The Balkan area is full of undiscovered talents and musically gifted artists which spread from all Ex-Yu countries. As Belgrade is one of the biggest cities in Eastern Europe, it is not a coincidence that a lot of great DJ’s found its home there. One of those is Filip Fisher, who has more than 10 years of experiences in music industry working as DJ, producer and label owner of The Purr. His sets and production combine uplifting deep tech groovy beats with underground and minimal sounds which got him releases on labels such as The Purr, Offsite Rec, ICONYC, Maintain Replay, Rezongar Rec. and many others.
His sheer passion and devotion led him to perform at festivals and clubs such as Exit, ADE, ECOS Festival, Club NL (Holland), prestige club D-EDGE & Fosfobox (Brazil), Eddies House (Moscow), Insomnia (Greece), Fabrique (Bosnia), just to name few. He shared DJ booth with names such as Gramophonedze, Rod B, SpinnZinn, SPURI, Marcello V.O.R. JUST2, Luthier, Kid Massive, and others. We’ve invited Filip to chat with us for our favourite 101 article.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
I think that most bizarre and funniest moment was when the guy in his white Porsche and in white suite came to me in some beach bar in Montenegro, and pull out his white USB drive and said, play this. When I asked what’s that, he answered “Ai Se Eu te Pego” from Michel Telo, you must play it right now. Thankfully, on CDJ 800, you cannot put USB drive.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
My home studio set up is very simple one. MacBook Pro, a pair of M-Audio B5 monitors, Technics headphones, ESI u46xl soundcard, M-Audio Alesis QX25 and bunch of Samples and Loops where I’m looking for creativity.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
My first professional gig was in my hometown Sombor with my boys from Monkey Business Ent. at club Kundalini back in 2007. We played only house music for the whole night and hits from Miguel Migs, Terry Le Brown Jn, Jay Tripwire, Da Sunlounge etc. I must admit, the feeling was the same like the first kiss with that girl you really like.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Three artists that currently inspiring me are Hoten, Jovan Vucetic, and always Jelly For The Babies.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
It was a rainy day on my set for Exit Festival in 2014. I was so thrilled about that I was preparing music months ahead. I had barely 50 people in front of me during my set. And I don’t need to mention when Police crushed in hehe.
What do you do before and after your set?
I like to come earlier and prepare everything, sit with friends and get to know what they think is the best music for the club. Just before I start playing, I like to stand near DJ booth and feel the vibe from the crowd. Later I like to be in the crowd and listen how other DJ’s do their job.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
My worst job was definitely at my age of 20 when I was living in Novi Sad, working as air conditioner installer. Imagine, its summer, 40 degrees outside, and you are working in apartment or home where is 50 degrees and still no air conditioner. I was sweating like you I was in a sauna. The irony of life. 🙂
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
43 Degrees Rec, Low Groove Rec, NoExcuse Limited.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Morcheeba – Big Calm (Album) from 1998.
Last but not least. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
If you want to be a long-term musician, don’t follow the path of money, you will never find happiness there.