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Drummers’ Day 2016, Atelje 212 (Belgrade)

There are a lot of praises to be held for my friend, colleague and above all, my childhood hero – Dragoljub Đuričić. He managed to pull the 4-th Drummers’ day in a row, which, in our living conditions and our government’s blind eye on culture, is an unthankful task. Being a machine of a man that he is and a guy who always went head-first through a wall to accomplish his plans, I had no doubt that he’ll manage it again.

It was a big project that included many legends of Yugoslavian music scene: Dragoljub Đuričić (Leb i Sol), Slobodan Stojanović Kepa (Smak), Dragan Jankelić Điđi (Bijelo Dugme), Boban Đorđević (Generacija 5), Lav Bratuša (Darkwood Dub), Ivan Fece Firchie (EKV), Uroš Šećerov; also younger guys: Igor Malešević, Marko Kuzmanović, Srđan Dunkić Johnny, Dragan Krstić Gaga, Goran Milošević, myself, and a lot younger – Đurađ Đuričić.

It is the first time I’ve performed a song from my album live with a band, so I was a bit nervous how it’s gonna sound and how people are gonna react to it. The musicians in my band (wittily named The MD’s), namely Vladimir Dragović, Marijo Pajić, Nenad Paunović – were a great bunch of talented, young, inspirational people and we’ve worked together many times, but never as a fusion jazz band. We’ve performed only one song, Element, and it made it even more exciting that we only had five minutes to be good at it. The people were pleased, as much as I can say from one applause, and most importantly – we’ve survived!

It has been a real festival of music and rhythm and for me a chance to finally get to know all of my childhood idols. As I’ve had finished my performance early, I had time to chat with them in between the perfomances, and the conversations occupied my attention so much I forgot I should’ve been on the stage for the final song with Dragoljub’s fantastic group of drummers and percussionist – The Balkan Avalanche and many other famous Serbian musicians that came there just for that one song.
That was an embarrassing and a sad moment I will probably try to forget.

The short afterparty in the Atelje 212 buffet was the summary of the entire day; it was cheerful, relaxed and exciting at the same time. All the drummers were there and all the musicians that were helping out, to name a few: Aleksandar Sedlar (who, I think, played at least one of the instruments in every part of the show) and Nenad Stefanović Japanac on the bass among many others who have joined on the (infamous) final song.

I hope that this show is going to continue to grow in the next few years and become a serious international event where young drummers come to acquire knowledge and experience and I hope to be a part of it’s “growing up”.

(Photos: Željka Dimić)

“C the Light” finally Cees the Light of day! (A short story about…)

It was such a horror at the time with preparing the album and arranging a double promotion, but the grand idea and lack of sleep helped a lot. It wasn’t enough for me to just mark our double album coming out by going out on the stage and performing in front of all of our friends and colleagues. Nooo! We just HAD to make it more pompous and challenging. So the idea for the song came about in one of gazillion conversations Yeqy and I had during the earlier months of 2015. Actually, the first time ever we talked about it was 10 years prior, but we were so disorganised, young and in lack of any kind of funding back then that it was practically impossible to acomplish such an enormous task. And the first time we ever came close to that was in November 2014 when I composed a song (it was later rearranged for the Skylights album and is now called Element) which we agreed to work on, but never had enough time. Luckilly, in September 2015, both of us finally got to the drawing board and in a week we made one track that was going to be our finale at the promotion party that was scheduled for October 27th.

It wouldn’t be interesting if it was so simple. Since me and my band are working in a famous Serbian show Late Night with Ivan Ivanovic I had the idea of getting Yeqy and me to play that song as a part of announcing of the promotion party and we had, like, 5 days to prepare it for the show AND for the party because we didn’t have any more time due to our other gigs.

It has been a great priviledge to work on this song with my fabulous friend Milan Jejina a.k.a The Yeqy and we hope to bring you some more excellent news soon!

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Two Drummers, Two Albums, Two Concerts

It has been delayed a couple of times for the past two months, but it’s finally going down!
Milan “The Yeqy” Jejina and I are having our first appearance on the same stage at the same time! We’ll be performing out albums “Skylights” and “Omnivorous” for the Belgrade and Novi Sad audiences. It will also be the first time you’ll be able to get the CDs of both albums. Don’t worry, after that they’re going online and will be able for purchase to everyone on the planet!

Below are the links to the Facebook events and I hope to see you soon!


Tune to the Universe

“Skylights” reviewed by Helly Cherry

All of this is an exceptionally interesting journey, especially when you’re just starting out! I’m so thrilled to present you this reveview because it was beautifully written and has concluded what I wanted to say with this album and I hope you’ll like it too (do mind it’s in Serbian)!
A big thanks to people at Helly Cherry online magazine!

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