Belgrade based Nevena Jeremic is one of younger and also newest DJs with a growing profile, who foster a great love for electronic music and want to share their passion with others. From a few dj mixes and live-streams you can tell it doesn’t matter if it’s nu-disco, minimal, acid house, electro, downtempo or techno - she combines it into a real experience depending on the mood, ambient, atmosphere and people. Since she took on a path of a DJ she got a chance to play clubs such as Klub 20/44, Tunnel, Tube, Monsun, Secer. Exit's stage at Amsterdam Dance Event and big stages at events such as Exit Festival, LoveFest and Central Dance Event. Last month we invited her to play at our monthly SOLVD night at Klub K4 in Ljubljana and we've already aired her SolvdCast a few months ago on our Soundcloud. Now we're sharing a couple of non-standard answers to our standard 101 questions.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
Imagine the most wasted guy ever leaning on the DJ booth and with the drunkest voice ever yelling to me: "Hey! Hey you! Can you get me some beer?!" And I’m like: "this is not a fuckin’ bar mate, move on, it’s literally 2 meters on your left". "Yeah, yeah, but I asked for beer, can you get me some!?"
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
Still don’t own a studio since I just started learning about production and stuff, but hopefully in next few years I’ll have something I can call a studio.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
My first gig was in a small bar in Belgrade and the guys who organized that party invited me to join them and gave me a slot which was like 45 minutes long (lack of trust) at the end of the night. Anyway, I was super nervous, I didn’t tell any of my friends that I will be playing (because it’s so much better playing for the first time in the room full of strangers, how stupid was I) but luckily two of my friends with whom I was that night gave me the support. Long story short, I was really nervous, hands shaking and stuff and from this point of view I realized I had no idea what was I doing, but it went pretty well haha. I didn’t expect people to like it, but it was really crazy actually, couldn’t ask for a better vibe and the energy.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Luke Hess, Omar S, I:Cube. Just for the record, only three is not enough.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
Honestly, I cannot recall right now any moment when I killed the vibe after which I completely cleaned up the dance floor. But, there were moments when I played a track which didn’t quite fit in into the whole vibe like I thought it would but when those things happen I try my best to get back on the right track as fast as I can. On the other hand, there were nights when I struggled during the whole set and when everything seemed really bad. But, I am trying to repress those moments :)
What do you do before and after your set?
It depends, I don’t have any sort of ritual or whatever. If I play in Belgrade then most of the time it’s just sorting out the music, chillin’ with friends or something like that. Well, even if I travel, it’s the same. Almost always I just try to do things which will help me stay calm because I can get really nervous before the set.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Every job that didn’t make me happy (there were only a few of them tho).
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Malka Tuti, Music From Memory, Discos Capablanca, Macadam Mambo, Strictly Jaz Unit Muzic, Les Yeux Orange and so on, and so on… :)
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
It was not really an advice somebody gave me but a thing I read in a book by Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, which actually brings together some of the best advices I ever got:
"You have a limited amount of fucks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a fuck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice – well, then, you’re going to get fucked."