The arrival of the digital age in music has made its use obsolete, but there are still a lot of bands who build their sound solely on analogue equipment. One of them, probably the best in this respect in the Balkan region, is Petrol, the psychedelic rock trio from Belgrade. The Serbian band, formed in 2003, started out as an improvisational unit. Today, its founding members, Ana Janković (combo organ, bass synth), Milan Bukejlović (drums), and Ilija Duni (vocals, synth, guitar), play a recognisable style which has brought them critical acclaim for their debut album, "Nezgodno vreme, opasni dani" (Inconvenient Times, Dangerous Days), and mounting expectations for its successor, which should be released in the next few months.
Ilija Duni, Petrol's frontman, says that they base their sound solely on analogue equipment and that so far, they haven't used any samplers or digital keyboards in the process of writing and performing their songs.
"Analogue equipment has many advantages but above all else, it has a warm sound that cannot be measured down to a number of zeros and ones. It carries that moment of certain randomness, everything swims and is a little shaky, which is very good from a musical standpoint", says the singer and guitarist of the Belgrade trio.
Since the release of their debut album, Petrol's singles spent a lot of time on the regional music charts. The first song released from this disc, "Sve jedno je", reached and stayed at the summit of the MTV Adria chart while the track "Beirut" was voted Serbia’s best single for 2008 on B92 radio.
Ilija Duni confirms that Petrol is a hardworking band whose success is probably based on the passion and dedication that the members put into every aspect of their work.
"You can't have a band without permanent rehearsals, concerts and recordings. We were lucky enough our work to be recognised. That's an impetus for the future", says the musician.