Crocy is one of the finest Slovenian based DJ’s and producers of his generation. He’s been redefining the native electronic music sound and pushing it further through the warm melodic groovy house with strong progressive influence. Having won various DJ competitions, creating the KONCEPT: Progressive podcast and establishing himself on the local club and festival scene, Crocy is an artist of substance and a familiar name with over a decade of experience. As a producer, he began spreading his wings with a string of releases on labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Balkan Connection, Just Movement and Glamour Punk. His most memorable track ‘Cry’, which was produced in 2013 and it features the angelic voice of Ashley Berndt, was storming the radios, Shazam and iTunes charts in several European countries. We invited him to share his interesting insights for our regular 101 article.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
Haha so many of them… but I guess the one from 2002 is still my favorite. I was 16 years old and I was already playing in a packed club Lipa near our capital city; it was one of the best clubs back in the days with a capacity of 1.000+ people. I’ve played b2b with my friend and I was digging my record bag for the next track while I was waiting for my turn again. At the same time, the promoter who booked me came into the DJ booth. He didn’t know how I look like so he requested (well, demanded) that I should go away and he actually kindly escorted me out of the DJ booth and said to me that I didn’t have the permission to be there – only DJ’s can be there. He didn’t even give me the chance to introduce myself. It took him a few seconds to go away and I went back mixing (oh rebel me). The next day I got one big apology via email and a promise for the next booking that I ironically never got.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
Laptop, soundcard, 2 speakers, a few synths and countless cables. Until a few weeks, I was working in Logic 9 Express environment. Oh, and I have a mic too.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
The first ones are always fun and we remember them for the rest of your life. I was 15 and I’ve had 8 records which I brought with myself to a gig in a big plastic grocery bag to and I was playing two hours set. Imagine that!
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Mariah Carey, Twyla Tharp, Gregor Zemljič in no particular order.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
Huh … every dancefloor fall is the worst one. I had one a few gigs back when I played an excellent vocal track but it was just the wrong time to play it. Yes, I emptied the dancefloor… for a few songs of course. I pretended that everyone went for a smoke (in an open roof beach bar).
What do you do before and after your set?
My favorite thing before the set is just a simple walk around the city to feel its vibe. I also like to be at the club about an hour or two before my gig so I can feel the dancefloor vibe as well. After the gig, I just need a few minutes alone to calm down and then I normally go and thank my dancers.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I was working in a factory which was making pellets. I collected them out of the machine and I put 10kg of them into the bag… whole day. It was 48 degrees Celsius there so I went out every few minutes to cool down; outside temperature was around 35 that day. It was the hottest 8 hours of my working life.
What are your favorite labels at the moment?
Bonzai Progressive, Just Movement, Movement Recordings, Replug, Global Underground, Last Night On Earth, Sudbeat, Plattenbank, Kompakt, Microcastle… just to name a few. These I play the most.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Last but not least. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I follow a lot of advice I receive. The wisdom of experienced people is priceless. This quote is written by David McCullough Jr and I received it from my wife: “Climb the mountain so you can see the world. Not so the world can see you.”