Wojciech Barczynski (Poland)
Music journalist and concert promoter. He currently works as music director for OFF Radio Kraków, Poland's finest digital radio station focusing on new and exciting sounds. He previously worked as music director for Radiofonia, an independent radio station from Kraków, and as artistic director for “Tylko Nie Bytom”, an international independent music festival in Bytom, Poland. He is highly allergic to insincerity in music. Career highlight: being called a "G" by Flavor Flav during an interview.
How should musicians whose ambition is to make it on the international scene strive to improve?
From what I've seen if you want to succeed abroad as a musician you should either prepare yourself for three times the work you had anticipated before or find someone who will be willing and able to do that work for you. There's no secret, really. It takes many hours of networking, hundreds of e-mails, thousands of kilometers and dozens of shows. Talk to people who are in the know. Ask them questions, even if they are reluctant to give answers. Look for every opportunity to showcase your music and never stop. Not to mention - your band has to be pretty great to stand out in the first place, and that alone takes more hard work than people often realise. Simple, right?
Are you educated in music, are your active on the music scene?
I'm the drummer for a local punk/metal band. It's a side project to a side project, but we have fun. I've been playing drums for 15 years and had exactly three drum lessons as a teen - I think that's more than enough.
Have you ever won a competition? Are you the competitive type?
I have some experience with "battle of the bands" contests, winning a few along the way, and I can tell you - contests are tricky. It's a great experience when you're starting out since you get the taste of the big stage, a larger crowd and you meet a lot of people who can help you further down the road. It takes a lot to win (including luck), but then it takes even more to maintain the momentum and use it to build a career. In that sense, winning can be harder than losing.