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Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:16

“Big room progressive electro.”
Best known for: 
“[Being] ambassadors of Tomorrowland.”
Tune of the year: 
"Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike 'Mammoth'.”
“It’s pretty much the same in any industry to be honest — the more money that is generated on all levels, the more fees of everyone involved goes up and everyone takes a share.”
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
"Just because it’s now more widely played on daytime radio, TV, used in adverts, the audience has become exponentially larger and it gets played a lot more.”
Has dance music become the new pop?: 
"Would love to be a T-Rex — ain’t no messing around with a T-Rex!”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
"We don’t have any issues with that and think everyone should just do whatever they like or feel is fitting for their act, we’re really not fans of judging what someone else does.”
Should DJs do "heart hands": 
“It’s a very touchy subject — but it’s up to us to give a good example and we feel that drugs just aren’t needed to have a great party!”
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
"A top chef cooking us whatever we want, on the spot, whenever we want!”

After appearing in the Top 100 a number of times, 2013 has seen Belgium duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike go intergalactic. If you need proof, just consider the fact that they have recently been made residents in Las Vegas' LIGHT.

“Vegas is insane man!” They enthuse. “Everything is just so over-the-top, really ostentatious and out there, there’s no middle ground. The fans are real, a lot of kids in the US will travel to Vegas because they want to see their favourite acts, they come specifically to be a part of the experience and to party in one of the wildest places on Earth. We love it.”

The pair also love crafting huge anthems with ravey horns, demonic kick drums and serrated synth lines such as ‘Turn It Up’, ‘Chattahoochee’ and ‘Ocarina’, all of which have sat pretty atop various Beatport charts this year. Although they recognise that their style has gotten harder this year, Dimitri and Mike promise that they have some more experimental surprises up their sleeves for future releases.

“The biggest deal was probably getting four Beatport No.1 tracks and three No.2 tracks in the space of nine months. We’ve been working so hard on our production for years now, we’ve really pushed the limits when it comes to studio output and we’ve collaborated with a lot of really talented artists, so it all came good this year.”

Another thing the pair have done a lot of this year is remixing, including touching up some classics which they love to do so they can “bring a fresh touch to a legendary track and make it playable in our sets”. It begs the question, would they like to become EDM’s answer to a super producer like Timbaland?

“It might be cool to work with other artists, but we’d never write, produce a track and then just give it to someone else to pass off as their own. Maybe working with an artist outside of EDM on an album, a vocalist, singer, that could be interesting. You never know what the future holds!”

An important part of this year and every year for these Belgians is their home festival, Tomorrowland, for which they are proud ambassadors, and even had their own arena in 2013.

“Playing the Main Stage there, having our own tent, producing the anthem and then doing the same for TomorrowWorld in the US was just incredible. But we’re managing to top this year off by doing a 20,000 people stadium event back in Belgium just before NYE.”

That event is called Bringing Home the Madness and reportedly sold out in under 24 hours. As well as that to look forward to, there is much more music on the way from this seemingly on-fire partnership. “We have so many tracks ready that the next logical step is going to be an album, we’ve been on and off with the idea but we just have to do it at some point."