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Toronto, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

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Established on Jan, 2014
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"Premiere: Ensh - "Robin Hood""

Central Europe has endured all manner of austere changes across the past two decades.

Hyper-inflation, civil war, the destruction powers of international politics have all laid their weight on the region, with young people particularly effected.

However the area seems to be swinging back. Central Europe has a thriving youth culture, with producers such as Ensh (real name Milenko Vujosevic) doing their best to put the area on the map.

Spending part of his life in Canada, the young artist was drawn back by the lure of home. Experiencing life in two drastically different areas, this sensibility lends Ensh in strange directions.

New cut 'Robin Hood' is the perfect example. Utilising a British folk hero in a fresh context, it's inspired by the modern dynamics of globalised capitalism.

Ensh: "'Robin Hood' is about power dynamics seen through the lens of a heteronormative and capitalist culture. On a more personal note my mother has always promoted this perverse obsession with money in me, so for me to figuratively 'give it all away' kind of diffuses that."

Evocative synth-pop delivered in a direct, potent fashion, it comes backed with some unusual visuals. Directed by Milenko's brother Aleks, it features a street performer from their native Serbia.

Check out the video for 'Robin Hood' below. - Clash


"Ensh - Belgrade Review"

This set comes across like a hybrid of Four Tet and Rufus Wainwright. It has all the sudden bangs, and strange tingly noises of the former combined with the languid, heartfelt vocals of the latter.
Dip a toe in here and your whole body will instantly be overcome by the vibrant, pulsating undertow. You’ll really feel that joyous, headlong rush as you are pulled right into the violent, beating heart.
Ensh has a very fine and true voice of his own, which he uses to great effect here, with both Jeff Buckley-esque vocal swoops on consonants and by being as direct as Bruce Springsteen on verses. This therefore makes for a very fresh and invigorating sound in which lots of nice little moments flare up and surprise you. It is a very personal sound also, as this man has things to say about life, love and the world. One minute in and you will definitely want to hear them all. - is this music?


"Ensh - Belgrade"

The cosmopolitan background of Milenko Vujosevic leads to a pretty eclectic sound on this 8-track debut EP. Opener ‘Fiks’ is a disturbing mix of off kilter loops and urgent vocals which brings to mind the claustrophobic sounds of Xiu Xiu as a clear comparator and this remains across a number of the tracks on ‘Belgrade’. The vibe expands and lightens across a couple of the songs such as ‘Tourist’ even if the undercurrent of unease is retained via the lyrics. As a whole, it makes for quite a challenging EP and I’d question why it was not just packaged as an album, leaving the room to expand on and diverge from the themes explored. But I’ve got a feeling that Ensh would approve of people thinking it was not an easy listen – this is heavyweight music for lightweight times. 8/10
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"The Best of This Week’s Singles: Ensh, Younghusband, September Girls and more!"

As if not to be outdone in the ‘completely ridiculous’ stakes, this Belgrade-based producer made us laugh out loud at how utterly and unashamedly bonkers it is.

“Put it down! The crackpipe, put it down! You’re welcome” might not become this summer’s number one festival refrain, but it should be.

Give it a second listen, because it might sound really rather jarring at first. Single of the week, albeit an odd one.

Rocksucker says: Four and a Half Quails out of Five! - http://rocksucker.co.uk/


"Premiere: Ensh - MAJNFUK (Live)"

Central Europe has endured a torrid time across the past few decades.

Torn apart by war and nationalistic conflict, it became one of the world's most dangerous places. Despite this, though, youth culture is flourishing with all manner of new artists emerging from the region.

Brought up in Toronto, Ensh recently made the decision to return to his native Serbia. Eight track EP 'Belgrade' attempts to explain why.

A fusion of crunchy, hip hop beats, electronics and a velvet smooth voice, Ensh focusses his attention on the underbelly of a rejuvenated Central Europe.

Out on February 17th, Clash is able to preview this release with a new live clip. Shot in front of a tiny audience, Ensh blazes through 'MAJNFUK' with a rare passion.

