Milutin Krašević is the leader of the Serbian band Bones in Butter. Six talented individuals with extensive touring and band experience, including Luna Škopelja (vocals and samples), Todor Živković (guitars), Dejan Škopelja (bass), Tom Fedja Franklin (drums), and Srdjan Popov, have come together to form this band (mixing).
Therefore, as you take in their music, you can be sure that it has been expertly polished and fitted with the message to elevate the experience to a whole new level.
“This will sound like a cliché, but music has always played a dominant role in my life and helped me survive most of the perils that childhood, puberty and adolescence carried.”
This is what Milutin Kraevi of Bones In Butter had to say when he was asked about the role of music in his life in an interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh .
At a young age Milutin Kraevi took piano lessons and joined the boys’ choir as well. This help him very much in his musical journey and also helped to shape him. Although Bones In Butter has great interest in linguistic and also work in that sector, he doesn’t allow that to get in the way of his music.
Bones in Butter has proved his prowess with Down But Not Out, which is rock mixed with pop. A few minutes into the song you find yourself moving to the beats, the song is so nice and cut across all ages. Bones in Butter are more concerned in creating art with their music and literary lyricism in a way that few others can
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What is your stage name?
Bones in Butter
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I still did not have a proper name for my band project. One evening I was watching the US crime show “Bones” on TV and suddenly I was offered enlightenment That is the whole story behind the name Bones in Butter. There is no deeper meaning. Honestly.
Where do you find inspiration?
Living in these “interesting times” and living in an interesting country like Serbia, offers plenty of inspiration. Watching events unfold in my country, witnessing first the pandemic chaos and then the war in Ukraine, makes you wonder where you can nowadays actually hide FROM inspiration.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
This will sound like a cliché, but music has always played a dominant role in my life and helped me survive most of the perils that childhood, puberty and adolescence carried.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
No, although quite musical, both parents pursued other professions.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
That was the punk movement that demonstrated that one didn’t have to attend a consevatory to make relevant music.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
As a child I had piano lessons and was part of a boys’ choir, but everything else, I taught myself.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
That was an Electric Light Orchestra concert in Zurich during their “Out Of The Blue” tour.
How could you describe your music?
Eclectic – it’s more or less the sum of all songs that have ever entered through my ears.
Describe your creative process.
In most cases I can hear the song in my head first. It just pops up. Then I try to emulate it using synthesizers, loops and samples. When this bare structure is complete, I add existing lyrics, texts and words or make them up as I figure out a vocal line and hum along. In the final step, I forward this basic track to my band mates to add guitar, bass, drums and backing vocals as they deem fit. I always ask them to let their creativity run wild.
What musician do you admire most and why?
That would be Lou Reed who managed to form a band of talented musicians and misfits, the Velvet Underground, who played music that nobody wanted to listen to at that time but later became one of the most influential bands in the history of rock music.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Most definitely yes
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t think “competition” is the right term. I consider everybody in the music business and particularly any independent musician a fellow artist.
What are your interests outside of music?
As I had a day job in linguistics, my main interests lie in languages, but I’m also a big history buff.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
That in order to be somewhat successful in the music industry you need to invest most of your time in promotion and marketing and, thus, assign a low priority to your creativity. Your music is no longer art but has become a consumer good, and this is really a sad story…
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I’d probably impose harsher regulations on music streaming services.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’d love to finalize all songs on our planned album “Songs For A Sane Society” and find a nice label that is willing to help us promote and release it.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I do have plans but it’s too early to announce anything
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear.