5 Minutes With… Laszlo Kelemen – BuSH (Budapest Showcase Hub)

This week we are very proud to welcome BuSH (The Budapest Showcase Hub) Festival for its first edition. Laszlo Kelemen and Eastaste Music have been working hard behind it.

Laszlo is the guitarist from our very own signing, Dope Calypso. Laci was born in Nyíregyháza in Hungary, and moved to Budapest to study. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 10, and has been in a couple of bands before joining Dope Calypso in 2013, notably Haunebu, formed in 2007, which had some underground success.

Tell us about BuSH. What is the aim of the festival?
We decided to start to organise BuSH because we realized during many talks at other conferences, that there is a need for a common regional platform and gathering, where people from the music industry can come together and discuss ideas mainly around one topic: how to be more cooperative and how to help each other in the region.

We believe that there is a huge potential in this region, but there seems to be a lack of network, that’s what we’d like to change and bring people together.

How did the idea come about to organise this?
All of the organisers have a background in music in some way or another. We all attended several conferences in the last couple of years and we knew that these events are important industry gatherings. Most of us also talked over the years about organising such a conference, but somehow the time came this year to getting this organised.

How many bands are participating? Where are they from?
27 bands will perform, and only from the CEE region. We have bands from the Baltics, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, bands from Poland, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and even from Russia. Of course we also feature Hungarian bands. It’s worth to check out the lineup, it’s really exciting.

Why Budapest? Is there something particular about this place and this time that makes it ready for this event?
We think that Budapest has become kind of a central hub for cultural things. In the region everyone knows about our city, and everyone thinks that this is a great place to live and visit. Which is true. So yeah, the timing is perfect I think.

What can a paid-up delegate also experience (apart from seeing some great live shows) in attending the festival?
Besides the really exciting lineup we bring professionals from YouTube, Beggars Group, Music:)Ally to talk about the current state of the music industry, how to develop digital marketing campaigns, what to do with digital releases, how to approach YouTube, how to overcome the barriers the bands are facing from the region.

What do you aim to achieve through the festival? What would you like your legacy to become?
I’d be happy if the people would have a good and useful time. If they would say at the end of the conference, that okay I definitely want to come back in 2017. This is the short term. On the longer run I’d be happy to create a common platform where the people could meet, exchange ideas, so that the region would become more interconnected and we’ll get to know each other’s culture and music better.

What is the most exciting aspect or event of the festival for you personally? Is there something you are particularly looking forward to?
I’m actually really happy that we were able to do this event. None of us have ever done this before, so it’s a huge challenge for us, and so far I think we are good. Regarding the conference I’m really proud that Simon Wheeler from the Beggars Group accepted our invitation to the event.

You play guitar in Dope Calypso, and we couldn’t let you go without asking a few questions about them…

How would you describe your music in 5 words or less?
Wow. This is hard. But let me try: harsh, loud, raw, splanchnic and sometimes tricky.

Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
For me this is escapism. A place where I can be on my own and do whatever I want.

Which do you prefer, studio or stage?
It’s different, so I can’t decide for either of them. I love to be in the studio and record and it’s a totally different mindset to be on stage. Those who know me also know that I’m always really nervous before the gigs, so it’s a bit stressful, but once we start to play, I just enjoy every moment of it.

Proudest moment on stage?
Good question! I regard every moment, which I spend on stage as a gift. In those moment I can do what I like to do the most in my life, so in that sense I’m proud all the time!

Does the band have any future plans you can talk about?
Sure! We’ll release our 3rd album by the end of November. We might do a 4th in 2017. And we also want to play more abroad and on festivals in Hungary next year.

Which stage/venue would you play at outside of Hungary?
I would love to go to Russia for a tour! And the Baltics, I love that vibe.

Scientists have proved that some people feel music so strongly the sensations can be compared to sex. Can that be applied to you? Which song would you like to make your skin orgasm?
I think so. Sometimes I really feel the music, if you know what I mean! But which song is a tough question. There are so many great songs. So probably I’d go for something which had a great impact on me recently and say Sonne by Rival Consoles. This could be surprising to some of you.