Band Biography

Aleksandar StojkovicAleksandar Stojkovic

•    Sale (also Sasha) was born in 1978, in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia.

•    Received his musical talent and passion for music from his grandfather – Buda Stojkovic – a poet, bohemian and Holocaust survivor.

•    Started singing at early age, thanks to his mom & dad who’d play records to him. One of his first songs he used to sing was ‘Hello’ by Lionel Richie.

•    Went to music school, where he learnt to play piano, left after 3 years because he didn’t like the solfeggio classes, that was the end of his formal music training.

•    A devoted Queen fan for all his life (since he was 5), but it was in 1988 when he bought an Iron Maiden record – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, that paved his way to heavy metal.

•    Made his first drum kit when in primary school, he used to make drums out of everything that could resonate.

•    During primary school he wrote his first music and lyrics in English, also discovered power and thrash metal.

•    Singer for a couple of high school bands, at that time (somewhere around 1994) discovered Dream Theater and Rush – a milestone that would set new music horizons.

•    While attending Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, already a passionate listener, fan and collector, he broadened his musical taste to hard rock, prog rock, sympho rock, discovered all those great bands from late 60s and 70s.

•    In 2002 formed a prog trio – Holy Jerk – a unique band, which, unfortunately, never got a chance to record an album, only a couple of demos. During that time he started playing drums and singing main vocals at the same time.

•    In 2006, along with his friends, formed Burning Circle – where he played drums and vocals, wrote lyrics, and, after a while, started writing music and arrangements. Later on, while making preparations for their first album, he quit drums and fully dedicated himself to singing.

•    So far, he’s written hundreds of lyrics in English, and a couple in his native Serbian.

•    Lives in Ruma, works in Belgrade at Serbian Ministry of Finance.

•    First concert: Budapest 1995 – Iron Maiden.

•    Favourite bands: Rush, Queen, Iron Maiden, Savatage, Pantera, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Dream Theater, Thin Lizzy, Ayreon, Bathory, Testament...

•    Favourite albums (there are actually hundreds of them, but...): Roger Waters – Amused to Death, Pantera – Cowboys/Vulgar, Judas Priest – Screaming/Painkiller, Running Wild – Death or Glory, King Diamond – Abigail, Anthrax – Spreading the Disease...

•    Favourite singers: Freddie Mercury and Ronnie James Dio. Honorable mentions: King Diamond, Blackie Lawless, Joe Cocker, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Kai Hansen, Hansi Kursch, Midnight, Phil Anselmo...

•    Favourite drummers: Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Carl Palmer, Nicko McBrain, Mark Zonder...

•    Favourite bass players: Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Tony Levin, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris...

•    Favourite guitar players: Dimebag Darrell, Gary Moore, Jason Becker, R.M. Tocak...

•    Favourite keyboard players: Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Clive Nolan, Kevin Moore...

•    Currently listening to: King's X

•    Sale and Rade are also members of dark prog metal band A|SYMMETRY who have recorded EP "Room 17: Hours Between Shadows and Light" (2012)  and full length album "Fragility" (2016).