Selections: Vladimir Ivkovic

Welcome back to Selections, a series of exclusive artist-curated playlists from those in the know.

Raised in Belgrade, the Yugoslavia-born DJ Vladimir Ivkovic has become synonymous with Dusseldorf’s legendary bar-club Salon des Amateurs. Ivkovic has claimed that the slow pace of the city has nurtured a limitless environment for electronic music. There must be something in that claim: Salon is, of course, known for its experimentalism, and both Lena Willikens and Jan Schulte came up alongside Ivkovic. An impressive track record.

Through his sets, Ivkovic demonstrates a grasp for the left-field and eclectic, crafting thought-provoking excursions that move from classical music to EBM and eastern melodies. As a label head he further showcases the depth of digging and taste; Offen Music’s first release was a collection of recordings by avant-garde composer Mitar Subotić.

Clocking in at over four hours, Ivkovic’s extended playlist for Crack’s Selections series shows his flair for the weird and wonderful, selecting a near-hour-long Steve Reich ensemble early on in the tracklist. There’s a spacious feel to his selections, with tracks by Philip Glass, Slowdive, Smagghe & Cross, Nurse With Wound and more. A fully-fledged primer into Ivkovic’s extraordinary musical universe.

Vladimir Ivkovic is an alumnus of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the EU