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Poll 2018: Wolfpack

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From: Belgium.
DJ style: “EDM.”
Best known for: “Tomorrowland anthem ‘Find Tomorrow’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “‘Complicated’ by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Angemi.”

“A lot of touring, producing, getting married and making babies,” say Wolfpack — known to their friends and family as Steve Braet and Ruben Khaza — when DJ Mag probes them for info on what they’ve been up to in the last 12 months. We can’t speak for the last two points, but as for touring and producing, the pair aren’t telling porkies. This year has seen the duo, who hail from Willebroek in Belgium, hit stages at the likes of Tomorrowland festival, Cream Ibiza and Tomorrowland’s Garden Of Madness takeover at UshuaÏa Ibiza, plus drop a brace of massive collabs in July’s festival devastator ‘Derb’ with Futuristic Polar Bears and ‘Like Air’ with Nervo, which has continued to do the rounds since landing at the end of 2017.

While fans will be hoping those babies the boys mentioned won’t keep them from touring and producing too much in 2019, we can’t think of a nobler reason to take some time off than raising a few more cubs for the Wolfpack.

Words: BEN HINDLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 12:51

Poll 2017: Wolfpack

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Think your 2017 was pretty spesh? Well, wait until you hear what Belgium duo Wolfpack have been up to. “We explored almost every city in China, did a lot of cool stuff in the Philippines and Asia, swam in an active volcano, made a lot of new tunes, met a lot of interesting people, conquered the World Club Dome in Germany and the mainstage of Tomorrowland Belgium just to mention a few,” says Ruben Khaza from Wolfpack, breathlessly.

So, yeah, pretty ace. Then there were their releases, which sent big room shockwaves across the world. “We had a lot of success with ‘Nashville’, ‘Pointbreak’ and especially ‘Phat Bass’ which was ranked by Beatport at No.1 for a long time and has been played by David Guetta, Tiësto and Showtek,” nods the other half of Wolfpack, Steve Braet. The only way to top that DJ bucketlist is to play a sure-to-sell-out homecoming gig on NYE. Expect this Wolfpack to keep on rising to the very top.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:31

Poll 2015: Wolfpack

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2015 has been a big one for Steve and Ruben, aka the notorious Wolfpack. Not only did the Belgian duo tour Asia for the first time — an experience they describe as “very cool” — but also happened to score two massive hits. Firstly, back in August, Wolfpack teamed up with Funk D and the don dada of booming vocals, Fatman Scoop, for the huge 'Drop The Smiley'. 

Then the following month, 'Ocarina' — the pair's beloved Tomorrowland Anthem collaboration with fellow Antwerpians, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike — got the remix treatment from Klaas & Mazza. That track has already catapulted through the rankings to become Wolfpack's second most popular release on Beatport.

Speaking of Tomorrowland, Wolfpack also happened to play the first ever South American edition of the festival earlier this year, as São Paulo spent four days as the global epicentre of EDM. Still signed and releasing through Dimi and Mike's scene-shaping Smash The House imprint, and having now appeared in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll for two years running, Wolfpack can stride confidently into 2016.

BEN HINDLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 11:08

Style: 
“Electro progressive house.”
Best known for: 
“'Find Tomorrow'/'Ocarina'.”
Tune of the year: 
“'The Hum'.”
From: 
Belgium
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Lost Frequencies.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Having fun during a set. Bringing that fun over to the people.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“We definitely believe so.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Sometimes it does get to you being away so long and missing your family and friends. But we are extremely lucky to be able to do this, so we actually can't complain!”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Our families. Music.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Cherry Moon in Belgium.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“No idea, ha ha.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“Sometimes working together with others can accomplish great things, but having a track made by somebody and to sell it as your own is just not right."