Watch it now.

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'Belgrade' is set to be released on February 17th. Check out Ensh' not entirely SFW video 'Fiks' HERE.

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"Ensh - Fiks (NSFW)"

Ensh is the exciting new project from Milenko Vujosevic, an electronic artist from Belgrade, Serbia. He was previously based in Toronto, but a combination of the music he was creating, his relationships, and his career led him to come back to Serbia; I'd say it's for the best that he moved back, as he crafted the incredibly unique track 'Fiks' upon finding new inspiration through the isolation he experienced there.

'Fiks' is from Ensh's upcoming (and appropriately titled) EP Belgrade, which is scheduled for release on 17 February, and you can download the track for free over at his BandCamp page. The song was written after Vujosevic had an unfortunate encounter with a drug addict who conned him out of money saying he "needed to buy petrol." Kind of a bummer situation, but 'Fiks' came out of it, so it's not all bad. It seems talent runs in the family, as the video was directed by his brother Aleks. - The 405


"Top 10 Free Downloads of the Week // 21st January 2014"

Ensh – ‘Fiks’

EXPLICIT VIDEO (from the very start). The video pretty much sums up the track: lovely beats that’ll have you dancing everywhere, anywhere, anytime, regardless of what you’re wearing. Though… we’d recommend you exercise a bit more restraint than this guy. [8/10] [DOWNLOAD] - Shout4music


"Ensh – Fiks | Video"

Check out the new video from electronic artist Ensh. Fiks was written following an encounter with a drug addict who conned him out of money under the guise of needing money for petrol. Watch the interesting, uncovered, video above.
8/10 - Really Short Reviews


"ENSH - Fiks"

‘Fiks’ is the fascinating first taste from Belgrade-based electronic artist/producer Ensh, taken from his forthcoming eight-track EP entitled Belgrade. The track is accompanied by an equally captivating and unforgettable video(NFSW) and is available as a free download now.

Despite a wealth of recorded material, Ensh is a project in its infancy, born through the drastic life changes of Milenko Vujosevic, which saw him move from Toronto – the city in which he cut his teeth on numerous musical projects – to his birthplace of Serbia. With doubts concerning his direction, relationships, and future in the city centre he’d come to think of as home, the choice before him was both deceptively simple and poignantly life-altering. He dropped everything and headed home. Belgrade proved to possess the sort of nuanced cultural identity that is almost tailor-made as a breeding ground for redefining one’s perceptions of their place in society.

With a revitalized work ethic and lease on life, Vujosevic took advantage of his newfound isolation to both return to his roots and break free of his chains, creating debut EP Belgrade in the process. His surroundings armed him with a wealth of fresh thematic material, ranging from his interactions with the poverty-stricken underbelly of the titular metropolis, to the threat of falling prey to the kind of literal tourist traps normally reserved to reinforce Western stereotypes of the region in direct-to-DVD horror releases.

Lead-off single ‘Fiks’ recounts his experience of ‘loaning’ money to a desperate stranger, who’s wordless, shameful gaze after the fact reinforced the likelihood of the money being smoked away on crinkled tinfoil. Its accompanying video is provocative and vulnerable, recalling the juxtaposition of opposing elements the record loosely chronicles in its humour and explicitness. Musically, the integration of post-hardcore and alternative influences into a decidedly keyboard-driven framework recalls the deftness of Team Sleep, while carving its own resolute niche alongside the roomy electronics of present-day innovators such as Purity Ring, Fever Ray and iamamiwhoami.

Ensh’s debut EP Belgrade is released February 17th - IHOUSEU USA


"WATCH | ENSH - Fiks (NSFW)"

‘Fiks’ is the fascinating first taste from Belgrade-based electronic artist/producer Ensh, taken from his forthcoming eight-track EP entitled Belgrade. The track is accompanied by an equally captivating and unforgettable video above (NFSW) and is available as a free download now.

