Pedro also known as Squee is one of the founders of Dublin based collective – PT Connection – he is without a doubt one of the most influential figures of Irish electronic music. Not only by having been of the main fixtures of Life Festival for 7 years but also with his frequent nights at places like the Twisted Pepper, The Vaults, Button Factory, Turks Head, The Pint, Academy – just to name a few – as the main promoter and organizer of the PT Connection Parties. Pedro is also a Dj and having traveled the world and played in some of the biggest Electronic Music festivals worldwide, he was signed to the Barcelona based label – NUTEK Records – back in 2012, a lable which features some of the biggest international artists in the Psychedelic Music scene.
A DJ, a Psychedelic and Tech-House / Minimal Producer, Party Organizer, Promoter, Installations & Deco Artist and International Relationship Manager for Neutronyx LTD are just a few of Pedro’s responsibilities and contributions to the Irish Music scene and to the development and projection of the market worldwide – even being Portuguese, Pedro has been playing as one of the many top quality acts born and promoted under the colors of the Irish flag and the Emerald Island, where he has been based for the past +9 years.
Tell us a little about you and your work:
I am a Psytrance addict and fanatic, love the parties, the people, the vibes and the decorations. I try to bring to my music and to my parties what I think I would enjoy in a well produced environment.
Currently what projects are you working on? And what future plans have you chalked out for yourself?:
I currently have my Dj project (Squee) and a live act project (102dB) that I am working on. I also have another deep house / minimal project called Manjero that I am using to develop experimental music and alternative sounds that I can then bring to psytrance.
What influenced you to get into your field?:
I started making music with a few other Portuguese producers and we used to collaborate a lot in online forums so I guess what got me into it was…. the community!!! 🙂
As an artist, what role do you think you play in society?:
I try to bring my experience and different way of life back to society through my music and my parties. I dont agree with it being mainstream as other styles of music are. I think the beauty of Psytrance is that its exclusive nature attracts the right kind of people.
You obviously love what you do…but what do you love the most about your work?:
Making the crowd dance and have a good time! 🙂
Creating on a regular basis can be a bloody tough job, so what motivates you to press yourself into the workstation every single day?:
I believe that my love for music is what keeps me going. I am willing to give anything to keep this scene going. I have been out and around, working with many other artists and people, been involved in other scenes… but still Psytrance is what I identify myself with. It’s like looking at a mirror in front of my heart 🙂
Everybody has to start somewhere, usually at the bottom of the ladder, either as the bus-boy or the shoe-shiner. What was the very first job you had?:
I was building fences for a festival… thats how I got involved first in parties and the scene from a production side of things. One day someone from the organization saw me and asked me what I was doing there… they took me to do artist management and other jobs and I ended up doing the Psytrance Lineup and stage managing for 5 years on this festival. I’ve had previous experience but never to that level….!
What is your second love? What’s the alternative career path you would have travelled if you were not on the one you are right now?:
All or nothing, psytrance is my life!
No man is an island’- they say, in this light, what quality do you admire the most in others?:
I like to party 🙂
Sometimes life can be quite a – insert word that rhymes with witch. Which phase was the hardest/scariest in your life?:
life can be quite a glitch! Moving to Ireland was the scariest and hardest thing of my life but it couldn’t have been any other way and it wouldnt have tasted so good if it wasn’t!
Everybody’s got favourites…so what’s your favourite work/piece among everything that you’ve designed/produced/dj-ed/created? (Link us up!):
102dB project really fulfil me as a producer…. but ive made a few dance with my dj sets that have been consistent… so here it is a piece of 102dB https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyKHRAiMh9M
Name a few of your all time favourite tracks. (From other artists if you are producer).:
GMS – Rounders made me what i am today 😛
Habits die hard. Which one word always creeps in your speech?:
Excessive chopping dulls the axe. Time-outs are a must. What do you do when you take time off from creating? Got any hobbies?:
I love doing decorations and installations… people around me always say i am never bored. Love fixing things… if something in ur house is not working, im the right guy to invite for dinner or to spend a weekend in!
What’s the last movie/T.V show you saw or book/magazine you read?:
Hate to be following the masses…. but Game of Thrones is a masterpiece!
With all the X-men and heroes running around. Us mortals would like some powers too. What one superpower would you choose?:
ive always loved Silver Surfer. he made the ultimate sacrifice to save his planet and to save the woman he loved… he gave up on everything for LOVE. No bigger hero than him 😉 also he has the power of interstellar travel… how cool is that?!?!?
The genie comes out of the lamp and grants you one wish that will change the world. What would you wish for?:
make everybody love everything
Got any theories on how the universe blossomed into existence or on the rationale of life? Are we in the matrix? Did god knit a hologram?:
i trust evolution but i think there is more to it than just monkeys
How do you connect to the spiritual side of yourself?:
I listen to a good track
Creativity and psychedelics work together. Do you agree? Why/Why not?:
They certainly open the doors of perception but I don’t agree creativity is directly connected to them. Ive been creative all my life, studied arts when i was younger way before i took any psychedelics.
Are you pro-weed culture? Why do you think the majority of the population goes against the green?:
Absolutely. I think the majority of the population should just smoke one and feel the love!
Any ideas to rectify this mindset?:
free Marijuana for the people!
At the end of the ride, everyone’s looking for some form of success (tangible or not), what does success mean to you?:
I had the dream of playing in universo Paralello in brazil… made that come true 3 years ago. Now have the dream of playing in BOOM festival which is for me, the ultimate experience.