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Ivan Mihaljevic & Side Effects



Country Croatia

Style Melodic Hard/Progressive Rock

Profile Ivan Mihaljevic & Side Effects are an eclectic rock power trio from Zagreb Croatia. The band consists of Ivan Mihaljevic on guitar and vocals, Marko Karacic Karo on bass and Alen Frljak on drums.

They have released 2 albums so far – “Sandcastle” in 2008 and “Destination Unknown” in 2010, both of which got a lot of excellent reviews from the press. Destination Unknown was selected as the album of the month in the March 2011 issue of biggest European guitar magazine Guitar Techniques. The band has played many live shows including shows supporting Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) and headlined the guitar festival Guitar Master in Zagreb. The band has also appeared and played on numerous TV and radio shows (Sala Prove on Rock TV, Garaza on HRT 2, Dobro jutro on HRT 1, Metal Eye on Z1 TV, Rock block on radio KL Eurodom, Glas Hrvatske on radio HR3 and many more…). Many interviews and reviews were published in pressed magazines, as well as e-zines. Ivan Mihaljevic & Side Effects were very recently a cover story of Indonesian Music Live magazine. The band has split with the original bass player Majkl Jagunic in 2012 due to Majkl’s increasing number of family and job commitments. The new bass player that was introduced was Marko Karacic Karo. In July 2012 the band has played the huge Italian Heineken Jamming Festival headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prodigy, The Cure, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Evanescence, Gorillaz and others.

Ivan Mihaljevic is also a music producer and sings/acts in musical theater. With the band Hard Time he played Wacken Open Air in 2005, played as an opening act for Scorpions, The Cult and Tito & Tarantula and toured Europe twice. In November 2008 he played as a guest with the inventor of electric guitar – Les Paul in Iridium Jazz Club on Times Square, New York. Ivan was also producing instructional guitar videos for and He is endorsed by and exclusively uses Ernie Ball Music Man guitars and ENGL amps.

Alen Frljak teaches drums at Modern Rock Institute in Zagreb and works as a session drummer. With the band Inciter he has played as an opening act for Lamb of God and Parkway Drive. Marko Karacic Karo also plays with a hard rock band Big Rock, metal band Undercode and with various other projects. He has joined Ivan Mihaljevic & Side Effects after the third album Counterclockwise was recorded.


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– Sandcastle [2008]
– Destination Unknown [2010]
– Counterclockwise [2012]




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