Serbian producer & DJ Nemanja Petkovic, who's better known as Coeus, is one of the most talented acts from Ex-Yu territory. His music has found its way to the labels such as Nite Grooves, Country Disco Club, Simma Red, Domino Effect and others. In 2017 he launched his own "The Origins" nights which he hosts with fellow Luminous on various locations around Belgrade.
Despite being only in his early 20's, Coeus already proved his name as "one-to-watch" and he'll surely make huge impacts in the future. We've invited him to share his experiences and interesting stories for our remodelled 101 series.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
I was doing my first residency at Mladost last winter, which is a really small Club, and everything was going fine until a girl in front of me just passed out. I was really scared because she was also my sister's friend so it really killed my vibe and since the club was small, everyone else got scared for her as well, so the atmosphere went really down. Everything was fine at the end, she just had too many cigarettes and hadn't eaten anything for a really long time that day.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
My taste has really changed in the last couple of months so I've started experimenting a lot. There are really a lot of amazing artists out there and it's really hard to pick only 3, but these are the guys that I listen a lot lately; Denis Horvat, Rampa and Adriatique.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
I really don't have anything but a pair of ESI Aktiv monitors, M-audio M-track plus midi/audio interface, and a really old CASIO keyboard which I barely even use since I'm used to playing all my melodies on my computer's keyboard! For a DAW, I use Fruity Loops most of the time but in the recent months I'm trying out Cubase and Studio1 as well.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
Since I'm from Smederevo, I was only playing in some local bars for some time. Danijel Cehranov, who was from Belgrade, listened to some Coeus music, and after some time, he realized that I was from Serbia so he decided to ask me to come to Belgrade and to play in a club where he was a resident.
I was so excited to get my first real gig where people will actually be there for the music, so I was going through my music for several days just to make sure I have everything that I needed. My hands were shaking as I was going into the club, but when I started playing, it all just disappeared. It was really fun, the night was crowded and everything went well.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Innervisions, Azzur and Keinemusik.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
There was a short period of time when I worked at my parent's shop. I was so bored and hated every second of it, but I still managed to be nice with people and everyone loved me since they thought I was really nice and polite.
What do you do before and after your set?
There isn't really a ritual that I must do before and after. I usually go through my music one more time and look for some unique tracks that I might play. After the set... it really depends. If I'm the last one playing and the night is over, I love to go and eat some good food since I'm always hungry. :)
If there are other DJ's after me, I always love to go in the crowd with some of my friends and just enjoy the music.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Ella Fitzgerald & Luis Armstrong - Dream a little dream of me. I'm just a huge fan of Jazz music and I think that would be the perfect timing for it.
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
'Follow the energy.' It goes for everything in your life as well, from friends to job, to everything else. You always need to go for whenever makes you happy.