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In the booth with Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub resident Quintino

Last updated: September 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm. Posted by in Nightlife, The Cromwell. Comments Off on In the booth with Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub resident Quintino.

It’s always a special occasion when Quintino makes an appearance at Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub. But on Sept. 17, it’ll be extra special, because the Drai’s resident will be celebrating his 30th birthday while DJing at the rooftop Las Vegas Strip nightspot. The Dutch house and electro DJ recently dropped his latest single, “Devotion,” and in only a few weeks, the video for the fist-pumping club track has already garnered more than a million views on YouTube.

It’s just the latest accomplishment from the DJ and producer born as Quinten van den Berg, who was discovered at age 18 by legendary house DJ Laidback Luke. Since then, Quintino has steadily increased his visibility in the world of electronic dance music, performing at clubs and festivals around the world and collaborating with such artists as Tiësto and Afrojack.

Quintino’s hit remixes and original recordings include “Rap Das Armas” and “Epic,” both of which topped the pop charts in his native Netherlands. His weekly show, SupersoniQ Radio, is broadcast on 20 radio stations around the world as well as online, and in 2014, Quintino made his debut on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list. Since signing with Spinnin’ Records, Quintino has blown up even more, with the video for his 2014 single “Go Hard” clocking more than 20 million views on YouTube.

We recently chatted with Quintino about his approach to DJing, his favorite place to eat in Las Vegas, and what gets him going for a night behind the decks.

How do you prepare a set for the specific vibe of a club at which you’re DJing? Do you vary your approach based on the venue?

I always let my creative mind do the work. I make sure I have all the records ready but it’s not until the moment I see the venue stage and crowd that I know what I’m going to do. Keeps you fresh, you know. I’m often playing clubs several times a year, so you want to keep things surprising, therefore I make different mashups, edits and intros. I never do a programmed set. What I do is prepare my records and play them when I feel the moment is right. That’s my strength, I believe—reading the crowd and responding to the atmosphere with my music.

Do you have a go-to song that you know will always get the audience jumping?

Well, don’t know if it’s a go-to song, but when I play my edit of Bastille’s “Pompeii,” I know people are smiling and enjoying the vocals so much, it creates a great vibe.

Can you share any tricks or techniques you use that define your “signature” sound?

I create mashups on the spot, so you never know which record will come next. The reason I love this is because it’s always different. Sometimes it might not be perfect, but it’s fresh, and that’s what counts.

What do you do to get pumped for a set? Do you have a ritual you go through before hitting the decks? Any “good luck” charms?

I thought I didn’t have any, but what I’ve noticed is before I go on stage, I always take some time for myself. I’m not telling myself anything or giving myself a pep talk, but just the calm before the show is what helps me get the energy out during the show.

Nightclubs can get a bit crazy. Can you share any particularly funny or wild experiences you’ve had or seen during a night of DJing that stand out?

Well, there was a night it was packed so much that there was almost no movement and, in all honesty, I didn’t exactly know what to do. Should I be happy because it’s full and go hard? Or save the peace and let the people breathe for a moment? But yeah, we did go hard!

Is there anything about DJing in a Vegas nightclub that’s different from doing so elsewhere?

There’s such a variety of people in the club. It’s different from all other clubs and you never know what’s going to happen next, who’s going to come in and join me on stage or buy $500 bottles of champagne. That’s Vegas—anything can happen!

What kind of music are you listening to at current? Old favorites? Something new you’ve discovered?

I started listening to all my old records when I recently found my old CD bag from back in the day. Man, that brings up so many memories.

What keeps you going throughout a night of DJing? Do you have a go-to cocktail, energy drink or snack?

Fruit sparkling water and a little bit of vodka.

When you’re not at the club, what do you enjoy doing in Vegas? Do you have a favorite restaurant, bar or club?

What we do is go to a different restaurant every time and try everything! Besides that, there are always so many colleagues in town, so you never know what’s going to happen. Nevertheless, Nobu is high on my list.

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