Filip Xavi from Belgrade, DJ and producer, is recognized as one of the true pillars of the local techno scene. As a rebel against genre he was always attracted to the more cerebral and darker side of techno. His own recognizable style rests on manipulation of hypnotic and abstract musical structures, combining them with relentless rhythm sections of drums and percussions. Here is how it all began.
- Drugstore TV
Drugstore is DIY cultural space in Belgrade, set in the space of the former slaughterhouse, with brutal interiors and intense industrial atmosphere. It all started in 2012 as a crazy unpretentious adventure by a group of like-minded enthusiasts, who wanted to make a place where art and fun will entangle. It was built out of scratch, investing nothing more than great energy and goodwill, which remained the defying logic from the day one.
Since it’s reopening in this new space in 2014, it’s been a melting pot of the city’s sub-cultural life, hosting a great number of names from different corners of the international underground music scene,ranging from contemporary techno acts to indie bands and cutting edge experimental projects – both prominent and obscure. It is also an oasis for local artists and trans-disciplinary art events.
The new era of Belgrade’s night life is on.
It’s Logic is forever twisted into a crazy loop of partying.
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Filip Xavi from Belgrade, DJ and the founder of Teskoba Recordings, is recognized as one of the true pillars of the local techno scene. As a rebel against genre and trend confinements he was always attracted to the more cerebral and darker side of techno. His own recognizable style rests on manipulation of hypnotic and abstract musical structures, combining them with relentless rhythm sections of drums and percussions. In spring 2013 his first solo EP “Inline Agents” was released for a renowned Spanish techno label “Subsist Records”, followed up by EP “Explanation Skip” (including Dasha Rush remix), which was published in November 2015 by Sonntag Morgen on their 7th vinyl installment. Both projects gained very notable feedback both from the audience and the leading players from techno circuit.
As resident of Belgrade’s techno mecca, club “Drugstore”, over the past two years he hosted and played alongside names such as: Rodhad, DVS1, Dasha Rush, Surgeon, Oscar Mulero, Phase, Dimi Angelis, Ancient Methods ,Shifted, Stanislav Tolkachev, Adam X, Elektrabel… This sequence of events led to the multiple invitations to Berlin’s legendary Tresor club (August 2014 and November 2015).
Kristijan Molnar is one of the favorite DJ’s of Belgrade audience that has a recipe for an always tonic and crowded party. Primarily known and respected for his Christallization Radio show, Kristijan is devoted to promoting gripping and exciting acts and broadcasting a wide range of saucy music; from deep techno, twisted disco, NYC house, weirdo-dark and modern wave, bitter beats or sweet soul. A fusion of dance music from all around the world can be heard in his bang-up all-nighters, mainly in Drugstore, 20/44 in Belgrade or in Zagreb’s Masters where he holds the residencies.
Since 2006 when he started his adventure into the world of electronic music, and especially after the deal with FM station, Kristijan is a constant on Serbia’s music scene and major electronic events. In addition, his international career is getting stronger with performances in Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Cyprus and Croatia. Having a specific chameleon-like quality about his DJ-ing, Kristijan manages to adapt perfectly to every event and give it a nifty twist of his own. Parties that will long be remembered are Stereotip, the closing of the Dance arena on the Exit festival, his gigs on the Sonus festival, Lovefest, Sea Dance, as well as the H A ï K U party in Paris. He shared the DJ booth with big and mighty namessuch as Black Coffee, Âme, Rødhåd, Dixon, Morphosis, Jeff Mills, Red Axes, Tale of Us, Job Jobse and more. Being jauntilyversatile, always positive, and describing himself as a primarily curious DJ, he will never fail to spice up the gig and create a smashing atmosphere for a broad range of audience.
