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Pope Paul & the Illegals – White Smoke Rises

2016 Self

Pope Paul is a young rockabilly talent out of Orange County, CA. Although primary a guitar player, he was also Djordje’s long-time bass student. Paul asked Djordje to be a special guest on the song “Holy Swing”, inviting him to do a slap solo as well.

Greaseballs – Self Titled

2016 Dancing Bear

This wasn’t just another “studio session” for Djordje. Greaseballs were one of his favorite bands when he was a little rockabilly boy growing up in (then-called) Yugoslavia. With the break of the country and the conflict that followed, this Croatian band never had a proper release until this album. The band’s leader, Davor Viduka (Kawasaki 3P, Kojoti), invited Djordje to record three songs for this long-awaited debut album – “Ona je tako vruca”, “16 tona” and “Rockabilly Rebel” (with slap bass solo). Quickly after its release, this album became the bestselling CD in Croatia!

Anne McCue – Blue Sky Thinkin’

2015 Flying Machine Records

With this album, Anne McCue brings her songwriting to the next level. Blue Sky Thinkin’ features some serious musical talent of American roots music scene. Dave Alvin of the Blasters sings a duet with Anne. Dave Pomeroy has an amazing bass/vocal duo with her as well. Djordje recorded bass on two songs “Knock on Wood” and “Uncanny Moon.”

Fishtank Ensemble – Edge of the World

2014 Fishtank Records

Fishtank Ensemble’s fourth full length studio album is the last album released before their hiatus. It has more original songs than previous Fishtank albums. Djordje wrote two songs: “Ceklin”, a Balkan style 7/8-11/8 instrumental, and the mesmerizing “Samai Kurd”, a tune written in the style of classical Arabic music that features Jim Grippo on qanun and Faisal Zedan on riq and darabuka. It has a good amount of bass solos as well, with slap bass solos found on “Rythme Futur”, “Love Again” and a pizz/slap solo on “Ceklin.”

The Elkcloner

2012 EMI Music

Debut album of Emmy-nominated NYC composer/producer Filip Mitrovic (scored music for Resident Evil: Afterlife, The Echo, and True Blood.) Djordje plays upright bass on Filip’s original tune (lyrics: Edgar Allan Poe) “Annabel Lee.” Filip, Djordje’s friend since their teenage years, also recorded/produced vocals for the upcoming Atomic Sunset album.

Helm & Phil Thornton – Tribal Spirit

2011 Helm

The creator of American Tribal Style Belly Dance and founder of FatChanceBellyDance, Carolena Nericcio, brought together Helm’s traditional folkloric music for tribal belly dance and Phil Thornton’s modern world fusion sound. Djordje joins them on bass on the songs “F’il Waha” and “Dive Nakela.”

Live at KDHX Volume 9 – Various Artists

2011 KDHX Records

KDHX Community Media has been supporting independent artists in Saint Louis, MO since the late 1960′s (with the early incarnation of the radio – KDNA). They put out a compilation recorded live in 2010 at their Magnolia Avenue Studios. This CD has 22 exclusive performances by artists such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ozomatli, Midlake, etc. Djordje’s band Fishtank Ensemble performed live their single “Woman in Sin.”

Beats Antique – Blind Threshold

2010 Antique Records

Beats Antique dominates the club and festival scene with their experimental world fusion bellydance electronica. On this album, Djordje joins Zoe Jakes, David Satori, and Tommy Cappel bringing his unique slap bass style to the song “Vardo”—many bellydancers’ favorite.

Muse Melodic – Various Artists

2010 Fat Chance Belly Dance

An album of bellydance songs compiled by Kristine Adams and released by Carolena Nericcio and FatChanceBellyDance. Djordje plays bass on the song “Kakore Ja” with Helm.

Wild Target – Soundtrack

2010 Phantasm Imports

Soundtrack for a British comedy/thriller Wild Target with Rupert Everett, Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint. Djordje can be heard with his band Fishtank Ensemble on the Romanian Gypsy style tune “Face the Dragon.” This tune was taken from their album Samurai over Serbia and includes a long slap bass solo. Other artists on the soundtrack include London Metropolitan Orchestra, Imelda May, and Rupert Everett.

