Richard Müller (singer)
September 6, 1961 |
Hlohovec, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
Richard Müller (born September 6, 1961) is a Slovak singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. He is one of the most successful singers both in the Czech and Slovak Republics where he sold more than one million records.
He started as a music journalist. In the beginning of the 1980s, while studying the theory of drama and screenplay at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU), he started writing for the daily paper and the only specialized periodical at the time, Popular, and, later, for Gramorevue. As a journalist, in his own words, he could get close to the musicians he admired easier. His first song, Radio, was recorded with the Burčiak Pavla Daněka band. The track was very successful in the music chart 5xp, which encouraged Müller to start a band with Martin Karvaš, it was called Banket. Their debut album, Bioelektrovízia (1986) was full of hits, including the immortal song written by Vašo Patejdl – Po schodoch ("Up the Stairs")). Co-operation with Andrej Šeban produced and was very perceivable in the two suceceding albums Druhá doba?! and Vpred. He has also made a very popular song with Daniel Junas in the '90's called Na Zlatých pieskoch v lete.
After 1990 Richard Müller started his solo career. In the very beginning he experienced great success with "federal" Czechoslovak hits, songs sang in Czech such as Štěstí je krásná věc ("Happiness is a Beautiful Thing") and Rozeznávám ("I Am Distinguishing"), from the album V penzionu Svět written by Petr Hapka and Michal Horáček. Müller's first two solo albums, produced by Henrich Leško, were Neuč vtáka lietať and 33, where he collaborated with Jaro Filip, who wrote songs for him for couple of years afterwards as well. The result of this were three albums L.S.D. (1996), Nočná optika (1998) and Koniec sveta (1999). The album 01 was created with the help of his musical partner and producer Ivan Tásler from a well known Slovak band I.M.T. Smile and it received many awards. In 2003 during his stay in New York, Müller created his first author album Monogamný vzťah ("Monogamous Relationship") with a couple of American musicians. When Henrich Leško got back on the post of the producer, 44 the newest album was created in co-operation with musicians such as drummer Omar Hakim, bass guitarists Anthony Jackson, Will Lee and guitarist Hiram Bullock. With this line-up, with the addition of guitarist Mike Caffrey and Clifford Carter on the piano, Richard Müller toured Slovakia and Czechia in December 2005.
Between 1984 and 1991, Müller was the lead singer of the pop band Banket, considered legendary today due to their pioneering role as one of the main proponents of electronic pop music in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
- Bioelektrovízia (1986)
- Up the Stairs (1986, English version of Bioelektrovízia)
- Druhá doba?! (1988)
- Vpred? (1990)
- Banket ’84-’91 (1991), best of Banket
- Neuč vtáka lietať (1992)
- 33 (1994)
- Baal (1995), soundtrack to a musical of the same name, in cooperation with Andrej Šeban
- LSD (1996)
- Nočná optika (1998)
- Müllenium live (1999)
- Koniec sveta (1999)
- ... a hosté (2000)
- ´01 (2001)
- Retro (2002)
- Monogamný vzťah (2004)
- 44 (2005)
- Čo bolo, bolo (2006), best of selection of hits spanning his career
- Už (2010)
- Eště (2011)
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