33.10.3402 is the code name of Beograde-born artist Nenad Marković who’s been recording “elettronica-meccanica”, sonic-occult-modular and deconstructed psychedelic techno for some of the leading leftfield labels, like L.I.E.S. Records New York and ESP Institute. Marković debuted with a highly limited self-titled 12” for KUNSTKOPF, a cult Düsseldorf label and “Music From Memory” offshoot “Second Circle”.It’s far from easy to sum up 33.10.3402’s sound in simple terms: secret recording methods are being deployed clearly, and you are as likely to hear a mass of low frequencies and broken hi-hats, as you are a deadly rhythm tracks.
Jan Nemecek emerged in the early ’00s as one of the most versatile and prolific electronic producer in Serbia. He’s been known for many years as one of the most promising electronic music talents and a hidden gem of the local club scene. After growing up fascinated by early prog-rock and “kosmische” music, Jan began to experiment with long forms of ambient recordings and tape loop experiments. His first break came with sound design for hardware synthesizers such as Hartmann Neuron. Late ’00s saw him creating various forms of electronic music with special focus on ambient and improvised electronic music.
Nemecek’s beatless work radiates with patience characteristic for borderline dub sub bass movements, and is heavily based on the creative process of “recordings’ deconstructions”. He gained international respect both from audience and critics after his debut album All Things (2011), as well as numerous EPs on CC-based label Norbu, which he co-founded. Since 2014 Jan’s focus are granular synthesis and sampling, which resulted as an album release “Fragmented”. He has performed in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria and fake Republic of Kosovo. Collaborations include Brickwall Brigade (with Goran Simonoski), J-House (with Danilo Tomic) and live performances with Lukatoyboy.
Current activities include sound design work for various companies and curating the music program for Resonate Festival. Depending on the context, performances vary from a techno-influenced club live set to an improvised modular synthesizer performance.
A//O (atom/output) is the defiant technoid brainchild of Belgrade-based sound artist Petar Mirković. At the polar opposite of current mindless, all-the-same fast-paced dance music trends, A//O has, so far, blatantly refused to identify with any electronic music subgenre – let alone follow any unspoken rule in the matter of music composition and performance. Betting on dubby and obscure sonorities, A//O learned over the years to recreate out-worldly atmospheres during each and every one of his interventions – no matter where and when they were to happen. From improvised live shows at Balkan festivals to sound installations for contemporary art exhibitions, A//O always brilliantly managed to build up from silence multiple bridges to the underworld, on which the curious crowd embarked each time knowing only one thing : no one would escape unscathed.
Mangulica is the only surviving autochthonous Serbian breed of domesticated pig. Other two, SiSka and Sumadinka died out. A breed, also known as “woolen pig”, due to its good qualities, is considered a “noble”, but it almost died out in the 1980s. Its fat has up to 80 % cholesterol and triglycerides less than a common, white pig. In 1998 Mangulica was introduced in Zasavica, but unlike Podolian cattle, they are left to roam free in the reservation, becoming feral since then. A cases of breeding with wild boar are known.
Mangulica FM recreates hypothetical discotheque in which turbo folk mantras meet esoteric rituals. Mangulica FM’s live sets are a dancing journey in a shaky local bus, taking only the back roads and frequently crossing the borders between Serbia and its neighboring countries.
Emerging from their everyday communication and sharing ideas on music and modular synthesis, Jan Nemeček and Kӣr have joined their forces as STEPNƗAK. Combining their love of sub bass, drones and revolutions, STEPNƗAK distills their core sound aesthetics into a club-friendly but intense format that focuses on organic electronics and analog synthesis. Jan is in charge of the lucid and broken core techno rhythm sections, and acid-bass lines, while Kӣr is responsible for the more natural touch – the samples, percussions and modal synthesis. Their first concert was at Drugstore in early 2017 as a special quadrophonic performance.