Despite a wealth of recorded material, Ensh is a project in its infancy, born through the drastic life changes of Milenko Vujosevic, which saw him move from Toronto – the city in which he cut his teeth on numerous musical projects – to his birthplace of Serbia. With doubts concerning his direction, relationships, and future in the city centre he'd come to think of as home, the choice before him was both deceptively simple and poignantly life-altering. He dropped everything and headed home. Belgrade proved to possess the sort of nuanced cultural identity that is almost tailor-made as a breeding ground for redefining one’s perceptions of their place in society.

With a revitalized work ethic and lease on life, Vujosevic took advantage of his newfound isolation to both return to his roots and break free of his chains, creating debut EP Belgrade in the process. His surroundings armed him with a wealth of fresh thematic material, ranging from his interactions with the poverty-stricken underbelly of the titular metropolis, to the threat of falling prey to the kind of literal tourist traps normally reserved to reinforce Western stereotypes of the region in direct-to-DVD horror releases.

Lead-off single ‘Fiks’ recounts his experience of ‘loaning’ money to a desperate stranger, whose wordless, shameful gaze after the fact reinforced the likelihood of the money being smoked away on crinkled tinfoil. Its accompanying video is provocative and vulnerable, recalling the juxtaposition of opposing elements the record loosely chronicles in its humour and explicitness. Musically, the integration of post-hardcore and alternative influences into a decidedly keyboard-driven framework recalls the deftness of Team Sleep, while carving its own resolute niche alongside the roomy electronics of present-day innovators such as Purity Ring, Fever Ray and iamamiwhoami.

Ensh’s debut EP Belgrade is released February 17th. - Altsounds


"IN WHICH ENSH PROVES YOU CAN HAVE NAKED MEN IN MUSIC VIDEOS TOO (NSFW)"

Belgrade electro artist Ensh wanted to show Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake et all that pop videos don’t just have to have naked women in them. So he made this. Good tune too. CS - Guardian Music


"Ensh - 'Enjoy' (Bjork cover) [405 Premiere]"

Not too long ago we had Ensh take us on a tour of his home city's music scene - Belgrade, Serbia - so we're pretty smitten with him, which is why we're thrilled to premiere his new cover of Bjork's 'Enjoy'. The cover is a B-side to his new single 'Robin Hood', which drops on 6 October (and when it comes out, you'll be able to grab 'Enjoy' for free!). In the beginning, he gives a lovely intro to what's an even better cover by telling us a little about where it was recorded in Belgrade as well as where it was filmed.

“I've always wanted to cover a Björk song. She's among my favourite artists. I love how simple and straight-forward 'Enjoy' is both thematically and melodically. It came together really quickly and with my music, I've found that the things I'm happiest with generally do. Lately I've been overthinking things and covering 'Enjoy' has reminded me not to.”

If you want to catch him live, he'll be at 504 Gallery Room in London on Friday, and at Margate's Tom Thumb Theater on 22 September. - The 405


"Q&A: ENSH"

Growing up as part of a Serbian family in Canada, Milenko Vujosevic, otherwise known as ENSH, never really felt a part of either country's heritage. Like many a misfit, Ensh sought solace in music and found his sense of belonging by playing in local bands, before becoming disenfranchised by the music he was playing.

As a result of this, Ensh decided to up sticks from Ontario and embrace his Serbian roots, returning to his birthplace of Belgrade, adopting the culture and throwing himself in to its respective music scene with gusto. This culminated in the release of his Belgrade EP, the record from which forthcoming single 'Robin Hood' was taken.

You played in a number of bands in Canada, before beginning to feel disconnected with them, presumably they weren't as left field as your solo material. What sort of bands were they and what was it that made you decide to leave them?

I started my last band, Lacerda, as a solo project back in 2005. I was actually doing stuff quite similar to what I am doing now. Eventually my perceived lack of progress made me feel pressure to go full band. As members came in and time went on the music took on more of a pop-rock/pop-punk direction. It was never really the music I was interested in making, but we were quite active. I was content just getting to travel and perform for people. However things got contentious because of the big differences in musical tastes and personality. Our last show ended up being our Toronto Vans Warped Tour performance. There was a bit of a messy blowup where I vented my frustrations and grievances right before our scheduled performance. It was the last time we played together as a band.

