Five Questions With… Arp Frique

Band: Arp Frique
Country of Origin: The Netherlands

Arp Frique’s first full-length release was titled Welcome to the Colorful World of Arp Frique, which aptly captures the expansive, universal ethos at the heart of Niels Nieuborg’s musical playground. The genesis for the project came from Nieuborg’s love of classic disco as well as the sounds of Caribbean and Cape Verdean pop. But the real magic happened when, on the strength of his past life as a venue owner and festival programmer, he enlisted an impressive roster of collaborators to join the fun. The result is a collection of soon-to-be-classic dancefloor hits with a truly global sound — the perfect soundtrack to jumpstart your 2020.

You can find all the new releases and stuff on Be on the lookout for a new collaboration with Arp Firque and Erik “Keysie” Ritfeld called Improvised Suites For Analog Machines.

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without)

Stevie Wonder – Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

As soon as I finally had the guts and opportunity to do what I am best at, it all took off, and pretty hard! So now it’s all love for my daughter and music, all I need.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

It’s there, but it’s very scattered. Amsterdam is great for dance music: Rush Hour, Dekmantel and many other great organizations there.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

My daughter, God, love.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

There are so many! I always say: we have 2 different type of favorite shows: bi,g big shows for 10k people or more and really small dark sweaty clubs for a few hundred people, I love em both too much to choose.


Paul experienced a spiritual awakening in high school when he accidentally tuned his radio from the modern rock station to the local college station. He spent time as both a DJ and Music Director for Elon University's WSOE FM, where he also first met sonic soulmate Ryan Sweeney. Paul's favorite genre is "fast, raw, and loud."