“Kӣr” is the solo production epithet of Bane Jovančević, resident DJ and program manager of the Belgrade’s finest, club Drug§tore. Bane’s DJ sets incorporate a wide range of influences to travel far off beaten paths, drawing in inspirations from techno to new wave, incorporating power electronics, obscure ambient, folk music, twisted echoes found lost deep in wormholes, and whatever else it takes to get you feeling thoroughly unsettled, lost and disorientated whilst working up a sweat. Kӣr takes all this and pushes it one step further by using hardware, live. Its visceral music spans over wide pallet of genres, it embraces drone, repetition, rippling soundscapes and obscure sonic horizons, as well as shaman music based on the hypnosis of monolith percussions. Kӣr gifts us with a deep tribal mix, set between both dark and disorientating, and beautiful and light. As one of the connoisseurs put it “this is music from the other world coming to take you home”. Bane performed atfestivals such as Exit, Flow, 4GB, Artmospheric, Mad in Belgrade, Zdravo Mladi etc., and was a guest at numerous clubs throughout Europe (Stockholm, Berlin, Rome, Milano, Bologna, Hamburg, Vienna, Athens, Warsaw, Buchares, Sofia,…)
Lenhart Tapes is a Belgrade (Serbia) based musical project of Vladimir Lenhart. He started performing as a solo artist in October 2010, focusing on cassette tape sound manipulation. Based on ready-made principle, Lenhart selects diverse prerecorded materialand mix it live on top of original rhythmic loops, while using walkmans as musical instruments.
As a long and passionate collector of audio cassettes, Lenhart was always impressed with field recordings, ethno musicological content, spoken word and sound propaganda material, as well as audio postcards and various other forms of tape art. By using his fundus as audio structure, he intervenes on the material and brakes it into pieces and sound details, blending itthis way into his own unique sound collage. As a part of cooperation with other musicians, in 2013 he started Lenhart Tapes Orchestra, a five piece ethno-noise ensemble that re-played and re-arranged the music he previously made using walkmans.
“Lenhart stands behind a table with four old portable cassette players on it, and bursts into action, slamming cassettes in to them, bashing play and stop buttons, and generally looking like he’s about to angrily smash everything in sight. Each ‘song’ basically consists of a looped 4/4 industrial rhythm, while randomly chosen middle-eastern chants and other madness bump and grind deafeningly on top. People actually try to dance! Saxophones blast out of one cassette, while freeform white noises spills out the other. Lenhart grabs a walkman, yanks it open and starts smudging and scraping the tape itself, twisting the Walkmen’s innards to craft new strange sounds. There’s other sections that see him strangely manipulating the fast-forward function to locust-like effect. It’s a grand, shocking and utterly confusing bit of culture jamming – like the city of Belgrade herself.” (Tristan Bath, The Quietus)
Svetlana Maraš is Serbian composer and sound artist. Her music education starts very early in her childhood and extends to composition studies at the University of Art in Belgrade and many workshops and courses worldwide (Bang on a Can Summer Institute, Columbia University, Mozarteum Summer Academy, KlangkunstBuhne at UDK etc.). She graduated from Helsinki Media Lab (Aalto University).
The work of Maraš, encompasses variety of forms. Her live performances, installations, electro-acoustic and radiophonic compositions often exist on the uncommon sonic grounds which stimulate examination of listening as a creative process. She often works with found materials (mainly spoken word cut-ups), and has built her electronic sound on the roots of the sampling technology.
Her compositions have been performed at the Darmstadt International Music Institute, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Izlog suvremenog zvuka (Zagreb), International Rostrum of Composers (Wroclaw) and played on numerous radio stations and in concerts and events worldwide. She was awarded scholarship for a residency at the Spatial Sound Institute (Budapest), where she worked on 2 Kinetic studies made for the 4DSOUND system.
Svetlana Maraš’ work is closely related to radio – she composed radiophonic pieces for Radio Belgrade and ORF1 Kunstradio-Radiokunst, and was awarded Vitomir Bogic prize in 2013, for the best young radiophonic composer. Since September 2016 she is in charge of the Radio Belgrade’s Electronic Studio.
