101 with Brlee

Brlee, whose career began in 2002,  is a well established Slovenian DJ and the owner of the Overload organisation. His career has begun as a resident of Casablanca and Escape, which used to be one of the best clubs in the eastern Slovenian region. He became widely known after he won the SYLD competition. That helped him to get gigs at most of the local clubs and festivals as well as some gigs abroad.  In 2014 he spent the summer on Ibiza as a resident of very well-known events "The Secret After Party" in club Bora Bora. It was an official after party of Carl Cox's event "This Is Revolution" which was held at club Space.

Brlee also played on Ibiza Global Radio and other clubs on the island. Last year he worked with his friend Marc Grabber. They've spent a lot of time in the studio creating new material and in February 2016, they've released their first two EP's called "Moon Over Belgrade" and "Three Minutes to Midnight" on label LAUS from London. They got support from some big names such as BOOKA SHADE, Brandon Block, Colin Dale, Stacey Pullen, David Scuba and others. Recently he played with his idol Solomun at famous Ambasada Gavioli in Slovenia. We've invited him to talk with us for our "101" article series, prior to his upcoming gig at Magnetik festival, which will be on 27th August in Griže, Slovenia.


What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?

The only thing I couldn’t live without is music. It’s something that represents me and it also makes me happy. I would sacrifice my car or a house, just to be able to continue playing music and make people feel happy on the dance-floor, that’s unique. I honestly don’t have a favourite piece of gear, as strange as it might sound, I just need regular gear that enables me to perform.

Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?

It’s difficult to choose mostly because I prefer just playing by itself. Usualy every single thing has their own pro’s and con’s. On one hand, festivals are great and kind of a must, but on the other hand, intimate club parties with about 300 pure ravers can create an energy that can’t be replicated at festivals, no matter how huge the festival is… It’s kinda like the movie 300. haha  :D

Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?

Can’t decide between Space on Ibiza and Slovenian mecca Ambasada Gavioli.

What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?

My worst experience has to be a missing bag with my records in it. I was just about to start when I realised that my records are gone. Back then we had to drive in other countries to buy vinyls, every vinyl owner understands how difficult and also joy-full collecting vinyl is… Luckily, it has turned out that one of the previous DJs has mistaken it with his bag. Best experience is every gig by itself, maybe gig with Solomun in Ambasada Gavioli was kinda special for me.  

Do you have any interests beside music?

My passion is music. Period. During the winter I love snowboarding because I can enjoy and relax at the same time while in summer, I sometimes run and play basketball with friends.

Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?

Those are hard questions, forcing me to prefer one side, when both sides are special in their own way… But if I have to choose, probably sunrise sets.

What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?

Again there are pros and cons. It bugs me a little this diversity that is making a gap between ravers, who listens to what and which is better… We used to be as one and we all respected each other even though back then there was just house and techno. 

The one thing I really like is good quality music that I’ve been following in the last three years. It’s a huge competition between producers, which I believe is good for everyone, it makes us better and better.

If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?

Solomun!

What’s your biggest fear?

I don’t have one. Well, except losing my tracks again :)

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?

That was hilarious. We've organized an event with two dancefloors. On one stage, in the middle of the night, a needle on one of the turntables has broken. As we're waiting for the replacement needle, we had to carry the needle from one stage to another so the music could keep on playing on both floors. Anyway, I have run more than I have danced that night.

Could you pick one timeless track?

There are quite a few of them, but Wonderful life from Black is my fav. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Thank for your support and I hope that we'll dance together in the future.   

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018