Fishtank Ensemble – 45 vinyl

2010 Fishtank Records

The songs Fishtank Ensemble traditionally play for their encores are available only on this vinyl release. Their versions of the Romanian “Ciocarlia” with Serbian songs “Mesecina” and “Ciganka sam mala” have wowed audiences and rocked venues all over the world. Get this limited edition 45 and find out why!

Fishtank Ensemble – Woman in Sin

2010 Fishtank Records

The third album of the band and the first to featuring Djordje on upright bass on all the songs and on lead vocals on “Opa Opa” and “Zvezda tera meseca (Kolo Suite).” It also introduces him as a composer and arranger on “Djordje’s Rachenitza.” This CD has some of the best Djordje’s playing up to date, from his slap bass solos on “Nedim”, “Djordje’s Rachenitza” and “Woman in Sin” to New Orleans-style bowing on “Cou Cou” and the jazzy pizzicato on “After You’ve Gone.”

Rupa & the April Fishes – Este Mundo

2009 Cumbancha Records

The second album of San Francisco-based doctor/rockstar, Rupa Marya. Djordje toured with her band the April Fishes in 2008 and recorded bass on this mélange of ska, reggae, French chanson à texte, Colombian cumbia and Indian ragas. His bass can be heard on the songs “Por la frontera”, “La linea”, “Culpa de la luna”, “L’éléphant” and “Espero la luna.” Note the drum and slap bass solo dialogue on “Por la frontera.”

World Music from Serbia – Various Artists

2009 WMAS Records

A various artists CD released as a gift with the annual special number of the magazine Etnoumlje. It presents some of the best contemporary bands on the Serbian World music scene including Shira Utfila, Milos Petrovic, Naked, Vlada Maricic, Moba and more. This is the second recording where Djordje is presented as a solo artist. He invited some of the best Bay Area musicians (Dan Cantrell on accordion, Gregory Masaki Jenkins on clarinet and Sean Tergis on percussions) to record his original song “Ceklin.”

Kal – Radio Romanista

2009 Asphalt Tango Records (B-92)

The successful collaboration between Djordje and Kal continues on their second release for Asphalt Tango. Djordje plays bass on the songs “Krasnokalipsa”, “I’m Gypsy” and “Radio Romanista.” “Krasnokalipsa” also features one of the most prominent Serbian hip hop stars, Marchelo. The video for this song can be seen here. This album was also produced by Mike Nielsen and reached number one on World Music Chart Europe in 2009.

Marcelo – Treca strana medalje

2008 Multimedia Records

The third album of one of the biggest stars on Serbian hip hop scene, Marcelo. Djordje plays bass on a song “Krasnokalipsa” (featuring Kal). The version on this album is different than on Kal’s Radio Romanista. The video for this single can be seen (Djordje is not in the video, just on the recording) here. Other guest artists on the album include Wikluh Sky, Dr Dra, Marko Milivojevic, and more.

Shira Utfila – Sephardic Songs from the Balkans

2008 Orange World Records

Sort of Shira Utfila’s Best of album, this compilation was released by Orange World Records for Poland. Djordje plays bass, sings back vocals and produced the songs from the album At Thy Gates Oh Jerusalem: “Ir me kero madre”, “Yaala yaala boi le gani”, “Mi kamoha”, “Oud taqsim”, “Anda mi amigo”, “Taqsim qanun” and “Entre las guertas.”

Kiosk – Global Zoo

2008 Bamahang Productions

Kiosk is a Persian rock band formed in Tehran, Iran in 2003. After being censored for criticizing the Iranian government, the band immigrated to US and Canada. They are considered to be the most popular among Iranian diaspora. Djordje plays upright bass on their third album Bagh e Vahsh e Jahaani (Global Zoo) on songs “Pragmatism e Eshghi” and “Charkhesh e Pooch.”

Srbija Sounds Global – All Stars

2008 B92

This is the “Best of” album of the first 3 CDs of Srbija Sounds Global series with some new previously unreleased tracks. It features the most well-known exponents of Serbian world music scene, including Saban Bajramovic, Boban Markovic, Zvonko Bogdan and others. Djordje Stijepovic is presented as a solo artist with his trio and his composition “Djordje’s Rachenitza.” This bass driven song was written in a traditional Balkan ⅞ time signature and has a pizzicato and slap bass solo. He creates a unique sound with shamisen player (and Fishtank Ensemble member at the time) Mike Penny and guitarist Branko Trijic. This is the first official release of Djordje’s solo band.

