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October 12, 2016 •• Mitrovica Rock School
Introducing our bands

Originally posted as a blog by Jelena Zafirovic. Jelena is a longtime member of the Mitrovica Rock School, and a singer/songwriter in mixed band Sublime 6. She is also the Rock School’s official blogger and has frequently represented the school towards the press.

Hi, everyone!

So, our summer school for this year is completed, but there’s one more thing to do: introduce our amazing bands! Their photo shoot pics are in, so check them out below and inform yourselves about their evolution.

PROXIMITY MINE: [from left to right] Alem (guitar), Ilda (vocals), Ylli (keyboard), Stefan (drums)

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Let’s start with one of the new bands of this year’s summer school. Everyone was very much surprised by the mature sound that this band has. Ilda, who is only 17 years old, has already established herself as one of the best singers and song writers in the history of summer schools. The song that they have recorded starts off with a steady rhythm filled in by the soft keyboard melody and vocals, but then it surprises us with a heavy guitar distortion in the next part that leads to the dramatic chorus. Besides the very deep lyrical meaning and how the band has elevated that with their instruments, their stage presence gives us even more. Proximity Mine has set the bar really high for all the future rock school bands and we can’t wait for them to get together again and watch them experiment with their individual unique styles.

HIGH FREQUENCY: [from left to right] Luka (guitar), Zlatko (keyboard), Vladimir (drums), Lekë (bass), Dua (vocals)

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Also being a new band, High Frequency has one of the most powerful vocals, and the rest of the band does it justice with their instruments. We have expected powerful and interesting melodies, and that’s exactly what we got. The beginning riff of their recorded song sets the mood for the rest of the song, but it takes us to a journey of heavy guitar solos, rhythm changes and nice keyboard melodies. Dua’s vocal range is incredible and she has once again showed us that there’s absolutely nothing she can’t do with it. As a young band, they have a great base for their future projects, and we look forward to their continued evolution!

CREARTY: [from left to right] Luan (bass), Milica (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Dzemil (guitar), Milos (drums)

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This band has been formed last year, when Milica has only played the keyboard and there was another female singer. Since this year she couldn’t make it to the summer school due to personal reasons, Milica has evolved quite a bit by taking over the singing, but she also plays guitar in one of their live songs. Being one of the newer students to embark the summer school, this is a big step for her and we applaud her for that. Their recorded song is filled with keyboard chords throughout, and the haunting vocals perfectly correspond to Dzemil’s guitar playing, as well as Luan’s strong bass tones and Milos’s drum rhythms. It seems that Crearty has a bright future ahead of them, and we can’t wait to hear more!

IFO: [from left to right] Nemanja (vocals), Leotrim (bass), Andjela (vocals), Aron (drums), Egzon (guitar)

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Ever since their first appearance during last year’s summer school, IFO (Identified Flying Object) gave us a strong impression of who they are as a band. The base of their sound is rock’n’roll, but as they grow we’re able to hear metal and grunge influences, which takes us to a never ending journey of experimentation, showing us versatility of the band members as individuals. Their recorded song is the most experimental yet, where we have a very strong chorus with both vocals hitting high notes, which gives the ultimate power to the whole song. The other parts with a soft, but intense, guitar melody and a strong rhythm from the bass and drums make us move non-stop, and the rhythm gets even more contagious with a strong solo guitar towards the last chorus. We are very excited to see what IFO comes up with next time!

WHERE IS MY ELEPHANT: [from left to right] Zoran (drums), Nermin (bass), Jelena (vocals), Dren (guitar)

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Well, we don’t know if this band has found their elephant yet, but we know for sure that they have found a clear identity as a band. Contrary to Jelena’s soft vocals, they have very strong rhythms provided by the drum beats and the bass, but Dren’s guitar playing is reconciling the two opposites, and this is what makes this band so interesting – combining soft and hard. This aesthetic is clear in their new recorded song. It makes us sway, but it also makes us feel the lyrical message and how it translates in the vocals. Even though the chorus is not “in-your-face”, it gives this dark themed song the power that it needs and it really makes every instrument stand out in their own right. We are sure that this band has even more in store for us, and we look forward to their future ideas coming to life!

AKASHA: [from left to right] Lazar (bass), Emir (drums), Savica (vocals, keyboard), Qendrim (vocals)

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Not having a guitarist in a band could very much be the main problem for some bands, but not for Akasha. Actually, it’s safe to say that this is an asset for them and has shaped them into who they are today. Every single member of this band has a very strong inner voice and they do not fail to express it with their instruments. They have kept their original aesthetic in their new recorded song, having strong keyboard and vocal melodies take over, with Emir’s drumming and Lazar’s strong bass playing perfectly complementing that. With love and heartbreak being the main theme in their songs, which is so far from the love themed clichés that we hear in many songs of even the most popular artists, Akasha has gained many fans that always sing along when the band plays live. The improvement of lyric-writing is undeniable, and the way that Qendrim’s and Savica’s vocals complement each other really makes us feel the message they’re trying to convey. We strongly support them in all their future plans as a band!

SUBLIME 6: [from left to right] Baton (drums), Jelena (vocals), Milos (bass), Edona (vocals), Dren (guitar)

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Even though their original drummer Urim couldn’t make it to this year’s summer school due to personal reasons, Sublime 6 – being the senior band of the summer school – did not give up. Having Baton as a substitute drummer, they have worked even harder and proved that they have so much more to give. Each member of this band is actually a senior in the rock school; they each have a long history of summer and winter schools, and since recently – Dren, Baton and Jelena have become a part of the official rock school team. Having Baton learn their already existing songs was a challenge, but he has professionally accepted it and gave his all to help keep the band’s identity on a level that it was on with Urim. Their new recorded song keeps up with their original aesthetic: strong guitar melody, bass, drums and vocals, and a bit of experimentation that they plan on doing more of in the future. The vocals give us a grungy vibe and the lyrics express fighting, but also reconciling, with the inner demons that serve as a huge inspiration for song-writing to Jelena and Edona. Already having the experience and work ethic that is necessary, this band only needs time to work on their future ideas and step out even more of their comfort zone to see where their journey takes them next, and we’re excited to be a part of it!

So, there you go, rock school lovers – these are the bands that have made this year’s summer school what it was: amazing and exciting! We congratulate them on their success and we really want to see them grow and achieve even more with their music, so we accept all the help that we can get. Please donate and be a part of the evolution of Mitrovica Rock School!

Until next time!