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Poll 2020: Quintino

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

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

Poll 2019: Quintino


He calls it a crazy year, we say we never imagined anything else from the mighty Quintino. Already having cemented a place on the ever-growing list of notable Dutch dance exports, 2019 has seen this maestro play shows in countries including Uzbekistan, China and Nepal, championing new music in the process, while still finding time to make real headway on that much-hyped album his global legion of fans have been waiting for with baited breath. 

Unsurprisingly back in the Top 100 DJs chart, holding steady at No.25, Quintino’s continuing appearance confirms that all the hard work is still paying off. The recent Afsheen collaboration, ‘Don’t Lose Love’, is just the latest example of his deft studio skills, with a newly-launched merchandise line testament to how much demand there is for this particular Amsterdam powerhouse. Exuding energy and passion, it seems that despite having already made a huge impact on the scene, the smart money is on the best being yet to come from the man in question.


Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Yes, it’s very important to protect all the authors and neighbouring rights, and have all artists receive what they deserve.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“I love what I do, but it can be very hard being away from home for weeks at a time, and travelling 20-30 hours a week. I just try to have a good balance and make time for my friends and family, and to rest in between tours.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“To be honest, I just look at the music and if it’s good and if the person is talented, I believe the best artist should get the spot on the line-up. When a female DJ is talented I work with them, like I’ve been working with NERVO and Krewella.” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“We always try to fly as efficiently as possible and try to compensate where we can.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“My dinosaur T-Rex. I brought him everywhere, and even had the matching t-shirt.” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“I always listen to traditional Dutch sing-along songs and love to go to a bar and sing these songs out loud.” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-16 11:33

“Electronic and energetic.”
Best known for: 
“Bringing big room to the main stage.”
Tune of the year: 
“Travis Scott ‘Sicko Mode (Skrillex Remix)’.”