Thanks to Etia Creations Crew, launching a party series on Fridays in Ljubljana’s club Plac 33/45;they already hosted what german’s Desolat records are calling ‘ best kept secret of Serbia’s electronic music’, Shoxy, here is the interview.
Can you describe your personal best career moment?
There have been many from 1998 up to today. Each moment, when you become one with the public, is for me the best thing that can happen in the work I do. If I would have to decide on one moment, it would be my gigs in clubs Industria in Beograd, Circoloco DC10, Sonus festival, special after parties in Ibiza etc.
How have those moments influenced you?
I work in the music industry because of those moments, for the good parties.Those moments remind me, why I love music and why I even do my work. It is nice to finally get recognition for my work after 20 years. Each moment I am surrounded by people I love, is special for me. A chance to gig for my fans and friends gives me joy. Next to that, the support of people such as Chris Liebing, Loco Dice, David Squillace, Umek, Valntino Kanzyani and others means a lot to me. I appreciate them all, am thankful for their support and I am glad the music brought us together.
Which one of your releases means the most and how did it come to that release?
My first release at Ignition Records is important, just because it was my first. If i have to stress some others, it would definitely be my record for MiniSketch, David Squillace’s label. It was released in 2006 and rose up on the ‘Top10 Best seller’ chart on Beatport, and at the same time, it got great feedback from other DJs. The label launched names like Dubfire and Paul Ritch and many others at that time. It came to that release pretty easily, I sent my demo tracks on their info contact, to which they responded that they liked it. That was it. There is no big secret, just music. After that, I had 3 more releases on their label. I am fond of all of those releases, because in that time, not many people produced that funky minimal scene, which is over popular today.
Where do you get your inspiration? Considering that most of your tracks are pretty special and include all sorts of instrumental inputs, which seperates you from other producers.
I don’t have an exact answer. There are many unreleased tracks. The inspiration probably comes from my life. Living in Serbia at the time of war and making music at the same time, is probably my biggest inspiration. Because of sanctions, my generation was not allowed to leave the country up until 2005, but we still managed to buy records, spin music, even during the bombing attack on Serbia in 1999. That feeling, while being inside the club, when you don’t know what is happening outside on the street, is terrible. You don’t know if your city has been bombed, you don’t know what will happen to you on the way back to home, you don’t know what’s happening to your family and friends. That is probably when you recognize the value of life and what life is. That is the most important. I remember a gig during the Beograd bombing, while a siren was wheeling. We lost a lot of time because there was nobody we could learn from. All the good parties and festivals were happening far from Beograd and there were no producers who made electronic music in Serbia to learn from, ask for advice. There was no internet. But despite all that, we somehow pulled the scene together in that time and today you can hear many foreign DJs in Serbia. And maybe, if we hadn’t started it all, there would be no Exit festival and other events. But I am glad to have been a part of this pioneer generation, who succeeded to make techno sound in Serbia. I only know that it took a rough road to get me where I am today. But all this gives me even more energy and power to continue. All this inspires me, like other producers who make good music across the world. I appreciate everything in life and I see a purpose in my life today. I spread love, knowledge and a good vibe around me.
Your outlook on mp3 versus vinyl records?
I prefer vinyl and only use vinyl on my gigs. Mp3 is a product of the industry and is meant to be used for internet music stream. I don’t think mp3s belong in clubs because there is ‘full range sound’ system in clubs, which can produce the highest sound quality. I am not saying that mp3 is a bad format and I think it suits most people, but it is not for the true music lovers. The bigger problem is that we have Djs, who spin 128 kb or 96 kb in clubs, or even tracks from YouTube. That sounds awful in a club. I would be happy to see a change happening, because today fast internet is available everywhere and hard discs come with a great capacities, so that we can have better quality.