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"Going from a ‘tour life’ into the lockdown-life, you learn how important your close friends and family are," Belgian duo Wolfpack tell DJ Mag when asked what they've learnt in 2020. Known to those close to them as Steve Braet and Ruben Khaza, the duo have been on a whirlwind of success since their 2011 chart-topping single 'Rising Moon' was released.
Since then, collaborations with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on 'Turn It Up' and 'Ocarina' have allowed them to twice reach the top of Beatport charts and they've become a mainstay in DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJs list. Along the way, they've performed at Tomorrowland, Cream Ibiza and several major festivals around the world, garnering rave reviews for their electro-house style.
Wolfpack's non-stop touring and release schedule has afforded them little time with their families which they're now catching up on. Some unexpected free time has also allowed them to focus on other aspects of their career, including launching their brand new website with its own bespoke merchandise store.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Family, music and friends – without them, we are nothing!”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“We can’t rely on our business model alone anymore. We’ve got to improve with live stream experiences like, for example, virtual reality, but also with even more focus on social engagement on Facebook, Instagram and others.”
What steps need to be taken to address racism in the dance music scene?
“We don’t really see any racism in the DJ scene. I (Ruben) am originally from Bangladesh and Steve is partly from Spain. We travel the whole world and love the variety of cultures.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“We would love to see more [revenue from] streams and downloads from music go to the artist who created it.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“What Daft Punk did on their album ‘Homework’ in 1997 was so unique and had never been done before.”