Interview with Karel Ullner!

  • When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I have been singing as long as I remember. My family has always been supportive of me learning about music as well. My grandmother was a painter, who introduced me to her favorite classical composers, such as Beethoven, which influenced me to officially start learning and performing with piano lessons at six years old.

  • Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

When I was very young I was interested in classical composers such as Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, and Greig. I was also a fan of the music from the Lion King and Elvis Presley. When I was eight years old I heard Michael Jackson for the first time. His work influenced me to begin pursuing music seriously. From there I discovered Van Halen and dove deep into the world of metal for a few years. The next major pivotal point was when Skrillex released, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”Skrillex was the beginning of my electronic music exploration. I have always been a fan of Top 40 music and continue to study the Top 40 of multiple styles and genres. Over the past few years I have studied all styles and I think continuing to explore new music and new experiences has made me no longer see the same boundaries for making music. This allows me to push myself more to new places artistically.

  • How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing/writing since I was six years old.

  • How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

The next show will be at the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA USA on February 19th. I will be playing the Capitol Room at 10pm. This will be the release date of my new EP, “The Hunger” as well.

  • What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favorite moments in music are when I find new ways to develop myself as an artist. One of the inspiring moments was meeting Sir Paul McCartney at a studio in New York City when I was fifteen years old. It was the first day ever that I spent in a professional studio. I met Sir Paul during a lunch break and he shook the hands of everyone in our group. We discussed what we were working on that day. There was ten minutes of silence and excitement after he left the room, as everyone texted their family and friends about the experience. It was very motivating for me at the time.

  • Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find me online at www.karelmusic.com, as well as Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. You can hear the music on my website, as well as all the main online services, such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp, etc.
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