“Helping people find the same tools to express their thoughts and emotions that saved me all those years ago.”

A blog by Rockacademie graduate and trainer Eefje Wevers

Roughly ten years ago, I decided I would apply to the Rockacademie in Tilburg, the Netherlands. I’d discovered that music let me express myself in ways nothing else could. Having been bullied for most of my childhood, I grew into a sad and insecure teen. Playing in bands were some of the happiest moments I had at that age. I felt safe and free in the rehearsal rooms with friends and teachers. I didn’t much like being on stage, scared that everyone in the audience would laugh at me over the smallest mistake, but the urge to share music always won out over the anxiety.

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Friends behind the camera: Interview with Music Connects filmmaker Stuart Jolley-Socea

Stuart is a filmmaker and video producer from England, an interviewer, and a massive music fan. One of the founders of Hatched-MV, a music video and documentary production duo, Stuart has supported the Mitrovica Rock School by producing the video for Proximity Mine’s Set Me Free, and is now working on the feature documentary Music Connects: The Real School of Rock.

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“Music is the best tool for breaking stereotypes and prejudice”

An interview with Roma Rock School founder Alvin Salimovski

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“We were always proud to be part of the Rock School”: interview with MWB’s Wendy Hassler-Forest

“The town is made by its people and for that Mitrovica is probably my favorite place to be. “

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“Nothing was the same”: singer Ilda talks about joining the Rock School

“I made friends for life. The guy that scared me the first day is now like my older brother.”

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Rock and roll helps us rise above the political madness: interview with Liza and Emir

By communications trainee Marina

Emir and Milizza are the directors of Mitrovica Rock School. They work hard in the office scheduling programs and activities. Both Emir and Milizza are very busy people, but they gave up some of their time for an interview to tell us about their job, the Rock School, plans for the future and many other things. Read what they had to say down below!

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“People here are more invested in the people around them”

Communications trainee Marina interviewed Fontys Rockacademie students Eefje Wevers and Bo Knippels (Netherlands) on their experience in Mitrovica

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ElectraHeart: “Girls run everything!”

By Mitrovica Rock School communications trainee Marina

ElectraHeart is a mixed band from Mitrovica Rock School. They consist of five members: singer and songwriter Rina, guitarist and backing vocalist Tringa, Jelena, who plays bass in this band, guitarist Egzon and drummer Baton. They are a dream team of talented and musically educated young Mitrovica people whose dreamy pop rock sound is incredibly fresh and recognizable.

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Mixed band High Frequency records album

By communications trainee Marina (18), front woman of mixed band Feed D Fury.

On December 20, mixed band High Frequency went to Skopje to record their first studio album.

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Ending the year by rocking out Gracanica

By communications trainee Marina (18), front woman of mixed band Feed D Fury.

On December 28, four mixed bands headed to Gracanica for a final concert of the year.

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