Balkan Music Club – Live in Belgrade 1999

2008 WMAS Records

Djordje’s first world music band that is now considered to be the initiator of the world music scene in Serbia. Djordje was just a teenager when he was invited to join the band. This album was recorded live at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade and caught the youthful enthusiasm and energy of these, later well-known, musicians. It was released nine years later as a part of a magazine Etnoumlje (with Djordje on the cover). It includes traditional Serbian, Macedonian tunes and a Milos Petrovic original “Oniro.” The bass solos on “Ne si go prodavaj Koljo Ciflikot” show the start of Djordje’s unique approach to the art of slap bass.

Fishtank Ensemble – Live at Strings

2008 Estradasphere (digital download only)

This special gem is Fishtank Ensemble’s “lost album”. It was only available as a digital release for a limited time on the short lived Estradasphere label. It was recorded on June 2, 2007, at the legendary music venue Strings in Berkeley, CA. It presents the first lineup of the band since Djordje joined, including Aaron Seeman, aka Duckmandu, on accordion and Mike Penny on Shamisen. Djordje plays upright bass on the whole album and sings lead (Opa Opa) and back vocals.

Atomic Sunset – Hot Rods & Pin-Ups

2007 Ceklin Music (Warner Brothers/Mascom)

After disbanding Havana Whisper, Djordje started this powerhouse rockabilly trio. Their debut album includes mostly Djordje’s originals and a few covers. For the first time, Djordje is presented as a songwriter, arranger, lead vocalist and bassist on the whole album. “Atomic Boogie” is a first rockabilly instrumental written for an upright bass. Besides “Atomic Boogie”, bass solos are found on “Bloodhouse Worms” and “Proud Hawk.” Five songs from this album became part of the soundtrack of 2016 documentary It’s a Rockabilly World!

Fishtank Ensemble – Samurai Over Serbia

2007 Fishtank Records

Djordje became a full time Fishtank Ensemble member during the recording of this album, which is the reason why he did not record all the tracks. His bass is heard on “Saraiman”, “Turkish March”, “Face the Dragon”, “Ezraoul”, “Samurai over Serbia” and “Extremely Large Congenial Romanian” (except the version on the 1st release). The band was traditionally always closing their shows with the title track, that featured virtuoso solos of each member, including Djordje’s vigorous slap bass. He also played a slap solo on “Face the Dragon.” This is also the last Fishtank Ensemble album that has shamisen on it.

Kal – Kal

2006 Asphalt Tango Records (B-92)

Debut album of the Romani band from Serbia – Kal. It was produced by Mike Nielsen (Jamiroquai, Natacha Atlas) and reached number one on World Music Chart Europe in 2006. Djordje is credited as a guest musician, although he recorded bass on almost whole album: “Duj duj”, “Dvojka”, “Lili”, “Komedija”, “Djelem djelem”, “Papusha”, ‘Boro Boro”, “Obrenovac Boogie”, “Tu Barosa” and “Midnight Walk.” The single “Komedija” features Serbian rock star, Rambo Amadeus. Djordje’s slap bass could be heard on “Dvojka” and “Duj Duj.”

Music For Life – Winter Concert

2005 Music for Life

This is Djordje’s first CD recorded in the US. Out of curiosity, he responded to a Craigslist ad that was looking for musicians for the organization called “Jews for Jesus”. Djordje plays on two classical pieces written by contemporary composers “Afternoon Glow” and “5000ft and Up.”

Grandpa Candys – Captain Crash

2004 Active Time

Grandpa Candys, aka Cikine bombone, is the first psychobilly band in Serbia. Their leader Jovandeka has been friends with Djordje since they were teenagers. They invited him to bring the house down with his powerful slap bass on songs “My One Desire” and “Psycho in New Orleans 2003.”

