Composer and singer David Koller gave an interview to the Czech Press Office on the occasion of the release of his new album, March 1, 2023, Prague.
Prague – David Koller's new album entitled LP XXIII was created in an atypical way, when a member of the groups Lucie and Jasná páka gradually released singles from it from 2020. In the end, the album contains ten tracks on which, in addition to Koller, Michal Pelant, Matěj Belko, Jan Vávra, Karel Štulo, Marek Rakovický and Oliver Fillner participated as composers. In the following months, the creators will bring the project to the finale, when the entire content of the album will be in video form. Koller said this in an interview with ČTK.
“We're still missing music videos for two songs, we've made eight so far. It's challenging to put it all together, but it's an interesting project. As it's such a visual age now, I have to say that I don't listen to my favorite old songs on stream, but I will find them on YouTube, where they are with a video clip or at least with a cover,” said Koller.
Of the ten songs of the new album, Koller fans already know six of them both from streaming platforms and from servers offering video content – My we will hear from you, Planet without memory, Handcuffs, Prisoner, Nothing to do and Satisfied. In addition to Koller, other co-authors participated in these, as well as four others that have not yet been released as singles and have their premiere as part of the album, most often Kollerband guitarist Michal Pelant.
Koller, Belko and Vávra were also involved in the work on the texts, with which Patrik Hartl, Barbora Hanková, Márdi (Michal Mareda) from Vysvásná fiky, the recently deceased Michal Ambrož and above all the poet Jáchym Topol, whose signature is on five songs, also helped. “After the first meeting, he sent me four texts, I did three right away. And then two more when I called. And before this Cretan war, one about the Third World War – on the other hand, I didn't want to do that, I don't know anyone who would want to listen to it, ” recalled Koller.
The lyrics on the album deal with relationships and social issues. Koller is among the artists who often comment on social events. Among other things, he performed with the band in Prague at the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he supported Petr Pavel in the presidential elections, on November 17 he was present at the Concert for the Future in Wenceslas Square in Prague, and last September before the second round of the Senate elections he played at a support concert the chairman of the Senate, Miloš Vystrčil (ODS).
“A person doesn't have to sing about it, but if he is part of our little world, why wouldn't he point the finger at something he doesn't like. We have to help each other,” he stated .
The release of the album will be followed by a concert series called LP XXIII – Tour 2023. The first of the eighteen stops will be on March 3 in Pilsen, the last on April 28 in Česká Lípa. From March 27 to 31, Koller and his band will occupy Prague's Jazz Dock club for five already sold-out nights. “It's beautiful for us there. We're just a little dizzy after the week. It's rocking,” Koller pointed out to the club located on the Vltava.