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’.”