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Poll 2021: Quintino

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Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “Curbi delivered a lot of great songs this year and an impressive EP.”
 
 
It’s been a hectic year for Dutch EDM DJ and Laidback Luke protege Quinten van den Berg, with a raft of festival gigs across Europe and a brace of new releases. In June, he played at Slovenia’s Smile Nation event, while in September he rocked the main stage at Romania’s Untold festival to a huge crowd, and headlined Luxembourg Open Air.
 
All that gig-free lockdown time has been spent wisely too, with Quintino releasing six new singles in 2021, plus a load of collaborations. “The focus this year was on creating music,” he says. “I decided that it was time to bring back SupersoniQ Records, so we’ve released several singles totally independently. To see the support on the tracks has been amazing.” 
 
‘Make It Louder’ was a typically abrasive slab of electro-house with a rabble-rousing riff; ‘Coming Home’ had the kind of big vocal hook and relentless melody that gets crowds in a lather; and ‘F Soft Shit’ was a mid-tempo house track with a profane vocal refrain.
 
‘Back To The Oldskool’ with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, though, was an entirely different proposition — a speedy and banging, stripped-down hard dance track, and presumably a tribute to the roots of the Dutch genre. Look out for his brand-new track ‘Moon’, just released on the SupersoniQ label.
 
 
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
 
“It was insane! My first show was a festival in Slovenia, and to feel the energy and the connection with the crowd was the best feeling.”
 
 
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
 
“I realised how many important moments in the lives of my friends and family I missed over the last years because of constant touring. I’m definitely going to try and have a better balance in the future.” 
 
 
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year? 
 
“Kanye West’s album [‘Donda’]. He’s always pushing boundaries and to see his creativity is such a big inspiration.” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-07 15:07

Style: 
“Electronic with a lot of energy.”
Best known for: 
“Bringing big room to the main stage.”
Tune of the year: 
“Farruko ‘Pepas’.”

Poll 2020: Quintino

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Quintino first appeared in the hallowed Top 100 DJs poll back in 2014, and by that point he’d already established himself as a go-to man for drop-heavy uplifting dance energy. A year ago the Dutch producer and DJ was prepping a long-awaited debut album, ‘Bright Nights’, and staring down the calendar at another hectic 12 months playing across the world.
 
While the LP arrived to serious fanfare via the world-beating EDM label Spinnin’ Records, going on to hit the 100 million stream mark this summer, suffice to say not everything went to plan. Hauled up in his studio over the last few months, the guy also known as Quinten van den Berg has been hard at work not just on new material to follow his late-summer hit ‘Out Of This World’ (featuring KiFi), but also readying the launch of his own imprint, a fresh home for his production work that could mark a new era of creative independence.
 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
“Family, friends and Netflix.”
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
“I love being on tour and being with the fans but this whole situation just really made me realise how little time we actually get to spend with our loved ones, and the pressure it causes mentally. So what I really learned is to find a better balance in life, between touring, making music and relaxing spending time at home.”
 
 
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
 
“When I make music I do so with the best artists possible, not looking at race or something else. When I do a show at a festival in front of 50,000 people, it’s all about bringing all those 50,000 together no matter [what] race, gender, age, religion or sexuality. I just want us all to enjoy the music together, no matter who you are or where you’re from. That’s what house music is all about. It’s about educating the people and speaking up if you see racism happening.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
 
“Eric Prydz ‘Opus’.”
 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 11:02

Style: 
“Electronic with a lot of energy.”
Best known for: 
“Bringing big room to the main stage.”
Tune of the year: 
“Tiesto ‘The Business’.”

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