Serbia’s Exit Festival are hosting their first ever Exit Music Conference this weekend featuring master-classes from DJs including Josh Wink and Tim Exile and media and marketing panels presenting guests from the likes of Resident Advisor and leading DJ agency Decked Out.

Conference chief Dejan Tomka told Skrufff they’re hoping to help Balkans artists connect with the wider international music community and pointed out that though Exit Festival itself is nowadays hugely successful, conditions for local producers remain harsh.

“It’s close to impossible to survive being just a producer or DJ in Serbia right now,” said Dejan.

“The biggest problem for our music scene is its really low level of organization and the raw state of our music industry at present. As an industry it’s also completely unrecognized by the authorities and this attitude translates to the wider community. Unfortunately very few DJs, labels or clubs are trying to change things on this level. Parties with foreign DJ stars are happening, sure, and clubs are working, but there is no strategy, no serious plans and no real development.”

“But it remains very difficult for individuals here in Serbia,” he continued.

“Although it’s possible to buy equipment, prices are way too high compared to the fees people get from performing and there are virtually no rehearsal spaces or cultural/ arts centres where people can practise and meet,” he said.

“On the plus side, virtually every young artist is embracing the internet and this medium is creating profound changes.”

The 30 local delegates attending the conference have been selected by a competition in which they had to upload DJ mixes via Soundcloud then use their web 2.0 marketing skills to gain as many votes as possible.

“Our first goal of the EMC is to make it relevant for people in the Balkans and south-east Europe,” Dejan enthused, “We want to build the event as a place for people can meet, connect, share and build new ideas, artists and movements,” he said.

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