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Poll 2019: Vicetone

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It’s obviously been a bumper year for Dutch pairing Vicetone, and not only because they’re back in the Top 100 DJs poll for the first time since 2016. The duo — who first placed on the chart in 2013 in 60th place — made their name with all-guns-blazing EDM cuts such as ‘Tremble’ and ‘Astronomia’ (the latter with Tony Igy).

Recent years have seen them take a softer approach, however, and in February they released their crystalline ‘Elements’ EP on Canada’s mighty Monstercat imprint. Four tracks of blissful, vocal-led future house, it set the... err, tone... for Vicetone’s year perfectly.

The rest of 2019 included jetting over to Asia for a month-long tour which they describe as an “incredible experience”, dozens more gigs and releasing tracks such as intergalactic halftime cut ‘Run Out Of Reasons’. Next year looks set to be even bigger too: “This last month we’ve been working on a lot of new music for 2020,” say the lads, “and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on!” 

 

Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“I’m sure our management does. That’s definitely something you want a manager to worry about. We just focus on our music.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“Being open and talking about mental health issues is the first step. If artists are willing [to] talk about this subject, it can only help create awareness for other artists, as well as fans.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“We’ve met a lot of talented female producers and DJs over the years and it’s heartening to see that this number is growing every year. We actually went on tour with NERVO a few years ago, and it was a great learning experience for us. Not sure what exactly we can do other than that we’re constantly working with a tonne of female writers and singers.” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“We have a lot of home automation going in our house, to automatically turn off all the lights whenever we leave a room and set the AC. Small changes, but it adds up after a year.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“Bionicles and Lego. Also, the GameBoy Color — we both played on that every single day when we were kids.” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“I guess video games, although it might not exactly be a guilty pleasure — they help us calm down."

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 09:39

Poll 2016: Vicetone

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From: The Netherlands
DJ style: Big room progressive house.
Best known for: xxx
What’s the next new big track? “Calvin Harris ‘My Way’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016: “Seeb.”

Victor Pool and Ruben den Boer, aka Vicetone, are the latest in a series of Dutch acts to land in DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll thanks to their big room progressive house sound. The pair have a close relationship to Spinnin’ Records and this year put out the ‘Aurora’ single on the label. They also featured on a number of collaborations on Spinnin’, including work with Cosmos & Creature, Raja Kumari and Pia Toscano. Now based in LA, Vicetone cite the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, New City Gas in Montreal and Arenal Sound in Burriana, Spain as the best parties and clubs that they performed at this year. 

“It's a lot easier for us now to play weekend shows in North America and fly back to LA to spend the weekdays in the studio. It's a challenge to manage time with the touring lifestyle, but we wouldn't trade it for the world,” the pair tell DJ Mag.

Indeed, it seems that their hectic touring hasn’t put a dent in their studio work, and they add: “We have a lot of unfinished tracks in the works that we absolutely love. It's going to be a variety of new sounding singles and some big collaborations.”

The pair are also looking at the longer term, and while they say that “Putting out singles currently works very well for us”, they also add that putting out an album is also part of their plan. 

“Releasing an album definitely has been in the back of our heads, but it depends on what our fans want and how many songs we have ready. We have a lot of music to release that we're excited about.” 

What have been the new frontiers for you both this year?
“Releasing our first ever EP (‘Aurora EP’) was a big moment for us, and the first time we've released a bunch of tracks together.”
Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form? “Of course.”

What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“The new CDJ-2000 Nexus 2 is really an amazing piece of tech. We've played shows with it a few times and it's hard to believe how far DJ technology has come in such a short amount of time.”

If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be? 
“It would probably be a combination of pop and disco. We've always been drawn to the four-to-the-floor beats.”

As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“Depends on the event and how big the venue and show is.”

What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
“Schools and parents should educate kids about drugs. It's an issue completely separated from music, in our opinion. 99.9% of all festival-goers are still alive after going to a festival, so is this really the huge global

problem that some people make it out to be?
"Drug education is important, but so is a bit of common sense.”

How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Making sure it's easy for new producers/artists to share their music in outlets online, and supporting other artists as a community.”

 

WORDS: RICHARD BROPHY

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2016-10-17 14:21

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The duo of Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool, aka Vicetone,inject a strong affinity with melody into their main stage EDM productions, and describe the past year as the “biggest in our short career so far”.

While they’ve been responsible for several polished hits on goliath stables like Spinnin’, Ultra and Dim Mak, their landmark achievement since they placed in last year’s Top 100 DJs poll was producing the rather epic and emotional soundtrack for the Ultra Music Festival 2014 after-movie, the rather epic and emotive 15-minute ‘United We Dance’.

“It was the biggest project of our lives,” they say of the after-movie that dropped last November. “We worked closely with the Ultra team, and it was a challenging project since the music had to evolve over time, and change from dance music into an orchestral soundtrack.

It was a big accomplishment for us and it really pushed our creativity. It’s gotten millions of plays by now and has become one of the most requested songs in our sets. It’s definitely been a highlight.”

Otherwise, it’s also been full speed ahead for Vicetone this year. They’ve toured a whole stack of new countries and territories, including a variety of spots throughout Asia where they point to a booming dance scene, as well as beginning their own Vicetone Records imprint, which they say has opened up the possibility of experimenting outside of their normal release schedule.

ANGUS PATERSON

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 11:03

Style: 
“Melodic house music.”
Best known for: 
“‘United We Dance’ (Ultra 2014 Aftermovie Soundtrack).”
Tune of the year: 
“Major Lazer & DJ Snake ‘Lean On’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Kygo.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“A feeling for what the crowd wants, and what you as a DJ want to play.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Of course! It’s always evolving but it’s still on the up.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Occasionally it does, but we don’t like to complain. It’s always been our dream and we’re very fortunate to do what we do.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Equal human rights for every person regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The Guvernment in Toronto. We played there once, and the club had an amazing atmosphere. Such a shame they closed it down.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“There will be more and more, hopefully! Luckily there are talented girls like NERVO and Krewella who are setting a good example.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“In our opinion you’re always better off making your own music. We couldn’t fathom having somebody else making our music for us - it’s an art we pride ourselves in.”