JOHNNY RANKOVIĆ& THE CHURLIANS
The youngest author’s rock band in Serbia is founded in 2014, and represented by:
Nikola Johnny Ranković - Band front-man, vocal, lead guitar, songwriter, author of music arrangements, the winner of “EXIT Youth Hero” reward in 2016, “The hero of Belgrade” in 2013, “The Venturer” of newspapers “Novosti”. He is the “Person of the year” for 2013 and 2016, the winner of two ''Band Encounter'' competitions, and first representative of our country in manifestation “Joy of Europe ‘’ with authors’ song “I don’t want to live in a country without Rock ‘n’ Roll”. He plays guitar intensively since he was 6 years old, and from the age of 7, he attends the school for music production and theory of music, from syllabus of Royal British Academy, which he graduated on in London in 2018 with highest scores. On the UK Songwriting Contest in 2015 in London, he achieved noticeable success competing with 70.000 songs, where he entered semifinals as a composer and songwriter of the song “Hot or Cold “, only to confirm in 2017 the semifinalist success, with the song and music video “Fear” (“Strah”), entering in the top 20. He performed individually, also with our celebrated musicians, from small auditoriums to stadiums, town squares and TV studios. He recorded his first CD album „I make my own way “, where he acted as an author of lyrics, music arrangement, played all guitars and was a lead vocal. CD album was produced by Vojislav Aralica. He also published two singles „Harley, Les Paul & Rock’ n’ Roll”, with guest musician Mr. Zika Jelic from “YU Grupa” band, using lap steel style and the newest single “Just matters what remains” (“Vazno je samo sta ostaje”). Aside from excellent parallel handling of electric and acoustic guitar, Johnny plays both piano and mandolin. Further plans are high school of IT multimedia and studies at BIMM in London or Berlin (British and Irish Modern Music Institute).
Grigorije Avramović-Griša – guitar. For many years, he has been attending guitar schools and solfeggio (attends two music high schools), and was first to support Johnny’s idea to create a band “The Churlians”. Grigorije has many obligatory performances with the school band of music school “Master Blaster” which he attends, and of course all performances with “The Churlians”.
Pavle Petrović – bass. Attends the school of rock and pop music for many years, and aside from bass, he plays guitar and djembe and takes solfeggio lessons. Pavle also has a history of many live performances aside from the band, while being from the beginning the impeccable and strong line of “The Churlians” rhythm.
Marko Novaković - drums, has been engaged in music since he was 4.He got his first drumkit when he was 5 and since then it has been one of the most important things in his life. He had his first public appearance at the age of 7 and started having drum lessons with his mentor Igor Malesevic at the age of 8 and finished his training in 2018. He played in various bands of which the biggest one was Igor Vince. Besides drums, he also plays the electric guitar and bass guitar.
Bend has over 25 performances on big stages where we emphasize: “2 Cellos” guest on concert Kalemegdan Belgrade 2018, “Gitarijada”, Zaječar 2018; Scene “Fest” 2018, Plateau of Museum of 25th of May 2018; Bass Player Festival; EXIT Festival 2017.; Republic Square in Belgrade 2017; Bozidarac 2017 and 2018; Rock Village 2015 and 2016; Stadium “Tasmajdan” 2016; Festival BARF 2014; “Suvaca Demo Fest 2017” Kikinda; Harley Demo weekend 2017; Stage of Rock radio in “Mercator”, Belgrade; Davis Cup, Kraljevo; Belgrade Youth Center 2014 and 2018, ; Square of Serbian warriors Kraljevo; Wurst Platz Bar 2016 and 2017; Sava Centar 2013 and 2016, DKCB Belgrade, stage in Metropolis Music company, Guitar Art Festival, etc.