12 Questions Episode 16: SQL

Today we spent some time with Pim van Horssen aka SQL. The Dutch producer’s discography is littered with excellent releases on cutting edge labels which have been played and charted the world’s most respected DJs. SQL has a new EP out this week on Flow Vinyl. 


1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?

SQL: That would definitely be Nathan Fake – Outhouse (James Holden remix). There is just so much emotion in that track, it still gives me shivers down my spine every time I listen to it. That melody can’t be beat and James Holden’s rework gives it the proper arrangement it deserves.

2. What was your first and last DJ gig?

SQL: My first dj-gig was in this illegal squatted forest village somewhere in the outskirts of Amsterdam called “Hedonia’s Garden” which sadly enough got evicted a couple of years back. I remember it very well as it was the first time ever I got to play on cdj 1000’s, which looked like a spaceship to me back then haha.

My last set was last Sunday in Scheveningen on the first gem beachparty of the season. We were off to a slow start that night but the last 30 minutes made up for it! Great vibe. 🙂

3. What was the first and last record you purchased?

SQL: The first actual record I bought was probably something gabber oriented when I was about 10 years old, maybe a thunderdome CD or something hahaha. The last record I bought on vinyl was Todd Terje – Ragysh that I play out quite often.

4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?

SQL: There have been many, but one of the greatest must have been playing at the Eclipse festival in Australia. The whole experience was very unique, a once in a lifetime experience. They gave me the timeslot right before the eclipse; so right after my set we climbed up the hill to watch a full solar eclipse. It doesn’t get any more special than that!

5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?

SQL: Underneath all these curls is a baldhead.

6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?

SQL: The number one for me is still Peter Horrevorts. It’s a shame he isn’t very active anymore but he is by far the best producer I know. As a runner-up I would say Kaap de goede Hoop, they’ve just got that sound that I love. And they also remind me of Peter Horrevorts’ productions so maybe that has to do with it haha.

7. Which producers consistently inspire you?

SQL: Bonobo! With every album he tried a new approach and he’s never stuck with a sound for too long. I really appreciate that about a producer, someone who dares to go out of his comfort zone to try and present people with something fresh. I’ve been listening to his stuff even before I got into dance floor oriented stuff, so it has been an inspiration to me throughout my whole journey as a musician/producer.

8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?

SQL: I would love to remix Boards of Canada, there is just so much to do with all those atmospheres and melody’s. I’ve done a bootleg of them recently, which I might give out for free soon (when I nail the mixdown, lol)
As to having someone remix me I think my top choice would be extrawelt. I just love their gritty analog sound, that’s something I really miss in my own productions.

9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?

SQL: I find that hard to answer because my taste in music is very specific, though it changes a lot as well. So a label that would stand out for me 6 months ago can be shit now, or the other way around. I don’t think I can think of any label that has been putting out stuff that I like consistently.

10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?

SQL: Balance 005 by James Holden! First of all it contains my all-time favourite track that I mentioned earlier. Secondly it is what got me into the kind of techno that I still love to this day. I can’t think of any mix compilation that has been more influential to me that this.

11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)

Food: Roasted Pumpkins
Drink: Tomassi Valpolicella Amarone
Drug: Sport
Animal: Narwhal
TV Show: Lillyhammer, it’s a shame I’m all out of episodes
Movie: Her
Video Game: I don’t have patience for videogames
Album: Pete Rock – Hip-hop underground sounds
Track / Song: Luke Abbot – Hand Drawn Maps
Producer / Band: Darkside
Record Label: Kompakt
Nightclub: Womb, although I’ve never actually been there: P
DJ: Spotify

12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?

SQL: You may guess 😉

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