How was it for you moving from Canada to Serbia, did you find it difficult to adjust despite your heritage?

Surprisingly, not really. It was a pretty easy transition. Language-wise I’ve learned a few more words. I've made friends really easily. However there are a few mainstream cultural differences that stand in direct contrast to my progressive, left-leaning disposition. When I moved last year the government was deciding whether or not Belgrade would host the gay pride parade. In years past hooligans caused millions in damages rioting in protest to the event. The city wasn’t sure it could handle the financial and security risk. Ultimately it was voted down and pride didn’t happen. I had this weird existential moment where I realized “Wow, I’m living in a country where pride can’t happen”. It was a big eye-opener for me. Growing up in Toronto I took the treatment of different human beings as equals for granted. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago: Belgrade held its first successful gay pride parade. A more cynical person might say it was to appease the EU and that it was only a success because of the 7000 police officers and numerous armored vehicles, but I’d like to think I brought some of my imperialist western ideology to the region.

I’m being facetious, of course. There are too many positive things to list about living in Serbia, but I think it’s important to always be critical of my surroundings. Part of what makes being human so great is our social evolution. Like with all countries there is room for improvement, but it’s an amazing place nonetheless.I feel like I’ve taken this answer pretty far. I suppose I’m nervous I’ll get flak for my response.

How do the scenes between Canada and Serbia differ, have you been well received since moving?

There is a really strong alternative scene in Belgrade right now. I find the scene to be vibrant, open-minded and accepting. The DIY movement is strong, musicians from all over the world have made touring destinations out of a number of cities in Serbia, especially Belgrade. Belgrade is full of amazing squats and artist spaces. There really is no narrow focus on any particular trend. One is really encouraged to be fully creative. I’ve always felt a bit of the opposite in Toronto. Some artists come to Toronto and flourish. They’ve made Toronto a goal much like people make London or NYC a goal. If you’re Canadian, Toronto is supposed to be “the place” and I think that’s part of the problem with Toronto. It has big city aspirations, but it isn’t London or NYC. Instead of living up to its potential as being its own thing it has a bit of that “big city complex”. I've found that type of attitude a little bit difficult to navigate through personally. I’ve always felt the pressure to be boxed in artistically in Toronto. Now, that could very well be because I grew up in one place and moved to the other and I felt no longer constrained by certain inhibitions because of said move. Or it could be a bit of both. I feel like I’ve shit-talked both my cities so much in this interview!

Your record Belgrade is quite dark and somewhat experimental, what sort of influences have gone in to making it?

I’ve always had two sides to my writing: the need to write hooks and the need to be completely left field. I’ve often struggled in reconciling the two and I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive. Björk is probably one of my biggest influences. I even did a cover of her song “Enjoy” recently. I’m also a huge Deftones and Depeche Mode fan. I was listening to Grizzly Bear a lot while writing “Belgrade”.

Growing up in southern Ontario there was a strong DIY post-hardcore/skram/art-punk scene. Musically I was always a bit on the periphery of it all. I was the weird guy singing alone on stage to shitty pre-recorded beats. The passion with which bands like: Ghost Stories, Strawman Fallacy and I Spoke performed was truly inspiring to me. It was so raw and unlike anything I had experienced before. I feel like I’ve carried a lot of that type of DIY ethic over into what I do today. They weren’t local, but one of the best shows I’ve ever seen was City of Caterpillar. I didn’t know what the fuck was happening. I just saw this unbelievable raw and chaotic performance from a group of dudes who seemed oblivious to the fact that the room was practically empty.

Finally, now you're back in Serbia do you feel that you've finally found the sense of belonging that was missing in Canada?

