Zoltán Beck was born in Ajka, Hungary, in 1971, and is a songwriter, singer and teacher of Roma Studies at the University of Pécs. With his brother, László Beck, he started the alternative rock band 30Y in 2000. Musically, the five-piece band is close to 90s American rock music, but their style resists categorisation. In 2012 Beck was awarded the prize for Song of the Year for ‘Azért jöttem’ (That’s Why I Came). As well as his own texts, he sets the poems of contemporary Hungarian poets to music.