Five Questions With… Bernays Propaganda

Band: Bernays Propaganda
Country of Origin: Macedonia

Honestly, I’m not sure if I can describe Bernays Propaganda any better than Maximum Rockandroll already has: “Revolutionary politics set to a relentless ass shaking dance beat“. After talking with the band’s guitarist Vasko Atanasoski I found out that, in 2014, the band played a basement show not too far from the-yet-to-be-founded WHUP station which left me wishing we had started Global Garage sooner! Atanasoski provided the answers to this week’s “Five Questions With…” on behalf of the band; the first in the series from Macedonia!

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

I am sure we will find a way to bring couple of albums at least.
Fugazi-The Argument
Gang of Four-Entertainment
Gossip-Standing in the way of control
Submission Hold-Sackcloth and Ashes

2. How did the band members meet?

I meet Tina on Skopje streets in late 90’s. She was attending ballet high school and she was a punk rocker. Since there are many ex-members of Bernays Propaganda I will tell just the meet stories of recent members. I met Deni 10 years ago when he was playing in a melodic punk rock band Fonija. He introduced Kiko to us, the drummer which is playing with us last 2 years. I know Rade from late 90’s Skopje street scene but we hook up in early 2000’s around the local anarchist/diy scene. He is the newest member but actually he was in the first line up of Bernays Propaganda in 2006.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

We are following mostly diy scene and there is great bands around: Disease, Sado Zora, YOU, Pikolomini…Honestly, the scene is really small and weak. There is great potential and creativity but there is no real organization sense behind it so most of the acts are staying local.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Definitely Macedonia, Skopje streets, anarchism and DIY culture. We still love watch it grow inside us.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

Off course, there is couple. It’s all the shows we played in Skopje.


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.