That’s a tough one. I wouldn’t say it’s as romantic as all that. I’m a "third culture kid” raised in one culture by parents from another. I’ve honestly never felt like I fully belong to either (I guess that’s obvious from my previous responses). I feel like being apart of two cultures allows me to be critical of both while simultaneously reaping the benefits of both. I feel blessed in that regard. The drawback of course, being that I often have moments of feeling like an outcast/weirdo in both contexts. I’m excited to be in Toronto right now, visiting friends and family also playing some shows, but I already find myself missing Belgrade. - Shout4Music


"ENSH Q&A: ‘SOMETHING FUNNY, BUT NOT “HAHA” FUNNY, MORE CLEVER’"

Serbian electronic pop artist Ensh – Milenko Vujošević – returns with the video for ‘Robin Hood’. A cleverly touching tune about…power dynamics seen through the lens of a heteronormative and capitalist culture.

The single is released on October 6th and it’s lifted from his ‘Belgrade EP’ (out now). Here’s the interesting video to accompany the track, directed by Milenko’s brother Aleks and featuring both of them alongside an eccentric street performer.

The single comes with this great cover of Bjork’s ‘Enjoy’.

Nice to meet you Milenko :-)

Very nice to meet you.

First up can you tell us 5 things we should know about Ensh?
Say something personal, but light.
Give them a little bit more information to show that you have depth.
Here you could say something that makes you seem like you have a strong moral code (i.e. light left leaning politics or something about the environment).
Something funny, but not “haha” funny, more clever.
End on another personal, but light note. Reveal something about the overarching narrative that is your life.

Whats the idea behind ‘Robin Hood’?
The pretentious answer is: “Robin Hood” is about power dynamics seen through the lens of a heteronormative and capitalist culture. On a more personal note: my mom has always promoted this perverse obsession with money in me, so for me to figuratively “give it all away” kind of diffuses that. I suppose the song is pretty Oedipal in that sense which is an awkward thing to admit.

We love the video by your brother Aleks…Tell us more about that eccentric street performer.

Aleks was visiting me in Belgrade and I insisted that we shoot a video because I wanted both of us to be in it. He reluctantly agreed and we went on a walk to brainstorm ideas. As we were walking through Republic Square we happened upon a man singing his heart out through a little amplifier.

As he blazed through Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with a Twin Peaks-esque, flamboyant, energy we found ourselves completely enthralled. He was like a combination of Ronny James Dio and your weird uncle. Aleks immediately turned to me and said: “He should be the video!”. I expressed the type of doubt that only a person with crippling anxiety posses. However Aleks ignored my rampant insecurities. He had already constructed a fully formed idea in his head.

When we propositioned the stranger he immediately agreed with only two conditions: He didn’t want to hear the song beforehand and he didn’t want to get paid for it.

We set up the next day as the stranger ran through the song while working on his moves (his moves are amazing). Each take was more violently charismatic than the last.
As we wrapped up he began singing a Devo song. A homeless gentleman joined him, singing in brilliant harmony. It was awe inspiring. The small crowd that had formed during the filming remained, cheering them on. I subtlety put some money in the stranger’s collection bin (I had broken our agreement because: fuck that. the dude was getting paid). At the end of his impromptu duet he reached down, took all the money I had given him, and gave it to the homeless man. His name is Ivan Mladenov. The man is a king.

Can you talk about Belgrade EP and what were your influences whilst writing it?

I wrote the EP entirely in Belgrade. I was going through some big life changes at the time. I was working on a musical project I was very unhappy with, in a toxic relationship and working a shitty day job. I left Toronto and all of the aforementioned things very spontaneously. I was in a very free and euphoric headspace when I left. I always refer to the Belgrade EP as mental vomit. It’s stuff that just had to come out. The production is very basic.

I used a lot of stock sounds. It was all coming from such an honest place. The final versions sound very similar to the demos. I was listening to a lot of Grizzly Bear at the time but I’m really not sure they influenced the album sonically.

You lived in Canada and moved back to your Belgrade. What’s the best and worst thing about moving back to your place of origin?

