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Guest Reviewer: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Reported by Nick Trackitdown on August 16, 2012

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have risen sharply to the very top of their game, amassing a global fan base and gaining huge respect from their industry peers in the process.

We caught up with the Belgium based brothers and 'Kings Of Tomorrowland' for a quick chat about life as newly crowned global superstars.

Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?

Well we're actually chilling on our balcony before our show in Tel Aviv. We had a festival called Dance D-Vision in Belgium yesterday and the day before we had a big show with Nervo, Avicii & Sean Paul in Tenerife. And of course the week before that was Tomorrowland which was surely the weekend of the year!!

We’re guessing the main event of the summer is Tomorrowland festival in Belgium which you are residents for! What was the event like this year and how did you guys come to achieve such exalted association?

It was even more impressive and overwhelming than last year.

Also the Tomorrowland TV project just blew up incredibly. I think they had almost 50 million views a day. That's just insane! It felt like everyone in the world was watching. We actually started on Tomorrowland on the smallest stage, ID&T noticed us and along with the buzz that was around us at that time, remixing 'Leave The World Behind' by SHM and stuff... they offered to do our management and to become residents for the festival.

Obviously you are tied very closely to ID&T who are the world’s biggest EDM events company. What doors does this open for you guys and do you think your success might have taken longer if you weren’t working together?

I think it was definately one of the key strongholds in our career, they are all very creative minds and clever guys... they were confident in what we can do performance & production wise and made sure we got the chance to prove it.

As brothers, do you divide up the roles needed to become music industry professionals? Does one of you make music while the other deals with marketing and other business for example?

Yes kinda, the tasks crossover a lot but let's say Mike is more the creative mind and i take care of more of the business/marketing stuff... Of course Mike is involved every step of the way and I finish off the tracks he starts. It's a good balance and we get the work done twice as fast..

Music is such an incredible part of your success with worldwide smash tracks and remixes for superstars like Lady Gaga. What would you say were three golden rules that you’d advise young producers to follow when putting together beats?

A: Think dancefloor... ultimately your track has to work on the dancefloor! Sometimes your imagination can get carried away so it's important to not lose focus on the floor

B: Test your stuff - it's important you play your track over and over in your sets and make minor adjustents when needed. Stuff sounds so different in the studio so you need to see the track work in real life and tweak from there

C: Be critical - don't be satisfied too quickly. We get about a 100 demo's a day at least, and most of them feel 'unfinished' - it's important to always push yourself that little further if you want to stand out.

As many of our readers are aspiring DJs and producers themselves, could you give them a trick or tip from your own studio experience that they can try out at home please?

Don't put too much shit on your master chain bus. The trick is to do a nice & tight mix without too many plugs on your main channel and have a good mastering engineer then boost it properly.

You’re based in Europe but a lot of your focus has been USA based. How does it work when you’re so far away? Do you have a team in North America who help manage your career over there for example?

No everything is based in Europe. It can sometimes be a bit difficult when we're in LA or something. But we make it work... it's just a lot of mails to answer and work to do before breakfast :) We do have the WME USA branch taking care of our bookings there though. They do really great work

Having become headliners at Tomorrowland and many other mega-raves, you must have performed on some crazy stages. What’s the maddest production you’ve seen and how important is production in the success of an event?

Hands down Tomorrowland. This year they built the heaviest stage ever built... it was just incredible. Production is very important these days. People are really into the whole show aspect these days. They want an 'experience' and it's up to the DJ to give that to them, and with the righty production behind him they can take it to the next level.

You’ve contributed a track to the amazing free DJ Mag Top 100 Poll album and we’ve seen you guys also reward Facebook fans with download gifts. Do you think the role of recorded music has changed in the digital age and do you see a future in paid for tracks?

I do think that there is an evolution needed. The way it is now is just ridiculous. Artists need to be able to get paid for their work... more importantly, illegal downloads don't count for any chart... so that's unfair to say the least.

How exactly they're gonna have to pull that off is another question... maybe some sort of internet-tax? 

Finally, 2012 is the year of the super-star DJ as the world goes wild to electronic music. What’s the most rock n roll thing you have done this year that we can legally print!?

haha we try to keep it decent (at least what you can print) although me and Chuckie probably broke the world record crowdsurfing on Tomorrowland....

Many thanks!

DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE TRACK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Really love this one and been playing it for months... we actually bootlegged this ourselves a couple of years ago and this version gives us a great reason to drop it again. Talented guys these...
The twins played us this one back in Hollywood... we loved it so much we immediately signed it to our label. Works great in every set..
Our first track that actually pushed through to the radio... top 10 in belgium, really proud of this one and we still play it a lot. There are a couple of hot remixes on the way too so make sure you keep an eye out for those.
Artist:
Label: Revealed Recordings
Genre: House / Electro (Electro, Progressive, Tech Trance)
Release Date: 2012-07-16
MP3 320kbs$ 2.63
WAV$ 3.09
We love the drop on this one... such a massive drive this track has. destroys the floor every time..
Artist:
Label: Revealed Recordings
Genre: House / Electro (Electro, Progressive, Tribal)
Release Date: 2012-06-11
MP3 320kbs$ 2.63
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DJs Supporting: 21

We dropped this at Tomorrowland and it went off... this guy is a huge young talent and we really hear a lot of potential in him. Hardwell did a great job noticing him!
Artist:
Label: Freakz Me Out Records
Genre: House / Electro (Electro)
Release Date: 2012-02-03
MP3 320kbs$ 2.63
WAV$ 3.09
If you're looking for a massive banger that's perfect for dropping at the end of the set this is the one for you, the bass is so fat and warping, it's unreal, we've dropped this a couple of times and it's always gone off like a mutha-fuckin' rocket!
We're really big fans of Knife Party and love everything they do. Rage Valley is just a perfect example of how they manage to get a really raging sound that's f*cked up but it's still got that funk and roll and rhythm in there that makes it a perfect dance floor track.
Artist:
Remixer: Alpha2
Label: Scantraxx Reloaded
Genre: Hardstyle
Release Date: 2012-01-30
MP3 320kbs$ 2.63
WAV$ 3.09
Ok this is a bit of an odd odd one out with it being Hardstyle but I love to play it. It's SO well produced, I do pitch it down to about a 135 though so it fits in better with the rest of the set but it's a perfect set closer... I was getting interested in hardstyle again last year, and this track definitely pushed me over my doubts, so well produced!
It's the obvious hit of the summer - I think every DJ plays this but that's because it still works every time. That build up of melodies in the middle and the way the depth comes into the track, the major and minor chords, the drop, it's got everything you're looking for, it's a total anthem and peak time bomb for us.

It's a track by our Belgian protegé Yves V, a real festival smasher... fat kick and killer sound... what more can you want in a track? That's why we immediately signed it of course. We also have a new track coming up with Yves , called 'loops & things' - watch out for it!

Keep up to date with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike:

http://www.dimitrivegasandlikemike.com

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http://www.twitter.com/likemikehttp://www.twitter.com/dimitrivegas

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