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Perquisite

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands | INDIE

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands | INDIE
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""Classifying the music would diminish it's beauty. Because that's were it's all about right here: beautiful songs.""

“Perquisite has a lot of reasons to be proud. The music played by his band is rock solid: diverse and experimental. Sometimes it heads in the direction of Jazz, sometimes towards Rock. Classifying the music would diminish it's beauty. Because that's were it's all about right here: beautiful songs." - www.3voor12, NL - October 2010


"“Impressive debut album from someone we’re gonna have a lot of joy from in the near future.”"

“Impressive debut album from someone we’re gonna have a lot of joy from in the near future.” On Perquisite - Across. - Jazz Magazine, NL - October 2010 5/5


""Perquisite is the one really taking it to the next plateau. His soundtrack varies from beats that make your head nod to highly sensitive music.""

"Perquisite is the one really taking it to the next plateau. His soundtrack varies from beats that make your head nod to highly sensitive music." On Perquisite - Carmen van het Noorden. - State Magazine, NL - September 2009


"“Mystery Repeats is in every aspect the superlative of it’s precedor.”"

“Mystery Repeats is in every aspect the superlative of it’s precedor.” On Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mystery Repeats. - De Standaard, BE - January 2008


"“A fantastic, harmoniously rich album.”"

“A fantastic, harmoniously rich album.” On Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mystery Repeats. - Rolling Stone, DE - February 2008


""Sometimes the second album of Pete Philly & Perquisite almost explodes because of it’s creative energy”"

"Sometimes the second album of Pete Philly & Perquisite almost explodes because of it’s creative energy” On Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mystery Repeats. - NRC-Handelsblad NL – September 2007


""Musically these guys are light-years ahead of the game.""

"Musically these guys are light-years ahead of the game." On Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mindstate. - Talib Kweli, US - January 2005


""As much 21st century soul as hip hop genius. (..) one of the most profound hip hop albums of this year.""

"As much 21st century soul as hip hop genius. (..) one of the most profound hip hop albums of this year." On Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mindstate. - Notion Magazine, UK - April 2005


Discography

Perquisite - Across (2010)
Perquisite - Carmen van het Noorden: De Soundtrack (2009)
Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mystery Repeats (2007)
Pete Philly & Perquisite - Remindstate (2007)
Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mindstate (2005)
Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mindstate EP (2004)
North West Metropolis - Expressions EP (2003)
Perquisite - Double Vision EP (2002)
Perquisite - Outta Nowhere EP (2001)

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Composer/producer Perquisite was born in Amsterdam in the spring of 1982 and started to create 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 music to Hip Hop and Jazz. His musical journey led him to traveling through the U.S. on his own as a youngster and when he came back to Holland he established his own record label Unexpected Records in March 2001. In October of that same year he released his debut, the 'Outta Nowhere EP'. This 7-track EP, which featured Jazz saxophonist Benjamin Herman became known as a little gem in the Hip-Hop/Nu Jazz-movement. The follow-up to this EP, the 'Double Vision EP', which featured Jazz clarinetist David Kweksilber, was released in October 2002 and consisted of 7 even more twisted and relaxing instrumental tunes.

After his two instrumental EP’s, Perquisite started to work together with producers Omar Rey & Ane1 and MC’s Pete Philly, Cee Major & Kain Slim. They called themselves North West Metropolis. Tracks of their EP ‘Expressions’ were included on compilation-albums in France and Spain and received airplay on several radio-stations throughout the world. After this successful collaboration, Perquisite and Pete Philly (Aruba, 1980) decided to join forces to form the producer/MC-duo Pete Philly & Perquisite.

The first result of this soulful coalition was the Mindstate EP, which had it’s release in 2004 on Unexpected Records. Pete & Perq continued their collaboration and in march 2005 they released their 17-track debut album 'Mindstate', which was released all over Europe & Japan. It contained featurings by vocalists Talib Kweli, CeeMajor and Senna as well as featurings by internationally known Jazz musicians Jesse van Ruller and Benjamin Herman. UK's Notion Magazine proclaimed their music to be “as much 21st century soul as Hip Hop genius” and continued with mentioning Mindstate as “one of the most profound Hip Hop albums of the year”. Talib Kweli added that “musically these guys are light-years ahead of the game.”
Pete & Perq started to play with their 5-piece live formation throughout Europe and received several awards including the Essent Award and Zilveren Harp and were nominated for the Edisons (Dutch Grammy’s), 3FM Awards, TMF Awards and the MTV European Music Awards.

After extensive touring all over Europe and shows in South Africa and the United States, where the album was released now as well through ANTI records, Pete & Perq finished their tour in September 2006 in a sold out Melkweg in Amsterdam. Perquisite went back to the studio to work together with Pete on their sophomore album. During this non-touring period 'Remindstate' was released, the totally remixed version of the 'Mindstate' album. The record, which was released January 2007, included remixes from several musical friends of the duo, like Seiji (Bugz in the Attic), Nicolay (The Foreign Exchange), C-Mon & Kypski and the Metropole Orchestra and was well received by both the audience and press.

In September 2007 their second album, 'Mystery Repeats', was released in The Netherlands. The European release followed on February 18th and a Japanese release on March 5th 2008. The album entered first position in the Dutch album charts in the week of its release and first single 'Time Flies' received a lot of radio- and airplay. The album received a lot of critical acclaim and major Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad wrote that “Mystery Repeats sometimes almost explodes because of it’s creative energy” alongside De Volkskrant that described the album as being “even richer in sound and more diverse than their debut album.”
Pete & Perq started the 'Mystery Repeats tour' in a sold out Melkweg with their new and improved live formation – besides Pete on vocals, Perq on laptop/cello, DJ PCM on turntables, Remco Keijzer on saxophones and Kasper Kalf on bass, it now also included Ruben Hein on keys and vocals - and started to play shows all over Europe. In march of 2008 they toured around Japan and in April of that same year they toured together with Leeroy from Saian Supa Crew in Germany. In the summer of 2008 they played at well known festivals across Europe including Sziget (HU), Nuke (AT), Exit (SR), Lowlands (NL), HipHop Open (DE), North Sea Jazz (NL) and Summerjam (DE). When they got back in Amsterdam they received the prestigious 'Amsterdam Award of Art', the most important art award of the city out of the hands of Amsterdam mayor Cohen. At this time their third single 'Mystery Repeats' entered the Dutch Top 40 and became their most successful single, with the accompanying video receiving more than one and a half million hits on youtube. Pete & Perq concluded the Dutch part of the Mystery Repeats tour in a sold out Paradiso, Amsterdam, only to continue touring abroad. Shows in the Caribbean, the USA and South Africa followed, where they played for the second time on the Cape Town Intern