Born in Uzice, Western Serbia, on 3 May 1973. He remembers being fascinated by music as early as in elementary school. Although attending primary music school at that time, he wasn’t overly interested in practicing classical music.  

In years to come, he was playing synthesizer in local bands performing the most varied music genres, which will later help him form his own artistic expression. He was 14 when he first entered a music studio, where he realized how important it is, in the process of creating popular music, to master the equipment for music production. 

In the early 90s, he entered the Faculty of Medical Sciences in the Serbian town of Kragujevac, well-known for its music tradition. During his studies, Dejan gets to know the local music scene and work with well-known and lesser-known artists. In mid 90s he leaves Kragujevac and medicine studies to go to Belgrade, where he first encounters film music and applied music and starts studying at the new-founded Department for recording and sound design of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, the most important film school in the region and the only one in this part of Europe that has a sound design department..  

During his studies, he gets a chance to work for Professor Zoran Simjanovic, one of the best-known authors of film music in all of the former Yugoslavia, thereby gaining an important experience, as well as self-confidence. This is also a period of his exploration of Balkan ethno music, its own music identity in the soon-to-arrive hyper-production of „Western music“. He makes his first track, „Balkanian Madness“, a fusion of various genres with specific Balkan „spices“, which has paved the way for his further work as composer. 

„No Smoking Orchestra“ and director Emir Kusturica were a great professional challenge – for two years he was creating arrangements for ethno brass instruments, playing synthesizer, programming electronic instruments and recording sound for the „Life is a Miracle“ soundtrack.  

Dejan started his professional career as composer in early 2002. In the same year, he makes “LudilOro”, a song which will bring him first important awards in international competitions. Among the most important awards are certainly the two honorary awards, “Honorable mention award” in the USA Songwriting competition and the International Songwriting Competition, which the composer holds especially dear, given that musicians such as Path Metheny and B B King were among the jurors.  

Television commercials are Dejan’s focus between 2002 and 2006, when he realized music for over 200 campaigns for the biggest, most important clients in the country.

The composer’s academic career at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade starts in 2004, when he started as teaching assistant , advancing to the position of
associate professor, which he holds today. 

​​In 2007, he was nominated by the European Film Academy (EFA) for the best composer of film music for „Gucha - Distant Trumpet“, a film by Dusan Milic, which Dejan did in 2006. The same music is later awarded as the best original music at the Golden Chest international film and TV festival in Bulgaria. Dejan has since been composing film music successfully.   

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