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15.12.2022

Prunk’s back to finish what he started

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Words by Coco Veldkamp

Dutch DJ and producer Prunk is coming back to Australia with his music platform PIV, promising bigger headlines and a new sound.

Think Prunk and you think house music legend, Amsterdam, some of the biggest stages in the world; part of the lifeblood of electronic music.

Nilz Pronk, known as Prunk founded PIV in 2015, amid the exhilarating nightlife of Amsterdam – the party capital of the Netherlands. Since then, PIV has developed its house sound inspired by New York and Chicago’s electronic music scene in the 80s and 90s.

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Seven years later and PIV now hosts club nights, events and festivals locally and abroad, with regular appearances in Berlin, Ibiza, London and New York. They’ve performed on some of the world’s most sought-after stages including Tomorrowland, Defected Croatia and their very own annual PIV festival in their hometown Amsterdam.

Behind Prunk’s vision for PIV is years of immersion in the music industry, beginning when he was just 15 years old.

 

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“I started DJing when I was fifteen,” Prunk says. “At that time EDM was really up and coming here in Amsterdam and we wanted to try something different – old-school deep house. My friends and I started throwing underground parties for like 200 or 300 people and we began to establish a fan base.

“Five years later I founded my own label, PIV and we started hosting regular parties. Every time a DJ was coming to one of our shows, I would ask them to do a release and make an EP – so we started to get our name out there.”

PIV start their Australian tour from December 16 – 18, visiting the Bourke St. Courtyard in Melbourne, the Ivy in Sydney and The Prince Consort in Brisbane. With PIV’s last appearance in Australia being a sold-out debut showcase (just before the COVID-19 pandemic), expectations are at an all-time high.

“I’m really excited about this tour because during COVID we got a lot of messages from people in Australia wanting to see us play, but it was impossible to travel there,” he continues.

“I think a lot of people have been waiting on us and we have been waiting on them. We’re not often in Australia – it’s so far away. So, if we are going to be there, we are going to give the people something extra.”

The event boasts a dreamy line-up featuring Prunk himself, Sidney Charles (UK), Archie Hamilton (UK), and up-and-coming local artists.

“We always try to bring in new artists to our showcases, so while we are in Australia, we have a mix of PIV’s DJs and local DJs. I think it is important to combine new talent and local people to keep our shows interesting,” he said.

On this Australian tour, Prunk will be debuting a tease for his upcoming album Le Funk, to be released in January next year.

“This isn’t an official album tour, but I want to give everyone at our Australia shows a sneak peek,” Prunk adds. “The album is named after my original DJ name from when I was 16 – Prunk Le Funk, because this album has a lot of influence from soulful and funky music. It’s based on my jazz influences, soulful influences and disco influences. It’s a bit more of a music side of me. It’s not just a dance album – it’s a listening album.”

 

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PIV has seen its fan base grow massively in recent years, in contrast to most of the music industry during the COVID pandemic.

“We were lucky because one year before COVID hit we got some really big releases on the label so people around the world started to discover us.

“During COVID a lot of people were going on the internet, so we were getting a lot of live streams on our sets. It actually helped us develop a fan base outside of Holland. They saw our stuff on the internet and now they want to see it live.”

PIV is already a name to get excited about in the international electronic music scene but Prunk’s ambitions are still growing. Fundamental to PIV is the notion of community and inclusiveness, with PIV standing for People Invited and Very Important Person spelled backwards. This mission has been reflected in how Prunk hopes to see his label evolve.

“My goal is to make our showcase even better and more intimate – not necessarily bigger,” he says. “I always say my dream is to make our dreams possible. I want to support a lot of artists around the world. When I was young, I didn’t get a lot of chances from people, so I want to give that opportunity to other emerging artists and bring them into my showcases. It’s like Risk – the board game in Holland where you’re an army and you try and put flags in every city – that’s my goal.”

Grab tickets for PIV’s Australian showcase here.

This article was made in partnership with PIV Records