On the 3rd of April at Drugstore club in Belgrade, Tijana T brings Black Madonna as a special guest star of the night. Follow event on Facebook. Address: Bulevar Despota Stefana 115 – Poenkareova (first/last stop of buses: 33, 37, 48, 58)
There are many reasons to admire Marea Stamper. For one, she’s an increasingly respected DJ, known for uplifting sets that balance established anthems with idiosyncratic selections. She’s an accomplished producer, too, with a string of irresistible tracks—”Exodus” and “A Jealous Heart Never Rests” among them—that still get plenty of airtime two years later. And then there’s her position as the talent buyer at Chicago’s Smart Bar, one of the best clubs in North America, which has arguably become even more noteworthy under her direction. She just launched several new residencies, including spots for DVS1, Honey Soundsystem and Derrick Carter, highlighting the resurgent strength of house music’s birthplace.
Stamper took a break from the music industry in her early 20s and went to college, where she learned to DJ. She started playing out just a few months later. “Almost right off the bat, I knew how to do it, the basic mechanics of it,” she says. “I didn’t struggle with that part, the mechanics of it made sense to me because I was deeply involved in the mixtape thing and listening to those over and over again.
After graduating college, Stamper moved to Chicago and ended up living with Radoslaw Hawryszczuk, known to friends as Radek.
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Radek had started a label called Dust Traxx out of his parents’ West Eddy house, and brought on Stamper to handle the label’s entry into the digital market, before eventually making her label manager. Later, Radek left Dust Traxxx and the label began to fizzle out, while Stamper experimented with other musical endeavours before deciding to strike out as a solo artist called The Black Madonna.” – RA
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.