96 | / en nor Earth’ by director Miloš Radivojević and screenwriter and director Duško Kovačević’s ‘The Professional’. What doyouconsider as your greatest professional success? -My greatest success is that, since becoming amember of the rock band Riblja Čorba in 1978 to this day, I’ve been a musician without a back-up profession. My band has had continuity since 1984 and has performed themost concerts among all ex-Yu bands. Is thereanythingyouwould change in your musical biography to date? - There were many nice and di cult moments, but I have no dilemma that I would repeat everything. I lovemusic, it’s the thing I do best. That’s why I’ve never had a dilemma about whether I should deal inmusic, despite themanydi culties implied by the life of an artist in Serbia. Do you plan to compose music for more lms? - This autumn is seeing the shooting of the lm“It’s Not Bad to Be Human”, directed by Duško Kovačević. I’ll put my name to about 80 per cent of the music in that lm. I’m simultaneously collaborating with actor and director Miloš Biković, as I’m composing for his lm “Hotel Belgrade”. What other unful lled professional desires do you have? - I makemusic for my band, for lms, othermusicians, commercials etc. Perhaps I can still come up with some new musical idea. We play a lot for the Diaspora; we’ve been on stages in all continents except South America. So, that could bemy unful lled desire, and let it be realised. Ononesideof lifeyouhaveachance to use the motto “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”, while on the other side you are a family man. How do youmanage tobalance thosesides? - That “motto” is more of a charade than a reality. I didn’t plan anything speci c with that. My family is the foundation of everything and themain pillar. I’m lucky to have it. My kids are already big. I work and live as I think I should. You will celebrate your 60th birthday in2020.Whatwill beyourwish? - For us all to be healthy and alive. I enjoy everyday.When it comes tomusical life, theRollingStones recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, so they could be an example for me andmy band to emulate. What relaxes youduringyour spare time? - I don’t have much of that, which is why I prefer to spend it travelling with my family, watching some lm, or I like to go to stadiums to watch the matches of the Serbian national team or the Red Star club. Composing music for lms also relaxes me. Which tunes do you choose for respite? - I listen to jazz, classical, old and new rock‘n’ roll, young bands. I love lively instruments. Electronic music is the least interesting to me, but even in that genre a good thing is a good thing, and I love to hear it. What do your son and daughter do; are they musical? - Both of them are musical and haven’t chosen to pursue a career in music. My son Marko (29) graduated in production from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. My daughter Anđela (21) is a student of thedepartment for costume design at the Faculty of Applied Arts. I have wonderful kids! What brings joy to your life? - I amable to enjoy life; I can easily nd a little joy because I’m an optimist and a workaholic. With my wife Emilija, I found love and family happiness. Do youwrite songs during your travels? - I always carry a notebook and pen to write down some verse. This usually happens on long-haul ights, to Australia for example. I also happily watch lms while aboard planes. If you didn’t live in Belgrade, where would you like to have a permanent address? - I’vebeeninBelgradeforalong time; it’s somehow impossible for menot to livehere. Australiahas always been of great interest to me, even though it’s a long way from here. Everythingisokaythere:good people, goodclimate, good standard of living. Why is it good to be Momčilo Bajagić, aka Bajaga? - Because it isn’t bad at all!