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."