A star music producer has taken to hanging around the Toro Rosso garage. Matt Youson investigates...
The man in question is DJ Squire. His recently released Organic Life single has topped the download charts in his native Spain, it reached number five in the UK and is proving to be a hit all over the world. It seems DJ Squire’s enthusiasm for racing is already well known, and he’s often to be seen in the Toro Rosso garage – to the extent that the team allowed him to race in the Japanese Grand Prix a few days ago.
Fortunately for the team, DJ Squire isn’t exactly an F1 rookie. Under the racing name Jaime Alguersuari, he’s built quite a reputation on the track...
'I thought now would be a good time to do this, to let people know what I'm capable of as a DJ and a producer,' explained Alguersuari. 'I’ve chosen this type of classic house from Chicago and Detroit as I think it’s the best way to introduce my name and my music to people who maybe don’t understand the scene.'
At the end of the 2010 season, Jaime told us about his plans to produce and release an album over the winter. But it appears music doesn’t move at quite the same pace as F1. 'Actually, I finished it last year during the off-season,' he says a little sheepishly. 'But there’s a process involved and that takes a while longer. There are people out there who can finish a track in four or five hours, but I need a little more time.'
For a while, Jaime Alguersuari has been just as likely to feature in dance music publication Mixmag as he has Autosprint, although more for his work as a clubland DJ than as a music producer. Racing drivers usually wait until retirement to launch that second career, but Jaime's got itchy feet.
'I’m a Formula One driver but I have another thing in my life, and that is music. It’s obviously quite strange to see a Formula One driver having another life but this is who I am. I’ve always said it’s important to follow your instincts: I love music and racing doesn’t interfere with that. I love to close the door and produce, compose, play music, listen to music. I couldn’t live without it, just as I couldn’t live without racing.'
'When the season ends most of us get that feeling, "Damn, I want to get back in the car, I want to race right now, or test, or do a demo run". It’s the same for me with music. If I haven’t had access to the studio or decks, I feel like I really need to do something.'
While Jaime says that releasing Organic Life was exciting, he admits it’s not quite the same as barrelling through Eau Rouge on the first lap of a grand prix. 'It’s definitely different! I generally feel lots of competing emotions, but when I drive the car and it’s working really well I feel like a superhero – if only for a moment. Music is different, gentler. But the best thing with music is that it lets you share how you’re feeling with other people, and that’s just fantastic.'