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The Czech DJ and producer Michael Burian is one of the best-known artists
in the modern music scene in the Czech Republic and among the hottest DJs
in Central Europe. He fills venues such as the O2 Arena in Prague, plays
before crowds of hundreds of thousands at international festivals and
regularly tours Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia.
As founding head of Bohemian Recordings, Michael Burian fosters young
talents and releases his own projects. In 2012 his hit “Beautiful Love”
reached No. 1 in the Czech radio charts and his radio show “Dance
EXXtravaganza”, broadcast by the Czech Republic’s largest radio station,
Radio Evropa 2, is heard by fans around the world.
In 2011 Michael Burian teamed up with another Burian, Robert, and their
production alliance Burian & Burian has since been producing international
hit tracks. Michael Burian also pursues other music projects and since
2010 has played live sell-out concerts with a symphony orchestra at venues
that include the New World Center in Miami. Yet his name extends beyond
the music scene: from 2005 to 2010 he was brand ambassador for the Diesel
fashion label in the Czech and Slovak Republics. In 2003 the illustrious
Czech Academy of Popular Music invited him to serve on the jury of the
Andel Awards, a role in which he applied his artistic knowledge for
several years. He is a regular guest on the Czech music channel Ocko-TV
and on MTV, writes columns for a range of music magazines and has received
a string of accolades for his musical accomplishments. Beyond the world of
music he is part of a campaign in favour of more democracy and larger
election turnouts in the Czech Republic; he and Vaclav Havel and a host of
other well-known Czech personalities are involved in the antikomunismus.cz
Commenting on his passion, artist Michael Burian says: “Ever since I can
remember, music has always been a special part of my life. At my concerts,
especially through the interaction with my audience, I’m always
overwhelmed by the sheer power that connects us. I’m happy and thankful
that I have the opportunity to really live my profession and I couldn’t
imagine ever doing anything else. The energy that comes out of musical
creativity is just indescribable.”
Beyond his work as resident DJ in legendary Prague clubs, headlining at
festivals and events around the world and a consistent stream of new
tracks, there have been other milestones in the career of DJ and producer
In 2011 he published with singer Victoria the summer hit “Secret”. Burian
& Burian, his partnership with Robert Burian (no family relation), was
founded in the same year.
Since 2010 he has been expanding his musical horizons, appearing live with
a symphony orchestra. The performances to capacity crowds at the New World
Center in Miami Beach are unforgettable, frisson-filled experiences. (link
to http://youtu.be/k0gUPAb2c0A )
In 2009 Michael Burian played his hit “Vltava” in front of a live
20,000-strong audience in Prague’s O2 Arena. The YouTube clip of this
performance has since been viewed over 500,000 times. (link to
In 2008 he toured India and the USA and played at the Amnesia during the
Ibiza season. In the same year “Vltava” was released on Bohemian
In 2007 he set up his Prague-based label, Bohemian Recordings, publishes
his own tracks, “Michael Burian – the DVD”, and became producer to Jean
Luc and other up-and-coming talents. That year also saw the release of
Michael Burian’s “The First Chapter” EP.
In 2006 Michael Burian mounted his own mega show, “Michael Burian and
Friends”, before packed audiences in Prague’s T-Mobile Arena, appearing
alongside Paul van Dyk, No. 1 DJ in the world rankings, and other top
artists. He also headlined at open-air festivals, including the Berlin
Loveparade with its 1.3 million participants, Energy and Streetparade in
Zurich, SpaceParade Slovakia, Creamfields in Poland, and in the Czech
Republic: the Summer of Love, Time Warp in Prague, Machac Open Air Beach
Festival and other events.
In 2005 Michael Burian received a string of awards for his achievements
including a second Czech Dance Award for “Best National DJ of the Year”.
His radio programme “Dance EXXtravaganza” on the largest Czech station,
Radio Evropa 2, brought him more dance accolades and he got an award in
the “Best Event” category for his Visage parties during his residency at
the legendary Club Roxy in Prague. He also toured India, Central America
and Europe and embarked on a big tour of eastern Europe with international
mega star Tiesto.
Michael Burian’s sell-out international appearances and the events held in
Prague’s T-Mobile arena, attended by over 40,000 people, brought him to
the attention of the music scene. In 2005 he played increasingly at
international events and produced an EP featuring the “Praha”, “River” and
“Metro” tracks for the Circle Music label in Munich; the EP received the
highest possible rating in the German music magazine Raveline. A video
accompanying the release of “Praha” was broadcast on the Czech music
channel Ocko-TV, Viva Poland, the Czech Prima-TV, MTV India, RTL-Luxemburg
and MTV South America.
In the same year Michael Burian added two new series of parties to his
residency. His “Bohemian Night” in Prague’s most celebrated club, Duplex,
was soon an unmissable fixture on the nightclub circuit and at the
legendary Roxy he started hosting his “ZEN” nights.
2004 heralded a new chapter in the career of Michael Burian. Taking up a
residency as DJ in Prague’s Roxy, he launched his series of Visage
parties. Visage was so popular that he repeated the format at other clubs,
among them the Fabric in Ostrava and the famous Club Capitol, New Delhi in
India. He also played at the Loveparade in Mexico City in front of a crowd
In 2003 Michael Burian brought out his “Tender Young Flesh” mix, an album
distributed worldwide on the Intergroove label. The German division of
Universal Music included his “Hotmale” track on a compilation release.
2003 was also the first year that he was invited by the Czech Academy of
Popular Music to be a member of the jury selecting the winners of the
Czech Andel Music Awards, a position he held for a number of years. An
Andel in the Czech Republic is the equivalent of a German Echo or a Grammy
in the US.
Michael Burian was on the international ascendant throughout 2002,
appearing before 55,000 people at the Creamfields festival in England, the
largest of its kind in the world. His sets, packed with energy and
passion, secured him advance billing at Creamfields for a number of years.
He also appeared in the Amnesia nightclub for Cream Ibiza.
He has performed under his birth name since 2001. That year he picked up
his first DJ of the Year title at the Czech Dance Music Awards and was
soon being booked for all the big events across the country, but his
reputation was already extending beyond the borders of the Czech Republic.
He appeared at seminal events in England, Germany, Poland, Hungary and
Michael Burian’s career in music began at the tender age of 15, when he
got the dance floor shaking at a school party. This was his moment of
realisation that electronic music would play a major role in his life. He
played his first gigs under the name Electromajk, organised and promoted
his own events and produced successful CD mixes. These included among
others the tracks “Nextera Evolution Beat” and “Trancing”, rated by
Tripmag magazine as one of the most successful CDs.