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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