Dusseldorf’s Offen Music captures that holy communication that can flow between the Visual and the Aural. In the presence of Offen - we get rewarded with difference in both forms from release to release with Label owner Vladimir Ivkovic gilding the importance that such things hold for the audiophile collector - the individual must shine in its own ranks. Offen music is a ghostly silhouette of styles and we’ll never catch its shadow; diversity is the cache here as we must expect anything from a wide electronic canon. More the fool who tries to guess what comes next from Ivkovic the curator, as Offen’s future catalogue seems to mirror that of the quietly thoughtful DJ’s very own committed musical evolution itself.
Where are you from?
What do you do?
I’m label manager for Desolat since its beginning in 2007, I run Offen Music, I DJ, I’m a father of 2 wonderful kids, and I’m trying to figure out lots of things
Earliest musical memory?
It’s most likely not my earliest musical memory, but the most significant earl one. Hearing the sound of the counter at the beginning of „Money“ by Pink Floyd, loud, in total darkness with people lying on the floor at our place, one of the house gatherings of my parents… I left my room to get some water, wasn’t aware of the gathering and it was almost traumatic
Why did you start a record label?
Offen was born out of necessity to finally share some of the music from the Rex Ilusivii archive before it’s too late. It evolves autonomously with music from friends, people I like, music that finds me in the nicest ways
How would you describe the label’s sound?
Some insight on the mix you recorded?
The mix-not-mix was recorded shortly after Alexis asked if I’d record some of my influences. I realized that I probably don’t have influences, but that there are lots of records I’ve been growing up with before I left Belgrade at the beginning of the 90s. I pulled some of the records and recorded some songs, realized afterwards that the records end in 1991 when I left. It’s more an old fashioned idea of a tape for someone dear than a mix.