Aleksandra Prodanović is a journalist at Hardwired magazine, passionate about music and writing and one of the founders of Reach Out Serbia, an official Depeche Mode’s fan club.
The most underrated and overrated band?
Aleksandra: There are a lot of underrated bands, but if I had to choose one, that would be Editors. I think they are extraordinary and Tom Smith is one of the best-in-class vocals of today. On the contrary, Red Hot Chilli Peppers is the most overrated band. I’ve never understood the glory they enjoy.
Which band would you like to see reunited again?
Aleksandra: Pink Floyd, definitely. The combination of Gilmour, Waters, Mason, and Wright (which unfortunately is no longer among the living) was perfect from the very beginning. Oh, and Oasis, because I hope Gallagher brothers will finally stop bumping through the media and begin to create together again.
The band you would like to see perform live, but haven’t had a chance before?
Aleksandra: Queen, if it were possible. For me, Freddie Mercury was an unbelievable figure and I wish I could at least experience one of his concerts. As far as current bands are concerned, I won’t miss an opportunity to see Arctic Monkeys, Muse, and Kings of Leon next time.
Your guilty pleasure? Band or an album you are embarrassed to admit you like?
Aleksandra: I’m listening to different music genres and I see music as good or bad so that’s the reason you can find everything from pop and funk to hard rock and metal on my playlist. Probably, there are many funny things, such as the one hit wonder bands from the ’80s, as well as Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Wham!, Pet Shop Boys, but I’m not ashamed of them.
The first album you ever bought?
Aleksandra: Linkin Park “Meteora” was the first album I’ve bought, and whatever they are talking about them today, this album was crucial for the musical taste development of a twelve-year-old girl.
Ideal album to relax with on a Sunday afternoon?
Aleksandra: I have to list more of them, and these are mostly classics like Depeche Mode’s “Violator”, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” Oasis, “Dark Side of The Moon” Pink Floyd and “The Stone Roses” The Stone Roses as well as David Bowie’s “Best of Bowie”.
The greatest album of all time?
Aleksandra: “Songs of Faith and Devotion” by Depeche Mode. Although there are more albums that I could classify here, I consider this a real masterpiece and it represents the golden age of my favorite band, so that’s why it needs to carry this title.
The most annoying musician?
Aleksandra: Bono Vox, without competition. I was listening to U2, but he managed to spoil my whole picture of them, and I realized that the famous episode of South Park was not so silly as I thought.
A kid asks you what metal or rock is, you recommend them to listen to?
Aleksandra: I recommend listening to AC/DC’s “Back In Black” and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. The complexity of Floyd would certainly be understood later, but I’m sure he would fall in love with AC/DC and he would be conquered by the raw energy they radiate.