Perquisite (Pieter Perquin)
BiographyAmsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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. Read more... 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 Pete & Perq 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. Besides his own work, Perquisite continues to be active as a composer for films, 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 organisation Buma/Stemra.