DJ Rea: I thought I would spend my life translating French novels. Instead, after graduating in French language and comparative literature, I started DJ-ing as a hobby, which soon became my main job. In 15 years on 1s and 2s, I performed all over the region, played at the biggest music festivals in the country, spun in London and Berlin, and I still enjoy every single gig that I do. Besides DJ-ing I’ve spent many years in different fields of the music industry: as a music journalist, radio host, festival PR, music publishing creative, music curator etc.
ZIYP: What do you think of Zagreb nightlife from the perspective of your work? Are there more young or older people, what kind of music do they listen to?
DJ Rea: 10 years ago I remember Zagreb was voted the most boring capital in Europe in one poll. Things have amazingly changed since then and I am superhappy to live in it at this moment. It is full of charming little bars and clubs, while it also offers a good quality of bigger clubs for serious partying. Everything is pretty close so you can easily spend a night visiting more than one nightclub. They are mostly have a younger crowd and they mostly play hip-hop, r’n’b, house and top-charting tunes. I would definitely compliment the concert scene in Zagreb, but I am not very satisfied with the underground electronic club scene. I wish there was more diversity when it comes to the music selection in clubs and bars.
ZIYP: What's your secret to a successful party?
DJ Rea: A synched energy of a DJ and a crowd. That’s when the magic happens.
ZIYP: Which are your favourite places to go out in Zagreb?
DJ Rea: Swanky is my top place to go for a drink during the week or to start a weekend night with. I also play there often, throwing afrobeats, dancehall or UK bass parties. Amazing cocktails, not your top-40 chart music selection, a beautiful garden and smiling staff. If you happen to be in Zagreb when the “Sutra je subota” crew throws their parties, do not miss it. I would also recommend “Pločnik”, a small club with a blasting soundsystem, and “Katran”, a warehouse-type club on 4 floors. You can never go wrong with that!