FROM SPINNING ROUND CORNERS TO SPINNING TRACKS

Meet Squire aka Jamie Alguersuari, the former Formula 1 racer turned DJ. The 29 year old producer from Barcelona is providing deep house grooves and melancholic sounds. Club culture is in Squire’s DNA

Squire’s early travels were unique compared to the majority of society. “My parents started to go on holidays in 1975 to Ibiza. They took me when I was 2. Since then I basically grew up in Ibiza, all my friends are from there.” That’s damn fine parenting, if you want to go to Ibiza to party don’t let your kids stop you. Take them along for the ride. Jamie’s entire life has been a ride since his early days go karting. “I was 7 when my dad brought me to my first race track.” With the support of his father pushing him to succeed, Jamie was steered down this path. This is his journey.

Since his formative years Squire was trained to become an F1 driver. “When I was 15 I had a contract with Red Bull. They had this program to develop young drivers.” Red Bull’s development program created an environment for him to excel. At 19 he became the youngest Formula One driver to start a Grand Prix in history at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix A record which has been broken. It’s difficult to thrive in a sport so reliant on sponsorship. In F1 the best don’t always win, the richest do. Just like reality. “My team was spending €90M a year and there was teams that were spending €300M a year to become world champions.”

There are few athletes, artists and talents that have the capability to thrive under pressure. In any major industry which involves a substantial amount of money, pressure will be involved. “There is pressure of course and you’re responsible for driving a very expensive car. At the end of the day the only pressure that really is important that counts is the one that you put on yourself. I think it’s the same with music or any other activity In life.” Without pressure and motivation driving us our skill set can stagnate

Photography by Sebas Romero

Squire’s love affair with music began deep in a basement at 15. “We had this basement at a friends house with go karts, bikes, they had this studio and DJ booth. I was not into music then. At that time vinyl was still strong.” Squire’s love for vinyl hasn’t died. “When I was going to Berlin or London I would go to a black market and buy some records. I went back to Ibiza and showed it to my friends. It was a competition showing the music between us, who has the strongest records.” This is too real, we all have argued with our friends over track ID’s. There’s something unique about accessing tunes that no one else can.

There are few artists in this world who have gone from spinning round corners to spinning the decks. You might be asking yourself what led to Jamie retiring. Why would anyone want to abandon the luxurious lifestyle? Squire’s morale compass dictated his decision and is a reflection of his character and ethical principles. “I was losing my own personality, I was losing my own values. When you are representing a brand with so much money involved. They tell you what to say, how to dress, what to eat. You are not yourself anymore, you just become an actor.” Squire’s reflection demonstrated his understanding of corporate greed pushing their agenda instead of helping the wellbeing of the competitor.

As he moved on from his former occupation he dived into music “Every time I start to make a new track I think of how it sounds if it’s in a Jazz sound. Jazz is all about movement.” Making people move is crucial. Squire reminisced on his first ever set which was in Ibiza. He performed despite being underage. “In 2005 in a gay club in Ibiza called Lolas, I just played half an hour. I will never forget, it was amazing. I couldn’t even get into the club but they got me in through the backdoor.” Music has an everlasting impact on our memories. The way we dance, the way we move and the way we feel passion for tunes.

Photography by Sebas Romero

He candidly spoke about his hometown. “There is this amazing mediterranean summer vibe.” Last year Squire lived in Ibiza for 2 months. “A lot of people are always saying, what you doing tonight lets do this. You end up, It’s 6AM in the morning.” Squire discussed his life philosophy. “Party for me is life. It’s a privilege to be here now to party when you see coronavirus going on.” One of the first thing’s Squire mentioned was the Coronavirus epidemic. It demonstrated his attitude as a kind hearted individual. “We should definitely feel more privileged for what we have. Celebrating life consistently is a state of mind.”

“Music has to move I feel if it’s just too straight and it doesn’t move it doesn’t have this human texture. It’s not really music at all. This is something we have to be really careful about because technology has improved so much that it’s very easy to sound non organic.” From his studio in Barcelona, Squire has utilized live recordings to create an organic sound. “I want to sound slow, romantic and spacey. Music has to feel organic, it has to feel natural and humanized and that’s why I love this sound. A sound you can really watch and see. That’s why I really like organic instruments and vocals. I do struggle a lot to make music.” 

It’s a surprise that Squire admitted he struggles to produce despite the fact his music has been championed by Dixon and Trick. Squire’s previous track Common Sense, a spacey deep house banger was released on legendary Berlin label Mobile. “I was super happy. It’s being played around and you see how people react to it. I think it’s really strong and I’m proud of it.” Squire has an upcoming release on Mobilee which is out on March 20th. Pre order it here!

https://mobilee.lnk.to/Squire

Photography by Sebas Romero

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