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Novi Sad, Serbia (1961 – 1999)

Suba was a pseudenym of Mitar Subotić (b. 23 Jun 1961, Novi Sad, Serbia - aka Rex Ilusivii and Mitar Subotic), who graduated from the Academy of Music Arts, in the department for composition and orchestration, in his home town. After graduation he attended a course in electronic music from the multi-instrumentalist Pol Pinone in Belgrade.

Even at the beginning of his career, Suba showed an “anti-career”: every Sunday he produced for the Radio Novi Sad show , “New perspectives - the other side of pop scene in Yugoslavia”, while keeping his identity secret—and he maintained this for an entire year! Finally, he revealed himself as Rex Ilusivii (King of the Illusions). What was the result of this strategy? Only that we remember a man who changed the identity of music and reframed the music maps of the world, and who eventually became graffiti art, “Rex Ilusivii” on a wall in Novi Sad - The rest is forgotten.

During the ’80s Subotić produced demo recordings of artists well known in the Balkans, including Milan Mladenovic, Massimo Savic, Marina Perazic, and Igor Popovic. Suba also recorded an eclectic version of James Brown’s “Sex Machine” with Milan Mladenovic, the jazzy “Plava jutra” with Marina Perazic, and “Arabia” with Igor Popovic, althouh he did not release any of those hits. Later, when Vita Simurdic from Radio Novi Sad persuaded Suba to release the LP “Disillusioned”, only 500 copies were released—there was no more vinyl available.

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