DRAZEN E. PREMATE – Executive Producer & Creator of NEWEUROPE™ Show
Drazen Premate can be considered one of “The Crazy Ones” as Steve Jobs says in his video below about such innovative people in the world. Drazen has always seen things differently and never had a respect for status-quo. Drazen is here to change things with his new ideas and new way of seeing things which also includes this NEWEUROPE™ Show and why no other person in the World has put together such a dance show as he has. Also the State of Mind song below that Drazen produced and wrote English lyrics for is his reflection and dedication to all of different and creative people in the World.
Even though Drazen Premate has a very high tech background with Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida and a Master’s Degree in Space Technology (first European at the time with such a degree) from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida and eventually he designed the largest Space Furnace ever built in the world, he always had a feel for and interest in music and producing music. He found people he was surrounded by while getting his physics degree at UCF too dry and he needed a different creative outlet for his artistic and music expression.
The path to bring East European music and sound to the USA started in 1975 and it took Drazen through production of various artists and their music from Eastern Europe and in the US to 18 different recording studios in old Yugoslavia, Croatia, London, Georgia, New York and Florida.
Drazen says: “I always believed in an intelligent music with lots of melody and feeling” - these are the kinds of songs and artists Drazen produced and worked with thereafter thru today.
In 1975 Drazen joined an Orlando band called Harpoon and played Fender electric piano by ear in the band, and in 1976 Drazen took Harpoon band to then Yugoslavia for a 20 cities concert tour via Jugokoncert agency. Harpoon band was founded in Orlando by Timothy Coons (lead singer & guitar) who later discovered Backstreet Boys and several other artists.
The historic Jugokoncert Contract (first such band from Florida to go to Yugoslavia) for 20 concerts was for 144,000 dinars or about $400 per concert. Harpoon played in front of great audiences in Belgrade, Nish, Skopje, Mostar, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula and other places. The band had over 3,000 people in Sarajevo!!
Next year in 1977 (while still studying physics) Drazen produced his first album in the US with the greatest jazz-rock band that ever came from Eastern Europe (Slovenia) called SEPTEMBER made of legendary singer Janez Bonchina and keyboard player Pop Asanovic. Drazen used up all of his school tuition money to produce this great second band’s album Domovia Moja – My Country together with Janez & the band at Dick Conti’s family studio (Sea Bird Studios – 8 channels) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
The whole SEPTEMBER band – 5 members stayed at Drazen’s apartment near UCF in Orlando. Drazen even asked his roommate John to go somewhere for a few weeks so the band could stay there. And some of songs from this album such as Florida, Za tvoj rodendan – For Your Birthday, Mala Lady, are still played on some radio stations over there today (More info...).
VANJA GRBIC – NEWEUROPE™ Show Director
The Executive Producer of NEWEUROPE™ Show Drazen Premate has been looking for the right person that could become the NEWEUROPE™ Show Director for Orlando cast and production setup and beyond as one day NEWEUROPE™ Show will lead to the creation of NEWEUROPE™ Musical on Broadway that besides using music from our Show also has a story of love and life of three ethnically mixed couples from Sarajevo during and after the Balkan war.
For that reason Drazen felt very lucky to get to know incredibly talented Vanja Grbic who originally comes from Sarajevo where she spent her childhood living through a civil war and had many real life close calls during that war before coming to Florida together with her family in 1997. Vanja embraced USA and quickly adjusted to a new way of life and language.
Vanja was a 4.0 student in high school. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and a minor in Psychology from UCF in Orlando. And within a year of her BS degree she obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
In the US Vanja also discovered her love for dancing including traditional belly dance, cabaret dance and Bollywood, and also modeling, fashion shows. Vanja understands well NEWEUROPE™ Show and its dancing and music especially the original NEWEUROPE™ Dance Songs produced in Orlando by Drazen whose melody origin is from her and his former native country. Vanja is in charge of coordinating all aspects of our NEWEUROPE™ Show and personnel.
JOSAN BATTLE – NEWEUROPE™ Show Dance Choreographer
Josan has been Phase I Dance Choreographer for our NEWEUROPE™ Show under work for hire agreement with NEWEUROPE™ Shows and has put together some great dance choreographies that apply to both NEWEUROPE™ Dancers and Singers for various NEWEUROPE™ Show Sets.
Born into a family of world renown artists, including famed Three-time Tony award winning choreographer Hinton Battle, Josan Battle's fate was pre-determined to a life as a dancer and choreographer. Ms. Battle honed her skills over 27 years of studying dance and teaching with and along-side some of the industry's best in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Florida.
