Rafał Kułakowski – he does not like mondays, but he really likes… music ;). Meet the man who made our trips much more pleasant experience :). Since the end of 2016 he has been running a very developing profile @igerswroclaw. Rafał can be found on Instagram as @rkulakowski. He also runs his personal blog www.kulakovski.pl and is a passionate playlist creator. Asked to say a few words about himself, he says:
I have been living in Wrocław since… forever. It’s the city I love, however that love is slowly comes to an end. The more I travel, the more I want to escape from Wrocław. The idea of having an Instagram account popped into my head in 2012, but at the beginning it was a business account of my t-shirt project. Instagram and photos are my number one hobbies, but my real passion is music. Although I cannot play any musical instrument, I listen to the music a lot. Music is like an addiction to me and it helped me many times during various periods of my life. Rock and metal genres are my favourite ones. I only take photos using my mobile phone.
What made you create playlists?
You can read about it on my blog. Once, as one of the few I had a recorder (bought it working two months during holidays handing out leaflets) and I recorded the music for everyone. If there was space left on CD, I used to add some songs. Sometimes, if there was space left on the record, I would add some tracks. When I closed down my T-shirt business, I was looking for a job, I was running, I was going to the gym and I was tired of constantly ripping everything on the phone. Then I became interested in Spotify and so I started to do it. I connected it to the blog and how it started. However, after some time it drew me so much that I can not stand alone without a new playlist. It’s kind a weekend ritual.
How did it happen that you started to create trips playlists?
The idea came during the trip to Szczecin. Almost 6 hours spent in the train made me think that it might be worth introducing people to the atmosphere of the city they are going to visit and photograph. Music is my life and I began to think that I can make playlists referring to a specific city. I started searching for artists and this how the idea of a playlist for MPT meetings was created. Damian liked it so I made playlists that reflected the character of the cities we visited. It was important for me to show the difference in the song texts between, for example, bands from Katowice and Warsaw. The same type of music (hip hop), but two different points – something like West Coast and East Coast in the USA ;).
Do you have a favourite song?
It’s hard for me to describe myself with only one song. My music adventure began when I listened to Natalia Kukulska’s song “Puszek Okruszek”, bouncing to her next to the bed;). Then there was a huge fascination with Metallica, but probably no band helped me with their music like Coma. It was the first Polish band whose sound fascinated me much. Coma was with me during good and bad times. It seems to me that the song that describes me best is “Daleka droga do domu (The Long Way Home).
Which photo from your gallery would reflect the atmosphere of this song best?
The sun here falls only on one of the building fragments, while the others are hidden in the dark. You can say that I have always stood from the crowd ;).
Finally, the question about trips of this edition – what are you waiting for the most and why?
(Rafał gave this interview during the second edition of MPT)*
I am interested in all, but the first which unfortunately I could not take part in – Katowice, interested me the most. For several years Katowice has been consciously building its brand through artistic activities. Many people still think it is a dirty and dangerous city, but in my opinion it is a dark horse in the race for the cultural capital of Poland. You do not need to look for examples – even the concert of Miuosh x Jimek in NOSPR, which made the city to be noticed everywhere. In addition, Katowice is aimed at culture for young people and it works. Due to the fact that Katowice was always kind of inaccessible, it is interesting and little known at the same time. There are no crowds of tourists, that is why, in my opinion, the natural atmosphere of this city is kept.
Thank you, Rafał!
* editor’s note 😉