BalkanBeats | Culture – Recycling
More than a project, BalkanBeats is a cultural battle; by playing original or remixed versions of traditional Balkan tunes, the BalkanBeats project not only gives them a space within the world music scene and on the dance floors, but also in the memories of young people.
The term “BalkanBeats“ was coined by Robert Šoko to describe the explosive parties he started back in 1993 in Berlin and which spread globally since then.
“BalkanBeats“ is also the title of Šoko’s iconic compilations, which remain a blue print to nowadays Balkan Beats genre.
These traditional sounds, mixed with modern electronic beats, hit the party crowd like a lightning bolt, rough and full of emotion, weeping and laughing at the same time.
Balkan Beats is truly a genre within world music, something which generated itself and will only survive in cosmopolitan culture.
BalkanBeats | Around the Globe
Šoko established regular BalkanBeats events throughout Europe (Berlin, Paris, Budapest, London etc.) but also Mexico City & Tokyo. Yet for the past 10 years the BalkanBeats temple has been the Lido Berlin, hosting DJ sets and prominent live acts.
BalkanBeats | Sound System
Now the BalkanBeats project has expanded to musical production, with its very own label and studio in Kreuzberg in the heart of Berlin. Aside from supporting selected Balkan artist, BalkanBeats Records also launched the first album of BalkanBeats SoundSystem – Arigato Amigo – a tribute to BalkanBeats followers around the globe.
BalkanBeats SoundSystem is the alliance of Robert Šoko and Uroš Petković, which puts together Šoko´s vision & sense of dance floors and Petković´s fine touch in BalkanBeats music production.
BalkanBeats | Feedback
Der allgemeine Balkan-Hype ist lange vorbei, doch geblieben sind die BalkanBeats im Lido; Sex, Tanz und Schweiß sind die konkreten Gründe für den langjährigen Erfolg.
ROBERT SOKO on the PIRANHA MUSIC WEBSITE