VICTOR is finalist winner of John Lennon Songwriting Contest
The retro rock band Doctor Victor, known mainly for their energetic live performances and uncompromised rock sound, are currently celebrating the achievement of their front man Vojta Bureš, a.k.a. Victor, who made it through to the finals of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
He succeeded with his song Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll, on which he recorded all of the instruments, vocals, and which he also produced and mixed by himself.
Watch a video of Victor recording Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll HERE
This multi-genre competition, which is entered by thousands of songwriters from around the world each year, aims to pass on the legacy of John Lennon and support up-and-coming songwriters. It was founded in 1997 and its doors are open to both professional musicians and amateurs. The contestants compete in 12 categories according to genre and the judges include, among others, singer Fergie, music legends George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Sheila E and legendary bass guitarist Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It was them who sent Vojta Bureš to the finals with his song Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll.
“Where have all the riffs gone?! Look no further than Doctor Victor from Prague and their John Lennon Songwriting Contest winning entry “Can’t Stop R'n'R." This song is the embodiment of unapologetic rock & roll and most importantly brings together a refreshing combination of raw energy, noise and songwriting.”
Matthew Reich - Vice President, Tours and U.S. Tours and Promotions, John Lennon Songwriting Contest
The entry fees of the contestants are also used to finance the educational John Lennon bus, which houses a mobile recording studio. Therefore, the competition benefits not only its winners, but also children from the United Kingdom, who have the opportunity of learning to record music and create video clips and documentaries as part of their school classes.
The band Doctor Victor, who are active performers, were chosen to support the legendary AC/DC during their concert in the Czech Republic.
On top of that, the energetic trio has toured the United States once and the United Kingdom twice and boasts collaborations with bass guitarist Ida Nielsen and Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty, with whom they recorded his third studio album. To this date, however, they have only released one album of their own. It bears the fitting name 1stPrescription and is available only electronically on the band’s official website.
Doctor Victor played alongside bandmate of Dave Grohl in Paris.
The Prague rock trio Doctor Victor played for the first time in the renowned club Bus Palladium in Paris.
It is associated with celebrities such as the Beatles, Mick Jagger or Salvador Dali. During their concert they offered a show with no effects inspired by the music of the sixties and seventies. After a series of shows in the UK, the band moved to France to add the fourth major country on the list next to the US and Germany to present their raw music. On the evening of October 3, Doctor Victor, on posters announced as Docteur Victor, performed alongside the guitarist Alain Johannes. This originally Chilean musician is known for working with John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Josh Homm from Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters in the Them Crooked Vultures supergroup. He has also worked with Arctic Monkeys, PJ Harvey and Mark Lanegan.
Doctor Victor arrived in America on Thursday. They will be the first Czech band to perform at the music fair The NAMM Show in Anaheim.
They will perform on January 26. A day later, they will perform at the Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles, on January 30 at the West Hollywood Peppermint Club in Los Angeles, and on January 31 at the famous Whiskey A GoGo in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
At the beginning of their stay overseas, the Prague trio Doctor Victor will perform as part of the accompanying programme at the annual event for musicians and music enthusiasts, The NAMM Show fair. They will play at an event where Slash, Jack White and former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich performed in the past. At the trade fair, which will take place from January 24 till January 27, Doctor Victor, declaring themselves a seventies hard rock band, will perform alongside musicians from the music industry in the whole world.
They will then play three concerts in Los Angeles, a city ever so famous for rock music. Doctor Victor got together in 2013 when they won the Global Battle of Bands Contest or Hard Rock Rising Contest. A year later, a tour with Lucie followed and the coming year a song Beautiful Age was ranked among seventy best in the American UO Competition. The year 2016 brought the band the opportunity to be a pre-band on the Chinaski tour and to perform at the AC/DC concert in Prague, where they presented their debut album 1st Prescription. The next year they went on a tour in the UK,
where they stopped at a recording studio with Dan McCafferty, a former Nazareth singer. This year seems to be about the single Stand Up which has enjoyed huge success in Italy where it can be heard on fifty radio stations.