Mario Lovakovic aka Umbo is an artist that is on the fast train to success. Hailing from Germany but now based in Croatia his blend of disco influenced funky breaks is being well received all over and has catapulted him into the spotlight thanks to a slew of well-received releases and remixes for the likes of Timewarp Music, Goodgroove Records, Bombastic Jam, Breakbeat Paradise, Rocstar etc.
Having picked up a guitar in the early 90's he soon got the bug and taught himself how to play the keys and the bass. Playing in live bands and drawing from his early influences of bossa and jazz he then progressed into electronic music and started spinning funky and afro house before finally settling on breaks, although always with a funky edge. As well as his DJing and playing in bands he decided to add another string to his bow and so the music production followed.
His first release came in 2008 on the Greek label Timewarp Music alongside studio partner Balatz who he met whilst in the band Dogo Argentino. Their prolific release schedule continued earning them critical acclaim and this led to further output as a solo artist and alongside other collaborators on several top labels.
Today sees Umbo working on a very busy release schedule as well as running Supadupa Grooves which is the top funky breaks night in Croatia. Things are set to blow in 2011 and he is currently putting the finishing touches to a European tour which will no doubt bring more exposure and help him to achieve his goal which is at the top of his game.