Since arriving in Los Angeles as a two‐man street band with an accordion, trombone, foot drums and tip box, the Petrojvic Blasting Company has become a beloved and weirdly ubiquitous local curiosity in the city, spreading hearty jubilation from the distant stars of Hollywood to the beat cops of the LAPD.
Founded by brothers Joshua and Justin in honor of their childhood mentor, Milutin
Petrojvic, the Blasting Company continues in the rich brass traditions of both Southeast Europe and New Orleans, traditions that maintain music as particularly instrumental in the transcend revelry of life, death and everything therein. The Blasting Company, hopelessly enchanted by these two distant places, finds their home on the path between them, “where storytelling is as important as instrumental might.” (LA Weekly)
The path the brothers have taken has led them and their three to four additional members (tuba, trumpet(s), percussion) from Northwest Washington to Southeast Georgia (the one bordering Turkey) where they made their way performing on the streets, at festivals, in ancient Roman ruins, even personally for presidents.
While they remain committed to the sidewalk, they have also brought the creative stream of street musicianship, with its spontaneous adventures in tonality, texture and emotion to theater and film, collaborating with Croatia’s Ulysses Theater on their production of Brecht’s Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui and providing music for the soundtracks of films such as Burlesque and The Five‐Year Engagement.
Their first album of original songs, A History of Public Relations Dilemmae, was recorded and released in the spring of 2010.