DJ Pseudonym and Civil Unrest [Desert Storm]
I have been involved with Desert Storm since 1994 when we made our way with a food aid convoy to the almost besieged town of Tuzla in war torn Bosnia.
It was New Years eve and we had to do something, so we piled all the speakers onto the back of a lorry and set off around the town Pied Piper style.
At one point the cops came up, we started to turn the music down expecting to be arrested, But in probably the only time in the history of Music, the cops said "Turn the music up...but please turn off the lights....You will get pinpointed and mortered"...
Since that trip we did another 3 excursions into the violent and vicious war zone..and we entered Sarajevo just one week after the final cease-fire, the 1st artists to enter the city from outside in 5 years.
We quickly found the musical sub culture that had been one of the most important and also dangerous aspect of living under a siege. We set up a gig at " The Obola" a club made infamous for the 300 yard sprint you had to make to get in the door and not get shot by the snipers. Many young people would make their way here during the conflict and stay for days due to the danger outside.
The same could be said for Radio Zid, an underground pirate station that we played on.
It was run by a couple of scared lookin 20 something...although they looked about 40. They let us play for about 5 hours and all the time advertised the upcoming gig at Obola.
We then took our tekno out into the streets, in the same manner as Tuzla a year previously except there were sniper signs on nearly every corner. I still got a picture somewhere of me Dj'in in the back of the opensided truck cruising up and down Sarajevo main strip with a phat rig and a kevlar helmet.
When we actually did the party in Obola, well i dont believe it is possible to witness people dancing and harder!
They were frantic, to dance, drink, laugh, cry, hug, each other, but most of all to be free.
It was 1 week after the Dayton Peace accord and after 5 years of siege and inhumane suffering, finally they got the 1st glimpse of a future....and fuck me were they happy about it!
We returned 1 more time to Sarajevo with Spiral Tribe 6 months later.What a journey.
I really got to touch the Tekno travelling community and had some of the most enlightening few years, partly to do with what i had seen whilst in Bosnia, but also the combination of music within a nomadic lifestyle.
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