She also gained extensive performance experience with her own dance company, "Xplosive Dance and Entertainment," touring throughout Germany and France. Having worked with great producers like Candy de Rouge and Artist like D!Nation overseas, Josan has developed a level excellence in choreography and dance that is well respected by her peers.
One of her most memorable moments was being asked to represent Germany in an annual International Arts Festival in Cannes, France. You will find Ms. Battle in many European and American music videos, commercials, TV series, and movies. Ms. Battle is forging ahead staking her claim in the "family business".
ARIELLE TYSON – NEWEUROPE™ Show Dance Choreographer
After the Phase I of creation NEWEUROPE™ Show in Orlando was completed including testing of the American-European formula music-dance mix for it for Phase II of our Show development we also wanted to add more of European style dance choreographies and also to begin to work with additional dance choreographers. We decided to find someone with International-European dance feel & experience to assist us with that and we found such a local dance choreographer in Arielle Tyson.
Arielle is a multi-faceted dance choreographer with experience in several genres of dance. She has been a full time dance performer based out of Orlando, Florida since 2008. She derives much of her cultural knowledge from having grown up overseas. While based in Cairo, Egypt, Arielle had the privilege to travel and dance extensively through Europe and other parts of the world and learn diverse cultures and dancing and bring such experiences to NEWEUROPE™ Show as well.
As a member of the Orlando Bellydance Performance Company and the up-and-coming dance company The Vixens, Arielle is proficient performing and teaching many styles of dance, ranging from bellydance to samba to jazz and others. Arielle is capable to pull from a large repertoire to create the unique vision of a different dance styles that NEWEUROPE™ Show is about.
Veljko Despot is in charge of NEWEUROPE™ Music & Media Center or NEMEC in Zagreb, Croatia which makes selections of Croatian and other East European artists and their music and music videos including for NEWEUROPE™ Dance Sound to be played by NEWEUROPE™ Bands in the USA (currently in Florida only) for NEWEUROPE™ Shows. Many playback videos during a NEWEUROPE™ Show or a NEWEUROPE™ Party are original promo videos by artists from South Eastern Europe.
Also eventually after seeing the actual American consumer interest for these songs in English via NEWEUROPE™ Shows & Parties some of such NEWEUROPE™ Dance songs will be released in the USA under NEWEUROPE™ Music label in the United States also in English by the original artists or by NEWEUROPE™ Bands. Also such NEWEUROPE™ Music and Videos are promoted on NEWEUROPE™ Web Sites and will be played back at NEWEUROPE™ Light & Club Cafés & Night Club locations once such are opened (initially in Florida only).
Veljko is one of most renowned Record & Music Executives from Eastern Europe. Early in his career he was the first journalist from former Yugoslavia who specialized in covering international popular music. Veljko was the first East European journalist who has interviewed The Beatles. He is also co-founder and was on the board of editors of the "Pop Express" from Zagreb, one of the first music magazines in Yugoslavia, that reached a cult status.
In 1974, he started working with Jugoton and established and was the Head of the International Department for this biggest record label in then Yugoslavia. Jugoton, up to the beginning of nineties, had a license and exclusive deals with major international record companies, such as EMI, Warner Music, BMG, Decca, Island, Chrysalis, Virgin, Motown and many more, covering majority of best of international production in the record business. Jugoton was the only record company in this part of Eastern Europe which has been releasing for decades the international music, much thanks to Veljko Despot. (More info...)
The Executive Producer of NEWEUROPE™ Show Drazen Premate has been looking for some time for the right MIDI-keyboard player that could capture the South East European or NEWEUROPE™ Dance Sound the American way and preserve the East European original melodies, and thanks to Ace Bryant of Orlando, Florida, Drazen has found such a MIDI-keyboard player in Ernest Collins Jr. also of Orlando, Florida.
Ernest is NEWEUROPE’s chief MIDI players and music producer to prepare all of music (Cover songs and NEWEUROPE™ Dance songs) to be played at a NEWEUROPE™ Show or Party by NEWEUROPE™ Orlando Band and by other future NEWEUROPE™ Bands.
Ernest Collins is an accomplished pianist vocalist and music producer. Ernest has accompanied national and international artists such as Rodney Jerkins (Dark Child) wedding in LA, R. Kelly, Kirk Franklin, Howard Hewett, Young G, KC and the Sunshine Band, Donnie McClurklin, Yolanda Adams. B.B. Winans, Glen Lewis, Miles J, Natalie Cole, Vicky Winans, Jessie Campbell, Javen Campbell, Martha Munizzi.
