SPOTLIGHT ON teepee
Emerging from a burgeoning indie music Prague scene, dream pop / indie folk duo teepee promotes hope and empowerment.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text F. GONZALEZ

In their first tetrad as a musical duo, teepee have created their own dreamlike soundscape fostered since their first meeting in a Pilsen high school. With an intrinsic love of music, both Tereza Lavičková and Miroslav Patočka have taken to the guitar as their instrument of choice to create their unique hypnotic ethereal indie folk mark—a sound they have been nurturing since the debut of their first release Albatross in 2016.

From humble musical beginnings of playing in pubs and clubs, teepee have emerged from a burgeoning indie music Prague scene to festivals where they have shared their music to bigger crowds.

An indie folk duo in essence, they forge their sound with layers of electronica, weaving distortions, spectral beats and repurposing fretted instruments throughout that share space with Sigur Rós, Björk or Aurora. When not performing, teepee gain inspiration in their private time and share their ideas in the studio happily lost for hours evolving their sound and striving to master sonic technology.

Interview:  02/2020 with teepee

teepee, a dream pop duo from Prague, photo by Bert Spangemacher
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Tereza Lavičková (vocals / electric guitar) // Miroslav Patočka (vocals / acoustic guitar, synth) 
Tereza wears RAY-BAN Hexagonal Optics // Miroslav wears OLIVER PEOPLES Rikson

Artist Name teepee
Genre dream pop / indie folk
Members Tereza Lavičková (vocals / electric guitar), Miroslav Patočka (vocals / acoustic guitar, synth)
Based in Prague
Playing together since 2015
Recent Album Where the Ocean Breaks
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Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Tereza: Dreamy, emotional, honest.

What did you listen to when growing up?
Tereza: Different kinds of music, but my grandma introduced me to jazz and swing when I was very little. So artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong or Frank Sinatra are always gonna be my dirty pleasure.

Miroslav: My dad is a big country music lover, so I was mostly surrounded by country or folk tunes.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
Tereza: For me it’s Norwegian artist Aurora. I just love the way she makes music, so honest and pure. I can listen to her songs over and over and they still make me tear up. Also Billie Eilish’s journey is really inspiring.

Miroslav: I am a huge fan of all Justin Vernon’s projects such as Bon Iver, Volcano Choir or the Big Red Machine, mostly for his openness to musical expressions and honesty in his music.

teepee, dream pop duo from Prague, photographed by Bert Spangemacher
teepee
Miroslav Patočka (vocals / acoustic guitar, synth) // Tereza Lavičková (vocals / electric guitar)
Miroslav wears RAY-BAN Tucson RB5382 // Tereza wears RAY-BAN Round Solid Evolve RB3447

Who are you listening to right now?
Miroslav: Apart from trying to fill the gaps in Pink Floyd’s discography I currently really enjoy Rob Lewis, Karina or Conner Youngblood.

Tereza: I totally love the new album from King Princess!

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
Tereza: I think one of the craziest things was when we played at Grape Festival two summers ago. The trip was a disaster from the beginning to the end. First, on the way there both of our cars collapsed and we had to take a very expensive taxi from Uherské Hradiště to Piešťany. When we arrived to the festival a huge thunderstorm started. Our show was the next day and we didn’t have any tent ‘cause we were planning to sleep at our cars. So all 7 of us had to stay in our friend’s very tiny car with our stuff as well. There was basically no space at all and our manager ended up sleeping in the trunk of the car together with his girlfriend. When you close yourself in the trunk of a car you can’t actually open it from inside so they got stuck there and woke us all up in the morning yelling and kicking so we would let them out…

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
Tereza: I really liked Colours of Ostrava, it is an awesome festival, plus we had a good show there.

Miroslav: I really like Café v Lese in Prague, it always has a great atmosphere and it almost feels like our music home. Apart from that, I totally fell in love with A38 Hajó which is a gorgeous venue on a boat in Budapest with an amazing production team.

Three words to describe your fans.
Tereza: Cool, loving, kind.

teepee – dreaming unique hypnotic ethereal indie folk from Prague, photo by Bert Spangemacher
teepee
Tereza Lavičková (vocals / electric guitar) // Miroslav Patočka (vocals / acoustic guitar, synth)
Tereza wears RAY-BAN Hexagonal Optics // Miroslav wears RAY-BAN Round Solid Evolve RB3447 

Favorite eyewear brand?
Tereza: Bay Ban! Which is Indian alternative of Ray Ban! It was so hilarious to me that I bought like 4 pairs of these while I was in India.

Miroslav: Still exploring, but I’d probably stick with the old good classic Ray Ban (mostly because I haven’t got the chance to try the Bay Ban yet).

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
Tereza: We just released a new album „Where the Ocean Breaks“ and we are going on our first bigger European tour as a support for the British band Seafret. So it is a quite busy and exciting time for us!

Where do you see yourself in ten years‘ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
Tereza: I would love to have a house in some village near Prague with my own studio, where I would be making music till the day I die.

Miroslav: Same here! In terms of our band we hope to keep on doing what we love, which is making and recording music and getting a chance to play it to as many people as possible, while hopefully exploring new places.

Tereza Lavičková from teepee, photographed by Bert Spangemacher
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Tereza Lavičková (vocals / electric guitar)
Eyewear by RAY-BAN Round Solid Evolve RB3447
teepee's Miroslav Patočka, photo by Bert Spangemacher
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Miroslav Patočka (vocals / acoustic guitar, synth)
Eyewear by RAY-BAN Tucson RB5382