You come from a Polish environment, what sort of
benefits do you see in this?
I have less prejudice towards other nationalities,
I would say, that I am quite a tolerant person. Living
on the border is sort of like having or not having
siblings. People that had to learn to respect others
in their childhood, and grew up in a competitive
environment, where two groups are fighting for
attention, then that is something different. I find it
similar to living in an area that is split between two
different mentalities. This type of environment can
make people xenophobic as well, but that is the
Most importantly, however, our region gave me the
advantage of being able to sing in Czech as well as
Polish, to work in both markets, and I can be taken
as “at home” in both of them. Interviews, lyrics and
concerts can all be done in languages native to me,
which is a big plus. Thanks to the fact that I am from
this region, I am able to maintain a career in two
countries, which is an unbelievable advantage. I am
very grateful for where I come from.
We can see, however, that in the Czech Republic,
there are many successful people in the music
industry that come from Třinec or its surroundings…
Kryštof, Nohavica, Klus, Mirai, and many others-that is the beauty of our Moravian-Silesian Region.
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Not only were you born in Třinec, but you also had your
first concert here. In your opinion, how has Třinec, and
the region in general, changed?
I have not lived there for 5 years now, but I go there
to visit my parents, for performances and celebrations
with my close friends, so I try to visit as much as I can.
Either way, now that I am more disconnected from
the daily happenings of the region, I don’t want to
play smart and pretend I know what life is like there
right now. Now that Vendryně is my home, I can see
that it is still as beautiful as before. When it comes to
architecture, I would dare to say that there are more
historic and interesting regions, like Olomouc, Brno,
and Prague, but I do believe that our nature is “on
fleek” and I think we should protect it.
How would you describe the Moravian-Silesian Region
to people from Prague?
The people here are hard working, determined, and
have good morals (at least the ones I know). There is also
beautiful nature here, such as the Beskyd Mountains.
Třinec and Teschen Silesia are unique thanks to
a creative population that has been able to achieve
something with their business, and you can often meet
them in Prague or abroad. Do you meet these sorts of
people, and what do you think motivates them?
I meet them, and I am always proud of them! Many
talented people from many fields, like medicine, come