While other first graders were practicing their cursive writing, Squep wrote his first BASIC program on the Commodore 64 at the tender age of seven. He called one of them "Squep," and then let his own music follow: Electronic music, generated with the computer, inspired by the synthetic MIDI sounds of then-popular video games. Squep's parents understood what he wanted and bought him a keyboard.
Young Squep also sang as a soloist for the boys choir "Uster Sängerknaben!" Without giving away too much, it is easy to guess right now that Squep's weakness for electronic sound finally became the priority.
A Detour over the Edge
His musical career could have progressed full speed ahead. But he was not only musical but also was a gifted athlete. During his youth he rode in BMX and MTB downhill races, he traveled around the world for the Mountain Bike World Cup for several years and at the age of 18 became the Downhill World Champion.
But since, despite his two talents, he was not able to ride downhill and make music, he let his passion for the latter go unexpressed for a while.
Almost, anyway. He could never completely stay away. During the World Cup tournament, Squep also learned to play the guitar. And when he was preparing for the season in Australia in 1999, he suffered a severe injury and could no longer train, he collected his savings on the spur of the moment, and that was the beginning of his small music studio.
In the pull of the sound
"New Beginnings," an album with a sound he composed himself, consisting of electronic sounds, guitar and song, signaled Squep'smusical revival and the end of his career as an athlete.
He made his appearance in the underground club scene in Zurich and let progressive house and techno pulse through his blood. The unique atmosphere with which this deep, pulsing sound filled the room and gripped everybody who danced, was electrifying for him.
The fascination for DJs such as the Englishman Steve Lawler or the "Essential Mix" broadcast on BBC Radio 1 sparked his passion for DJing. In 2003, Squep acquired his first turntables. Then he mixed records till they and his fingers were worn down.
The Driving Force of the Dance Scene
Squep got a lot of attention during his first performances as a DJ. And that although his style is neither based on a certain electronic genre nor on slavishly following fashionable trends. Rather, Squep has a special gift which sets him apart: Creating the perfect atmosphere at the right time and always getting and keeping the audience involved in the action. A moving, hypnotic force.
Since 2005, the turntable virtuoso has had gigs in a different location almost every weekend, performs at renowned national and international dance palaces and has made a name for himself in a very short period of time. In addition, Squep continues to produce his own tracks. Up to now he has only made mixes for his own sets. His first release should be very interesting.