: A veteran of Belgradian clubbing scene Pero di Reda, better known as DJ PEPPE, played records in Belgrade’s clubs long before they recently “came back in style”. As an active participant in the night life of the Serbian capital from the eighties to the present, DJ PEPPE is certainly one of the founders of the home-grown clubbing scene and a man who left a huge mark on its foundation. But, that’s not that important. It is far more important that his name is synonymous with a good time, even in “the present era of clubbing” and that no club linked to his name is ever half-full. His recipe is simple – a good sound, even better music, and get the people dancing. No loitering, no standing, no leaning on things. Oldschool is the way to go.
If you were to write a partying etiquette, what would be the first rule on your list?
It would be something like: “Be polite and civil. Enjoy yourself and let others enjoy the party.”
What would be your hypothetical ideal night out in Belgrade?
It would begin on one of the rafts at about 6 p.m. It would be a sort of a warm up, lasting till 9 p.m. when I would go to a good restaurant with my friends, to recover our strength a bit. After that, it would be back to the party, with the fun lasting till the morning. This is the recipe I apply in the summers, in Lasta.
Belgrade clubbing scene sees new places pop up every season; often they are all the rage, only to disappear the next season. How come some clubs manage to keep it rockin’ for years, while others last no longer than your average fashion trend?
A concept is very important for a club, as is a team which will back it all up in practice. Of course, I don’t have to emphasize just how important it is to be serious about your investment into the club – meaning ventilation, sound, infrastructure… when people feel that someone has really put in an effort and a serious investment into a given space, they reward it with their regular presence and loyalty.
photo: Nikola Živić
What will you be playing in your car this autumn?
I am still keeping Michael Kiwaunke and Gregory Porter on constant repeat. Also, the newest “Defected” compilation, dominated by disco, is threatening to become a classic in my car.
When we are talking about clubbing trends, what can Belgradians expect when the autumn winds blow us off the rafts and back into indoor clubs on solid land?
Several very interesting fusions are opening, with the concept of bar-clubs and cafe-clubs, which will certainly mark the season ahead of us. It will be interesting. As the foreign DJs like to say: stay tuned.
You have known the Belgrade clubbing scene since the time DJs were called Disk Jockeys and no one had heard of Insta Story. When did people have a better time? What would you say is the most striking difference between a good time in Belgrade “then and now”?
Each period in time has its own thing, when it comes to night life. When we were younger, we would celebrate every record someone would manage to smuggle from aboard. We could hardly wait to play it on the radio and then in the clubs, for the dance floor… Today, people look forward to new trends that are no less interesting and special. Dancing is always dancing, the beat is always the beat. Some things are eternal and do not bow to trends.
autor: Miljana Nešković