In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Paula And Karol give the scoop on Warsaw, Poland.
Paula And Karol started as two friends making up songs in their backyard but quickly grew into a large family of Warsaw-based musicians who, for the past three years, have been capturing the hearts of young and old alike across Poland and abroad. U.K.’s the Guardian called us Poland’s superheroes and listed us in their “sound of 2011 around the world.” Now very much associated with the Warsaw music scene, we somehow represent the new Polish creatives. Multilingual, mobile, highly networked with a huge dose of DIY tendencies, we are helping redefine what it is to create music in a country that had, up until recent years, a quite limited amount of alternative culture.
Warsaw today is a completely different city than what it was 10 years ago, and it will undoubtedly be drastically different in another few years. Cafes, clubs and creative spaces are growing like weeds, making the city a fertile ground of creative potential. If you have an idea, and a good group of people with whom to make the idea happen, you can make it happen. The music scene is definitely part of that. The music label that we’re part of (LADO ABC) has for the past 10 years since its existence completely revitalized the Warsaw music scene with this huge family-like collective of incredibly talented musicians. It seems like the musicians from the LADO scene are constantly playing or even running Warsaw clubs and bars (like Chłodna 25, Plan B, Cafe Kulturalna or Powiększenie), releasing dozens of albums and putting on weekly concerts that range from jazz (Baaba, Profesjonalizm), alternative pop (Paula And Karol, Pictorial Candi), klezmer (Cukunft), to hardcore (Plum, LXMP).
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