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Composer/producer Perquisite - real name Pieter Perquin - was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1982 and started creating beats at age fourteen. 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 sixties to hip-hop and jazz. In 2001 Perquisite founded his own label Unexpected Records to release his first EP Outta Nowhere. The collection of jazzed up instrumental hip-hop tracks that featured saxophonist Benjamin Herman, became a big hit in Japan. After two more EP’s, Perquisite started working with rapper/vocalist 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 with their live band, won several awards including the Silver Harp and the Amsterdam Award Of Art, and were nominated several times for the 3FM Awards, Edisons Pop and MTV European Music Awards.
After Pete & Perq parted ways, Perquisite started to work on the album Across (2010), a collaboration with twelve different vocalists, amongst them Torre Florim (De Staat) and Cato van Dijck (My Baby). His next big 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 a so called ‘3FM Megahit’.
In 2015 Perquisite started working together with Surinam-born singer-songwriter Jeangu Macrooy as his producer/arranger and manager. This resulted in Jeangu’s debut EP Brave Enough, that was released April 2016 and was nominated for an Edison Pop award later that year. The collaboration continued for Jeangu’s debut album High On You for which Perquisite also took on the roll of co-writer. High On You was released on April 14th 2017, met with critical acclaim and was nominated for an Edison Pop Award in the category ‘Best Album’. Inspired by the overwhelming success of High On You, Jeangu and Perquisite now began working on Jeangu’s second album Horizon. The album was released on February 8th 2019 and was presented in the grand hall of a sold Paradiso in Amsterdam.
Besides his own work, Perquisite is also active as a composer for film and documentaries. For his first endeavour, the music for the film Carmen van het Noorden (Jelle Nesna, 2009), he was awarded a Gouden Kalf (Dutch Oscar). His recent work includes the music for the feature films Brasserie Valentijn (Sanne Vogel, 2016) and Huisvrouwen Bestaan Niet (Aniëlle Webster, 2017), for which he both worked together with Sliderinc, and Niemand In De Stad (2018) by Michiel van Erp. Next to this, he was responsible for the management of Pete Philly & Perquisite as well as Kris Berry & Perquisite. In 2015 he established BAM!, the Dutch Songwriters Society, together with a group of new generation songwriters, additionally becoming the organizations’ first chairman.
- 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 ‘HORIZON’ (2019) BY JEANGU MACROOY (PRODUCED BY PERQUISITE): “POP WITH MORE SOUL YOIU CAN HANDLE AND MORE FUNK YOU’RE USED TO.”
VERONICA MAGAZINE, NL - FEBRUARY 2019, 5 OUT OF 5
ON ‘HIGH ON YOU’ (2017) BY JEANGU MACROOY (PRODUCED BY PERQUISITE): “HE’S ONLY 23, BUT HAS A SOUL VETERAN-LIKE DEPTH IN HIS VOICE. (…) ‘HIGH ON YOU’ MIGHT BE THE BEST DUTCH DEBUT ALBUM OF 2017.”
ALGEMEEN DAGBLAD, NL - APRIL 2017, 4 OUT OF 5
ON ‘LOVESTRUCK PUZZLES’ (2013) BY KRIS BERRY & PERQUISITE: “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) BY PERQUISITE “…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) BY PETE PHILLY & PERQUISITE: “A FANTASTIC, HARMONIOUSLY RICH ALBUM”
ROLLING STONE, DE - FEBRUARY 2008
ON ‘MINDSTATE’ (2005) BY PETE PHILLY & PERQUISITE: “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