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Composer/producer Perquisite - real name Pieter Perquin - was born in Amsterdam in 1982 and started creating beats at age 14. Having played the cello since his early youth, he has always been involved with, and inspired by all kinds of music, ranging from Classical and 60’s to Hip Hop and Jazz. In 2001 he released his first EP Outta Nowhere, a collection of jazzed up instrumental Hip Hop tracks that featured saxophonist Benjamin Herman. After two more EP’s, he started working with Pete Philly in 2004 as the Hip Hop duo Pete Philly & Perquisite. This successful collaboration lasted until 2009 and brought forth two critically acclaimed studio albums: Mindstate and Mystery Repeats. Pete & Perq toured all over the world and won several awards, including the Silver Harp and the Amsterdam Award Of Art.
After they parted ways, Perquisite moved into the field of film composing. For his first endeavor, the film Carmen van het Noorden (2009), he was awarded with a Golden Calf (Dutch Oscar). In 2010 Perquisite released the album Across, a collaboration with twelve different vocalists. Among them were Janne Schra, Torre Florim (De Staat) and Cato van Dijck (My Baby). His next project was a partnership with singer Kris Berry on their 2013-released album Lovestruck Puzzles. Kris Berry & Perquisite embarked on an extensive live tour with their band, and their single Let Go became 3FM Megahit.
Besides his own work, Perquisite continues to be active as a composer for film, documentaries and commercials. His recent work includes the music for the feature films Hartenstraat and Wiplala, both released in 2014. Next to this, Perquisite has been running his label Unexpected Records since 2001, and was responsible for the management of Pete Philly & Perquisite as well as Kris Berry & Perquisite. Since 2013, he is also one of the board members of Dutch copyright organization Buma/Stemra.
- Perquisite wins the Duiveltje for best Dutch producer (2009)
- Perquisite wins the Gouden Kalf for best film music for Carmen van het Noorden (2009)
- Pete Philly & Perquisite win the Amsterdamprijs voor de Kunst (2008)
- Pete Philly & Perquisite win the Silver Harp (Zilveren Harp) (2006)
- Pete Philly & Perquisite win the Kink FM Live XS Award: Best New Live Act (2006)
- Pete Philly & Perquisite win the Gouden Greep for Most Original Collaboration (2006)
ON ‘LOVESTRUCK PUZZLES’ (2013): “THE COMBINED EFFORT ‘LOVESTRUCK PUZZLES’ OFFERS THE IDEAL DREAM MUSIC, SMOOTHLY BOUNCING LIKE A TRAMPOLINE, CARRYING THOUGHTS TO DIFFERENT PLACES.”
NRC HANDELSBLAD, NL - SEPTEMBER 2013, 4 OUT OF 5
ON ‘ACROSS’ (2010) “…IMPRESSIVE DEBUT ALBUM FROM SOMEONE WE’RE GONNA HAVE A LOT OF JOY FROM IN THE NEAR FUTURE.”
JAZZ MAGAZINE, NL - OCTOBER 2010, 5 OUT OF 5
ON ‘MYSTERY REPEATS’ (2007): “A FANTASTIC, HARMONIOUSLY RICH ALBUM”
ROLLING STONE, DE - FEBRUARY 2008
ON ‘MINDSTATE’ (2005): “AS MUCH 21st CENTURY SOUL AS HIP HOP GENIUS. (..) ONE OF THE MOST PROFOUND HIP HOP ALBUMS OF THIS YEAR.”
NOTION MAGAZINE, UK - APRIL 2005