The art of sensitive noise and subtle sounds and beats is what CROATIA SQUAD is all about, as well as one of Switzerland’s most on demand and respected deep and tech house producer and DJ. 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, Sirup Music, and Milk & Sugar. While on remix duties, their Calippo remix, “Looking for A Meaning”, made it to Beatport’s top 100. The revolutionary distinctive sound is only an instrumental part of the success. Taken part for years in Europe’s dance culture, and playing at legendary venues, through genre shifts and changes, gaining experience, and knowledge, learning about the affinity with the crowd, which he uses intelligently to build a connection.
Hailing from Switzerland can you please tell us how your music career started? What were your biggest influences and highlights from then and how did you then get into electronic music?
I’ve been DJing for 15 years and spent 5 summers spinning as a resident DJ in Croatia where I started this project. I started playing in the early 2000’s and House Music was my first love. You can find my musical roots are influenced by Disco & Funk.
You’re well known for your ‘Pop Your Pu**Y’ anthem, your Remix for Nora En Pure ‘You Are My Pride’, and your collaborated with Lika Morgan on ‘Make Your Move’ and can you tell us how these tunes came to be made and signed to those labels? Did their success change anything for you or open new doors?
I’m doing music for fun, Pop Your Pu**Y was a song that we released on our home-base label Enormous Tunes and we didn’t expect so much reaction. It’s always great to see the DJ supporting our music and spreading good vibes through the music. It’s great to be touring and visiting new places as a DJ all around the world, meeting new people that know and love you because of your own productions.
When not cranking out killer tunes on the tech or nu disco tip, you also compiles the hugely successful annual compilation series “Croatia The Opening” which contains exclusive chill-out tracks from some of the biggest names in scene, and is chill out music your first love? Which artists and tracks have you included and what are you most proud of in this style?
I’m always looking for new talents to support. It’s not about the style, it’s about the good vibes, the innovation and the quality of the music, for example on my new EP ‘SQUAD GOALS’ i signed tracks by brazilian producers ‘Chemical Surf’, ‘Nytron & Bruno Furlan’. I’m also releasing new ideas in collaboration with studio-buddy ‘Me & My Toothbrush’.
How has the Swiss music scene changed over the years?
I’m playing 2 yearly shows in Switzerland for the ‘No Xcuses’ label in exclusive venues. We used to have big electronic music raves in the 90’s which unfortunately disappeared. The satisfaction for underground electronic music in Switzerland is in the making 🙂
With Switzerland’s new school of DJ/Producers coming through, who do you rate and why?
Nora En Pure is awesome and always surprising me with huge club cuts.
Can you tell us about any artists that are currently exciting you right now, and who you’re always listening out for and why?
I’m loving UK’s very own Low Steppa, he keeps the house vibe alive and always sounds fresh and interesting. I’m a big Garage fan since back in the days.
And lastly what are your top 10 tracks that we should be listening to?
1. EDX-Roadkill (EDX’s Ibiza Sunrise Remix)
2. Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan – Make Your Move (Enomous
3. Antonio Giacca – The Philly Jam (Enormous Tunes)
4. Chemical Surf – Down (Squad Goals EP Vol. 1)
5. Henry Krinkle – Ash
6. Croatia Squad – Pop Your Pu**Y (Enormous Tunes)
7. Daniel Portman & Calippo – Rijeka
8. Nora En Pure – Morning Dew
9. Me & My Toothbrush – Living For The Moment (Croatia Squad Remix) (No Definition)
10. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro