Quentyn's Exclusive Mix

Jun 11, 2018
Quentyn's Exclusive Mix
 
Quentyn has been on an exciting journey of musical exploration since the end of Volt & State and the start of his solo production career, and we were excited to check in with him almost one year after the project began. With his fifth release, “Monster,” due out on Friday, there was no better time to celebrate with an Exclusive Mix and Interview!
 
 
Quentyn! Good to have you over, how’s your year going?
Great! Very happy with all of the support my releases are getting lately, especially now that I’m just making whatever music I like without making any compromises. Also it’s good to see a lot of people that used to know me from Volt & State continued following my new project and supporting my music, although it’s a bit of a different direction.

How did you approach your Exclusive Mix and how does the track selection compare to what we might hear in a Quentyn DJ set?
It’s a mix of indie dance, synth pop, and 80s inspired tracks, as I really love this genre! In my live set I would include more of my own music – I’ve got a lot of new tracks that I can’t wait to share when finished.

Can you highlight three tracks included in the mix and why they stand out to you?
iamwhoiami – “t.” I listen a lot to this artist and it really inspires me.

Adrian Lux – “Torn Apart (Klahr Remix).” When I first heard this I was blown away, really love what Klahr is making, super talented guy!

My track with Rico & Miella – “Only Reason.” It’s a classic progressive house vibe but a little bit more organic, with more acoustic elements. I love the second drop, as it’s half time and different from the regular progressive house.

Talk to us about the new single with Vauss, “Monster.” Obviously a very retro-inspired song, quite funky and progressive. How did you come up with the vision behind the song?
I got an email from Vauss out of the blue actually. He sent me an idea, which I really loved and from there we finished it together (he’s definitely one to keep an eye on!). I wanted to add a vocal to it and then I heard this acappella from The Crushboys via my publisher. We had to transpose the track to make it fit the key, but in the end it felt like a great match!

A large portion of your career was part of Volt & State, under which you’ve worked closely with Nicky Romero, and even collaborated with him on “Warriors.” Can you tell us more about how you and Nicky met, and his role as an influence in your music?
I actually met him through a Dutch forum, about 10 years ago I think haha. I was posting my first track ever made and he gave me a lot of detailed feedback, which was really helpful. I’m happy that we still talk about music and share our latest ideas with each other. It was amazing to have worked with him, thanks to Nicky and Protocol we’ve toured around the world and played stages such as Tomorrowland, Sziget, Airbeat One and I’m very grateful for that.

How is the overall dynamic with production now that you’re not part of a duo project anymore? Any major differences in the creative process?
It’s exciting to have this freedom to create exactly how you have something in your mind; it can lead to new things. The downside is missing the vibe and fun you have in the studio and to not have this second opinion throughout the whole process. 

What is the message that you want to send with Quentyn music?
There’s not really a message that I want to spread. My music is mainly about trying to evoke euphoric emotions with my melodies. I now don’t have to think about how tracks sound live or what sound labels are looking for and it’s all about having that freedom.

What is your favorite song you’ve worked on so far throughout your career?
Probably “Sandcastles.” I still remember the exact moment of when the melody came together, how I was jumping in my studio from excitement haha. Also I still can’t believe that Martin Garrix has been playing it live at all those big stages all around the world from Ultra to Coachella.

Finally, what are your plans for the rest of the year music wise? Any major releases in the works?
I’ve got a cinematic orchestral track and disco track coming up, also a lot of 80s inspired music. Can’t wait to share it! :)
 
 
You can pre-order your copy of Quentyn & Vauss ft. The Crushboys - "Monster" on Beaptort today: https://www.beatport.com/track/monster-feat-the-crushboys-original-mix/10587947
 
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Full tracklist info available at Quentyn - 1001Tracklists Exclusive Mix 2018-06-11
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Bob Moses - Like It Or Not (Love Thy Brother Remix) [DOMINO]
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02
02:36
Steve Angello ft. Paul Meany - Breaking Kind [SIZE]
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03
05:02
CHVRCHES - Warning Call
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04
09:12
Maty Noyes - Say It To My Face
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05
11:35
Blende - Plush [ESKIMO]
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06
13:11
Dirty South ft. Ruben Haze - In The Shadow [PHAZING]
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07
15:37
Quentyn - Arrive [ENROUTE]
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08
19:11
Quentyn, Rico & Miella - Only Reason [ENROUTE]
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09
22:15
Justice - Randy [ED BANGER]
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10
25:52
Stilz ft. The Encounter - Test Pilot
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27:42
Adrian Lux - Torn Apart (Klahr Remix) [AXTONE]
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12
31:37
Discopolis - Falling (Committed To Sparkle Motion) [AXTONE]
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13
34:10
Roosevelt - Moving On [CITY SLANG]
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14
38:25
Quentyn & Vauss ft. The Crushboys - Monster [ENROUTE]
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15
41:45
Henry Saiz - Take Me Home [NATURA SONORIS]
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16
44:25
FUNKYBEAT - Backstab [PROTOCOL]
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46min
Quentyn ft. Robin Vane - Moving On [ENROUTE]
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18
50:10
Highly Sedated - Highly Sedated
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52:35
Quentyn - Home Tonight [ENROUTE]
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20
55:55
Galactic Marvl - I Remember [ARMADA DEEP]
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57:38
iamwhoiami - T
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