Holograf

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Dan Bittman, the lead singer of Holograf

Holograf is a modern rock[citation needed] band from Romania. Since the band's formation in 1978, Holograf released 18 albums.[1] The band won the Excellence Prize at Romanian Media Music Awards in 2013,[2][3] the awards for best pop-rock artist and best pop-rock song at Radio Romania Music Awards Gala in 2014[4] and was nominated multiple times at Romanian Music Awards for Best Group and for Best Song.

History[edit]

It was founded in 1978[5] by Mihai Pocorschi (guitar, voice),[1] Eugen Sonia (bass guitar), Cristian Lesciuc (solo guitar) and Boris Petroff (drums).[6] In 1979 Edi Petroșel (drums) și Tino Furtună (keyboards) joined and are still part of the band.[6] The band received awards at Club A Festival and at other festivals, which helped the band getting signed with Electrecord, the biggest Romanian label at that time, and launched Holograf 1 in 1983.[7] In 1988 Holograf releases Holograf III, which was sold in over 200.000 copies.[6] Holograf continued making music through the 1980s and 1990s, when it toured abroad in countries like Bulgaria, USSR, East Germany, Poland, North Korea and the Netherlands.[6][8] In April 1990 Holograf performed at the Printemps de Bourges Festival.[6][7] It released few new works into the new millennium, including the album "Pur si simplu" (2003). Since 1985, the lead singer of the band is Dan Bittman.[9]

The band is known for hits like Banii vorbesc, Dincolo de nori (which Dan Bitman also sung at Eurovision Song Contest 1994),[10] Ți-am dat un inel, Undeva departe, Să nu-mi iei niciodată dragostea, Viața are gust or Cât de departe.[11] In November 2000, Holograf launched Holografica, which was sold in over 100,000 copies in the first two weeks.[6][12][13] In 2003 the band launched Pur și simplu, album which was sold in over 250.000 copies,[6][12][13] and received gold and platinum certification.[14] In order to promote Pur și simplu, Holograf started touring in Romania for fifty days.[6] On October 10, 2006, Holograf released a new album called "Taina". The disc contains 10 new songs,[15] and the first single to be promoted from the album is called "Ești atât de frumoasă" (You are so beautiful). On July 10, 2009, Holograf received a Gold certification from UPFR for record sales of the „Primăvara începe cu tine” album.[6][16] Holograf performed at five editions of the Golden Stag Festival, in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009,[17] and multiple times at the Mamaia Festival since 1987[18] and Callatis Festival.[19]

The Holograf song "Cât de departe" (English: How far), was broadcast most often on Romanian radio stations, between 2010 and 2015.[20]

Members[edit]

  • Mihai Pocorschi – guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals (1977–1986)
  • Ștefan Rădescu – lead vocals (1977–1982)
  • Eugen Sonia – bass (1977–1981)
  • Cristian Lesciuc – guitar (1977–1978)
  • Dan Ionescu – guitar (1977–1978)
  • Lucian Rusu – drums (1977)
  • Ionel 'Boris' Petrov – drums (1977–1978)
  • Emilian 'Edi' Petroșel – drums, backing vocals (1978–present)
  • Cornel Stănescu – guitar, backing vocals (1978–1982)
  • Antoniu 'Tino' Furtună – keyboards, piano, backing vocals (1978–present)
  • George 'Gică' Petrineanu – bass (1981–1982, 1984)
  • Nikos Temistocle – bass (1983–1984)
  • Sorin Ciobanu – guitar (1983–1984)
  • Gabriel Cotabiță – lead vocals (1983–1985)
  • Mihai 'Marty' Popescu – bass (1984–1987)
  • Dan Bittman – lead vocals (1985–present)
  • Ion 'Nuțu' Olteanu – guitar, backing vocals (1986–1990)
  • Iulian 'Mugurel' Vrabete – bass, backing vocals (1987–present)
  • Florin Ochescu – guitar (1990–1993)
  • Romeo Dediu – guitar, backing vocals (1993–present)
  • Marius Bațu – acoustic guitar, backing vocals (collaborator 1996–present)
  • Emil Soumah – percussion, harmonica (collaborator 2000–present)
  • Mihai Coman – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals, sound (collaborator 2001–2017)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Holograf 1 (LP, Electrecord, 1983)
  • Holograf 2 (LP/MC, Electrecord, 1987)
  • Holograf III (LP/MC, Electrecord, 1988)
  • Banii vorbesc (LP/MC, Electrecord, 1991)
  • World Full of Lies (CD, Capitan Records Company, 1993; reissued in 2013)
  • Stai în poala mea (LP/CD/MC, Electrecord, 1995)
  • Supersonic (CD/MC, MediaPro Music, 1998; reissued in 2000)
  • Holografica (CD/MC, MediaPro Music, 2000)
  • Pur și simplu (CD/MC, Holograf Production & Roton, 2003; reissued in 2013)
  • Taina (CD/MC, Holograf Production & Roton, 2006; reissued in 2013)
  • Love Affair (CD, MediaPro Music, 2012)
  • Life Line (CD/LP, MediaPro Music & Universal Music România, 2015)

Live albums[edit]

  • 69% Unplugged - Live (CD/MC, Zone Records, 1996; reissued in 2001)
  • Live - Vinarte (promo CD, Holograf Production & Vinarte, 2005)
  • Patria Unplugged (CD, MediaPro Music, 2011)

