LABELS: Night Light Records, Sci+Tec, Suara, Terminal M, Octopus, Form
A hypnotic compound of techno and tech-house, further enhanced by the powerful groove and bass lines which characterise the sets of Mladen Tomic, Bosnian DJ and producer, who has won the hearts of clubbers across the globe.
You will recognize his uncompromising sound and strong energy, which is woven into every one of sets. The carefully selected compositions. The unique production. The strong personal touch, whether in production, the mix or the re-mix.
His personal work, recognised and supported by both prominent artists and owners of famous record labels such as Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, John Acquaviva, Monika Kruse, Umek, Popof, Adam Beyer, Stefano Noferini and others, have catapulted him to among the best, and opened the doors of the most prestigious clubs and festivals around the world.
Performances all over Europe (Germany, Spain, Netherlands, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, England, Scotland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium …), America (USA, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica) and Canada are testimony of that.
The ever growing list of festivals whose line-up includes Mladen’s name is even more impressive: Miami WMC 2013 and 2014 (US), EXIT – Dance Arena (Serbia), Soul Tech and Selenic Beach (Mexico), Kazantip (Ukraine), Stereo Sunday ( the Netherlands), Amsterdam Dance Event (Netherlands), Refresh (Montenegro) amongst many others.
With a highly acclaimed series of original tracks, production is still the centre of Mladen’s business with regular releases on renowned labels such as Sci + Tec, Suara, Definitive Recordings, Terminal M, 1605, Octopus, 100% Pure, Deeperfect and Stereo Productions.
In March 2012, Mladen and Sian’s joint single „Front Pocket“, remixed by Nicole Moudaber, reached number 1 on the Beatport Techno charts and the original mix No.3. In the January 2013 edition of Techno Tools Vol.1 on the famous Suara label, was a great success – up to four compositions were in the techno Top 20, and two in the Top 10, with “Physical Level”, on the 4th and “Tune” in 8th place in the techno charts. Mladen’s remix of „Airscape“ by Stefano Noferini found itself in the seventh place on the Beatport techno list. The famous track ‘’Before Sunset” from 2009 has also been a huge worldwide success, and it has been ranked 12th on the tech house list. “Solar Wind”, which was released on Sci + Tec, was one of the most played tracks in Dubfire’s sets in 2014 and was positioned 12th on the Beatport techno chart. „730 Drink“ on Night Light Records was on the 9th Essential mix of Richie Hawtin and “West Beach” and “Inside The Bootle”, (which has also appeared on Night Light Records), found themselves in almost every one of Richi’s sets in Ibiza in 2014 and 2015.
An equally large success has been achieved by „Dance of Shadows“, „Global Mind“, „True Story“, „Under The Fool Moon“, „Tangas“, „Lady In The House“, „Green Cubes“ and so on.
It is also important to mention the successful remixes produced by Mladen for famous artists, including Mauro Picotto, Sebastian Leger, Cristian Varela, Stefano Noferini, Chus & Ceballos, ANNA, Manuel De La Mare, Paolo Mojo, Marko Nastic and Boris. Mladen’s career began way back in 1999, when he joined forces with Sinisa Tamamović to promote events in their native Banja Luka and toured the Western Balkans. They soon founded their own label, Night Light Records, which is now the synonym for quality, innovation and releases that are always one step ahead.
Mladen’s mission is to travel around the world, conveying his unique vision of music to people with an open mind and heart. ___________________________________________________________________________________
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hi Lars! I am very well thanks, crazily busy but I like to be busy, it’s my way of life. Today is one normal day in the studio. I am working on some original tracks for some upcoming releases. Also in the meantime, I’m preparing stems for my new track ‘Riffs’ which will be released on Terminal M very soon.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
In 2016 I’ve released 5 EP’s on labels such are Night Light Records, KD Music, Form and La Famiglia. My track ‘7 30 Drink’ released on Night Light had got incredible support from Richie Hawtin and appeared in his recent BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in March 2016. ‘Elektro Smoker’ on Form also got strong support from many big names from the scene, especially Dubfire, who’s played it on the many big events all around the world. Also I’m very satisfied with ‘Piece Of Funk’ released on Kaiserdisco’s KD Music and the newest ‘Silver Faces’ on Night Light.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
It’s hard to choose only one release because I have a lot that are very important to me, but I’ve selected my top 5. The first was ‘Before Sunset’ on Definitive Recordings released back in 2009, the second ‘Front Pocket’ a collaboration track with Sian on Octopus from 2012, the third ‘Happiness’ on Terminal M from 2012, the fourth ‘Techno Tools EP’ on Suara from 2013 and the fifth ‘Solar Wind’ on Sci+Tec from 2014.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
Somehow I think that all of my releases are pretty special to me. I am trying to release only the best tracks which I produce, I focus on quality instead of quantity. Now I’m working on some original tracks and have already some demos ready, so very soon I am going to choose which should be sent to the labels. Some of my upcoming releases in the next couple of months are scheduled on Night Light Records, Terminal M, and remix on Patent Skillz.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience around the globe. What is your favourite city or country and why?
I really have had many great experiences at almost all my gigs from the last few years. Many countries and cities are amazing and give me energy and inspiration for work. I am trying to choose between Mexico City and Amsterdam, but let’s say Amsterdam. I really like to play in this city. So far I’ve had a couple of amazing gigs at great events. I have a lot friends and fans there and every party is simply amazing with great energy, vibe and atmosphere.
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
1. Soul Tech Festival in Mexico City, Mexico
2. Club Space Miami during WMC 2013, USA
3. VOOLT Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands
4. Halloween 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria
5. Balance FM, Stereo Dvorana, Rijeka, Croatia
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
1. Juan DDD, Celic – Rumors
2. Wehbba – Flux
3. Landmark – Toughness
4. Mladen Tomic – Silver Faces
5. Peppelino – Ana
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
01. Bastian Bux – Riot (Original Mix) [MOOD]
02. Gorge – It’s Time (Nick Curly Remix) [Mobile Recordings]
03. Dj Lion, Tomy Wahl, Dexon – Space Control (Mladen Tomic Remix) [Patent Skillz]
04. Sam Paganini – Flow (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
05. Sinisa Tamamovic – True Love (Original Mix) [Yoshitoshi]
06. Mladen Tomic – Fireface (Original Mix) [Form]
07. Juan DDD, Celic – Rumors [Night Light Records]
08. Wehbba – Flux (Original Mix) [Tronic]
09. Mladen Tomic – Hot Moog (Original Mix) [unsigned]
10. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Humano (Victor Ruiz Remix) [Senso Sounds]
11. Julian Jeweil – Foundation (Original Mix) [Form]
12. Landmark – Toughness (Original Mix) [KD Raw]
13. Luca Donzelli – Funky Citizens (Kabale und Liebe Remix) [Mindshake Records]
14. Ron Costa, Alberto Ruiz – In Time (Andres Campo Remix) [Stick Recordings]
15. Matador – Stanleys (ANNA Remix) [Rukus]
16. Nino Bua & Robbie Pope – Dig Deep (Original Mix) [Night Light Records]
17. Lerio Corrado – Rotation (Original Mix) [Analytictrail]