Goran Paradjina is a DJ and producer from Novi Sad, Serbia who's better known for his alias Reblok. He had his first release roughly eight years ago and he has managed to signed music with labels such as Suara, Underground Audio, Abode, Sola and others. His music leads him to tour different parts of the continent such as South America and the rest of Europe. As a local strength, he has been a part of the biggest European festival Exit which happens yearly at the stunning location in Novi Sad.
With support hailing from superstar DJs such as Mark Knight, Luciano, Marco Carola, The Martinez Brothers and others, Reblok is slowly putting his name out there. He joined us for our regular 101 feature where he shared some insights from his career.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
A girl asked me in one of Belgrade clubs at 4:40 am to play Mr.President - Coco Jumbo :)
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
My studio consists of a ''powerful'' pc, 2 near-fielded 08 ESI 8-inch monitors and M-Track / M-Audio soundcard. Nothing really fancy. I like to keep it simple because earlier when I had more hardware I always lost more time on playing instead of actually making something.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
I'd love to but to be honest, I don't remember where it was, but it was probably somewhere in 2010 if I recall well... but I did have a strong anxiety that's for sure lol
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Well, those would be Jesper Kyd, Bontan and Mirco Caruso.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
There has been many while listening to other people's sets and mine as well of course... It happens all the time because one cannot simply know what crowd thinks at every given moment.
What do you do before and after your set?
It depends if I'm travelling abroad or playing in my own country but usually before the set, I eat well and try to sleep as much as I can. After a good set, it doesn't really matter what I'll do but I usually go to sleep right away... Depends on the vibe in the club though.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Well, actuallyI'vee never worked anything else except djing and producing. It's been something that I'm working on for the last 8 years or so and I'm 100% committed to it.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
This is a bit tricky one because I could split this answer into the best labels promo wise and music wise which usually don't go together hand in hand. Hot Creations, Sola & Circus Recordings.
But let's make it clear. I don't like all releases from these labels. As a matter of fact, it's far from that... Usually, I like few EP's as I'm very picky about what I really like and what I can listen for more than 2 weeks actually.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
I'd definitely play Skatebard Farver - Flimrer
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
Best pieces of advice were always the worst critics even if they were not reasonable critics and were just plain hate, it worked for me. In a way, it always made me work a hella lot more than I used to.