Ernest has produced CD projects for artist such as Clint Brown “Nothing but Church”, “Mercy and Grace”, And Larue Howard cd project “I'm free.” Jazz artist Allen and Allen “Come Sunday” CD project And Ernest CD projects are “I Know A Man”, and a new CD release “At the Cross.” Ernest has also appeared singing backup for Ray Charles in the movie “Ray” starring Jamie Foxx.
Besides becoming a Marketing Director for the overall NEWEUROPE™ USA (NEU) Ralf G. Bahr has also become the Marketing Director of NEWEUROPE™ Show. Ralf is from Boca Raton, Florida. Ralf is German in background and exhibits amazing precision of execution of tasks and understanding of marketing of any product, project or company. Ralf also organizes Octoberfest in South Florida and in 2011 had over 35,000 people attending and is actively involved in German Social Club there.
Ralf is the first European in the US that has joined our NEU Management Team. Ralf also understands and likes European Melodic Dance Music as our Executive Producer of the Show and the CEO of NEU Drazen Premate does. Ralf has also contributed with his opinion which other Melodic Dance Songs (principally from Germany) should be included in our NEWEUROPE™ Show.
Currently Ralf is helping NEU with marketing of NEWEUROPE™ Shows in the State of Florida including to German Social Club in South Florida, to other European social Clubs in that area, other appropriate venues in Florida for NEWEUROPE™ Show and he is also assisting NEU with PR and promotion of the show on social media and internet, on regional radio and TV and other ways. He is also assisting NEU with finding permanent locations for NEWEUROPE™ Night Clubs where NEWEUROPE™ Show would be held once such locations exist.
Ralf G. Bahr is the President of RGB International Management USA (RGB) and its affiliates. RGB offers its international clients of all sizes customized marketing management help with their ongoing needs to reach their objectives. Mr. Bahr has assisted numerous businesses and infrastructure projects in identifying market opportunities and arranging for their financial support.
Shane is very excited about NEWEUROPE™ Show, and he knows it will be a success locally in Orlando where such a new, exciting, interactive show is desperately needed, and will be a success elsewhere in Florida and even in the USA, as the market definitely exists for it. Shane’s pure attitude towards NEWEUROPE™ Show and creating the right contacts for audio-video-technical requirements of our show and his ability to market and sell NEWEUROPE™ Show to more permanent venues and for corporate events & parties, has earned him a spot on our NEWEUROPE™ Show team.
Shane Harper’s whole life has been in entertainment. As a double honor thespian, while in school, Shane accumulated thousands of hours on stage, behind the scenes and learning Television Production in a million dollar studio. Shane spent his first year in college aiming towards a career in musical theater but then realized that is not where he needed to be. After taking a year off, Shane went back to school seeking a degree from the recently voted #1 community college, Valencia, where he certified in Stage Technology and received a technical degree from their Steven Spielberg-endorsed film department.
Since then, Shane has produced many independent and industrial videos and has had an amazing Career in Corporate theater including marketing. In 2008, Shane was fortunate to be a videographer on the Truth in Translation Tour. This tour was a play put on by 11 south African actors, who would travel to places that have been affected by social and military conflicts. Shane feels very fortunate to have spent time in places like N. Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, learning about life different than what he has known in the United States.
Giulia Salis, who currently lives in New York City, is assisting NEWEUROPE™ relative to writing of English lyrics for NEWEUROPE™ Dance songs and English lyrics for songs that are part of NEWEUROPE™ Broadway Musical. Giulia was born in Sardinia (Italy) in 1987. After her high school she went to study English at the Abbey College, in Dublin. She attended the Catholic University of Milan, one of the most accredited universities in Europe, and in 2010 she graduated with honors in Italian Literature and Media Languages, and presented an essay on electronic poetry. Then she attended the New York Film Academy in NYC, where she got her diploma in screenwriting and another one in Broadcast Journalism. Besides also having an open mind to new themes, ideas and experiences, Giulia’s biggest passion and greatest skill is writing including English lyrics writing for songs, book & poem writing, screen and script writing. NEU also plans to utilize Giulia for the initial script writing for the Storyline for NEWEUROPE™ Broadway Musical.
Jada is NEWEUROPE’s Principal Coordinator and Director of NEWEUROPE™ Fashion Show which is an important part of the NEWEUROPE™ Show.
Jada organizes all aspects of our NEWEUROPE™ Fashion Show including the selection of models that will appear at each NEWEUROPE™ Fashion Show and the choice of clothing and wardrobe to be worn by such models. Typically 6 attractive and tall models appear after first and second NEWEUROPE™ Band’s set and model variety of European style daywear and evening wear.
