Croatian award winning DJ and producer Yakka is one of the leading house music figures in Croatia and region. From his early start in late 2000s until today, he has been involved in electronic music scene as a DJ, producer, label manager and event promoter. With his first official release in 2011 for Deeperfect (run by Stefano Noferini) on compilation Deeperfect’s Got Talent 2, Yakka became involved in releasing tracks on some respectable labels like legendary Pacha, NYC famous King Street, Italian Cassa Rossa but also on various smaller jackin/disco oriented labels, especially Cruise Music – home of his singles, EPs and debut album “After Beach”.
Some of those early releases lounched Yakka in Traxsource and Beatport top charts numerous times which helped him to get collaboration opportunities with some worth-to-mention names like Barbara Tucker – house music diva, DJ PP – Uruguay based top tech house DJ, Adrian Hour – Toolroom resident, South America’s leading techno name , Angelo Ferreri and Demuir – two jackin house producers which have been absolutely dominating jackin house charts for the past few years. However, there are many more collaborations with some less known producers from Balkan region and around the world, which could be found in full discography.
Speaking of names, Yakka has been warming up dancefloors and playing after sets for Claptone, Franky Rizardo, Ferreck Dawn, Technasia, Tom Novy, Dennis Cruz, Low Steppa, Mike Vale, Paolo Barbato, Gramophonedzie, Chelina Manuhutu and earlier mentioned Angelo Ferreri.
The sound he has been building over the years could be described as old school warm-feel uplifting house, based on disco, funk and soul samples which is nothing strange when you know the fact that some of his main influences were/are Eric Kupper, Ian Pooley, Sandy Rivera, Freemasons, Hot22 and David Morales. But when you catch him behind the decks, the music you can expect to hear goes far away from one particular house genre and can varry from easy going deep house, over classy house to the harder tech house groove, even dark deep tech / progressive. It all depends on event and the crowd, but one thing is always the same – it’s a music that makes you move!
While the music he makes is worldwide oriented, collaborations with Croatian musicians are something he’s doing from time to time and it involves the artists he admires and follows. So few of them that got their singles in Yakka house versions are Detour, Ivana Kindl, Krankšvester, Nipplepeople, Mario Huljev, ManGroove, Anna Moor, Artemija and others.
While holding some strong DJ residencies in Croatia, Yakka has been playing all around the country with some gigs across the border from time to time. Some of his residencies are BSH Events – organization with most exotic and inovative parites in Croatia, Opera club – one of the finest clubs in capital city of Zagreb, Fabrique – leading undeground club in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Hula Hula – famous elite place on Hvar island with amazing after beach parties, Pink Champagne club – indoor club on Hvar island which is everyone’s last station in early morning hours.