Naked was founded in Belgrade in 2006. The band immediately attracted the attention of the local audience and stood out on the Serbian music scene thanks to its multilayered and energetic musical expression, receptive, at the same time intriguing original compositions, and compact, well-coordinated playing. In addition to the above, there are convincing stage performances and the image of the group members, which could most simply be described as “very cool”.
The group began as a quintet (two bass guitars, guitar, drums, violin); then they recorded the first two albums in the form of a sextet (with the addition of an accordion), after which the formation was finally reduced to a quartet, which led to a major change in the band’s sound and a turning point in their work and career. The albums, however, are also adorned with wonderful collaborations with artists such as multi-instrumentalist Amir Gwirtzmann and singer Tal Tulu Ben Ari from Israel.
Why are they called Naked? Because they love honesty, openness, truth, purity, nakedness, demystification… Because the members of the group carry an emotional spectrum, which germinated in their souls and minds first during a carefree early childhood, and then maturing in ungrateful social circumstances in the former Yugoslavia, in an atmosphere of poverty, hatred, fear, violence, hyperinflation, war, bombing, general social decline… In an atmosphere in which fertile ideas about freedom, hope, good vibes, love, endeavour could develop at the same time…
Naked is one of the most vital representatives of the world music scene in Serbia. The upward trajectory of their career is supported by the good frequency of the album releases, as well as the gradual expansion of the circle of fans, first across the borders of Serbia, then the region, and finally Europe. The band has performed on four continents so far. In addition to more than 500 separate concerts, club gigs and performances at festivals in Serbia, Hungary, Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic, Israel, South Korea, etc., there are also tours in South America, Italy, Romania, India… Just some of the events in the world in which Naked took part are: EXIT, Babel Sound, Danube Festival Ulm, Colors of Ostrava, Red Sea Jazz Festival…
The style of the band is complex, unaffected, merged. Elements of Balkan traditions, with a touch of Mediterranean, African and Eastern European traditions, in synergy with the features of jazz, funk, rock, free music and a lot of improvisation – all this together creates a recognizable Naked-sound. That sound carries a lot of emotional layers – rebellion, melancholy, joy… A kind of “Happy Sadness”, as a “general state” of the group’s musical poetics, is especially embodied on the fifth album of the same name (Srećna tuga/Happy Sadness), which is in front of us.
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Noyzz (Multicultivator, 2008), Get Naked (NarRator Records, 2011), Nakedonia (NarRator Records, 2015), YES (NarRator, 2018), Happy Sadness (NarRator, 2021).
Branislav Radojković (bass guitar), Goran Milošević (drums, percussion), Đorđe Mijušković (violin), Ivan Teofilović (tenor saxophone).