For close to 15 years, Tijana T has been a key part of Serbia’s music scene. Now a full-time DJ, Tijana T is overtaking on the inside fast lane to global stardom. Her mastery of an acid-dominant techno style with elements of breakbeat, house, electro, and synth-rock has turned ears all across the globe. This lethal dancefloor style has propelled her to become one of the busiest and most durable DJs on the tour circuit. Over 150 shows in over 60 countries in six continents since the start of 2017 tells its own story. Spinning coldwave at dawn in Antarctica? Surely not far off.
We already had her on our radar for a while, but her set during ADE ’18 in the 2nd room during Mano Le Tough’s Maeve Rave, had us blown away. The best set from ADE by far in our humble opinion. Closing off with the classic ‘Timber’ by Ninja Tune founders Coldcut had people crying of happiness on the dance floor. Yes, it was that intense.
Unlike other breakthroughs in the game, Tijana T has put in the hard hours. As this burst of recent activity shows, she was completely ready to make the leap and break out of Belgrade when the time came. Now, she does it all. Whether opening or closing, on Ibizan terraces or in smokey basements, soundtracking the sunrise for a few hundred or headlining festival stages to tens of thousands, the details are immaterial. What happens when she plays is empathy with the audience, selecting music to expand their hunger, as well as satisfy their pleasure-center core. This is why everyone from Berghain to The Bunker NYC, and Beats In Space to Boiler Room have called upon Tijana T lately. On top of that, global titans Dystopian, Afterlife, and EXIT Festival have welcomed her into their family of A-tier residents.
Belgrade is where the artist born Tijana Todorovic first made her name, moving from a heavy presence on local TV and radio to marathon slots across town, specifically the world-renowned Drugstore and Klub 20/44. Now the tables have turned: in the late 2010s, she is making Belgrade’s name. Tijana T has become a global ambassador for the city, tirelessly exporting its culture. As her reputation has traveled, so has she. Negative preconceptions about Serbia are falling, replaced by the squelch of a 303, a touch of class behind the booth, and more and more people admiring this fiercely determined talent.
We couldn’t be happier to have Tijana T on our series for DHA FM Mix #427. Can’t wait to see her? Find Tijana T at DGTL Festival Amsterdam on the Generator stage Saturday April 20th.