Although the name refers to a squad, behind the sensitive and addictive deep house beats is the Swiss producer and DJ Alejandro Torres, responsible for the Croatia Squad!
Within the past four years, Croatia Squad has been delivering high quality deep and tech house with releases on some of the biggest and most respected labels in Electronic Music such as Toolroom Records, Enormous Tunes, Ministry Of Sound and Sirup Music. Besides, he has already registered more than 20 tracks in the top 10 of Beatport. Incredible, isn’t it? So take the opportunity to know more about this DJ and producer of Switzerland’s most on demand and respected in the electronic scene in our exclusive interview:
First of all, tell us how you started your music career and why “Croatia Squad” if you are from Switzerland?
Alejandro: I started my career in Switzerland early 2000. In 2007 I started playing big shows in Croatia as a Resident-DJ every summer next to the biggest names in the industry and throwing my own 7 hours sets on Saturdays in the biggest Summer-Club. That’s how my ‘Croatia Squad’ project came to life.
Can you tell us about some of the most incredible moments of your career so far… for example, somewhere where you played?
Alejandro: I enjoyed playing at ‘GREEN VALLEY’ #1 club in the world in Brazil and also Privilege in Ibiza, or unique experiences in North America playing the craziest ‘Groove Cruise’ or Electric Forest Festival. But, to be honest, even if I have played more than 1000 shows in my life, every show is a unique and still my biggest passion.
Recently you released the song “DEEP DISH IT” that hit #2 on Beatport Future House already. We need to say that we love this track. What was it like working on this EP?
Alejandro: I started working on this record during this years Miami Music Week. Everything started during an after party with some friends, We were laughing and trying out some stuff for fun. It’s all about good vibes and spontaneity.
What kind of tracks do you usually support in your ‘Squad Goals’ podcast?
Alejandro: I love that question. 🙂 To me, the selection of the ‘Squad Goals’ mixes is very important. I try to support music that stands out, I love next level production and mixes are different from what you might expect.
What is the process behind your selection of tracks?
Alejandro: Being basic sucks, I appreciate producers that take the opportunity to create something unique and outstanding. Being different is AMAZING. Many people send me their music on my Soundcloud. I love to discover different music and producers from all over the world. Illusionize, Alok, Chemical Surf or Vintage Culture are some Brazilian producers that I worked with in the early days.I’m happy to see them rocking the world-stages with their own sounds keeping the underground vibe and growing their profiles and more than glad to call them my friends.
How are you connected to ‘Muzica Records’ ?
Alejandro: As a newcomer, you always have the problem that people don’t listen to your music and it’s difficult to find supporter. I teamed up with my friend Sandro Horta from Plusnetwork and created Muzica Records, a Label to discover new talents and help them grow their profiles and distribute their music professionally through our world renowned Dance Label Group ‘Sirup Music’ (Pinkstar Labels, Enormous Tunes). EDX, Avicii, Vintage Culture, Nora En Pure or Chemical Surf are some of the names that started their careers on our labels.
Tell us about your shows here in Brazil. How was this experience? Do you have a Brazilian DJ who would like to make a collab?
Alejandro: My shows in Brazil are always a Highlight. The Brazilian Party-Community knows how to party and some of the best clubs and festivals are in Brazil, no doubt.
As I already mentioned i’m working with my favorite artists i chose to work with, which i’m glad to and is my biggest passion. If you ask me about a collaboration, it’s not an easy question, but for real, I have a deep respect what ‘Pedrinho’ ILLUSIONIZE is doing for the ‘Brazilian Dance-Scene’ not only with his talent but also with his personality. DUAL CHANNELS (Muzica Records) is an upcoming Brazilian Talent that you should keep an eye on him.
What can fans expect from you in the future? Any plans to return to Brazil?
Alejandro: My Management is planning a Brazil Tour in August. I can reveal that i’ll perform at LAROC CLUB (SP) and I hope to see you there!!
His latests tracks, such as “Make It Pop“, “Gold Digger” and “Can not Get No Love“, have already been getting support from many DJs around the world and have already won our ears. Want to catch the incredible vibe of Croatia Squad tracks? Then get in the mood with this sequence: