Marko Nastic has been building his way up from those days organising parties in war stricken Serbia to taking his DJ and Production style all over the world. He’s a man that has strongly embraced music, as it has been a strong moral boost for many during those hard time; “we did find nice ways to get through the trials and tribulations; all of this by throwing parties during the day to ease the pain” Nastic explains. These maybe be reasons as to why Marko Nastic is creating a trail of over worked dance floors through his travels and maybe why his radio show, Music For A Body & Soul has become so popular.
Music For A Body & Soul is the radio show hosted by Marko Nastic, Dejan Milicevic and Marko Milosavljevic on Radio B92 every Friday at 10pm (GTM +1). Every show features a guest mix from talented as well as upcoming DJs in addition to a mix by Marko Nastic featuring new music from around the world.
This is where we bring you the live recording of Marko Nastic’s Music For A Body & Soul mix, which demonstrates the true Nastic blend of underground sounds. Resonating his original love for Techno music in an evolved form that draws in influences from deeply driven Techno basslines, full grooving Tech-House swingers, Minimal style atmospheric soundscapes and cool house vocals. This merely scratches the surface of Marko Nastic’s sound, but the main thing to remember is that whatever Marko Nastic is playing out, you can be sure it will be enough to shake any dance floor.
Marko Nastic has become a leading South Eastern European DJ despite growing up in a troubled Serbia during 90′s. Marko and friends built one of the most vibrant club scenes in Eastern Europe, one that inspired writers of Mixmag, The Face, DJ Mag and NME to write accolades about. 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. 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 and word soon started to spread beyond the boundaries of Serbia.
Just as techno music was becoming popular in Serbia, the Balkan conflict escalated. Marko admits that he was too young to fully realize the gravity of the situation, but it did have an impact on his life. 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 the surrounding 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 Nastic – “Music For Body And Soul” Episode 1
How did you first get into DJing?
“From my childhood, I was always surrounded by music. My uncle and brother were exceptional DJs in Serbia through the 70′s, 80′s during disco fever time which actually helped created the pathways to getting my first gig at the early age of 16. After that I have been going non-stop, enjoying the magical experience of playing my heart out purpose driven to rock dance floors!”
What kind of influences did you have when you first started?
“My major influence in my life was my father who helped me to exemplify and understand to play every song with passion and enjoy every minute of the music!”
“On the other hand it might sound silly but I was influenced by record shops”
“It was really hard, sometimes impossible for me to get lots of records so I guess I was super happy just to get what I could. Although I am still quite young I can say that golden techno age was the major thing that has kept me going from where I was to where I am presently; learning to understand the wisdom of the crowds through music has enabled me to understand the deliberate practice it takes to better my productions and my performance platform to exemplify Marko Nastic “Music for the people” at all times!”
How do you feel the troubles in Serbia during the 90′s affected the underground music scene?
“This time was very emotional and really hard, not just me but, Serbia as a whole! For the music scene was not specially good for music…Come on! It’s not a really nice feeling for anyone being bombed as we can reflect just as the people in New York 9-11 felt you can imagine the same way! Although we did find nice ways to get through the trials and tribulations; all of this by throwing parties during the day to ease the pain and this is actually how we came up with our theme and Motto “Music for the People”“
And how do you think it affected your music career?
“During this time of war it was really hard to get gigs in Serbia. Life in all realms during war is sabbatical as a whole so everything was happening real slow! Now everything has changed for the best, a whole 360 degrees in Serbia from Exit Festival to the enchanting nightlife it is becoming a real spot of quality life and fun, also so has changed my life in a better than good way!”
You once said that during those times it was difficult to buy records and that the choice available was very poor. Would you say that this was a key factor for you wanting to produce your own music?
“Yes, to correct you difficult did not characterise meaning to buy records? It was impossible more or less as the choice of music availability was no where to be found in Serbia.”
“To be honest, what drove me to produce music and I can say one of the greatest benefactors are the close friends I have around me that are still the backbone of the Marko Nastic “Music for the People” movement.”
Would you say that your sound has changed a lot over the years and if so, In what way?
“Yes. Actually my sound has evolved in essence from tribal techno to a more house to tech-house sound which was very difficult in a way for many to understand. Especially when you have created immense leadership role to listeners and fans in where you introduce them to that tribal kick-arse sound, which I still love don’t get me wrong. We all have to see change as really good for all and the crowds amassing more in a sensational and larger global scale which I never could of imagined I am super proud of the listeners and different ages and cultures ability to enjoy and dance the night away with what I bring to the dance floors.”
You have some music that has just been released, tell us a little bit about that?
“Well as you may or not know I spend most of my free time in the studio, so I have a super cool release on a label called “Sleep is Commercial”. I just actually finished a super funky remix for my dutch buddies from label “Carnivale”. What you can expect in September and this Autumn is my super big release coming on “Clash Music” with a onesided track and also my new series on my imprint “Traffica” called “Vinyl & Sake Only”, which I can’t wait to let loose on the music world, loose like a guerilla.”
Is there anyone in particular that you would like to work with?
“In “Vinyl & Sake Only” I will cooperate with Martinez, Wouter de Moor and Metrika”
What else can we expect from you in the coming months?
“What can be expected in the upcoming months is: I am looking more to exemplify my music to everyone possible. I have been producing, couped-up in the studio and my management and fans around the world would like to see Marko Nastic touch different volumes of people. So you can be expected to see a world tour more after the release of “Vinyl & Sake”. I am looking forward to playing hopefully more in Germany, America, South America, Australia and Asia, as I love what I do and hope to do if forever to create a music legacy is my dream!”