Adnan Teskeredzic

Drumming Dreams During Wartime

My name is Adnan. I am 31 years old and from Bosnia, Sarajevo. I started to play drums when I was 12 years old. I grew up during wartime in Sarajevo. I started to play drums for fun, but I had to make my first pair of sticks! During wartime in Sarajevo, there was no access to music stores or anything like that. I played with these homemade sticks about 2 years.

During war, every day is the same when you are a kid. Bombs and grenades terrorized my family and friends every day. Because of these conditions, I stayed in my basement and pratciced every day and night! I dreamed about drums, big bands, stages, lights and music... I knew that music was my love, but my reality was war. I was surrounded by killing, no power, no water etc.

A game-changing moment in my life occurred a few years later when I bought my first drumset and stared to play with a band. We played songs from Nirvana and that was cool for me. It was good to escape war. At one point we played a concert in sarajevo and when I saw my drums on stage I said to myself... "everything is possible!" Today, I play drums professionally and music is still my life :)

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