The Dutch Balkangroup of Igor Sekulović has a second album: Pump Up The Radio. The band consist of a truly bright club, the music is sincere and it moves to positive thinking and partying. Igor arrives from Bosnia in the Netherlands with his mother and sisters when he is ten years old. It is really intense when you have to leave everything at such a young age. Igor rapidly integrated, went to the Rockacademy and presented modernized hundreds of years old songs from his motherland as a graduation project. With a big band he renewed the Sevdalinje (the traditional Bosnian blues) by combining it with energetic ritmes, splashing blowers en his screaming rock guitar. Traditional elements were matched with psychedelic western rock, whereby yearning for love the town was painted red and nostalgia was linked with exuberance. Projekt Rakija has stayed a close family, with besides a dozen musicians also a cartoonist and a graphic designer within ranks.
Their debut album Welcome To The Family already brought them on tv show De Wereld Draait Door and on many beautiful stages. In the last city they closed the world famous festival Sziget on one of the main stages in 2014. In the Netherlands they have proven their status as a festival band as well with performances on Mundial, Paaspop, Eurosonic and de Zwarte Cross; an invitation for Lowlands 2015 was received with a lot of cheers. The melodies of Projekt Rakija are often melancholic, the message isn’t always easy, but right through the heavy beat people often interpet the music as danceable and happy. The band members enjoy that contrast. Igor Sekulović is in his heart a real socialist and a big advocate for a democratic world. “Refugees are in the news a lot lately. Unfortunately, negatively as well. Not everyone in Europe has the same opinion. If I hadn’t fled to the Netherlands back then, this cool band wouldn’t have existed. Now that the band is here, I would see it as a missed opportunity to keep my mouth shut about these issues. Yes, I was a refugee and look, I have a positive story! I hope to inspire others with it.”