Fashion spokes model, Jada Collins traveled internationally as a commentator, runway model, and fashion show coordinator. From 1999-2009, Jada had the pleasure of modeling worldwide with Ebony Fashion Fair.
As the Commentator and spokes model for the world’s largest traveling fashion show, Jada modeled one-of-a-kind Haute Couture garments from international, celebrity designers such as Bob Mackie, Oscar de la Renta, Ana Sui, Vivienne Westwood, Christian La Croix, and Valentino. Jada walked over 1,500 runways and appeared in over 50 magazines during her successful fashion career. Jada’s amazing career allowed her to enjoy the runways of Paris, Rome, Milan, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and the Caribbean.
Today, Jada is an accomplished Author, Talk Show Host, Speaker, and Fashion Show Producer. Jada is a graduate of Regent University, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Communication, a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling, and Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Orlando, Florida (More Info...)
Arcenius or Ace is easily explained by his company name Ace 1 Stop. Ace is one stop man for people one may need to put a show like NEWEUROPE™ Show together. One of such introductions Ace made is MIDI keyboard player Ernest Collins Jr. for MIDI production of songs for NEWEUROPE™ Show.
Ace was also the first person in Orlando who recognized the uniqueness of NEWEUROPE™ Music and Show approach that Drazen had. When Ace moved his recording studio from New York City to Orlando he did not expect that there would be no one here recording anything new and his recording studio that was so busy in NYC stayed quiet in Orlando. It pretty amazing that the city that gave us Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync in 90's went so dead creatively music wise since.
Ace felt that thanks to Drazen, first the NEWEUROPE™ Dance Sound, and then the other great NEWEUROPE™ Music such as NEWEUROPE™ Rock, NEWEUROPE™ Pop, NEWEUROPE™ Ballads can be produced and released on a continuous basis in Orlando, Florida. Proper Americanization of such great East European Music can only happen with right talent who can achieve such a job and yet preserve the feel for melodies from that part of Eastern Europe. And Ace agreed how right Drazen was to target 30-50+ generation in the USA that basically has no place to go for quality entertainment, socialization and a show including in Orlando.
Ace has over 25 years of experience as a Digital-MIDI Audio Engineer & Editing, with Music & Graphic Software, Computers/Technology, Home Theater System Installation and over 12 years as an HD Satellite Installer and Technician. For 17 years, Ace owned and operated a Full Service Midi Computerized State of the Art Digital / Analog Recording Studio equipped with innovative digital sequencers, digital editing and mastering software still used today. He produced many artist while his recording studio was operating in New York City (More Info...)
"Here's To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world - are the ones who DO !" - Steve Jobs, Apple
The Crazy Ones – Steve Jobs
STATE OF MIND
Prototype NEWEUROPE™ Night Club
United States can be very boring when you go out. The same kind of restaurants with the same boring food, boring bars or night clubs and boring hotels. There is virtually no classy entertainment in the US especially not for over 35 generation.
When Drazen wanted to open a NEWEUROPE™ Night Club in the US, and have European style classy evening entertainment rather than another dark and gloomy place as most of the Night Clubs in the US are and target mainly younger people, he did not have an easy time.
Drazen also wanted to target over 35 generation instead or the Classic Generation as he calls it, that often has nowhere to go for such a classy atmosphere and entertainment. He could not find capital from any typical US capital sources for such a Classy Night Club even though the market for such a Classy Entertainment targeting the Classic Generation exists. Most of the US sources of capital thought Drazen was crazy!! And he is one of The Crazy Ones that Steve Jobs of Apple talks about in his video above!!
Drazen then decided to open a prototype of such a Classy Night Club or ABC Club (ABC - American Business Club with a lot of Americana in it) in Pula, Croatia which is a town 1/30th of the size of Orlando population wise, and in a way for that reason made it even more and not less difficult to do. And even there too Drazen was told he was crazy for trying, even though the market for such a Classy Night Club and entertainment for over 35 crowd existed too. And during the weeknights many younger people showed up as well and liked the entertainment ABC Club had for the Classic Generation.
So take a look towards the end of the video below of this prototype NEWEUROPE™ Night Club that Drazen created (ABC Club) which is a typical weekend night how many over 35 people you see having a great time, and how this place radiates Classy Entertainment and setting for Classic Generation, and decide on your own if Drazen was crazy or not?? Coming soon in USA – the Crazy Drazen (CD) and CD’s fabulous NEWEUROPE™ Night Clubs with Classy Entertainment and Shows for the Classic Generation!!
Prototype NEWEUROPE™ Night Club
“Classy Entertainment for Classic Generation”™
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