DJ PAOLO BARBATO Feragosto ITALY
Speaking of house and artists that have defined the scene in the Northern Adriatic, you can’t pass Paolo Barbaro, a DJ, producer and through the 90s owner of then very important record shop Dance All Day, who has influenced generations of peers and music lovers on the four-border area between Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria. After more than 30 years behind the decks and dedicating his life to club music, Paolo continues to be a much sought-after DJ in one of the World’s hottest festival regions, famous for always delivering it be it with his vanguard sets or classic house selection.
Italian by blood but a true man of the world, Paolo is renowned as one of the pioneers and leaders of regional electronic music scene. He’s a regular at DJ Mag Top 100 clubs from Magazini Generali and Il Muretto to Peter Pan, he held residencies at Ambasada Gavioli and Byblos and did countless of gigs at big room and underground clubs, boat parties and festivals. He provides soundtracks for fashion shows and art exhibitions and he did a special limited edition compilation for the prestigious Illy Caffé brand. He was a resident at Pacha Sharm el Sheikh for two years, he’s regular in Ibiza, but since Croatia became the global party hotspots Paolo spends most of the summers at Croatian, Slovenian and Italian coast. Being in the game since the 80s he has developed a great taste and waste knowledge of music, has a collection of classic house vinyl, but most of all he’s a great selector who knows exactly which track to drop at a certain point of the party to create the best energy on the dancefloor. “I am a dance DJ. I’m known as a house artist, but I don’t mind mixing techno or tech-house tracks in my sets if they fit in and makes people dance.” Last but not least, his passion for music is insatiable as he preserves that fresh and insatiable curiosity which pushes him to a constant search of those little music gems everyone is so keen to hear in his sets.
Paolo’s career officially began in 1984 but he started buying records even before. “In the early 80s I started working on a radio station as a technician and soon after I won one of the first DJ competitions it really took off.” In the early 90s he entered then fresh club & festival scene in Slovenia and Croatia as a made artists. He was the first resident of Ambasada Gavioli, played eight MTV Valkana Beach Festivals and was important member of regional rave movement, as a promoter of soulful electronic music in predominately techno influenced scene. While younger audience refer to him as that tattooed guy with minimalistic specs who plays great house, most of DJs in the region who were active in the mid 90s, knew Paolo also as a music dealer. For over a decade he ran a record shop Dance All Day in Monfalcone that was the main source of house vinyl for the region and as a selector of titles sold there and a mentor to young colleagues he had strong influence on the taste of DJs and audience in the region. “Every week I did a trip to Milan where I hand picked music for my regular clients as I knew exactly which tunes would fit in their sets,” he remembers. In the beginning of the Millennium he also dedicated himself to music production, releasing his tunes on Hed Kandi, Peppermint Jam, Ministry of Sound, Universal and some smaller labels. He also collaborated with various international musicians and singers as well as produced videos (‘Fuel Your Life’ went to #4 on MTV Dancefloor Chart), which have further strengthened his place. “Nowadays I also enjoy producing for other artists and sharing my knowledge with younger artists, so I’ve also become official Steinberg’s Cubase Tutor.” Sure, why stop now after he’s already hooked on house tens of thousands of artists and music lovers in his home region.
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There’s so much to see and do, all around Croatia, this truly amazing country. But, there’s even more of this awesomeness on island Brač! Here you’ll find dragons, Hercules, night sailing, poetry reading, electric dancing, graffiti painting, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it! So, here’s an idea. Browse through or culture section, plan some morning activities, go swimming in some of our beautiful villages, and the check the calendar to plan your night!
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You want more? Glad to hear it, cause there’s always something else to do on Brač! Choose your adventure, book a boat, safari tour, sightseeing or something more dangerous – Brač has it all!
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I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!
Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.
BY SEA ///
There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.
First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.
Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!
BY AIR ///
Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač Deluxe, Rent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!
Once you’re on the island, rent a car, use taxis or local transportation. For online booking with discount, click here.
All the emergency numbers you might need but we hope you won’t!
POLICIJSKA POSTAJA BRAČ // POLICE STATION BRAČ
Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112
DOM ZDRAVLJA SUPETAR, HITNA POMOĆ // HOSPITAL, ER
Mladena Vodanovića 24 – 21 400 Supetar
+ 385 21 630 959
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