101 with Bronski

Josip Bajic aka Bronski is an established representer of the Croatian electronic music scene. Born and raised in Kutina, after years of being just a devoted clubber, he began his artistic journey by playing at local clubs. His sheer passion and dedication didn't go unnoticed and after moving to Zagreb, he quickly became one of the residents at one of the best-hidden venues, the infamous Sirup club. He shared decks with notable DJs such as VID, Sepp, Andrey Pushkarev, Boris Werner, Terry Francis, Mihai Popoviciu and others.

As one of the founders of Deep'n'Delicious party concept, famous for bringing fresh electronic music talents to the ears and souls of all the respectful clubbers, Bronski gets to develop his particular sound. His sound is a mixture of deep, techno and house grooves with focus on rhythmical sequences. He likes to build his set as a unique experience with a story kind of structure with its beginning, plot and conclusion. 

We invited Bronski to our 101 series prior to his Slovenia debut which will happen on 17th November at K4 in Ljubljana. 

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

I don’t think that I had many bizarre requests even though I often heard that has happened to many of my colleagues (laughing) so I guess I may consider myself lucky for now. Once in a while someone from the crowd comes and asks if I can put a particular track that they’d want to hear or if they can have a picture of the track or record that I'm playing.

However, I recall a very funny situation which happened while playing in Sirup club. A random girl from the crowd managed to get in the booth while I was playing. She came behind my back and attached herself to me hugging me around my chest and saying my DJ, my DJ, my DJ, ... the fact was that I really couldn’t move and tried to move her but she wouldn’t let go, hahaha, so my friends came and had to drag her and carry her out of the booth by taking  force... that was really funny and awkward at the same time.

Can you describe your studio setup for us? 

For now, I don’t have an actual studio. I have more as I call it my music corner that consists of a callax table with 2 turntables, 2 players, a mixer and a laptop. Of course, I also have my monitors around with a subwoofer under ... This is my oasis where I spend most of my free time digging music and mixing.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig? 

For me, there were kind of two first gigs... The first time ever I played in public was in my hometown Kutina in RAM cafe, a place where people at that time were going out to party, so this was the first time I felt the emotion of transmitting my kind of music selection to the crowd.

My first "real" club gig was in the legendary Sirup club in Zagreb, where I was playing warmup from 11 till 03 in a b2b set with a friend of mine... There were around 100 people and the vibe was amazing, all the crowd was dancing and I remember feeling a huge amount of happiness interacting with them. I don’t need to mention that I was scared as hell and having some serious nervous attacks just before but as soon as I started playing all of this was translated into music and it felt really great.

Name three artists that currently inspire you. 

Jane Fitz, Barac and Seth Troxler.

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

Well for me a definitive vibe killer is a badly arranged sound setup in the club! I hate not being able to hear the music at its best, as a DJ or as a raver as well.

What do you do before and after your set? 

Just before my set I generally hang up with my girlfriend and close friends and have one or two drinks to relax, while after my set I stay in the club to enjoy the rest of the party and when all is done I like to conclude with a good intimate afterparty if that is the case.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 

When I came to live in Zagreb my first work was packing gifts for a telecommunication company. that was so far definitely my worst job. Apart from the fact that the job was rather boring and not creative at all, I had around an hour and a half from my place to work so I was really frustrated. I lasted a couple of months (laughing).

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

Huh, tough question... I’m looking at my bag right now, and I can see many records from different labels, and really can’t name three favorite ones. I can tell you, though, that I mostly dig many labels that resemble the new micro house/techno sound (originally from Romania), which includes many small labels from all over the world.

Besides that I dig older house/techno/minimal/breakbeat/electro/tribal/shamanic releases.

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

Round Two - New Day feat. Andy Caine (Vocal Mix)

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

Hmm... As a capricorn, I'm really really bad at taking advices. I'm more an empirical type that has to get there by himself hahaha. But one advice that I remember always is one that my mother gave me, dreams don’t work unless you do!

By Saša, edited on 08 November 2018