Michal Kaščák (1972) is a promoter, musician, composer and lyricist. Pohoda is an art festival where alternative, indie, electronic, punk and world music meet classical music, along with literature, dance, visual arts, film and theatre. The Pohoda team also organises concerts and small festivals, such as the Doma dobre festival for homeless people. Derek Robertson of Drowned in Sound: “The organisation is superb. Compared to UK festivals this is Utopia. In fact, it’s one of the most well-behaved festival crowds I have ever witnessed...”.
Boycott Czechoslovakia – music journey from communism to capitalism
Michal Kaščák Pohoda Festival (SK), Barbora Šubrtová Metronome Festival (CZ), Dušan Svíba Earth Music (CZ), Matia Lenicka B-Complex (SK)
Was it right for The Cure or Toten Hosen to play communist Czechoslovakia in 1988? In era with new rising walls come to hear some stories from country behind Iron curtain, , which miracles music can do and how it changed in democracy after 1989. Come to see how musicians went from uniformed totalitarian regime to wild capitalism, come to argue whats the role of music and how to create healthy balance between art and industry in time of bigger and bigger commercial monopolies.
Michal Kaščák Pohoda Festival (SK)
Barbora Šubrtová Metronome Festival (CZ)
Currently for the fourth year Šubrtová is Programme Director of Metronome Festival Prague, one of the biggest festivals in the Czech Republic and the only one in the capital. We booked Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers, Sting, Iggy Pop, Kasabian, David Byrne and many more. Šubrtová has worked in the music industry since 2007 in a variety of roles and positions. From production manager, through programming assistant, marketing manager and spokeswoman back to programming which was her long-time goal.
Dušan Svíba Earth Music (CZ)
Dušan Svíba is founder and booking agent at Earth Music, the Czech based booking agency established in 2002, active within the Central European territories and focused on genres like americana, alt-country, jazz, balkan and world music. He's also founder and artistic director of Colour Meeting festival (since 2001).
Dušan has been playing as an active musician in the 70s and 80's and from time to time when supported by a glass of some good stuff he will recount some of the experiences from the Communist era .
Matia Lenicka B-Complex (SK)
I was raving at the first techno and drum & bass parties and distributing my music burned on to CDs that I carried in my baggy pants.
When I had my heart properly broken up, I vented that out into Beautiful Lies track, which was eventually picked up and released by Hospital Records, I managed to excite and annoy lots of people with it around Europe and beyond. While most think it’s the only song I ever did, it’s not entirely true, as you can find out on Spotify or YouTube. I eventually managed to excite and annoy more people when I came out as transgender and started to be kind of an activist. Basically trying to make the world more beautiful, and less of a lie.
Rupert Vereker DIY (GB)
CEO of DIY, the music marketing, advertising and publishing group that puts artists' careers at the forefront of everything it does. Over the past decade, DIY has built a reputation for both discovering and nurturing acts, and has become a credible, authoritative voice within the music industry (festivals, promoters, labels, funders, technology partners) as well as with brands looking to reach a 1 million+ monthly international tastemaker audience, through its social media, online, physical and live presence. The company is now looking to start being more active exporting bands to overseas markets, and equally importantly, to start supporting more talent from overseas into DIY global activities through the DIY media and live stage infrastructure at SXSW, Reepperbahn, The Great Escape and many others.