This will be Nordic duo Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordli’s eighth year in a row smashing it in the Top 100 DJs poll. Going up, going down, going up and down again, it makes no odds because their fans love them any which way. It’s because of their ability to create a party within a party that makes them so adored the world over.
This year, like previous years, they’ve been touring like crazy. They had a lot of studio time in the first half of the year, making thumping hardcore, badass, energy-fuelled material to play throughout the summer. And as for their performance on Tomorrowland’s Mainstage? “That was absolutely incredible and we hope we represented our genre really well.”
Next year there are thoughts to take things down a notch so as not to burn themselves out. Although they do tell DJ Mag that they’ll be hitting the studio as hard as usual. “And our agendas are already packed up till the summer,” they concede. So it’s business as usual for Da Tweekaz.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“Yes, our publisher does this for us as part of the service.”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Artists and professionals need to know when to take a break. It’s easy to get lost in an endless stream of bookings, deadlines for albums and singles — and before you know it you’re swamped, feeling trapped and it’s hard to get out of that cycle.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“No. However, in our genre there are quite a few women, and they’re embraced with open arms by colleague artists and fans and promoters.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“As a travelling DJ, it’s almost impossible to cut down on your carbon footprint. So, unless someone (finally) invents a teleportation device that runs on dark matter or something with zero emissions, then we’re kind of stuck on that one.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“Our game consoles. Can’t choose between the many we had.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Jägermeister. Although we don’t feel guilty about that anymore.”