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DJ Funky Junkie's career began way back in 1985. when he started his weekly radio show on "Radio Nis" along with his friend, DJ Mixmaster. The show lasted until 1988. In 1989., FJ started to play music in then famous Symphony club, and from that moment on up to these days he spins his records & CDs in clubs & venues all over Serbia, neighbour countries and around Europe.
With almost 25 years of experience under his belt, and many records in his huge vinyl collection, it is fair to say that Funky Junkie is one of the founders of a contemporary club scene in Nis & Serbia.
Despite the fact that he plays progressive, tech house & electro on most of his gigs, he never forgets his roots. As a great fan of funk, jazz funk, soul, disco funk, brazil & latin music, nu wave, post punk he collects vinyls which are kept in his respectable collection, and this is the music he likes to play most even today alone or with his friend DJ Ceka The Boss as a part of notorious "The Funk Soul Brothers". There are many DJs who have rather major influence on his career, to name some of them: Francis Grasso, David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons, Bobby Guttardo, Danny Krivit, Francois Kevorkian, Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Gilles Peterson, Paul Murphy, Patrick Forge, Kevin Beadle, Dr. Bob Jones, Keb Darge, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa etc. (to name just a DJs, not the bands & the producers). Considering Serbia, the greatest impact on him had DJ Bane and original "Disco 13" DJs from the 70's, then DJ Brkica & the crew from "Muzicki klub '81", and of course DJ Nenad Mitic from "Symphony club". It wouldn't be fair not to mention DJ Chile (and THE ONE & ONLY "Soul Food" club in Belgrade), who is "guilty in charge" for FJ's love for all kinds of both contemporary & vintage black music.
The proof of his musical diversity was a legendary cult one man radio show called "Tripovanje" (Trippin') which was broadcasted firstly on "Belle Amie" radio back in the 90's and then on "Fast Radio".
During all these years he was behind the decks with many famous DJs and played opening acts for many bands from Bob Sinclar and Hernan Cattaneo to The Brand New Heavies, Gilles Peterson and Paul Murphy, for example. To name all of them would take a lot of place & time. Unfortunately, we do not have enough of both :) Funky Junkie is also a promoter and alongside his good friend and great DJ Acim he organized many great events in Nis.
In summer of 2010. he released widely acclaimed bootleg compilation "Idi, igraj!-Funk, soul, jazz funk & disco from ex-Yugoslavia 1969-1987 compiled by DJ Funky Junkie" which got massive feedback from many famous producers and DJs from USA, Japan, Europe etc. and earned almost cult status among them.
In 2011. he made remixes for Beatfanatic and Valique along with his friends, and recently he is about to promote the third and the last part of "Idi, igraj!" compilation and touring all over Serbia and abroad.
You can still see and listen to him playing live all around. He is a part of "Selected DJs" team, still trying to preach the gospell of music and spread the positive vibrations everywhere. The story of Funky Junkie continues...
For the love of music, for the love of beats...

djfunkyjunkie Dejan "Funky Junkie" Gavrilovic, Nis, Serbia

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