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Poll 2020: DVBBS

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DVBBS be good to us: it’s been another successful year for the long-haired Canadian pop merchant brothers Chris and Alex van den Hoef. Switching their usual massive mainstream crowds for studio marathons this year, a steady flow of DVBBS freshness has tickled our ears all lockdown. Kicking off the pandemic with the feel-good funky house jam ‘Wrong About You’, they’ve been relentless in their disco dispatches from the pounding euphoria of their Moti collab ‘This Is Dirty’ to the heartfelt ‘Tinted Eyes’ with rappers Blackbear and 24kGoldn (the lads donated all proceeds from the track to the Black Lives Matter movement) to ‘No Time’ with the mighty Wiz Khalifa and fellow popsters Cheat Codes.

As if that wasn’t quite enough heat, they wrapped up the summer with their long-awaited sophomore album ‘Nothing To See Here’. Representing all sides of their sugar-sweet EDM sound, with collaborations with the likes of Bridge and Safe, it hit the spot perfectly – bridging the gap between their usual mainstage energy and the more mature, song-written approach they’ve been experimenting with this year.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 21:47

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Massive EDM tunes

Poll 2019: DVBBS

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Christopher and Alexandre van den Hoef are brothers, and not actually twins, although you'd be forgiven for making that mistake because they are so similar-looking and also perfectly in tune with each other. They are well-loved the world over, and 2019 has been no different – their kick-ass energy and slick visuals at shows press the ignite button several times over.

Crowd-pleasing euphoric singles 'Need U' and 'GOMF', featuring Vine luminary Casey Frey on their official video, were both 2019 success stories. Coming from a musical background and with roots in rock, it's little surprise that the younger of the brothers, Alex, also sometimes sings on their tracks.

There's some simmering hot news that a 'short album' is about to burst forth, and a series of live shows are being planned to back it up. And live means live — we're talking vocals, guitars, drums and synths all playing a part, with promises of this tour being a right proper rollercoaster performance.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 16:23

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Massive EDM tunes

Poll 2018: DVBBS

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From: Ontario, Canada
DJ style: Big room house
Best known for: ‘Tsunami’

Now a regular fixture in the Top 100, DVBBS have had a busy year in 2018. They’ve put out three singles, including ‘I Love It’ with Cheat Codes and ‘Listen Closely’ featuring Safe. They’re both accessible tracks with pop choruses and big room house beats and have clocked up millions of plays between them all over the internet.

The multi-platinum pair also served up ‘IDWK’ with Blackbear, which recently got official gold certification in their native Canada. They first teased it at Coachella earlier in the year and it has since shot up the charts and picked up 10 million plays. “Blackbear has always been an artist we’ve wanted to work with and to walk away with a record like ‘IDWK’ is something we are so proud of,” DVBBS said at the time of release. “We both stepped outside of our comfort zone on this record... and I think that’s why it came out so special.”

They’ve also played shows in Vegas Red Rocks, The Olympiastadion in Berlin, and judging by their social media accounts, enjoy driving around in their Ferrari and tweeting mantras like ‘Do right things even when no one is watching’.

Words: KRISTAN CARYL

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-12 11:01

Poll 2015: DVBBS

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Before trying their hand at dance music, Canadian duo DVBBS (pronounced ‘Dubs’), made up of brothers Alexandre and Christopher van den Hoef, were members of a local rock band.

During their formative years, the two had been part of Ontario’s underground punk scene. At the age of 16 and 17 respectively, the van den Hoefs started making electronic music after having a dance music revelation prompted by seeing Dutch hardstyle act Showtek perform, who also happen to be brothers.

In 2013, the brothers finally broke through on an international level with the release of ‘Tsunami’. Initially released anonymously, the pair eventually revealed that they had collaborated with label-mate Borgeous on the track after scoring No.1s in the Netherlands, US, Belgium and Poland.

The brothers have gone on to tour the EDM circuit extensively, clocking up some 300 gigs last year including Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival. The van den Hoefs have shared a stage with acts like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix and, perhaps most significantly for the two, the Dutch artists who inspired them to start producing back when they were teenagers — Showtek. 

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-12 15:07

Style: 
“Woozy.”
Best known for: 
“’Ravehearts Under Gold Skies’.”
Tune of the year: 
“Flosstradamus feat. GTA & Lil Jon ‘Prison Riot’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Jay Cosmic and Delora.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Connecting with your crowd.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Say what you want about EDM, but on a global scale this is just the beginning.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Absolutely, there’s been times we couldn’t imagine being any more mentally and physically drained, but when you finally get that one-hour onstage and see so many fucking smiles, there’s no better feeling than that.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Animals. And watching the power of music unify the world.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Our basement after-parties.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“We see that changing very soon.”