A man who needs very little introduction is Quinten van den Berg. Years of quality releases on the likes of Smash The House, Revealed Recordings, and Spinnin’ Records have led to festival-dominating sets worldwide, with Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival amongst the list. Producing anything from summer vibes like ‘Can’t Fight It‘ to future bass via ‘I Just Can’t‘, with plenty of big room bangers in between, the phenomenal ability of Quintino is backed up with track after track of unique sounds, energetic feels, and always a new cutting edge delivery. The Dutchman has established dominance more so through his big room tracks, with ‘Epic‘ and ‘Devotion‘, both of which played a big part in DJ sets for a long period of time. The 32-year-old was discovered by Laidback Luke, and progressed through the ranks over around 10 years of releasing music, up until the present day. His newest track ‘Heey Ya‘ comes via Spinnin’, so We Rave You caught up with the Dutch producer to get the low down on all things Quintino.
2018 has been packed full of new releases, with massive support on ‘Brasil Connect’ and ‘Woest‘ with Hardwell, plus a busy touring schedule. How has the year gone for you so far?
Its been one of the best years so far. Spring this year we did the Mayhem world tour hitting over almost every continent in 3 months. The summer tour in Europe has been full with crazy shows, from Electric Love, RFM Somnii, Medusa Festival, Dance Valley to main stage Tomorrowland. Especially my first time at the main stage of Tomorrowland was insane! I was also able to release music every month, next to ‘Brasil Connect’ & ‘Woest’, ‘Patser Bounce’ with DVLM (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike), ‘Mayhem’ with Steve Aoki, ‘Knockout’ with Deorro, and ‘Get Down’ with Curbi. All did really good and got lots of play on Tomorrowland. Coming months I’m gonna focus on solo releases, so even more music is coming!!
You’ve dominated the big room scene over recent years with tracks like ‘Carnival’, ‘Mayhem‘ and ‘Baldadig’, but have also ventured into new genres like in ‘I Just Can’t’ and ‘Good Vibes’. What has inspired your decision to alternate between genres?
I try to have a balanced release schedule, where I release the big room music people expect from me, together with music where I try to experiment and try new things like with my Go Harder EP series, and change it up with some music which is more orientated on listening at home, like ‘I Just Cant’ & ‘Good Vibes’. In 2018 I have been returning more to my roots, focussing on bangers for my set.
Your new track ‘Heey Ya’ is coming on Spinnin’ Records on 24th August, and has a true Quintino-styled big room vibe right throughout. What was the idea behind this track?
‘Heey Ya’ is that piece of the puzzle that makes my set complete. When I started playing it something special happened with the crowds, everybody is clapping in the break and and an insane energy release on the drops.
The second drop switches up to more of a hardstyle-inspired sound. What made you go for this vibe?
Its something that just happens when you work on a track, when testing the track in my sets I started to use it to close my set, and I wanted that big finale so we decided to give that second drop an even bigger one.
You’ve already worked on tracks with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, and Hardwell this year. Which producers would you like to work with that you haven’t already?
Thats a hard one, there are so many great producers, I would say W&W, KSHMR or GTA!
What do you have planned for the rest of the year? Is there much more music to come and, if so, what genres can be expected?
Coming months I’m going to focus on solo releases. After ‘Heey Ya’, I’m going to release two more solo releases in September and October and we’re also releasing Garmiani‘s remix of Epic coming months. Next to music I’m planning on launching my merchandising which will be a collaboration with a Dutch brand called Black Bananas. So lots of new Quintino stuff coming!
Check out Quintino’s new release ‘Heey Ya’ below, which is out now on Spinnin’ Records.