Ucan2 is a four member instrumental rock band which was founded in 2010 in Brno, Czech republic. Ucan2 music takes you through a wide variety of musical moods from heavier rock tunes to soul injecting feelings and imagination. Over the three years, the band has become a stable part of the club scene in the Czech republic and has performed over a hundred concerts abroad as well as touring in Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
The band is:
Petr Bartoněk – Guitar
David Pavlíček – Drums, Sampler
Jakub Vlček – Guitar
Tomáš Kopal – Bass
Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
The band started as an idea of Petr to do an instrumental band, knowing that it won’t be commercially successful but just fun. Petr played with a funk band BN8 and so he asked the bandmates, drummer and bass player, if they would join him. There was an audition held for the place of the second guitarist and Jakub Vlcek got the job. After a year the drummer and bass player left and Petr and Jakub had to look for new musicians to replace them. After a month the problem was solved and David Palvicek – drums and Tomas Kopal – bass, were in the band and the band hasn’t changed since.
What your genre means to you, or why you chose this genre basically?
We started as a normal instrumental rock band but as time showed we started to mess around with different beats and more difficult musical ideas, that way we started to get the rock progressive label.
How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
We have no ideas where the music comes from but we are glad that the ideas come 🙂 We usually jam at band practice and everyone just brings in their idea and the music just leads us by its own and there you go you have basic structure of the song. After that there are lots of discussions over little details but once that is done we just go for it.
Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspect of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
Since we played over almost 200 gigs the song are stable and we know what works for the listener, its different in every club, so we change the play lists according to that on stage.
I think that we are the faster load in – load out band :)) we’re pretty well organized. Also the soundcheck is a short one since we have one of the greatest sound engineers, Tomas Vyvozil, always with us.
As for the record sales this is something just amazing. After 2 years we were sold out and we had to do reprints of our first record AIR. We sold 300 copies, which is just incredible!
How has the overall reception been?
At start we’ve heard that this type of music has no future and so on… but we stuck to what we believed in and here you go…5 years and still Rockin’… We are mainly really happy.
Now it’s completely different. We get bookings from all over Europe and that’s just great.
Is the band going to get more involved in performing live at some point? What’s next? Album? Touring? Any international tours?
Well we have over 40 gigs a year and that’s quite enough for us. Yeah, the new album FIRE is being just completed now and it will be out in June this year. As for touring, we’ve been to Slovakia, Hungary, Italy and Austria and we’ve been invited to Germany and Japan so that is the future plan. This year we’ll also tour Poland. Looking much forward to that, never been there.
What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Definitely composing more music for our next album, we already have new material, but also doing a lot of touring and getting the music to the people.
Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process?
We’re instrumental so we don’t have to deal with this but on the other hand, to make instrumental music understandable for most people the melodies need to be catchy and played from the heart. People recognize if it is just blank playing notes and we don’t ever want that to happen.
Which is more exciting? being on the road or studio?
Both of these aspects are great, studio is the creativity and making the song polished and down so you’re excited when you hear it as a whole and the road traveling could be sometimes very tiring but at the end of the day when you have a sold out show somewhere where you’ve never been before that’s just why you do music, you get filled energy from the crowd.
Who is composing the songs? Writing the lyrics?
Everyone in the band brings in ideas or a recording of the whole song and the rest start to work on it. If the song, and that happens, has nothing to say to the rest we leave it aside and do another piece.
So what bands do you guys draw your inspiration from?
The hardest question at the end :). Each of us have their favorites and that results in our original music of Ucan2, but let’s say everything which has some deepness about it, music quality and of course all the legendary band, that’s where we get inspired.
What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Both of these aspects are important, we want to have fun with the music that we play but the positive feedback from the audience at our live shows gives us the reason to play.
When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
We’ve been around for 5 years now and at the start we never thought of touring Europe or having sold out shows as well as releasing a CD and having a project of four CDs which we are working on.