giovedì 26 settembre 2013


Techno music came to Zagreb in the beginning of the 1990s when the first sounds could be heard in the club 'Gjuro II' at the parties 'Ecstasy party', 'Space party', 'Extravaganza' and somewhat later at the Aquarius club at the first party called 'Sabotage'.
The first techno 'rave' was held in Zagreb in 1993 in Mesničkoj street, inside an underground nuclear shelter built by Tito, the tunnel beneath the Upper Town.
There played renowned DJ Beamish from London, Random Logic from Slovenia, DJ Mate Galic from Berlin and other guests from London and Europe.
The whole party was aired on MTV. After that, many other techno rave parties followed in Zagreb, like 'Future Shock', 'Vivid', 'Galactica' etc. [from here]

''The last "integrative point" for the scene in Zagreb, (Croatia), was the existence of "Galerrija Esce", The Gallery of Students Center, where punks used to meet performance artists, reggae fans were listening to hard-core, football hooligans were looking at the installations and experimental video, the generation of "16" mixed with the generation of "35", and those of "25" were shocked when they met "less then 10" years old kids during the concerts of Fugazi, Helios Creed, MDC, Victims family...That was too good to be alive longer than one year. The year was 1991. The most creative and positive period turned into the time of war. [.....] some people started a new scene, a new tribe.''
''The first techno-party was organised in Zagreb in november of 1991, in the middle of war and between air-raids. It was the start. Because of the war, people spent more time in the shelters than on the parties, but first real cease-fire in the spring of 1992 helped the appearance of techno scene. The organisers of the first party said that "type of solidarity you learn in the shelters is helpful for the good party". 1993 was a year of growth. >From the small events with techno music, brain-machines, fractal graphics, energy- drinks and cult films (like Akira), techno found its own club nights, one and then two times a week. In October of 1993, 3000 people met each other at the first international rave, called the "Under City Rave" because the location was inside a big atomic shelter, under the old city of Zagreb. 1994, it became visible that techno presented a new youth movement, a style with certain colors, symbols, drugs, music, behaviour, but open to many other kinds of expression, not closed as the "final", finished, frozen image. Silver jacket, astro- look, dwarf's cap, it was a part of the style, but thousands of others felt they belonged to the techno crowd in their old clothes as well. People discovered and emphasized ways of non-verbal comunication. When older people asked them - what's the message, they were speaking about peace, non-violence, tolerance, trance and dance, but many of them couldn't hide the pleasure of the absence of messages. One of the ravers shouted: "We don't need no messages, neither political nor love messages. Each of us has his or her own psycho-physical abilities to feel and understand the sound, the light, and the people around. No more words!" 
[by Benjamin Perasovic from here]

Under City Rave at Tunel Gric Zagreb, 30-10-1993
guest DJ's: Mate Galic (Köln - Cologne DE);  Chris (Köln DE); Kiki (Aquarius, Zagreb HR); Frajman (Aquarius, Zagreb HR);  Markiz Von E; Space Lily (Zagreb HR); ED (Gjuro 2, Zagreb HR); Beamish  (London UK); Naomi (Zagreb HR); Fresh-Jay (Zagreb HR); Dino Dvornik (special guest star, Split HR).

''We talked a lot with them and decided to make a real party in Croatia finally. There were a lot of problems, because of the war, nobody would come here. Ravers were the only ones to whom war was not a problem and so we organized the first real rave party in Croatia, "Under City Rave" inside the tunnel of Mesnička street, Zagreb in 1993. It was our first party, we didn't know too much about the organization, and we started doing beginner's mistakes and instead of using normally printed maps, we have them photocopied, said Irena Ščurić, the party was much more than successful.''

They expected to reach 300-400 people, but arrived almost three thousand ravers.

'' We couldn't believe it! Mesnička was crowded, you couldn't move, people were standing in front of the tunnel waiting to enter. However, as things were at the moment in the country, but also the crowd that occurred in the tunnel, before midnight, we heard that the police wants to stop the party. I immediately went to Zrinjevac to the police station and there was their boss [..]. Literally I knelt in front of this man, I folded my hands and said: 'Please, those are the first foreigners who have come here since the war began. Please do not throw them out now. " And indeed they didn't broke'' - said Irena.
[from here]

Underground techno club 'Space Agressor', who made a techno party in Zagreb.

''Free space in Zagreb, which works for more than a year. HC-techno club  rips the brains of people, who come there hypnotically. It is the only underground club in the real meaning of the word underground. It works weekly, and admission is free. The beer is cheap, and there is lots of smoke.You can stay there till early hours. Some anarchists come a lot. All people are welcome. It works illegally, but, luckily, cops don't make any problems (probably they don't know that Agressor even exists).

SPACE AGGRESSOR Zagreb's only squatted , free space was shut down under pressure of the HDZ, who changed the locks on the space after giving the DJ 24 hours to take his equipment out . The building , under threat of demolition was previously an illegally squatted techno club run mainly by
DJ Fuck. Although it had gone through many a difficult times, it had been squatted for two years, a long time for this sort of thing. The people who showed up were always a good crowd and gave the space the atmosphere that made it so hip . It will be sorely missed.''
[from Zagreb Anarchist Movement paper ''Zaginflatch'']

Naomi [aka Misel Duricic] created the techno hit 'Krafty', released by the german label 'BOY Records'.
The video-clip of the tune, was one of the first computer-graphic video ever produced in Croatia.

Another nice techno-agreppo tune from Croatia and with the same computer-graphic style video, is 'Tay Chee Is Not Dead' by Brain Machine.

Both tracks can be found on 'Zagreb City Limited The Best of  Techno' cd compilation released in 1993 by Dancing Bear and compiled by DJ Ed one of the organizers of the legendary Future Shock rave-parties.

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