most popular tracks of the album. The song featured an atmosphere that was rhythmic as well as dark, which can also be said to describe the entire album. Due to the popularity of this album, the genre of psytrance gained fame worldwide, gathering attention of the international audience. In 2000, the band released the album Classical Mushroom, which went on to become one of the most famous albums of the band. The album was believed to be the best effort of the band and the the single Bust A Move is often regarded as one of the group's best songs ever.
The band expanded to four members in the year 2004, when two guitarists, Erez Netz and Tom Cunningham joined the group. These guitarists take turn playing in concerts with the band. Tom Cunningham performs with the band in the US and Erez Netz joins them in gigs in other parts of the world. Erez Nets is a popular guitarist in Israel and starts the band's concerts with a solo performance. In late 2004, the band moved from Haifa to L.A, California. The band made another change in the year 2007, when Rogerio Jardim, a Brazilian percussionist joined them to play percussion and drums in their live concerts. Later the same year, the group peaked at number nine in the poll of the DJmag Top 100 DJs. It was the first time that the category of psytrance was introduced in the mag, which showed the genre's increasing popularity worldwide and the significant role that the band played in this.
Some of their most famous albums include B.P. Empire, Vicious Delicious, Converting Vegetarians, The Gathering, IM the Supervisor and Classical Mushroom. One of their most anticipated albums was Legend of the Black Shawarma, which was released in the year 2009. The album contained some remixed versions such as Riders on the Storm (by The Doors) and a remix of their own single Bust a Move. Duvdev explains the name of the album by saying that it evolved from a joke which they shared with a friend from Australia. The band has released two videos so far. Their first video, Becoming Insane was released in the year 2006 and their second one, Smashing The Opponent was released in the year 2009. The former was directed by Harv and the latter by Jonathan Davis.
The band's music is not just music. It is a combination of texture, sound, color and feeling. A live performance by the Infected Mushroom leaves fans wanting more each time. Catch this amazing band live with your Infected Mushroom tickets and have an out-of-this-world experience!