Who I am
Where I came from
What do I do
Yohai Portal was born and raised in a small town near Haifa, Israel. Yohai's family is full of artists and creative environment all around. Painters, dancers, movement teachers, architecture, hair and clothing designers and other musicians as well. His first band was at 16 years old and he started playing shows at his hometown area (Kiryat Atta).
After giving up sports for good, Yohai started focusing on playing by developing his musicality and performance skills, Playing 10-20 shows every month in the years to follow with different cover bands, tribute bands and wedding bands all across Israel.
At 2011 Yohai joined the Israeli Rock N Roll Band The Genders, together they recorded and released their 3rd studio album 'Guts And Heartstrings' which was signed and published by Lovecat Music from NY.
The Genders' music appeared in Movies such as American Pie - The Book of love, Adam Sandler's - That's my boy and in Several TV shows such as HBO's True Blood and in MTV commercials.
Due to his strong presence at the local music scene he started getting hired to record guitars for other artists and music producers. Studio work as a session guitarist became his second nature and eventually led to a few huge Pop hits that were Ranked #1 in Israel's main music chart (GLGLTZ) which brought Yohai's name to attention all around the country.
During 2015 Yohai met Gadi Altman, the lead singer of the biggest Grunge-rock band in Israel named "Boten Matok Bakirkas". The band had a couple of big radio hits in Israeli caliber while Yohai was just doing his first steps a guitar student. Altman invited Yohai to jam with the band, which felt like it was just meant to be... and after years of looking for the right lead guitar player the missing piece was finally found. By completing the band’s lineup together they created the band's 3rd album called "3". This album was recorded, mix and mastered in 3 days, played live like in the old days for enhancing the FEEL of a live band playing their hearts out. Completely the opposite approach of most nowadays music productions.
At November 2015 Yohai left his home in Israel and moved to LA, since then he is leaving his mark on LA Hollywood's live scene, playing best live music venues such as The Whisky A Go Go, Lucky Strike, Viper Room, The Roxy, The Canyon Club, The Rose club by Saban group and more...
Yohai also had the privilege to take part in a local Los Angeles Events such as Ultimate Jam Night (Whisky A Go Go), Soundcheck Live (Lucky Strike Live) & The Sunset Jam (The Viper Room), featuring the top well-known touring musicians and sessions players in Los Angeles, CA.
Up until now, Yohai has been fortunate to play shows on the same bill with artists such as Tom Morello, Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt, Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses), Mike Portnoy, Richie Kotzen, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Nancy Wilson, Harry Waters (son of Roger Waters),Steve Aoki, Infected Mushroom, Astrix, Bliss, Ritmo, Dark Soho, No Comment, Riot as well as sharing a stage with band members from bands like: Alice Cooper, Chris Cornell,Europe, Foreigner, Steven Wilson Band, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Toni McCalapine, Madonna, Katy Perry, Backstreet Boys, Air Supply, Tony Braxton, Billy Gibbons, Pink, Billy Idol, Beyonce, Gwen Steffani, Avril Lavigne, Richie Sambora and many more.
As well as working with legends such as: Quentin Tarantino, Desmond Child, Infected Mushroom, Steve Aoki, Jetfire, Riot, No Comment, Dark Soho, Juan Di Pace, Azaela Banks.
Recently, Yohai was signed to PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Guitars as an artist and is being supported by them ever since,
In addition to other endorsements such as: Shure, Ultimate Ears, Warm Audio, In Tune Guitar Picks, SKB cases, Moody Leather, Bare Knuckle Pickups & Kemper Amps.