Markus Kavka

Moderator, author and DJ

Markus Kavka (*1967) is a presenter, author and DJ from Berlin. During his studies of theatre and communication sciences in Erlangen he gathered his first experience as a music journalist: he worked as a host with Radio Downtown and wrote his first articles for music magazines and local newspapers. 

Finally, his path led Markus to the TV music channels VIVA and VIVA2 and later to MTV where he quickly advanced to become the channel face, hosting and producing among others "MTV News", "Rockzone“ and “BrandNEU". In 2009, Markus hosted several editions of the programme "Wahl im Web" as well as two editions of "Kavka" on ZDFinfo, a politics and society talkshow.

In 2009, he also presented the "Bayerischer Filmpreis" (Bavarian film award) on 3sat together with Steffen Seibert where he also hosted the series "Frau Kuttner und Herr Kavka" together with Sarah Kuttner in 2010. In 2009 and 2010, he presented the music documentary "Number One" on Kabel Eins. In 2012, he changed to ZDFkultur with the format where it was continued in 2013. 

Moreover, he hosted "Bier on tour" for ServusTV as well as the Grimme Online Award in 2013. Since 2014, he has been the presenter of "Unicato" (MDR). In 2015, Kavka returned to music TV with his programme "Kavka Deluxe" on Deluxe Music and has also worked as a host at "European Qualifiers" on RTLnitro since then. Since 2017 Markus can again regularly be heard on air with his programme on egoFm.  

Since the end of the nineties Markus has toured Germany and Europe as a DJ. His musical repertoire ranges from tech house through to deep house and techno. Traditionally, he opens the 'Melt!' festival, and he has been active at other techno/house festivals for years. 

Moreover, Markus is known as an author. From 2005 to 2008 he wrote the column "Elektrische Zahnbürsten" (electrical toothbrushes) for In 2007, selected contributions were published in the book (publishing house Berlin Verlag); in the same year he published the dialogue book "Mach mir mal ́ne Nudelsuppe, bevor ich dich besudel, Puppe!", in 2008, it was followed by his second collection of columns, "Hamma wieder was gelernt", in March 2011, he eventually published his first novel "Rottenegg". Each book was accompanied by a book tour. 

In addition, Markus is co-initiator of the"" blog and was presented with the Grimme Online Award in 2008. He also actively supports the non-profit organisations "Freunde fürs Leben" (friends for live) and "Junge Helden" (young heroes).