I was recently in Europe and I got a chance to catch up with one of the most promising producers from the Balkans, Split born Goran Paradjina aka Reblok. Reblok’s main goal is blurring the lines between genres. First he was interested in dj-ing, but it wasn’t long before he decided to translate his ideas in his own music. As a teenager he was influenced by House music and new wave electronic. In 2011 he won a remix contest for Boris Brejcha on Harthouse (First Sven Vath’s label). His first important live show was at one of the biggest festivals on the planet: Exit Festival. After his Exit gig he played in numerous clubs around his hometown Novi Sad and later all of Serbia and the Balkan region. Shortly after he organized his first succesfull 30 day Mexican tour. He now has his eyes set on North America.
1) How did you get introduced to music as a child and what did you listen to?
Well here in the Balkans generally people listen to crappy stuff such as turbo-folk and balcan country music. It’s heavily influenced by orient sounds, after all we’ve been under turks for 500 years hehe. Every nation like Croatians, Serbs, Slovenians,
2) How did you discover electronic dance (EDM) music?
First appereance of edm was on tv it was the song ”Narcotic Trust – Safe From Harm”, and I immediately felt goosebumps but didnt know what it was and I was just intrigued. Like when you give a kid a rattle for the first time and he is amazed. I had that kind of expression on my face. Soon after that I heard jakkata-one fine day, american dream and so on, and i fell in love with house music.
3) What producers to you pay attention too most today? Does your sound resemble any producers at present?
I like producers from totally different spheres like Gesaffelstein, Disclosure,
4) What is the best live show you have ever seen?
Definatelly Gesaffelstein in Novi Sad @ Exit Festival.
5) Have you played or been to any shows in North America? Do you have a dream party/club in North America that you would love to play at?
6) Do you think there is a difference between the European EDM scene and the North American EDM scene?
I think that the European is way more underground than North America’s, but yet again depends on which genre.Cant say much because I havent been there yet.
7) What do you enjoy more; producing or DJing?