Mikolas Josef

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Mikolas Josef
Mikolas Josef 2018.jpg
Josef in 2018
Born
Mikoláš Josef

(1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 23)
Prague, Czech Republic
ResidenceVienna, Austria[1]
Years active2013–present
Home townKamenice, Czech Republic[2]
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
LabelsFajn Rádio www.fajnradio.cz
Websitemikolasjosef.com

Mikoláš Josef Čapoun[3] (Czech pronunciation: ['mɪkolaːʃ 'jozef 'tʃaːpoun]; born 4 October 1995), known professionally as Mikolas Josef, is a Czech singer, songwriter, music producer, music video director, and choreographer based in Vienna, Austria.[1] He represented the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song "Lie to Me", reaching sixth place. Josef is the most successful Czech entrant to date in Eurovision history.

In April 2018, he signed an international recording contract with Sony Music and RCA Records.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Josef was born on 4 October 1995 in Prague to a musical family.[4] He is of Czech, Moravian, Austrian, German and Italian descent.[1] He was raised in a village in central Bohemia. His parents used to be English teachers and he graduated from the English College in Prague.[5][6] He has a brother named Karel and an older half-sister called Martina and has been playing guitar since he was five years old.[7] He grew up in Znojmo and in Kamenice (Prague-East District) a small village in central Bohemia.[2] He first began making folk records moving on to hip hop, house and pop music influenced by folk music, creating a unique combination and style. At age 17, Mikolas began modeling professionally and took part in fashion shows for clothing brands such as Diesel (brand) and Prada.

2015–present: Music career[edit]

Josef decided to begin pursuing music professionally. He worked as a street performer and folk guitarist in several European cities such as Oslo, Zürich, Hamburg, and Vienna.[4] He independently released his debut single "Hands Bloody" in 2015.[8] The following year, he released the single "Free", which became a top twenty hit in the Czech Republic.[9][10] That same year, he also released the single "Believe (Hey Hey)".[11][12][13] After he released the single "Believe", he moved to Vienna, following an invite by Nikodem Milewski.[1]

Josef was approached to represent the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "My Turn", but rejected the offer as he did not believe the song suited him.[6] In 2017, Josef released the single "Lie to Me". He later confirmed that the song would compete in the Czech national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.[14][15][16] "Lie to Me" later won the national selection, and represented the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. He finished 6th, giving Czech Republic its best result so far in the competition.[17][18] In April 2018, he signed an international deal with Sony Music and RCA Records.[19] Later in 2018, he released the single "Me Gusta".

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
CZE
[20]
CZE (Dig.)
[21]
AUT
[22]
BEL
(FL)
Tip

[23]
FRA
[24]
GER
[25]
SCO
[26]
SPA
[27]
SWE
[28]
UK
Down.

[29]
"Hands Bloody" 2015 Non-album singles
"Free" 2016 15
"Believe (Hey Hey)"
"Lie to Me" 2017 52 2 9 34 122 29 56 39 21 53
"Me Gusta" 2018 7 10
"Abu Dhabi" 2019 22
"Acapella"[30]
(featuring Fito Blanko and Frankie J)
1 20
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d televize, Česká. "Mikolas Josef — Lidé — Česká televize". www.ceskatelevize.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  2. ^ a b "Bio". Mikolas Josef. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Vivienne records European Union Trademark Information" (Search engine page). Trademarkia. LegalForce, Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2019. Last Applicant/Owner: MIKOLÁŠ JOSEF ČAPOUN
  4. ^ a b "Mikolas Josef je novou tváří návrháře Lukáše Macháčka" (in Czech). ČTK. 14 February 2016.
  5. ^ Jordan, Paul (29 January 2018). "Mikolas Josef to represent the Czech Republic in Lisbon". eurovision.tv. EBU.
  6. ^ a b Adams, William Lee (14 January 2018). "Mikolas Josef: "Lie to Me" is about not getting swallowed by negativity during tough times". Wiwibloggs.
  7. ^ Coufalová, Veronika Angelina (10 July 2016). "ROZHOVOR: Zpěvák Mikolas Josef, sám sobě producentem" (in Czech). Krásná.cz.
  8. ^ Herrmannová, Nela (17 September 2015). "Připadal jsem si jako hadr, říká český model, který zběhl k muzice" (in Czech). iDNES.cz.
  9. ^ "Mikolas Josef na Apríla odpremiéruje nový videoklip k písničce "Free"" (in Czech). Musicserver.cz. 31 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Talentu Mikolase Josefa nelze nevěřit. Potvrzuje to i v novince "Believe"" (in Czech). Musicserver.cz. 30 September 2016.
  11. ^ Martínek, Josef (29 September 2016). "PREMIÉRA: Mikolas Josef singlem Believe potvrzuje mezinárodní ambice. Žánrové hranice nemá" (in Czech). iREPORT.cz.
  12. ^ Balušek, Honza (5 December 2016). "Mikolas Josef do "Believe" obsadil Island a krásnou holku" (in Czech). Musicserver.cz.
  13. ^ "VIDEOPREMIÉRA: Mikolas Josef, kandidát na účast v Eurovizi, natočil klip Believe (Hey Hey) na Islandu" (in Czech). iREPORT.cz. 8 November 2016.
  14. ^ "CZECH REPUBLIC: SIX ACTS TO CONTEST EUROVISION 2018 NATIONAL SELECTION". wiwibloggs.com. 7 December 2017.
  15. ^ "CZECH REPUBLIC: JAKUB ONDRA AND MIKOLAS JOSEF SET FOR SIX-ACT NATIONAL FINAL". wiwibloggs.com. 9 December 2017.
  16. ^ "CZECH REPUBLIC: CT REVEALS PHOTOS OF THE SIX FINALISTS… BUT ONLY SHOWS THEIR LEGS". wiwibloggs.com. 15 December 2017.
  17. ^ Halpin, Chris (29 January 2018). "Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef wins Eurovision Song CZ with "Lie to Me"". Wiwibloggs.
  18. ^ Weaver, Jessica (29 January 2018). "Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef to Lisbon with Lie To Me!". ESCToday.
  19. ^ Granger, Anthony (4 April 2018). "Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef Signs Worldwide Record Deal". Eurovoix.
  20. ^ "CZ - RADIO - TOP 100 MIKOLAS JOSEF" (in Czech). ČNS IFPI. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  21. ^ "CZ - SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 MIKOLAS JOSEF" (in Czech). ČNS IFPI. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Discographie Mikolas Josef". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Discografie Mikolas Josef". Ultratop. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Discographie Mikolas Josef". lescharts.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Mikolas Josef – German Charts". GfK. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  26. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  27. ^ "Discography Mikolas Josef". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Discography Mikolas Josef". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  29. ^ Peak positions for singles on the Downloads Chart in the UK:
  30. ^ "Acapella (feat. Fito Blanko & Frankie J) – Single by Mikolas Josef". Apple Music. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martina Bárta
with "My Turn"
Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by
Lake Malawi
with "Friend of a Friend"