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A Look Inside Belgrade’s Klub Industrija

The underground club that gave birth to Techno culture in Serbia.

At the height of far right nationalism under the reign of Slobodan Milošević, the Serbian city of Belgrade was in the midst of conflict and corruption. Throughout the mid to late 90s, Milošević used the media in order to manipulate the masses in to a state of tension and fear. Amongst the severe austerity stood the pirate radio station B92, a media outlet opposing Milošević’s doctrine serving as a channel for Belgrade’s youth to express their frustrations in a creative manner. Milošević’s frequent attempts to surpress B92, the only electronic media outlet in Belgrade, resulted in name and frequency changes in order to maintain existence. 

From these austere measures spawned Klub Industrija, a physical manifestation of B92’s esoteric ethos. The space, under a bookshop near the middle of the city, consisted of bare walls and a sound system, a safe haven where ‘flamboyance and hedonism could truly express itself amidst the tanks, bulletproof vests and shells.’ Industrija evaded any attacks from Milošević’s contingency and catered for a much needed sense of escapism, fuelled by music and ecstasy. Acts such as Marko Nastic, part of the Teenage Techno Punks, regularly DJ’ed at the venue, playing hard and fast Techno acting as a cathartic and liberating soundtrack.

In the year 2000 Industrija shut down, ironically the same year that Milošević’s was forcefully removed from office. The philosophy of B92 and the atmosphere facilitated by Industrija exemplifies the emotional and therapeutic impact Dance music can provide. The club listened to the unified voice of a select group, manifesting exasperation positively through music and collective experience.

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For a deeper look inside Klub Industrija, including interviews, photos and playlists head over to Dazed.