Interview w/ Tekitoka [Broken Balkanz & Outlook Special]


This year, between the 17th and 19th of July, the 15th annual edition of the oldest DnB festival in Eastern Europe - Broken Balkanz was held. On the stage, the fans saw over 40 artists. This year, specially for the festival's 15th anniversary, the organizers decided to invite performers only from the Balkan Peninsula. The headliners of the event were Telekinesis and Billain, besides them we were able to hear Disphonia, L 33, Insom, Proton Kid, Darko Stepic, Fall From Cloud, Funk Guru, Phillipe, Hypertech, all members of the HMSU Crew as well as many other DJs and producers.

One of the artists who made the best impression on us was Tekitoka of Croatia. She took the stage in the early hours of July 18th and showed impressive skills behind the decks. Her neurofunk set appealed to the audience. Her selection was interesting and varied as she played it without any mistakes. Within an hour, Tekitoka became a favorite DJ of the fans in Bulgaria(and not only) and a few people from the crowd asked our crew to do an interview with her.

The interview is now a fact. Tekitoka answered our questions related to her career, the scene in Croatia and her participation in the Broken Balkanz Festival. During the conversation, it turned out that she, along with her Crew Dirty Beatz, will be a part of Outlook Festival's roster this year, which gave us a chance to make a common interview for both festivals.

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THE INTERVIEW

Bass Blog [BB]: Hello, Dina! Introduce yourself in a few words!

Tekitoka [T]: 
Well helloooo! Tekitoka from Croatia, living in Zagreb. Involved in promoting drum&bass culture true organizations such as: LED, Dirty Beatz and DNBKonferencija.


BB: You're from Croatia. Tell us a bit more about the scene there. How many organizations do you have in the country? Which are the major crews?

T: 
I'm one of the organizers of DNBKonferencija, project that was started two years ago with the purpose to gather all major crews, DJs, producers and promoters at one place once a year. The vibe is really special cause we're all there to have fun, to support each other and enjoy music. Cause we all have the same passion. And it's drum&bass music. And people feel that. That's why we had between 700-800 visitors every year on it.



You can check the official DNBKonferencija aftermovie  on YouTube.

To name a few major crews that have done a lot for drum&bass culture in Croatia and are still active in their work: Dirty Beatz, Confusion, LoopJunkies, VuBass. There are also a lot of younger organizations such as: Balkan Kolektiv, Kabinet, Chew the Fat!, Kult, Subjekt, Seasplash Crew, Liquosphere, LED, Drama….

BB: 
You are among the few female DJs of the world DnB scene. How difficult is it for a woman to become a recognizable artist in this music genre?


T: 
Well, I think it’s easier for a woman to be recognized if she’s good at what she’s doing because there are just a few of us.


BB: During your set at Broken Balkanz, several girls asked me to get an interview with you. What kind of advice would you give to your female colleagues, which are just starting to get involved with DnB?

T: 
Just do what you love and give your all into it. That’s the best advice I can give. Simple as that.


BB:  This year you made your debut at Broken Balkanz. What part of the event made the biggest impression on you? How did you enjoy the service and accommodation, the place and the public?

T: 
OMG i'm in love with the festival. Every single part of it. The place is breathtaking. The positive vibe. People. I have really really enjoyed it. Big up for all the HMSU crew! They're doing amazing job with the festival.


BB: Were you able to hear some your colleagues' sets? Which of the artists at the festival did you like the most?

T: 
Yes, I heard a lot of sets on the festival. Cause whenever I go to a festival like this, I'm not going just as a preformer, I'm going as a clubber too, because it's how you get the most inspiration from the festival in general. And I like to dance. A lot. I would def say that the biggest suprise for me was DISPHONIA. I couldn't stop dancing when Kostas was playing. Not for a single minute. And that's really not so easy to do. :) Billain (I 'm in love in neurofunk, so it's not a big suprise) and L33 had great sets too. 


BB:
   With whom of the artists that took part in the festival would you like to make a b2b session?


T: 
With many of them. :)

BB: The crowd liked your performance. According to you, what is the secret of making a good DnB set?

T: 
I’m just playing the tunes I would dance my ass of on if I were in the crowd  in the moment. Tunes I feel and that give me chills. And that have a loooot of energy. Because that’s drum&bass. Huge energy.


BB: 
Did you prepare your set before the Festival, or  did you just do it in freestyle?


T: 
Freestyle.

BB: Most of your colleagues use a laptop, software and flash drives in their sets. You decided to play with CDs. Is this the most convenient method of doing a DnB set for you? Why did you prefer CDs?

T: 
As soon as I started to work, my first salary went for my first CDJ, the second one for a second, and so on. I bought a laptop and Traktor Audio6. I had idea that I'm gonna play on CDJs and Traktor. The first time I tried it, I was like, no. This is not for me. I wanna focus on music and not on connecting this and that and taking care if something is gonna go wrong. A lot of my friends who were playing that way had a lot of problems during their sets. So CD in CDJ and just mixing.


BB: Would you like to come back on the stage at Broken Balkanz?

T: 
Of course. It would be a pleasure.

BB: This year you are going to play at Outlook Festival with the Dirty Beatz Crew. At which stage will you play? Will you play at any Boat Partys?

T: 
Yes, my crew, Dirty Beatz from Zagreb, oldest drum&bass crew in Croatia, represeting drum&bass culture for 13 years now, is playing at Outlook this year. We still don't know the stage we're gonna be playing on but I supose it's gonna be a stage representing artists from Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.


BB: 
What are your expectations for Outlook Festival? What kind of tracks you are thinking of playing?


T: 
To have a great time. J Listen to great artists on amazing sound systems. The sound is really important for me. Like the most important thing when it comes to parties. When it comes to drum&bass you need to have clear sound and a pretty big amount of bass that shakes your body. Without it, that’s not it. So it’s always great to come to Outlook to hear your favourite Djs and producers on those kind of systems.

Tunes? The ones I love. Neurofunk & techstep. 

BB: How many people are going to Outlook Festival? Is the festival accessible for the Croatian fans?

T: 
Last year there was around 13.000  visitors. It’s a pretty big number. I think it’s accessible. You know, if you love some kind of music, and you know the date of the festival, you will save money for it. I would.

BB: 
Which of the Outlook participants would you like to hear with pleasure? Are there some artists, which were an inspiration for you in the beginning of your career?

T: 
Inspiration? Noisia. Incredible talents.

With pleasure? Uh, a lot of them. Mefjus, Break, The Upbeats, Maztek, Rockwell, Emperor, Gerra & Stone, Billain… 

BB: Are there some non-DnB artists at Outlook Festival, whose style is interesting to you?

T: 
Yes, I would like to hear some of the dubstep producers. 

BB: 
How do you think, are there some similarities between Broken Balkanz and Outlook Festival

T: 
I would not compare them; Broken Balkanz has a more intimate vibe then Outlook.

BB: Thanks about your time! 

T: 
Thank you guys.  Big up Bulgaria. ;)




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