Miroslav Petkovic is a Serbian, Belgrade based producer and DJ. He is young and perspective artist born in 1989. Growing up under different music influences he developed distinctive music flavor. His aim is to continuously improve sound and creativity when producing, but also as a DJ too. Miroslav’s music is always unique and made for playing. It is inspired mostly by underground music primarily German and Romanian. He started producing at the young age and now his aim is to make his name recognized in European electronic scene.
He is also the owner of Verbreiten Musik label, designed to present diverse underground music from all over the world.
At this time Miroslav Petkovic is working on different projects expected to be released very soon, so far he is the member of many recognizable labels as Tzinah Records, Baile Musik, Innocent Music, Malicious Smile Ltd etc., just to name a few.
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Tzinah Records: To start with, please, recommend us something to listen to while we go through this interview. It can be anything.
Miroslav Petkovic: Frivolous – One Fine Solstice is the track I really love. You can enjoy in it while you read this.
Tzinah Records: Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
Miroslav Petkovic: I’m not sure that I had that particular moment that led me to become an artist. It’s more likely that I wanted to become a DJ because of my love for music, and my will to share music.
Tzinah Records: Why did you choose to create and play this particular type of music? Are there any artists that touched you deeply while developing your own style?
Miroslav Petkovic: At first I wasn’t sure which type or genre of music I will produce and play, I think that even now I’m not sure that the music I produce is my final destination. I just know that through all my life I will play and make music I like, which is only certain thing.
Tzinah Records: Please, briefly, describe for us, the current state of the underground music scene in the place you come from. Is it any good?
Miroslav Petkovic: I’m coming from Serbia, and at the moment I live in Belgrade, the capital of the country. Here in Belgrade the underground scene is very big, however I think that we are not early adopters, music that is trend in Western Europe is popular in Serbia with latency of few years and it’s always like that. Despite that I think that we have a lot young dj-s and producers that will lead new wave and help our scene evolve.
Tzinah Records: Without giving out too much about your secret weapons, please tell us how does the magic work in your production routine. Software? Analog? What does your DJset-up imply?
Miroslav Petkovic: I’m working in Ableton Live from the moment I’ve started producing, I’m using software for most of the things, but I’ve planned to start using as more as I can analog stuff, I think that is my next step in production. I’m using Traktor timecode setup when I’m playing. My wish is to move to turntables, however in Serbia we don’t have vinyl store where I can get the records that I want, and in case of ordering records the customs is quite high so it can be very expensive.
Tzinah Records: What are the aspects of your daily life that are influencing the shape and sound of the music that you currently make?
Miroslav Petkovic: I’m not sure about this, I think that all depends on my mood, I sometimes react differently on the same situations when I’m in the different mood, and it all results with different feelings. There are also times when I can’t produce, then I just relax, listen to some good music and try to find inspiration for future projects, but I never put pressure on myself, everything has it’s time.
Tzinah Records: Which underground house DJ or producer would you love to take out for a summer picnic? With which artist (from any music genre) would you spend 24 hours stuck in an elevator?
Miroslav Petkovic: For a summer picnic? Mmm…It would be tough choice, but I think it would be Ricardo Villalobos, he is the cover face of underground music, and for sure one of the producers I respect the most. For elevator I’m not sure, maybe Guti or Seth Troxler, they seem to be the funniest guys on the scene. I wanted to say some women dj, but I have a girlfriend so it can be misunderstood, she wouldn’t understand that I just want to talk about music. :D
Tzinah Records: Have you already played in your most-dreamed about venue? Which one is that?
Miroslav Petkovic: I haven’t played yet, but I hope I will in years to come. My favorite venue is Exit Festival and it’s Dance Arena stage, which is one of the places that inspired me the most through my life.
Tzinah Records: What motivates you to be an active part of the underground movement?
Miroslav Petkovic: I have that inner feeling that guides me to the underground music. I think when you for the first time get in touch with underground music and you like it, it’s like an addiction, you can never go back again and the feeling is just getting stronger. You can just go further and further.
Tzinah Records: What’s your favorite type of breakfast?
Miroslav Petkovic: I love omelet with fresh tomato-cucumber salad with cheese.
Tzinah Records: What do you do when the music is not playing?
Miroslav Petkovic: I work as a marketing manager in sports center, that is my main job. I also love sports, so when the music is not playing in my leisure time I train or watch sports on TV.
Tzinah Records: What’s the story behind your Tzinah Family Podcast? How did you record it and are there released or unreleased tracks?
Miroslav Petkovic: Tzinah is one of my favorite labels, so I wanted to play tracks from my heart in this Podcast, there are many great tracks that I love, and one unreleased track which is collaboration with my brother Mene.
Tzinah Records: Are there any of your plans/upcoming projects that you would like to share with us? Where can we see you play next?
Miroslav Petkovic: There is one project that I started with my brother, it’s called MirMene, it presents our common name under we want to release our future collaborate projects. We hope that it will see daylight in near future. For the next period I will play in Serbia (25th of June club Mladost with my crew Revamp. and 17th of June club WATS), however when I have chance to play abroad, you will be informed.
Tzinah Records: Supposing you come back reading this interview in 10 years from now; could you try saying something to your future-self?
Miroslav Petkovic: Never give up.