A coin has two sides. And this is exactly how Michal Dvořák perceives the “case” that has erupted in relation to the subsidies from companies owned by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The entire affair was initiated by a statement from Tomáš Klus. Michal Dvořák understands his viewpoint, but....
I believe that we have managed to improve the quality of services and presentation of film music and multimedia in general again this year. Visitors can look forward to a large concert tent. We call it the covered concert hall. It has a capacity of approximately two and a half thousand seated visitors on a wooden floor with elevation and this is not something absolutely standard here. In fact I am certain that it is unique in the Czech Republic. Basically a high-quality space for high-quality concerts. With regard to sound, it will most certainly be better than in the O2 Arena, also due to the fact that we have the highest quality sound and light equipment. We place emphasis on presenting film music accompanied by the highest quality video. We try to achieve such high-quality not only for our visitors, but also for the Czech and foreign performers. With regard to the programme, this year we will be able to see truly interesting world stars. For instance the Symphonic Orchestra or Eric Serra, who is the court composer to Luc Besson and created the music for the Fifth Element, James Bond – Golden Eye, Brutal Nikita or The Big Blue. For me as a diver the last of the aforementioned films is the best cult film. And by chance this year The Big Blue is celebrating 30 years since it was filmed. As a result I was invited to Monaco to the court of Prince Albert, where Eric Serra presented his show, which will also be presented at the festival in Poděbrady. Ondřej Soukup and his symphonic orchestra will also appear. I think we all know the music to the films Kolja, Akumulátor or Vratné láhve by him. Fans can also look forward to Čechomor – Rok Ďábla or the successful computer game called Kingdom Come – Deliverance with a symphonic orchestra. Vivaldiano will also appear, with a special guest from the USA who is Tina Guo, a Hans Zimmer soloist. Another thing worth mentioning is that the entire programme in the park is free of charge. Czech stars such as Emma Smetana, David Koller, Ondřej Brzobohatý, Adam Mišík and others will also perform.
It is true that I have wanted to pack it all in several times. Sometimes it is very miserable. Finding money is one of the hardest tasks today. And what is more, people are very vicious and envious nowadays. They try to harm you at any cost and try to throw a spanner in the works. And of course the communal elections are coming soon, so its everyone against everyone else. We can also admit that this festival is a sort of tool for those who permitted it to take place, to dictate what goes on and how. So it is very difficult. Fortunately I have an excellent team of people. Each member has worked on the Film Festival in Karlovy Vary or on Colours of Ostrava for example. I myself have done several tours with Lucie. So all this experience makes it a little easier for us. On the other hand we know that nothing is free. Unfortunately, there is always someone who wants to make things difficult for us, so we have found ourselves in situations when we want to “pack it in” several times.
We cannot do this without subsidies. This means that we need financial aid. The city and the Central Bohemian Region contribute. Let us hope that the Ministry of Culture will also contribute in the future, as it has not done so in the past. When you receive subsidies you are examined under a microscope. And any anonymous complainant who hasn’t had a good night’s rest can file a criminal complaint. This is something that is possible here, even without evidence, which I simply don’t understand. We have undergone an audit. We invest a lot of money in this. We have been working free for the fourth year now. And we still have to prove that we are innocent.
Of course I registered the statement. I have to say that this is an opinion that can be shared, if you are not completely familiar with the entire issue. I think that Tomáš Klus’ opinion is correct. Of course you should do things that you think are worth it. On the other hand, as the organiser of a festival I know what promoters of these events have to come up against. It is not possible for us to investigate where the money actually comes from. In that case nobody would be able to do anything. If you took things right to the limit, then the festival would have to be funded from ticket sales alone. But you simply can’t do it without funding from any subjects at all. And it’s just not possible to have someone who will make sure that all your supporters are perfect when you need another 3 and a half million for instance. So yes, I understand Tomáš’s opinion, but I also see it from the other side. And nothing is black and white in this world. Of course people have tried for years to use public events for some political purposes, so I also think that’s a little funny.
Every nation has the government it deserves. I stand by this opinion. Unfortunately society today is a little sick. There are no morals. Lying, cheating and doing things slightly differently than they should be. I think that this is a sort of national sport. This is the regretful consequence of the fact that we had communism here for 40 years, which basically did not permit any other type of behaviour. So if people want to change something, then they must first of all stop rambling on about things in the pub. You have to get up and start doing something. This is the first step to getting society back on the right path. And when people start doing something, then they can get elected themselves. And maybe they will do better. And one other thing that is very important. I try to do it and we also do it in Lucie, we are apolitical. We do not play at any festivals or other events for the communists, TOP 09 or the ODS or any other political party. Politics and show business should remain strictly separate.
I have done three albums with Chinaski, so I know them quite well. I spent a year and a half of my life with them. I have actually known Franta Táborský since we were children. I think, and I have experienced this with Lucie, that time will tell. I think that what they did right or wrong will become apparent in the end. In any case I know one thing. Every change is a step towards new quality. And it doesn’t matter whether this change is painful or not. Every breakup is painful, there is no doubt about it. But the truth is that the party who is broken-up with always takes it worst, whether this concerns a marriage or relations within a band. Of course it is very difficult to mentally “get over it”, however, Lucie got back together again years later and there is nothing to say that Chinaski won’t do the same. Or not. In the end everything breaks up into anions and cations and everyone will make their own solo albums. With over fifty years of life experience I would dare to say that it’s all trivial. In actual fact it is important that they do things with enthusiasm. That they enjoy the music. And that this music if finally enjoyed by others.
We are travelling to play at a festival in Greece with Vivaldiano, in Thessalonica. So things aren’t too easy for us. So it was part holiday and part business trip. Otherwise I have just been to Monaco to see Eric Serra and we stopped in the Alps for five days on the way back. We had a long holiday in February. We are currently working and working because musicians have the most work at this time. So I won’t stop until September. We have to finish an album with Lucie. And then October should be a little less hectic.
We will continue work on the album in September. We have to finish it because we are going on tour in November, so that would be quite a good idea (laughter).
Round, flat with a sort of hole in the middle. And we are printing it on one side and there will be a lot of silver on the other side. I recommend you don’t scratch it with your keys. (laughter).
I have, several times. But I don’t consider myself to be just a musician. I try to become a renaissance person in the things I do, regardless of whether I do them with Lucie or Vivaldiano. I think that everything is connected. The same as in a film, which is the most complex work of art, even a band is simply a collection of all sorts of professions. So if you want to have it under control, then you have to work on everything together. This means that we discuss what the clips should look like together. We work on the cover of the album together. We want everything to be how we like it.
No, absolutely not.
Sometimes we slap each other (laughter). Sometimes things are easier and sometimes not. I am talking about the discussions, which are actually the way to making sure that other people, than just us four, enjoy out work. Robert Kodym once said that we are like a sort of mix of spices, which taste good to our listeners, but are also quite explosive. And I have to admit that sometimes it is difficult to stay together and endure. We are all different. Several personalities heaped together. But it all works in the end. Today Lucie is clearly a factory, which employs over two hundred people when it is on tour. Another twenty people work with the band over the year. I think that it is still worth it. The effort it still worth it.