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Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Euan McGraw - 2016-10-17 16:42

t's been another standout year for the burgeoning Belgian don Yves Van Geertsom. There was the scything anthem 'To The Beat', crafted with big-hitter Laidback Luke and unleashed over the summer on Mixmash, along with the colossal ‘Fever’ on Spinnin', his all-star collab with Skytech and Fafaq. It took him to Asia and

Brazil, as well as the sprawling — and swanky — Myst club in Shanghai. There have been industrial backdrops at Cologne's Bootshaus juxtaposed with the colourful Guaba Beach Club, all while holding down his residency this summer at Privilege's SupermartXe party in Ibiza, and huge festival sets at the bewilderingly enormous World Club Dome — less a club than a large working town. 

Meanwhile, his V Sessions brand has been taking hold, taking over its own stage at the massive Tomorrowland at its events in both Brazil and his native Belgium. He now has a syndicated V Sessions radio show to take the message even further afield, too. So yes, it's been a big year. But next year looks to be even bigger. BEN ARNOLD

What have been the new frontiers for you this year? “I like how the vocal-driven tracks of big room and tropical house are really pushing boundaries, topping the charts and reaching so many people.”

Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form? “I think so! No matter what genre you are a fan of, there is space for all sounds to co-exist.”

What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why? “Logic Pro X, still my favourite.”

If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be? “Tech-house or deep house, but I prefer not to think in different styles.”

As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ? “It’s not easy to compare Vegas DJs to resident DJs that may be amazing all over the globe, the pricing is the same with

events — smaller promoters may not be able to get the biggest and best guys in but may have booked one of the hottest talents of the moment. It all depends!”

What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events? “I think education to both clubbers and staff is important. To see iconic clubs like Fabric in London closing because of these sad drug-related deaths is a shame — education is the most important thing in prevention and safety.”

How can we increase diversity in dance music? “By making an effort to seek out diverse musicians and producers, their sounds, and staying open-minded with creativity.”

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