She presented her work at places such as Ear we are festival (Biel), CTM (Berlin), Espace Multimedia Gantner (Bourogne), Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), Ausland (Berlin), A38 (Budapest), Alte Schmiede (Vienna), Simultan (Timisoara), MOTA Museum of Transitory Art (Ljubljana), Musem of Contemporary Art (Belgrade) among other.
Luka Kozlovački is a Serbian electronic music composer and performer with a wide musical spectrum ranging from live electronics for various New Music ensemble and orchestral projects, musiqueconcrète/tape pieces to club oriented activities. Those long experimental analog/digital hardware improv sessions can be expected solo or in conjunction with others.
Currently, he is studying Sonology at the Dutch Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and his practice is moving towards algorithmic composition and sonic explorations of the computational space. The venues in which he has performed differ just as the style of his projects – from Cité de la musique / Philharmonie de Paris or the Kampnagel Theater in Hamburg to legendary clubs such as Under Bron Stockholm.
Incredible Bob is acclaimed visual artist known for his hallucinatory creations that illuminate clubs, museums, galleries, theaters, and open air events.In past two decades Bob developed unique visual style based on synthesis of music, lights, projections, installations and set design merging in unique event experince.
Having a strong background in avat-guarde cinema, experimental film and video art, Bob expanded his visual vocabulary with lights, lasers and optical effects, creating a synesthetic environment and manipulating spectators perception with geometry forms, multidimensional spaces and gestalt gymnastics.
Bob performed worldwide, on festivals, parties, concerts and exhibitions, providing live visuals and light design. Mutek Montreal, Mutek MX, Elevate, Todays Art, Sajeta, just to mention a few.His work was featured on Creators Project, CreateDigitalMotion, Neural Magazine…
Endless list of musicians he collaborated with, involves such names as Actress, Mika Vainio, The Orb, Moritz von Osvald, The Fall, Dan Deacon, Gudrun Gut, Lydia Lunch, Morphosis,as well as:Rodhad, Antigone, Francoise X, Tommy Four Seven, Dasha Rush, Ariel Pink, Palms Trax, Cassy Britton, Soft Moon, Deadbeat, Vril, Blind Observatory, Lubomyr Melnyk, Mary Velo, Xhin, Xosar, DVS1, Sleeparchive, Charlton, Bas Mooy, Blawan, Stanislav Tolkachev, Benjamin Fehr, Nhar, Keith Carnal, Aril Brikha, Toresch, Beau Wenzer, Jeroen Search, The Hacker, Hugo Capablanca, Bjarki, Speedy J, Andre Pahl, Inigo Kennedy, Mike Parker, Red Axes, Ø [Phase], Alex Do, Milton Bradley, Luiggi Tozzi, Jonas Kopp, Abdula Rashim,
Laurent Garnier, Miss Kittin, Chris Liebing, Ame, Dixon, Tale of Us, Tiga, Recondite, Marcel Dettmann, Loco Dice, Function, Agoria, Efdemin, Boris, Kobosil, Mathew Jonson, Terrence Fixmer, Mike Huckaby, Sebastian Mullaert, Valentin Stip, Dave Harrington, Julian Jeweil, Caleb Calloway, Umek, Maurizio Schmitz, Guy Gerber, Fabio Florido, Ben Klock, Tobias, Somewhen, Monoloc, John Digweed, Minilogue, Hernan Cataneo, James Zabiella, Juri Hukkonen, Kamran Sadeghi, Pendulum, Steve Bug,
Mats Gusttafsson, Cristian Vogel, DJ Rupture, Damo Suzuki, Rebolledo, Shlomo, Powell, Phon.O, Tomaga, Etienne Jaumet, FM Einheit, Dus Ti, Ulan Bator, Chra, Terrestre, Sutekh, Suuns, Oneida, Konque, Smirk, Kit Clayton, Kevin Blechdom, Addnoise, Phillipp Quehenberger,
and even more …
However, Bob enjoys the most to perform with Filip Xavi, A//O, Jan Nemeček, 33.10.3402, Kristijan Molnar, Lenhart Tapes and other Drugstore residents.