Interview with Perk Pietrek & Kwizyne
Fresh from the first half of their Bar Invasion Tour that kicked off from 10 October – 3 November, we managed to squeeze in an interview with the talented blokes from Fresh Bloc Records; Perk Pietrek and Kwizyne.
Hi Pietrek & Kwizyne! How’s the first leg of your Bar Invasion tour so far?
P: What’s good Actually! Thanks for having us. It’s been exciting so far, we’ve made new friends, convinced them to be our new fans + the recent weekend was off the hook! Big shootout to everyone who came down and supported us for all the dates consistently, you are amazing.
K: The first leg of the tour has been slow at first but it picked up fast afterwards. We’re glad that its finally happening after a month of planning. It was also exhausting for me because I had to juggle my day job, school assignments and exams in the midst of the tour dates. Oh yeah, and we still had to meet people from the venues to talk about the tour dates. But you know, end of the day, everything paid off so far. The stress we get doing everything to make the tour happen is just enjoyable.
Since the both of you have been performing at different venues to different crowds in different atmospheres back-to-back, how do you stay enthusiastic and pumped up for each show?
K: Sacrifice. Young virgin sacrifices. Nah I’m kidding. The sacrifice and hardwork involved into making Bar Invasion Tour happen is what kept Perk and I excited for each show. It is no longer us performing for the venue but more of performing for ourselves. We planned every venue and date, merchandise, artists including admin. We’re in control of what happens. The thrill of finding out what happens on that night, the results, kept our blood pumping.
P: Before this bar tour, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio working on my debut EP “WYWF” that was released early this year. Then I’ve been working on remixes for a couple of labels like Top Billin’ and most recently, Sweat It Out. So I’ve never got the chance to play out as much as I would like. I’ve been preppin’ some really cool material and now for every single show, I get to try out new vibes and enjoy myself.
Is there a crowd preference which you two enjoy performing to the most?
K: Before Perk and I decided to collaborate, we’ve already had performance backgrounds. I’ve been performing for a general hip-hop audience, the hearing-impaired and void deck uncles and aunties. While Perk’s been making his presence known to the EDM community and clubs locally and globally. I really think there’s no preference or anything. I just think adaptability is always essential in an artists’ repertoire. Besides, I get free alcohol and money talking to drunkards.
P: I shouldn’t be picky about the crowd, but the recent show we did at Blu Jaz definitely stood up as one of the best. We got them to shout “Bar Invasion Tour” too.
How’s working with each other like? Is this your first collaboration together?
P: I’ve said this to my friends before, Kwizyne is one of the coolest guys to work with. We’ve done a couple of shows together already, but the first time I’ve worked with him was during my very first gig at esplanade outdoor theater. It was a hip-hop show and he was wearing bright pink sneakers so it annoyed the hell outta me. By the way, Kwizyne took my copy of GTA V + all my metal gear solid games and haven’t returned them to me yet… Asshole.
K: Perk and I used to hate each on the first show we were on at Esplanade back in 2009. Long story. It’ll probably take a whole magazine page or maybe a website about how much we wished for each other’s death. Years later, we got together to do a song which eventually turned out to be an EP. We’ve been cool doing music together but when it came to doing this tour we had a bit of friction going on due to the stress of planning a tour by ourselves. I wasn’t doing enough initially until Perk spoke straight up to me and then I got my act right. He’s one of those artists everyone should work with because he’s really meticulous and professional with his craft. He respects everyone and I mean EVERYONE he collaborates with. He’s a master of the bro code.
Any future projects/tours we should watch out for?
P: We’ve got a collaboration EP coming up on Fresh Bloc, titled “Baked Ideas”. This EP is a mix of hip-hop, trap & bass music. It also features a couple of upcoming artists like Daví (US), Ian Boom (US), Beach Club (UK) and Relic (UK). This one is super fresh and definitely something to look out for. I’ve intentions of heading down to the electronic music conference at Sydney too so that I can link up with the labels there for future collaborations. There’s a lot going on!
K: Perk Pietrek X Kwizyne for BAKED IDEAS EP (Fresh Bloc Records), Monkey King X Kwizyne for VAGABOND EP (1OR8Faction Label) and more tours outside Singapore by Perk Pietrek & Kwizyne. Details on our Facebook page by the end of this year!
Interview by: Erin Riduan
*Images courtesy of Rina & E-Tracx
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