Nick Drag
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Nick Drag

Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia | SELF

Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia | SELF
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The best kept secret in music


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Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


As a hot newcomer quartet of experienced musicians who received
attention when their singer was featured on one of the nation's top TV
shows, this band took the Belgrade rockabilly scene by surprise.
Kicking it off with a bang, at first they carved a devoted fanbase by
playing regular venues, while recently they started to appeal to wider
audiences. Their shows are an eclectic mix of rockabilly, country and
honky-tonk: bright and racy licks, the smooth crackle of the slap-bass
and a driving, upbeat rhythm make even the shyest onlookers sway,
before they get up to dance to Dragovic's mellow baritone.


Nikola "Nick Drag" Dragovic – vocals / rhythm guitar
Aleksandar Mita Mitanovski - lead guitar
Strahinja Petrovic - upright bass
Nikola Vukotic – drums

For a long streak of years, all of the band's members have been a
significant presence in both rockabilly as well as ex-Yugoslav local
scenes. Nick Drag fronted a number of bands, with notable mentions
being "Havana Whisper", Southeastern Europe's pioneer neo-swing rock
act that released an album called "Flammable" for a major label in
Serbia (PGP RTS) and another act called "Crossfire" with its album
"Cool'n'Crazy Stuff" (Round Records). Aleksandar "Mita Devil"
Mitanovski got his taste of stardom in the late 80s and early 90s as
the lead guitar of "Vera Kvark", one of Belgrade's most popular acts
at the time. With them, he peformed and arranged music for Bitef
Theatre's show "Trininad", which became renowned for its hit song -
"Ona Hoce Mambo". Petrovic played the upright bass in two bands:
"Hellga" and "Suspenders". Finally, Nikola Vukotic was behind the
drums of one of the region's most intriguing band to feature original
material, "Inopartners".

"Nick Drag's Wagon Wheel" was originally conceived in 2011 as a
rockabilly duo of Dragovic and Petrovic called „Nick & Dick“, but it
soon grew to a full-fledged band with Mitanovski joining in September
and Vukotic in October.

Recently, with much surprise, Nick Drag's performance on the TV show
"Prvi glas Srbije" (the Serbian vairant of The American Idol) saw an
overwhelmingly positive response from the wider audiences and revealed
a great deal of promise for the revival of the genre that was once
quite popular in the region during the late 80s and the early 90s.

Finally, there is no better way of experiencing the quartet's oozing
energy and killer ambience other than seeing them play live - So,
whether you're a rockabilly, or just a regular cat, "Nick Drag's Wagon
Wheel" is sure to keep-a-you-spinnin'...