Peter Van Hoesen AIR Interview

An insightful and in-depth look into the creative force that is Peter Van Hoesen

AIR is a interview podcast series hailing from Berlin that aims to explore a different theme with a different artist each episode. Previous guests on the series include techno veterans and Octopus family members Sebastian Mullaert and Donato Dozzy. Adding to this list of artists who have helped shape electronic music is Belgian legend Peter Van Hoesen. Over the course of this exchange, AIR founder, Emma Robertson quizzes Peter about his artistic and creative motivations and how they have brought him to the present day. 

To start off the interview Emma highlights Peter’s introduction to electronic music and how he grew up in the era of new beat and EBM. From here they reflect on Peter’s long career and how his artistic and creative motivations have changed, developed and refined or in some cases haven’t. Below is a selection of cherrypicked quotes from the man himself! 

“If you had asked me 10 years ago if you can hear in someone’s music that they really love music, I would have said, ‘Of course!’ But I’m not so sure anymore. I think the world is not so absolute.”

“Patience you could also replace with the word stubbornness. Hitting the same nail with the same hammer for a very, very long time is usually what works for me. For me, I need to just keep on refining what I do over and over again and somebody finally takes notice.”

“Growing up, I did not want to be part of something that a lot of other people were part of… So for me, electronic music was already appealing from the start, this was a thing that not so many other people were into. That was part of the motivation but I also know that from an even younger age, musically, I was always into synthesized sounds. That was also part of it, this fundamental attraction.”

“Even if there is no longer a career that involves releasing music or touring, there is always the joy that I have playing with my instruments and creating something regardless of who is listening. I don’t think that will ever go away.”

Tune into the full thing below. 

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