Ljubičice: an unusual rock brass section band, whose name, in Serbian language, means violets

Ljubičice is a project settled in Pančevo, a small town very close to Belgrade, where the local traditional music shakes and mixes with rock'n'roll music

Hi. Tell us something about Ljubičice project.
Ljubičice (in Serbian means violets) were formed as a spring-rescue project. The winter is just taking too long and it seems that groundhog isn’t even slightly interested in its shadow. Although our dreams are obscene, we, above all, want to be nice. With Paris beating in our hearts, we will take you hunting, we will share the romantic downfalls of the Count of Dalmacija, but we will foremost make a good atmosphere. We are youth full of manners, we are masters of our craft, we live of our will, embodiment of motto of Jovan Bulj “I do whatever I want, to dance, to sing, and to sleep all day. May laughter fills the air and may everyone be happy and may the Sun shine”. But basically, it is a life project of two brothers that has been shaped by all the people that surrounds them.

Tell us something about your last musical production.
That would be our project “The other side of Ljubičice.” Our new album is called “Brass album”. In this project we are dealing with classical music in our own way. We are, first and foremost, a rock band. We’ve been gaining traction lately, and with that comes certain expectations. People are beginning to associate our name with a particular sound. This album doesn’t exactly fit into our usual repertoire, but it reflects some of our more obscure interests; it’s the flip-side of our musical endeavours. It’s not what anyone who’s heard of us expect – it simply isn’t what the “audience wants”. What it is, is a product of a burning desire to show a different side to us: what we enjoy when we aren’t on the stage in a venue. This is what you heard if you saw us playing in the street, under the clear blue sky of a local park or a centuries old, run down cathedral. This is what we’re up to when nobody’s watching.

On Livetrigger.com you define your genre: “Brass”. Can you help us and our readers understand a bit more what does it mean?
All of the band members play some brass instrument, so we are thinking the way brass players do. From the beginning we are connected with brass music and now we have very unusual rock brass section – tuba, french horn and trumpet. We played as a brass section in youth philharmonic orchestra “Borislav Pašćan” so we learned to communicate through music before even started with rock band.  And, of course, trumpet is also the most popular Serbian folk instrument.

Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any? Any favourite artists?
Our sound is often described as retro, even when that is not our intention. I guess it’s probably because we listened to a lot of old music, from early renaissance to early rock’n’roll. But we are also very much into modern classical, jazz and pop music. We like Mozart, Beatles, Philip Glass, Louis Armstrong, Ramones, all those cats…

How is being a band from Pančevo? What’s the best live act in your area? Tell us something about Serbian musical movement.
Everything comes with advantages and disadvantages. Pančevo is a small town, but on the other hand there are many musicians working there. Belgrade is close and we are very connected with their scene also. We have strong folk scene and our greatest advantage is connection between rock and local traditional music. Two brands in serbian music festival scene are Exit festival in Novi Sad, and Guča festival. It provides us with opportunity to see world class performers and, for local bands, to perform on same stage with them. In Pančevo, we have a jazz festival with fantastic line up every year. Serbian musical movement is rapidly growing.

What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
Gregory Porter, Spain, Ilija Ludvig…

Did you made any tours in Europe in the past? Have you ever played outside your country? Are you connected with other bands or musical movements in Europe? Tell us something about it.
We toured a lot as classical musicians, and played with many orchestras around Europe, from Japanese Mozart memorial orchestra in Saltzburg, to new year concert in Berlin philharmonic with German-scandinavian youth orchestra. Band Ljubičice however never performed outside of Balkan region. We have made connections with composers in Holland and Germany, and performed their music around Serbia.

Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.
If there are some unpleasant moments we forget them very quickly, and only the good ones stays. I guess we will never forget ćevapi from Banja Luka.

What do you think of Livetrigger.com? Do you think it could be a good tool to facilitate the process of booking and organizing shows? Do you have any suggestions?
Livetrigger is great thing. If you succeed in you intention to connect musical scene in Europe, we will all have benefit from it. Keep on with good work!