– How’s the summer been musically?
Great, I have been working on some very cool tracks and it was a great period last couple of months with all festivals and events. At the moment I’m working on a film score and a new cooperation project.
– You’re from Holland. Was it a good place to learn electronic music? What Dutch producers really inspired you when growing up?
It is a good place, but it’s very dominated by the EDM thing nowadays. Guys like Remy, Michel de Hey, Joris Voorn, Secret Cinema, Roland Klinkenberg and Marco V where a great inspiration for me as a kid.
– Do you think it’s better or worse than it used to be in Holland for house music these days? Or just different?
It is hard to say, but I think people are too much focused on the mainstream EDM hype. At the other side great things are happening in Holland. For example Amsterdam has a very interesting deep house scene. Luckily there are some guys over who don’t follow the hype and create awesome music as well!
– Do you go out clubbing much these days in Holland? How’s that?
When I’m going clubbing, I’m mostly in Amsterdam. It’s the place to be in Holland nowadays. I love to visit clubs like Trouw and Studio 80, but there are also parties all over the city at very uncommon locations. Beside clubbing I mostly visit some festivals.
– How would you best describe your sound to someone who’s not encountered it yet? Am I right in thinking that the latest EP is pretty prog/house influenced?
It’s more a techy deep house release with some progressive elements I think. If you name it progressive house, people might think that you mean EDM, which is definitely not!
– Do you have any residencies at home? Or how often do you get to play there?
No unfortunately not. I would I could play more gigs, but due to the amount of DJ’s nowadays it is hard to get booked in the Netherlands. To make a difference I’m working on a new format for a live act.
– Can you tell us a bit about your collaboration with Sander Young? How did you guys meet?
I know Sander from my ex-girlfriend. Sander is her brother. On one day we met and we shared our passion for dance music. Since that day we have been making music.
– And how do your tastes differ? And how do they compliment one another?
I think Sander is more into the minimal techno type of dance music, where I more do like some musical / synth related techno / house stuff.
– What’s the best thing about being a part of a duo? Do you both learn from one another? Do you have a preference towards working on your own and with other people?
The learning aspect is a nice thing in a cooperation, but I think more important is that both will hear more than just one person. I like both working on my own as working together.
– How did you end up getting your tracks signed to GU? I gather that’s been the highpoint of your career thus far?
Next to the release of my debut album it was one of the highlights indeed. We made a couple of tracks and started looking for a label. Global Underground has always been a favorite label of me, so we decided to send some tracks over to the A&R manager. He liked it and we got signed for two releases.
– What are your other interests aside from electronic music?
I love to drink special beers. When I have some spare time I like to watch some movies or I’m searching the web for some nice art and design stuff. I really love films from Guy Ritchie and Quintin Tarantino for example. I also spend a lot of time with friends by visiting rock bands like Editors, Foals, Naked and Famous and Artic Monkeys.
– What else have you coming up that you’d like to shout about?
If you would hear what I’m working on or what I’m doing next to making music, you should definitely follow me on Instagram (instagram.com/pietersteijger). Frequently I post snippets when I’m at work in the studio.
Pieter Steijger’s Vicious EP is out now on Frameworx
Interview by James Hopkins