2020 is Rave Republic’s third appearance in a row in the Top 100 DJs list, and in the space of ten years, the pair have gone from unknowns, starting their careers, to playing at some of the biggest clubs and events while topping charts across the world.
Mathias and Stas formed Rave Republic in 2014 and their debut release ‘Far Away’ in 2015 went straight to the No.1 spot on the iTunes Dance Chart. Based in Singapore, the duo quickly picked up DJ residencies at clubs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines and have gone on to become main-stage mainstays at events like Ultra Singapore, It’s The Ship and Electric Daisy Carnival China.
Big tune for them this year was their electro-house stormer ‘Dragon’ with TBR on TurnItUp Music and they also hit hard with the catchy crossover of their ‘Free Fall’ collaboration with Tim Morrison on Spinnin’, ‘Time To Rock’ with TWISTERZ and with the raw wonky synths of their Justin Prime collaboration ’Lionheart’.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“1. Live streams. 2. Social media to connect deeply with fans (we reply to everyone!). 3. Video games.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“We need to be patient; nothing lasts forever, but we will all recover.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Talent is talent, regardless of race or gender identity. There is no place for discrimination in any scene.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“Asia region talents are severely underrepresented in dance music. We have lived in Asia for over 12 years, and mentor people we see here with potential and bring them up with us.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Armand Van Helden ‘You Don't Know Me’.”