Composer, producer and Czech indie legend Jan P. Muchow turns 50

Jan P. Muchow

Jan P. Muchow, whose Ecstasy of St. Theresa rank as perhaps THE Czech independent group, turns 50 on June 21. In recent years Muchow has focused mainly on producing and writing music, including for a number of notable films.  

In the early to mid 1990s Ecstasy of St. Theresa achieved things no other Czech indie band did: getting signed by a UK label, featuring in Britain’s independent charts and recording a session for John Peel’s radio show.

While EOST were still in their heyday Jan P. Muchow starred in a now legendary film centred on Prague’s club scene, Whisper. A few years later he delivered several memorable songs for another much-loved film, Loners, including the classics Lucky Boy and For that Moment.

As the group, which underwent several line-up changes, became less active Muchow became a much sought-after producer, helping a number of artists launch their careers and score major successes.

Simultaneously he composed music for a whole slew of movies, winning multiple Czech Lion national film awards. Most recently he has worked with David Ondříček, a regular collaborator, on his much anticipated biopic Zátopek.