Two years after the release of the mesmerizing EP ‘mono3some,’ Polish artist GRABEK returns with his first LP entitled ‘8.’ The album will be released on 26 April 2011 by Polskie Radio Agencja Fonograficzna SA and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Music Poland.
GRABEK is a solo project of Wojtek Grabek, a multi-instrumentalist who skilfully combines sharp, almost industrial-like beats and sophisticated synthesis with the sound of looped violin and vocal.
The project was born in late 2008. Immediately afterwards the ‘mono3some’ EP was released. The self-released mini album paved the way for the artist to performances in Poland and abroad, including
such well established stages as Heineken Open'er Festival 2009, Free Form Festival, or Transvizualia, to name but a few. The EP created a stir among music journalists and a growing number of fans alike.
At the end of 2009 GRABEK was invited by Piotr Stelmach of Radio Channel 3 (Trójka) to Offensywa programme, during which he performed live at the legendary Agnieszka Osiecka Studio. One of the songs recorded during that session was included on the compilation album ‘Offsesje 2,’ the second album in the history of Polish music featuring radio sessions.
Music journalists often compare GRABEK to Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin. The artist himself admits to his fascination with Icelandic alternative scene and the works of... Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.
Wojtek Grabek hails from an artistic family. Encouraged by his mother, a violinist, at the age of six he began playing the violin. After eight years, he left the school of music to devote himself to the languages and culture of Scandinavia. However, he never lost touch with music, he secretly composed in the comfort of his home studio, and finally decided to show his work to others.
Although he has an uncompromising approach to his music, he invited a group of musical friends to contribute to his debut album ‘8.’ On the album you can hear Daga Gregorowicz, Tomek ‘Ragaboy’ Osiecki, Agata Klonecka and Barbara Karlik. Lyrics to one of the songs were written by his wife - Carolyn Trotman. The album was produced in cooperation with Bartłomiej Frank.
Among the sponsors – friends are: Hörmann Sp. z o.o., Elektro-Klim, Press-Service Monitoring Mediów Sp. z o.o., Black Hog Studio Reklamy, Morski Studio Graficzne.
Media patrons include: Polskie Radio Trójka, MySpace Polska, Życie Warszawy, Głos Wielkopolski, Gazeta Współczesna, muzyka.pl and uwolnijmuzyke.pl.