InTheMusic: Long Term Parking, interview

Beyond Long Term Parking there are three guys from the Czech Republic who want to make music without compromise. Their productions combine elements of black and white music – hip hop and alternative rock. “Luxury Luxury” is their debut album which merges their expertise and experience.

Band: Long Term Parking
Members: Kolib, Christineck, Pavel Briza
Age: 40-45
City: Brno, Prague
Nationality: Czech Rep
Released tracks: The Middle Way, King E., All Birds’ Lullaby, More than Everything
Released albums: Luxury, Luxury
Activity period: since 2019
Genre: Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, Electonic
Platforms: YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, Tidal
Photo by Kiki Krystýnková

Who is beyond Long Term Parking?

Three guys from the Czech Republic who want to make music without compromise: singer and multi-instrumentalist Michal Krystynek, me (keys, samples, guitars, production) and drummer Pavel Briza.

What does “Long Term Parking” refer to?

It was easy. I’ve had it in my head for a while. It’s the title of a pivotal episode from my favorite show, The Sopranos, that got deep under my skin. My hope is that LTP’s music will get under the listeners’ skin in the same manner. First, I wrote a song with that title. But the title was so catchy and specific that we decided to name the band that.

You are a trio of experienced musicians. Would you like to talk about your past music experiences and how you endend up in a band?

Michal (Christineck) spent a decade playing in the famous Czech folk band Hradištan. He then decided to form his own band, Ponk, which has released two albums, which were well-received critically. They played several concerts in Italy, among other places. I mixed and produced both of those records. Besides producing music, I also have my solo project, Kolib. The drummer Pavel Briza has been in the music business for a long time and has recorded for the famous Czech singer Karel Gott.

Pop, hip hop, rock, classic and folk music is what we can listen to from your tracks. Which are your musical influences and who inspires you for what you do?

When we started the project, the idea was to combine elements of black and white music – hip hop and alternative rock (Kendrick Lamar and Arcade Fire, to name a few) and throw in some Radiohead for good measure. It may sound like a bit of a moonshot, but I like to set my sights high. You see, I like bands that have their own easily recognizable sound—that’s where we draw the most inspiration from.

We would like to learn more about your style. What aspects have you worked on over the years and how did you manage to merge your audience into your productions?

It has been a long and exhausting journey. One step forward, two steps back. Uneasy periods of still not getting it quite right. But that’s probably how it is for anyone trying to break new ground. And our songs have a specific evolution, it’s more of a kind of psychological flow. The hardest part is to make it sound casual and natural to everyone. You can’t transfer the complexity of the process to the listener. The listener must first of all feel an emotional impact and a kind of identification and that’s what ultimately matters.

“Luxury Luxury” is your debut album which merges your expertise and your experience. How did you work on it?

The best part was that we didn’t have to pay for studio time. Instead, we recorded everything at home. In the end, the sound quality didn’t suffer at all. In fact it made the music more raw and authentic, which was our intention from the beginning.

What is the common line between the various tracks, regarding to themes and sound?

Let me borrow here a fragment of a Brazilian review of our album:”Completely different songs blend and complement each other in an inexplicably perfect way, where nothing makes sense, but it has every conceivable connection”.

I couldn’t have said it better. I hate feeling restricted, but on the other hand, there have to be rules that are to be respected. Something along the lines of, let’s carve out a space, and try to squeeze what we can out of that space. That’s what it’s all about, not being afraid to experiment, but not going out of our way to experiment either.

How does this album relate to your past productions and how does it anticipate future ones?

It’s an evolution. In both music and life, you can’t very well say, “I’ll forget everything and start all over again”. On this record, we’re all present in some way and we capitalized on our vast experience. And it will definitely give us a lot in the future too, especially in terms of mental strength, because it was like climbing an eight-thousand-foot peak for us. The number of times I wanted to quit.

What are your plans for the future?

If we want an overall positive reaction to our record and move our project forward, it’s clear to us that we can’t put off working on our second record. It will show where we really stand. I have a concept in my head of what it could sound like and we will start working on it soon.

I’ll be releasing a single with my solo project in May. And I’m working with the famous American bassist Fernando Saunders on a song for his new record that’s coming out later this year.

Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?

Do us a favor andset aside a bit of your precious time to listen to “Luxury Luxury”, preferably several times. Yes, it’s a big ask, but you’ll get your investment back, and then some.

Long Term Parking for Siloud

Website: www.ltp-band.com
Instagram: @long.term.parking
Facebook: @longtermparkingband
YouTube: Long Term Parking

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