Przemek “Prez” Hotlaś is a Polish-born fingerstyle guitarist who actively performs and teaches across the South West of the UK.
Born in Kamienna Góra, around 60 miles from Wrocław, in 1996, he became interested in music at the age of 14, when he began playing acoustic guitar. A year later, he began to study fingerstyle music.
Upon moving to the, UK, Prez studied first at South Devon College, where his first EP, “Deosil”, was created. Since then his experimentation with sounds has developed, culminating in the recent EP “Looking Back For Hope”, in which he collaborated with the Spanish electric guitarist Oscar Dominguez Vazquez. After moving to Cornwall, Prez studied contemporary music techniques at Falmouth University, taking a special interest in such topics as minimalism and sound experimentation. At the same time, he began working with Cornwall Music Service Trust and branched out into teaching children. Now he offers private lessons in guitar and group and one-on-one tuition in ukulele, both face-to-face and on Skype.
Since achieving his music degree, Prez has moved towards the field of percussive guitar, and is also interested in – and has studied – other styles of playing including classical, flamenco and electric guitar, which have enriched and developed the profundity of his musical expression.
In 2019 Prez launched himself as an active performer, and appeared at a variety of venues and festivals across the UK, including Calstock Arts, Falmouth Poly, Cornwall Folk Festival and Stonehenge Solstice Festival. In addition he was invited to take part in Hellys International Guitar Festival’s “H-Factor” competition, where he reached the finals.
Festival Director and international concert artist Ben Salfield was so impressed by Prez that he has invited him to give a ukulele workshop and to perform at the 2020 edition of the festival.
Influenced stylistically by such names as Ewan Dobson, Andy McKee and Antoine Dufour, Prez aims to spend 2020 expanding his performances and composing music.