Mikolas Josef will represent Czech Republic at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Lie To Me'.
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Mikolas Josef is a composer, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and director of music videos. He grew up in Prague and Znojmo, but now lives mainly in Vienna. Mikolas comes from a family of musicians and has been playing the guitar since he was five.
Mikolas graduated from The English College in Prague and although his study grades were good enough for him to go to prestigious UK colleges, he opted not to keep studying, but to get on with his musical career. Aged 17, Mikolas won the highest meritorious award from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts; the Gold Medal with distinction for solo acting. He has not yet taken up a career in acting though.
Just before embarking on his musical career, Mikolas spent a year working as an international model, for major global fashion brands. He cut his promising modelling career short, rejecting practices within the industry. After leaving the modelling world, he headed to European cities including Oslo, Zurich, Hamburg, Vienna, and Prague, where he made a living as a street musician. After a year of travelling he invested his savings in his creative work, which in 2015 resulted in his first single and video-clip Hands Bloody.
Mikolas became better known to Czech fans after his second single Free. This song has been ranked the fourth most played local song in the Czech Republic. The single Believe held the top slot of the most prestigious Czech hit charts, the Evropa 2 music chart, for 3 weeks. After Believe, Mikolas moved to Vienna, invited there by the renowned European sound-mix engineer Nikodem Milewski who later became, in Mikolas’ words, his "musical mentor". Milewski, who works closely with the best in Europe, including Felix Jaehn, Sam Smith, Klangkarusell and many others, also worked with Mikolas on his latest single, Lie to Me.