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DJ MAX



Author Valeria Cecolin | Date 26/09/2019

 

During the DJ Awards 2019 we met DJ MAX, a Croatian artist with 30 years of experience in music. Here is the interview where he tells us more about his long career.

 

Name.

Dario Liberati.

 

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia.

During the summer season I’m based in Ibiza and I'm seriously thinking to move here for good.

 

Please tell us more about your long experience in the music industry…

At the age of 15 I was already an editor in chief of a High School Radio and I had a lot of fun with that. It was back in the 80’s when the first house records appeared. I was totally into it, combining soul, funk with that new genre that was so good. I was so proud announcing the new releases on the mic… I don't know what kind of priorities today’s teenagers have but back in the 80’s that was awesome.

At the age of 20 I had my first weekly club residency so I consider that as the beginning of my professional career. I started with my own radio shows on FM radio stations four years later, parallel to managing couple of hip hop DJs on DMC World DJ Championships where I was a jury member.

During my career I held residency at most important Croatian clubs for 10 or more years and there where years with more than 100 gigs plus radio shows.

When festivals became popular I performed at Ultra Europe, MTV, etc.

At the moment, I’m in Ibiza and the story continues…

 

What was the musical background you grew up with?

My parents used to listen to rock&roll, soul, funk music and I grew up listening those genres. I remember that I always went to sleep with the tape recorder. Most of the tapes were 30 to 45 minutes per side which was just enough for me to fall asleep. So, sometimes I was listening to Stevie Wonder, sometimes The Rolling Stones to name a few.

When I look at it now, it must be some kind of subconscious influence that defined my path so early.

 

How is the music scene like in Croatia nowadays?

During the summer, Croatia is packed with very attractive festivals like Ultra Europe or Defected Croatia to name a few, and you can find there almost every important artist, like Carl Cox, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Roger Sanchez…

The rest of the year is not so good anymore. Lot of clubs where I worked at or where I was going out are closed, but I know this is a global problem now and we speak about that every year on events like ADE or IMS.

 

Let’s speak about your career as a radio speaker.

Actually I was never a speaker on the radio. I mean, I am producing the radio shows which includes my speaking live or my voice over but I was never a speaker. I was a speaker for some TV shows, but never for the radio… Anyway, I produced more than two thousands radio shows in my life and my radio show called Welcome To The Club is going every week on Croatian National Public Radio Channel 2 since 1996. With more than one thousand episodes it's one of the longest lasting weekly electronic music radio shows on any National Public Radio in Europe.

Parallel to that I have another weekly radio show in Amsterdam, on EJR Radio, since 2017.

 

How would you define your music style?

As a unique combination of musical genres.

I'm used to play long sets and for me playing four, five, six or more hours is not about the musical style, it's about the energy that you give to the crowd through your selection of music and style of mixing. So I always blend different styles of house depending on the venue and the crowd. It could be more funky, soulful, tech, or underground style, depending on many things. I’m not one of those DJs who has prerecord their sets for the season.

 

Relationship with Ibiza.

I’m in love with Ibiza.

For every DJ, Ibiza is important but for me it’s beyond that. I’m really in love with the island, with its beautiful nature, clean air and wonderful people. When I first came here it was love at the first site.

 

In which club on the island you would like to have your own residency and why?

I’ve been in most of them and performed at some so far. What I can tell is that every one of them is unique and has its own charm. That is good for the island and for the audience. But because of that I can’t name just one.

 

Tell me, how you would spend a perfect day in Ibiza?

I love speed boating and exploring the island from the seaside. The first time I came here I’ve rented a jet ski, just to feel the sea and I was instantly surrounded by dolphins. So the perfect day is on the boat until sunset which leads to the perfect night, DJing at one of the clubs. Perfect 24 hours.

 

What are your future plans?

I can be reached in Amsterdam during ADE and after that I will go to my studio and finish some tracks. The next two years are significant for me because in 2020 I will celebrate 30 years of DJing and in 2021 it will be 25 years of my radio show. So, plans for the next two years are huge.

 

Are you Day or Night?

I’m creative during the night but I can handle the day better than any vampire.

 


 

Official Website: http://djmax.eu

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/djmax.eu

Instagram: @djmax.eu

App for smartphones and tablets: http://djmax.mobapp.at

 


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