We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrija Gavrilović and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrija, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I like to believe that this career choose me at first. It all started with my friend asking me to join the music school as a favour to her teacher who was struggling with filling his student spots at the school. At some point the teacher recognised a natural talent I had for the Trumpet. For me it was just interesting to be the only trumpet player amongst my friends, to be different in a way. Being different became being actually good at something and then being recognised for something. At that point I realised I could actually be doing something I love for the rest of my life. I fell in love with the feeling that I am leaving a mark on this world that will stay there forever.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Humans like to call my profession a Producer. I make music, I create every aspect of my music. Sometimes that means making a song from scratch, creating the idea, writing lyrics, producing the song, mixing, mastering and preparing it to se the light of day. But sometimes it is just me playing some notes on a folded piece of metal we like to call the trumpet. I like to think that the thing that sets me apart is that I am a classical musician, a jazz musician, I love pop music and produce it, I love alternative dance music and make it, and I love to dance to all genres of music and regularly consume all the music of this world without paying attention what genre it is and what it is supposed to sound like. At this moment I am most proud of my latest project. It is a dance album called “U KRUG” meaning a circle. The idea behind this album is very fun but it was a challenge. When I came back from NYC to my hometown Belgrade in Serbia, I realised that the music scene that was mainstream was lacking more dance music in the local language. I decided to find a circle of people who feel the same and who want to be a part of this idea. Alongside with 10 local vocalists I wrote 10 songs and together we started expanding and opening the door that was closed in this music scene for the music we love to dance to and vibe to.
Big Shoutout for Retrospektiva, ILIJA, Luka Rajić, Manivi, Arya, Jana Vuković, Maat Bandy, ANJA, Natalee and Ana Protulipac.
It was very challenging to create something that the local listeners are noti uced to, hearing our language on dance songs. Also getting to know the local dance lovers after not being in Belgrade for some time. Along the way I learned that the people in you circle are what makes a good project and what sets it apart. Although a producer should get used to being alone at the studio most of the time, I choose to have these inspiring people alongside and make my job less lonely. My name is A.N.D.R. (Ajmo Novi Dens Ritam, eng. Give me a new dance rhythm)
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This scenario ends with my best friend changing his flight ticket and staying a week longer. Belgrade is a very fun city, during the day and especially during the night. Me and my best friend are big food lovers every day would be filled with food that he is not able to have in the US. Authentic Balkan cuisine in one of the oldest streets in Belgrade called Skadarlija, every day a different restaurant and a different dish. Nightlife in Belgrade is very rich so depending on the night we would either start with a jazz gig where we would most likely play a set or sit it with the local musicians and then go to a afterparty to dance or it would be a night with our high school friends where we would start the evening with a house warmup party and carry on to the boats. The boats are a special place in Belgrade. Two rivers flow trough Belgrade, Sava and Danube and on them there are the party boats, each boat is a different party, some of them are dace, house, electronic parties, some are chill with jazz music and ambient atmosphere and some of them even host Serbian folk parties, but we tend to skip those. We would definitely spend some nights in my studio making new music together since he is also a producer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the people who helped me on my path, the people who were with me on my journey and the people who still follow me on my journey. My friends, family, mentors and fans.
Benny Gashi, Veljko Lalović, Sonja Denda