Interview: Toronto's Dzeko & Torres show love for local charities in new song, music video

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It’s one indicator of success when an artist gets booked for major festivals, but it’s another when an icon gives them a serious nod of respect. That’s what happened when Tiësto recently called Toronto DJ duo Dzeko & Torres “one of the best Canadian recording artists around.”

It’s not the first time Julian Dzeko and Luis Torres have captured the Dutch superstar’s attention — since playing the pair’s remix of Jus Jack’s “Can’t Wait” on his Club Life podcast in 2011, Tiësto has been something of a mentor to the boys as they’ve steadily carved a groove for themselves in the dance world, from having them join him on stage at Ultra Music Festival to signing them to his Red Light Management group. Progressive, upbeat melodies have led Dzeko & Torres to be anticipated acts at large-scale gatherings like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and Tomorrowworld.

To receive such public praise from Tiësto, though, is one of the biggest compliments Dzeko and Torres say they could receive. “It kind of makes us work harder, too, because we want to make sure that we prove that — that we are actually as good as he says we are,” Torres laughs.

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They are — part of the reason, perhaps, due to a tireless work ethic. The duo just completed performing more than 200 shows in over 40 countries and are about to embark on a 10-date headlining Canadian tour in support of their new track, “Home,” which salutes their hometown of Toronto.

Featuring vocals from Alex Joseph, “Home” makes a statement that goes beyond its triumphant electronics. At its core, it’s about the people that make the East Coast city special. Driving that principal is an accompanying music video for the song that showcases the dedication and compassion behind locally based charities Unity, Second Harvest, Peace Collective, and Y.A.A.A.C.E.

As proud Torontonians, the track’s message sits significantly with Dzeko and Torres and, Torres continues, “we knew that it would resonate with people in Toronto, as well.” Wanting to take things a step further and generate greater awareness around the charities, the pair proceeded to shoot a series of short video vignettes that delved deeper in detail about each organization. The first release is about the Second Harvest, the largest food rescue program in Canada.

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While filming the vignette for Y.A.A.A.C.E (the Youth Association for Academics Athletics and Character Education), Dzeko and Torres even had to the opportunity to get in on the action and play basketball with the kids. “That was actually pretty fun,” Torres says. “They kicked my butt, they were way better than I was!”

No matter how much success, critical acclaim, or festivals that come their way, it’s clear that Dzeko and Torres are both invested in and appreciative of the encouraging community that has supported their creative journey. With “Home” as their applaud, Torres says, “I think…people are getting the message that we really love Toronto and we really thank Toronto for doing so much for us in the past and, still, to this day.”

Dzeko & Torres

When: April 15, 2016

Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street

Tickets: $25 available online

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