101 with Edib D

Edib D has been actively creating the local Bosnian electronic music scene for more than a decade. After his beginnings back in 2004, Edib continued to engage actively in music and in 2009 he formed DJ trio "Šivini Drugari" (eng. “Shiva’s Friends”) together with Nazzif and HigheR. A couple of years later he started playing regularly at the Sarajevo club "Pussy Galore" which was one of the best at the time. He quickly became a permanent member of the DJ crew who has performed in this famous club and his performances were becoming more and more popular. From 2015 onwards, Edib is a resident of “Silver & Smoke”, now an already cult club, where he played alongside numerous DJ's such as YokoO, Patrice Baumel, Traumer, Quivver, Cid Inc., The Third Son, Eelke Kleijn just to mention few. 

At the end of 2017, he formed the “dance.more.sleep.later” association with a group of friends, which aims to present high-quality DJ's from the world of electronic music. Their first guest, an Israeli DJ and producer Chicola, was just an introduction to the future gigs which will bring Dmitry Molosh, Ray Okpara, Petar Dundov and Habischman. He strongly opposes classifying music by genres and subgenres and hates being asked what kind of music he listens to and plays. He plays everything - from house to techno - which fits in with the idea and vision of the set.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

I had more than plenty of those, but I will always remember when a guy came to me at 4 am, in the club full of people and, with silent, begging voice, said to me “Can you please play a song for me? You know, my daughter was born today. So, if you could, by any chance, play “Za Esmu” by Bijelo Dugme”.

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

Considering the fact that I just started to do some serious production work, I still don’t have a proper studio at home. I do most of my work at the studio of my good friend and a colleague Forniva, who is a great producer from whom I'm learning a lot from.

At home I have MacBook Pro, Allen & Heath 43C mixer, Native Instruments Audio 6 Soundcard and Native Instruments X1 controller.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

The year was 2005 and my friend and a colleague DJ Sanjin Ferušić and I managed to set up the gig. Place of the event was one theatre cafe in Sarajevo where our friend was working and this was the first time event of that type organized there. Back then we didn’t have Facebook (although we used Myspace :)), so we spent days and days before gig handing out flyers and hanging posters all over the city.

It was raining on the night of the gig, so we took a taxi to bring our equipment to the venue: an old PC computer, big CRT monitor, amplifier, speakers…. In the end 20 - 30 people came, we played for 5 or 6 hours, but we were so happy with how everything turned out. Of course, they paid us in drinks. :)

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

Reinier Zonneveld, Rampa, Marino Canal, …

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

It’s always the same thing and it happened to me a lot of times - police barging in.

What do you do before and after your set?

Well, I don’t have some special “ritual” before or right after my set. Few hours before I sort the music, especially new tracks that I would like to play that night, so I don’t forget some of them. After the set, I like to rest my feet a bit. :)

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

The waiter. I tried that for a few days, as I stepped in for my friend as a favour. Even though I worked in a really small cafe I realized that job is simply not for me.

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

Stil Vor Talent, Keinemusik, Lost & Found, Katermukke, Mobilee Records, Musik Gewinnt Freunde, ...

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

Hot Chip – Touch Too Much (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix)

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Don’t pretend to be stupid, you could stay that way.

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018