My parents immigrated to Canada when I was one. My first language was Serbian. My early perspective was shaped by a decidedly Serbian outlook albeit my parent’s version of it. Growing up I got a heavy dose of the Canadian side of things while spending my summers in Serbia. To be honest I’ve never completely fit in to either. I’m what’s referred to as a “third culture kid”. That being said the best part about moving to my birthplace is the burgeoning arts and music scene. There’s a lot of excitement. It really feels as though we’re on the precipice of something great. It’s nice to be apart even if it is completely constructed. The worst thing is something that is completely understandable given the recent history of the region. There is a built-in, default, cynical defense mechanism that the majority of people keep close to the surface. I feel like the former is helping to curtail the latter. So for me there’s a great deal of hope and prospects for Belgrade.

Do you miss Canada?

I’m in Canada right now! I did miss Canada. For a while Toronto and I had a love/hate relationship. It got a bit abusive for a while. I’m really happy to be here as a visitor. It has really changed my perspective and has allowed me to enjoy the city more. We’re better as just friends for the moment.

What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?

I would say I’m on the far periphery of the industry. I produce and release my own stuff, I have a tight network of people I trust to help me book and do press, but there’s no one telling me what to do. So I have a very unique experience of the industry. I’m sort of making it up as I go. Sometimes its hard but I’m choosing to do it. I don’t ever complain because I love all facets of it.

What was the last gig you played, what did you think of it?

The last show I played was at this tiny experimental theatre called the Tom Thumb Theatre located in the East Kent town of Margate. Margate is absolutely lovely. The theatre is really small. I performed for an intimate audience and I was the opening act for a film. I absolutely loved the concept. I got to choose the film as well which was exciting (I chose a Danish film called Adam’s Apples). The audience was really warm and receptive. Overall it was great. Big shout out to Jessica Jordan-Wrench.
You recently played the UK as part of your Balkan Boy tour. When do you plan to come back?
I’m hoping to come back in early 2015. Probably Feb. Fingers crossed.

What kind of music do you like?

I know it’s the copout answer but I really do like everything. Right now I’m listening to some awesome Serbian artists. I did part of my Balkan Boy tour with an artist called Dojo, who is great. She plays really dark, brooding, lofi, singer songwriter stuff: https://dojod.bandcamp.com/releases. I’m also a huge fan of Ti. They’re a Belgrade based psychedelic indie pop duo.

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"New single released by Ensh"

Toronto, ON based artist, Ensh (aka Milenko Vujosevic) has released his brand new single, “Gender Bending” today.  When asked about the song, Ensh answered:“The song ‘Gender Bending’ came about from feeling alienated by toxic masculinity. Sometimes it seems as though toxic masculinity feels so entangled with the idea of masculinity itself that it is difficult to escape. This song is about the desperate need to rid oneself of this paradigm.”
Ensh will be holding a release party for the single at Eden Hall in Toronto on October 20, and also has the following upcoming tour dates:
10/21 – Kingston, ON @ The Artel
10/22 – Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi - Canadian Beats


Discography

Belgrade - EP (2014)
Both Of Them Milenko - EP (2015)
Gender Bending - Single (2016)
With A Dollar Sign - EP (2017)

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Bio

After cutting his teeth on numerous projects in his adoptive Toronto and seemingly reaching a musical, and personal impasse; Ensh dropped everything and returned to his birthplace of Belgrade, Serbia. Independently releasing both his debut EP, ‘Belgrade’, and sophomore EP, “Both Of Them Milenko”, Ensh took the road playing all over Europe and the UK in venues, bars, squats and galleries, as well as several festival dates including, Dev9t, the award-winning Exit Festival, and Ireland’s prestigious Electric Picnic festival.

Upon initially laying down the groundwork for the project in his home country, Ensh migrated back to his adoptive Toronto to further satisfy his touring desires and strengthen his climb to the top of the alternative scene. Influenced by sundry artists ranging from Bjork to Depeche Mode - as well as more contemporary artists such as Death Grips – Ensh is now captivating audiences in North America with a bass-fuelled, eccentric and engaging live show accompanied by a sui generis approach to pop music.

Ensh’s latest single, the socially-charged, “Gender Bending”, is available everywhere online and will be featured on the upcoming EP, set to be released summer 2017.


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