Singles and maxi-singles[edit]

  • Holograf Patru (maxi-single, Electrecord, 1990)
  • World Full of Lies (single, Electrecord, 1991)
  • Viața are gust (promo single, MediaPro Music & Coca-Cola, 2001)
  • Pierd înălțimea din ochii tăi (single, MediaPro Music, 2019)

Compilations[edit]

  • Undeva departe (CD/MC, MediaPro Music, 1999; reissued in 2000)
  • Best of Holograf - Dimineață în altă viață (CD/MC, MediaPro Music, 2002)
  • Balade (promo CD, Roton & City Park, 2008)
  • Primăvara începe cu tine (CD, MediaPro Music, 2009)
  • Muzică de colecție, Vol. 104 (2xCD, Jurnalul Național, 2009)
  • Fericirea începe acasă! (promo CD, MediaPro Music & Millennium Bank, 2010)

Video albums[edit]

  • O noapte cu Holograf (DVD, Holograf Production, 2004; reissued in 2013)
  • Pur și simplu (DVD, Holograf Production, 2004)
  • Concert Taina (DVD, Holograf Production & Roton, 2009)
  • Patria Unplugged (DVD, MediaPro Music, 2011)

Other releases[edit]

  • Formații de muzică pop 3 (LP, Electrecord, 1979) – collective album, the track "Lungul drum al zilei către noapte"
  • Dincolo de nori (maxi-single, Metro Records România, 1994) – released as a solo album by Dan Bittman

Books[edit]

  • Carmen Olaru – Holograf: Să nu-mi iei niciodată dragostea... (Nemira, Bucharest, 2002)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category For Result Notes
2004 MTV Romania Music Awards Best Song
„Dragostea mea”
Nominated
[21]
Best Group Holograf Nominated
[21]
2007 MTV Romania Music Awards Best Pop
„Ești așa frumoasă”
Nominated
[22]
Best Album Taina Nominated
[22]
  • Excellence Prize at Romanian Media Music Awards in 2013.[2]
  • Best pop-rock artist and best pop-rock song at Radio Romania Music Awards Gala in 2014 for „Morning dew”[4]
  • Nomination for Romanian Music Award for Best Rock and Best Group 2014 for Holograf ft Antonia – Intoarce-te acasa [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Holograf at their 18th album". ImperialTransilvania.com. 2015-10-29.
  2. ^ a b "Holograf, premiul de excelenţă la gala Media Music Awards de la Sibiu". Mediafax. 2013-09-20.
  3. ^ Cristian Stancu (September 23, 2013), "Holograf, premiu de excelenţă la Media Music Awards", Telegrafonline.ro, retrieved November 6, 2016
  4. ^ a b Andreea Bojoi (2014-03-24). "Radio Romania Music Awards Gala". Radio România.
  5. ^ Michael Osborn (2006-12-31). "Culture in Romania and Bulgaria". BBC.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Marina Bădulescu, Horia Plugaru (January 20, 2014), "POP-ROCK ROMÂNESC: Holograf – AGERPRES", Agerpres.ro, retrieved November 6, 2016
  7. ^ a b Ionescu Doru-Emil. Club A 42 de ani. Muzica tinereții tale. ISBN 9786068342030.
  8. ^ "Holograf, drumul către celebritate", Europafm.ro, April 1, 2016, retrieved November 7, 2016
  9. ^ "Romanian rock music titans launch their first song together". Romania Insider. 2016-03-07.
  10. ^ "Romania mixes pop and politics". The Scotsman. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  11. ^ "Holograf", Profm.ro, retrieved November 6, 2016
  12. ^ a b "Holograf, de la "Ţi-am dat un inel" la "Primăvara începe cu tine"", Europafm.ro, April 1, 2016, retrieved November 7, 2016
  13. ^ a b "IRIS - Muzica si marketing", Business Magazin, October 7, 2007, retrieved November 7, 2016
  14. ^ "Holograf, pur si simplu pe DVD", Capital, August 19, 2004, retrieved November 7, 2016
  15. ^ "Holograf isi dezvaluie "Taina" la Timisoara", Evenimentul zilei, October 6, 2006, retrieved November 7, 2016
  16. ^ Trupa Holograf a primit un nou Disc de Aur, ziare.com
  17. ^ ""Holograf" va cânta la Cerbul pe Aur alături de Nuţu Olteanu şi Marius Baţu", Mediafax, September 3, 2009, retrieved November 7, 2016
  18. ^ Pentru nostalgici: Cum suna Holograf, acum 27 de ani. Dan..., March 27, 2015, retrieved November 7, 2016
  19. ^ Iris, Vama Veche si Holograf canta la Callatis, August 3, 2005, Simona Tudorache
  20. ^ Alexandru Manea (August 18, 2015), "Holograf are cea mai difuzata piesa la radio in ultimii cinci ani.", Agentiadepresamondena.com, retrieved November 6, 2016
  21. ^ a b "Nominalizările premiilor MTV România 2007", Amosnews.ro, April 28, 2007, retrieved September 19, 2016
  22. ^ a b MTV RMA 2007
  23. ^ Romanian Music Awards 2014: nominalizări, detalii despre vot Archived 2015-06-07 at the Wayback Machine

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