RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SERBIAN ARTIST BONES IN BUTTER
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
The obsessive urge to hum, whistle, or sing wherever and whenever I can.
Introduce yourself. Tell us your story.
My name is Milutin and at the tender age of seven I was forced to take piano lessons. At about the same time, my music teacher persuaded me to join the local boy’s choir. The stage for me was set and my music carreer was just about to take off. Unfortunately, my restless puberty and my down-to-earth parents propelled me onto a different path and my professional career turned out to be rather unspectacular. Although music and songwriting always played an important part in my life, it was only many years later, after my girlfriend had dumped me, that I began writing songs again and formed a band with a good friend. But again, after a couple of years, sadly but understandably, it seemed wiser to focus on my day job, for making niche music for a living was out of the question at that time. And I never stopped writing songs and collaborated with fellow musicians, pursued various music projects and finally, after moving with my wife and son to Belgrade, Serbia, I decided to fully indulge my passion for music.
Finally, as fate would have it, I soon stumbled upon a circle of highly talented artists from the Belgrade indie scene: Luna Skopelja, vocals; Todor Zivkovic, guitar; Dejan Skopelja, bass; Tom Fedja Franklin, drums; and Srdjan Popov, mix and master – to form the final lineup and to find and shape the unique sound and vibe that define the music of Bones in Butter.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?
Not too well as I spend too much time writing and making music, with creative processes in general, instead of focusing on marketing tasks, market analysis, and social media. Sad but true.
How have your songwriting skills developed over time?
Not bad. I have definitely evolved as a songwriter, gained experience, learned to overcome certain obstacles you may face in the creative process. Generally speaking, I think I write better songs.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music?
You know what? I’d love to hear the answer to that question myself 😊 I am all ears. Seriously, I’m a social media illiterate.
Tell us two truths and one lie about you.
I once met Nina Simone in person. I used to own a used muscle car, a 1972 Chevrolet Camaro. I was 23 when I watched a porn movie for the first time.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
I am not sure that a monopoly on any art scene is a good thing. It defies the concept of art. But as you phrased it, we are talking about an “industry” here, a business, so it is logical that someone at some point creates a monopoly on the market. In this case, this is Spotify ruling over popular music and controlling its mechanism. It is now how it is, we have to learn to live with it. Musicians have to adapt to this new era where one’s success as an artist increasingly depends on an algorithm and on one’s marketing skills.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
That is quite an interesting topic as lots of conspiracy theories have turned out to be true stories. What I’ve learned from my experience is that real life and real events can be far weirder than any “conspiracy theory”. I’d rather say that the term “conspiracy theory” has been coined to justify censorship. You know, once you label something as a “conspiracy theory” in public discourse, you can sort of flush the topic down the toilet…
What was the worst experience on stage?
That was many years ago when I played a gig with my first band. After we had gone through our repertoire, I went to the mic and shouted: “YEAH, ARE YOU READY, DO YOU WANNA HEAR SOME MORE?”. Only to be overwhelmed by a deathlike silence from the audience… Oh boy, now THAT was embarrassing.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I can’t answer this question without sounding pretentious. So, to paraphrase one reviewer, behind the headliners of the golden age of post-punk there were the truly cool – the crafters of immaculate and extravagant music that spoke a new language. The musicians that moved the world. Bones In Butter would be comfortable in their company…
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Oh, I thought you would never ask. Well, by our standards, “Scenes From The Metro” is sort of experimental as it represents our venture into the post-rock and psychedelic genres. I tried to conjure an atmosphere that is reminiscent of the 1930s but would also contain futuristic or even dystopian elements, so I sampled the song “Lili Marlen” performed by Lale Andersen, played it backwards and added parts of it to the mix. Interesting fact: “Lili Marlen” was premiered via Radio Belgrade in 1941, during World War 2, when the city was occupied by German troops.
And “Scenes From The Metro” is a sad but true tale, it is the heart-breaking story of a centennial dream, the dream of the Belgrade Metro, a project that has never been implemented – to this day. Belgrade remains one of Europe’s last capitals without an underground network.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Would you believe me if I told you that there isn’t a single song that I didn’t want to change, in one way or another, AFTER I had recorded it?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I’d really love to share all our music with the world.