Michal Lapaj is a Polish keyboardist best known as a member of the progressive rock-metal band Riverside (founded in 2001). He released five albums with Riverside and toured with the band across the Europe, North and South America.
Following their 2003 debut “Out of Myself”, the band were signed by major prog label InsideOut, releasing “Second Life Syndrome” in 2005 (the first album with Lapaj on keys), “Rapid Eye Movement” in 2007, “Anno Domini High Definition” in 2009, “Shrine of New Generation Slaves” in 2013 and “Love, Fear and the Time Machine” in 2015.
Lapaj is a self-taught musician. He started playing keyboards at the age of 4. In 1995 he started to learn to play the flute in a musical school, but quickly found out he was more attracted to the keyboards and found his way to the Organists Training Institute and a private school of jazz music. He says he’s been playing a lot of instruments in his life, but keyboards are most fulfilling for him. It is their variety and range of sounds that allow him to put his ideas into practice. He is a fan of analog synthesizers (such as Prophet 5, Minimoog or Korg MS-20), Hammond organs and theremin.
Among his favourite artists he mentions Pink Floyd, Yes and Deep Purple, and number one on the list is his idol Jon Lord, to who he attributes inspiring his love for the organs.
Lapaj was also a guest on several albums, including Lunatic Soul “Lunatic Soul” (2008), Antigama’s “Meteor” (2013) and Behemoth’s “The Satanist” (2013), providing keyboards and Hammond organs.