Stipe Škokić is a Croatian based DJ and producer better known as DJ Jock. He entered the world of electronic music while he was still in elementary school. By the age of 14, his love for techno music led him to start playing at private parties and from then on, his dreams were slowly turning into reality. Couple of year later, he became a resident DJ at Croatia's Pineta Beach Bar, which was one of the hottest venues at the time. One thing led to another and therefore he found new challenges in producing music. He signed his first EP when he was only 18 years old.
Since than, his passion and determination brought him releases on labels such as Pornographic Records, 1605, Intec Records and Phobic, while Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Jon Rundell and Christian Varela are just some of the big league players that supported his music. With heavy support and strong dedication, Jock is now getting more and more local and international bookings which is proving, that he's one of the biggest Ex-Yu techno talents. Enjoy his answers for our 101 article!
What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?
My favourite piece of gear are my monitors Yamaha NS-10. I am so used to working on them, that is hard for me to work on any other monitors.
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
I love both.. It doesn’t matter if it is a club with 100 people capacity or festival with 10 000 people. The idea is to get a right vibe no matter where you play.
Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?
There was lots of great clubs that I played at, but Pineta beach bar will always stay in my heart and in my mind. I was 16 years old then and had residency in one of the best Croatian clubs at that time. I played almost every night and on Fridays I would open and close for international DJ's.
I Have so many great memories from there. I remember how did it feel when June was approaching and I couldn’t wait for school to finish so I could pack my bags and have a summer of life.
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
Well I had some great memories over last years so its hard to say which was the best... Maybe the special one was few months ago when I did first edition of my Roots events. I had Cristian Varela and Jon Rundell as first guests and it was amazing! I was really nervous that day, but when Cristian and Jon arrived we had such a good time, they really are the best guys I've ever met.
That gig was really special and the whole party was for the books! I am trying to forget all bad things that happened, there were too many good things so I don’t want to remember any bad thing.
Do you have any interests beside music?
I study economics when I am not doing music.
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
Everything regarding sun is always special but maybe I do prefer sunrise sets more because, if you play the right tracks, mornings can get really emotional and unforgettable.
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
I like meeting new people and see how some artists are getting bigger and bigger because they are trying really hard and working everyday. I don’t like that nowadays music is on the last place for some DJ's. Important things now are how is your haircut, how much followers and likes do you have, what clothes are you wearing, when you will play and stuff like that. When I see that, it makes me really sad.
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
What’s your biggest fear?
That something will happen to my monitors!
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
It was back in summer of 2009... It was an open-air party and some super intoxicated guy comes to DJ booth. He saw a golden vinyl which was playing and I was just about to mix the other record on the second turntable.
The guy came and moved the needle of the record so music basically stopped and everybody was in shock. So there was this dude looking at the gold vinyl and saying, wooow it's gold one!!
Could you pick one timeless track?
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Thanks for reading and be thankful for what you have!