Leoš Hort alias HRTL is a producer, modular synthesizer virtuoso and an expert on its operation and music production. He is the founder of cassette format label Bükko Tapes as well as an active member of the internationally acclaimed Bastl Instruments collective from Brno, which focuses on handcrafted open-source music hardware.
Tomáš Kelar, music director of the Kabinet Múz club, nominated producer HRTL:
“In my opinion HRTL is the best candidate for export for a couple of reasons. The practical one represents the low costs when traveling abroad compared to the costs of a four-member band. That is very important when it comes to starting a career abroad. He is also very talented, he has been working with technologies such as modular for quite some time now, and he knows how to work with them when it comes to music as well as their maintenance. He is able to build them as well as work with them in showrooms. That means that the direction he chose is not only his passion and his hobby, but also profession outside of his music production. When it comes to his performance skills, he is one of the best in the Czech Republic. His show is very entertaining, unpredictable and different each time he performs and that is his great strength.”
Leoš Hort has studied at the University of Pécsi and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno. His production is not constrained by the functionality of the hardware or by the rules of a particular genre and his sound ranges from eighties house, playful techno to bubbling electro. In his music, you can hear creative dance rhythms as well as rich melodies and changing moods. HRTL released his first EP titled Hydroxid in 2014 on his own label. A year later, HRTL released the Dataloss LP for which he received the Anděl Music Award in the electronic music category. His main forte is improvisation and his shows are full of energy. He states that he is not making the melodies with his hands but with his head. Currently he is probably performing abroad more often than locally and he is working on new projects in collaboration with couple of foreign labels.