Welcome to the world of Marko Nastic, the leading South Eastern European DJ. In a troubled Serbia of the 90’s, Marko and his buddies built one of the most vibrant club scenes in Eastern Europe, the one that inspired writers of Mixmag, The Face, DJ and NME to write accolades many moons ago. They resisted dark forces of political madness through electronic music and a celebration of life. DJing and music were always part of Marko Nastic’s background: even in his pre-teen years he was fascinated with synthesizers, drum machines and other sound making gadgets. When techno started filtering through to Serbia in the early 90’s,
Marko eagerly entered the scene. Soon word on a teenage techno prodigy started spreading around town and this energy channeled into a young & aspiring DJ team called Teenage Techno Punks – all of whom were under 18. Nastic was the leader of the pack, soon to become the hottest talent of South Eastern Europe’s electronic scene. The queues to enter clubs in the region on the nights they performed were longer than ever. The word soon started to spread beyond the boundaries of Serbia. Just as techno music was becoming popular in Serbia, the Balkan conflict escalated. Marko was too young to fully realize the gravity of the situation, but it did have an impact on his life.
“Things were tense, but a lot of it luckily went over my head,” he admits. “It also meant that buying records then was very difficult and the choice was poor”. These circumstances shaped and strengthened Marko just like other kids there. The free parties they threw during those times are still an urban legend in Belgrade. After the war, the club scenes in neighboring countries became aware of Nastic’s unparalleled DJing skills and his distinctive three-deck style. Marko has since matured into a DJ who cannot be labeled as purely techno, house or minimal; he’s all of that, and more. Marko was a member of the original Recycled Loops crew. After that label stopped, Marko joined Valentino Kanzyani’s ‘Jesus Loved You’ and started three labels himself, Recon Warriors, which put Marko on the charts, followed by Recon Light and Traffica. Also Marko has loads of projects running at the moment. For example Space Explorers with Marko Milosaljevic, Tango and Cash with Kobaya and don’t forget the projects with Dejan Milicevic.
Where was the best crowd that you have ever performed to?
In the beginning of the year I had a short tour in Colombia. All 3 gigs were amazing, but the last gig stayed in my head and it was more than a memory or experience. Partying with these people was out of this world; big rain and cold weather didn’t change them and I would lie if I said that I liked the idea of playing in this conditions because the weather was so cold that the only thing I had in my mind was the hotel. But these people, wow, I was speechless. I played till the end and I stayed with them in the mud.
Which is the best club that you have ever played at?
For a long time I was a resident in a big club in the middle of Serbia, Vojvodina-Senta - club Bali. I still think that I had my best performances there. Club was playing something in between commercial music and electronica, but energy these people were projecting around was incredible, and overtime I had a feeling that I played even better from gig to gig. I still remember this place from time to time and always pinch myself that hype isn't the most important thing for good club or party.
If you take experience as a whole in consideration, which performance of yours will you always remember with joy?
Worldwide I like to play in Fabric Madrid and Florida 135, but my coolest-ever gig was with Anthony Rother in Rio in 2006 for Moo, incredibly beautiful people, amazing energy and of course top-notch organisation.