Mariano Mateljan is a talented producer from Split. Born in 1989, at the apex of dance music culture, an era fondly recalled as the 'second summer of love' by old time ravers and bass affaciandos alike. Now, DJs like Mariano are helping to reignite that scene, changing the face of Croatia - and, arguably, of European clubbing in general. With serious productions on the Infuse label and appearances at FUSE, Sankeys and Club der Visionäre, he's the top local knowledge on all things bass-related. How has the Croatian music scene changed in the last ten years? The electronic music scene in Croatia was pretty huge back in the 2000s. The era of faster tempo and harder beats. It slowly started to fall down around 2006 or so. Club promoters kept bringing over the same old names over years because it was surefire, money-wise. That’s probably why the majority of Croatian party clientele still like it bangin', because they never really had a chance to hear and explore new and different sounds. How do you think the festival scene has affected growth of electronic music in Croatia? I think the festival scene has affected our scene in so many ways, mainly because most of the names on those festival line-ups, you would hardly ever see booked at a club in Croatia. Another reason is that the amount of festivals during the summer season is incredible. You can basically party almost every day for three months. Do some festivals deal more with the local scene? Which ones? I’m not too sure
One of the few dance lineups to show off homegrown talent, Sonus Festival is a blessing for regional DJs who get to showcase their beats besides the world's biggest house and techno producers. Set on the infamous Zrće beach, the festival takes place across several open-air clubs thronging with a young party-loving crowd. Signed to Colours Music, Slovenian DJ Ian F is booked to play this year with a deep ambient set, sharing the lineup with Croatian labelmate Mariano Mateljan. To get you in the mood, Ian F has prepared a playlist showcasing the sounds of Sonus Festival 2018.