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

“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: 
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.”

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.