Shira Utfila – At thy Gates O Jerusalem

2003 PGP-RTS

This second album of Shira Utfila established the band as one of the most prominent world music bands in Serbia. Following its release, they started playing internationally which eventually resulted with RASA award for the best world music ensemble in Europe. Djordje produced this album, played upright bass, sang backup vocals and wrote some arrangements. Note Djordje’s beautiful arco solo on “Reina de la Gracia.” “Mi Kamoha” might be the only slap bass solo in Middle Eastern music ever recorded!

Srbija Sounds Global 2 – Various Artists

2003 B-92

After amazingly well-received first Srbija Sounds Global album, B92 decided to produce volume 2. Among other exponents of world music, like Frank London, Aca Sisic, and Lajko Felix, they invited Djordje’s band Marsya to record a tune in their studio. They play “Pastirska melodija i dva kola”. This is a different version from the one that is on their album A High Tree (Visoko drvo) released earlier that year.

Marsya – Visoko drvo

2003 PGP-RTS

This band was called a turning point on a Serbian world music scene and this album shows why. Unique and raw sounds from Marsya are still unmatched. Djordje’s bass is very present on the whole album. Note the free form slap bass solo on “Razmetaniska rcenica” and the sort of ethnic drum’n'bass of “Byzantine Circle (Vizantijski krug)” with Djuka’s tapan and Djordje’s wild acoustic bass.

Giga Mix 2 – Various Artists

2003 PGP-RTS

This various artists album provides the hits of 2002 from the most popular bands in Serbia, including Bajaga and Elektricni orgazam. Djordje’s band Havana Whisper plays their song “Zig Zag Jack” from the album Flammable.

Sofine2 – Colors

2002 Ammonite

A Belgrade-based trip hop artist Sonja Peric, aka Sofine2, invited the most prominent musicians of the Serbian underground scene to join her on this album, including Djordje. He brought the horn section of his band Havana Whisper and wrote the arrangement for her tune “You”. The song ended up to be a single from the album. Djordje and his Havana Whisper bandmates play major part of this video clip. The song was her 2nd single from this album and they even did a music video for it. You can watch it here!

Havana Whisper – Flammable

2002 PGP-RTS

At the height of the swing craze in US, Djordje was leading this neo swing band in his hometown of Belgrade, Serbia. With its start in early 1999, this is considered to be the first band of this style in the whole region. Their major label debut album has been out of print for a while. Serbian national TV even filmed a rockumentary about the band called Flammable.  Check it out here. Djordje plays all basses (including bass guitar on “Runaway” which remains the only tune he’s recorded on that instrument) and wrote all the arrangements with Drazen Skaric. Note the slap solo on “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck”!

Shira Utfila – Nagila Alleluia

2001 Jewish Community Center Belgrade

Shira Utfila is the first band that played Middle Eastern Jewish music in Serbia. This is their debut album, recorded at the Belgrade Synagogue. The repertoire consists of musical tradition of the mustarabi Sephardim, the Arabic-speaking Jews of the Middle East. Djordje quickly mastered the style and was one of the main soloists of the band. Djordje plays upright bass on the whole album.

Specijalno vaspitanje – Specijalno vaspitanje

1997 Lothlorien

Possibly the most underrated album in the history of Serbian rock music. Specijalno vaspitanje was recorded during a turbulent time in Serbia and was never properly released. It addresses many hard social subjects and offers a significant amount of hope. Djordje plays bass on “Ja nisam tu” and sings back vocals on “Beograd 1993.”

Mister Blue – Sa druge strane ogledala

1997 Self

This album marks the end of the neo rockabilly scene in Serbia. Jovandeka (Grandpa Candys, Rock Therapy) invited Djordje, Drazen Skaric (Atomic Sunset, Havana Whisper), Veljko Veselinovic (Vera Kvark) and made the album during very hard times for Serbia. The liner note says that Djordje was a band member but he actually only plays on two songs “Glavna cura” and “Lijepe zene” (check out the video with Djordje here).

Music from the Workshop – From Dvorak to Chick Corea

1997 ClassicYU

These are first officially released recordings with Djordje on upright bass. Djordje was still a teenager on this album. He plays on four jazz tracks arranged by Zvonimir Tot: “Voda zvira”, “Body and Soul”, “500 Miles High” and “Who Shot the Guitarist?”. Note his swinging bass solo on “Who Shot the Guitarist?”.

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