DJ Brka

2 Feb

I still remember the first time I heard the sound of records played by DJ Brka: I had a gig with my former band in Plastic, Belgrade, while Brka was playing at the other end of it; in Mint club. All I kept thinking was; if only I had  finished our concert sooner I would have been able to hear more from Brkas set. And what a set it was: soft yet meaty, playful yet ripe… as we were heading back to Zagreb, all we kept talking about was Brkas set at Mint, in Belgrade.

Those who are a part of Belgrade clubbing scene know that Slobodan Brkić aka DJ Brka is already an establishment; he has been around for 20 years, and has left his trace in making of it. For us, it was a completely new experience.

Later on I found an article in Beats’n’Sound magazine declaring DJ Brka as The best Serbian DJ of the year 2009. Knowing that behind his name and work hides  distinguishing style followed by faithful audience and a rising amount of  newcomers it didn’t really surprise me. As B’n’S article says Brka is fun and educating at the same time.

During his famous Disco not Disco nights, which take place in various clubs in Belgrade,  he has had a chance to host and play along some remarkable names such as Pat Mahoney, Gilles Peterson, Toby Tobias, Prins Tomas and others.  During this year Brka is planning to play with Daniel Wang, Foolish Felix, Bjorn Torske, Henrik Schwarz, Morgan Geist and…you know what,  just keep your eyes open, I don’t want to give all the info away.

Since I wanted to give you a glimpse at Brkas taste I asked him to make a list of places in Belgrade  and artists from the Balkan region that he prefers. And he was kind and fast enough to provide it:

Brkas picks

Belgrade places :

1. The Tube – Best designed club in the city. If you’re into quality music friday is a day to be in the Tube

2. Wash – Underground “hole” with a great sound system

3. KC Grad – More than a club, a cultural center

4. 20/44 – A boat on Sava river

Musicians from region you should pay attention to:

Slovenia – IchiSan & Nakova

Croatia –  Ilija Rudman, Marko aka Home boy, followed by DJ Sergej, Pytzek, Eddie Ramich, Jogarde

Bosnia – Rida, Poodrum club crew

Serbia – Gordan Paunović, Vlada Janjić, Disco Not Disco partners (Toshke and Schwabe) and Nenad Marković

At the end I’ll leave you to Brkas favorites in the last year

Tensnake – Holding Back (My Love) – Running Back
Azari & III – Reckless with you love – Permanent Vacation
Abel – In Circles – Blackdisco
Rocha – Hands of Love (Fingers of Sand) – International Feel
Mungolian Jet Set – Moon jocks & Prog Rocks
Gus Gus – Thin Ice (Human Woman remix) – Kompakt
Neurotic Drum Band – Robotic Hypnotic Adventure – Wurst
MCDE – Raw Cuts 5/6 – Raw Cuts
Brennan Greene – My First House – Wurst
Hunee – Rare Silk – WT
Bottinn – No Static – Italians Do It Better

Have to say his sets push my buttons every time. So next time you’re in Belgrade make sure not to miss Disco Not Disco with DJ Brka.

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