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February 19 2016


Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Talk New Album, Humble Beginnings: Interview At TomorrowWorld

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Belgium brothers Dimitri Thivaios & Michael Thivaios, higher quality as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have the EDM world by storm because of their smashing, fist-pumping live performances and Beatport chart-toppers. We trapped the main stage players for an interview at TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills - look it over!

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I’m here with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. All of you played TomorrowWorld last night, your set was epic. How have you plan your TomorrowWorld set?

Mike: Thank you. We did a whole new intro. That was my thing all week to be effective on that. While I was doing that Dimi was doing all of those other set.
Dimitri: Yeah it turned out pretty much what didn’t we play at Tomorrowland. Both of them are kind of close to each other so the challenge is always to come up with enough original stuff.

Mission accomplished. Additionally you played a new remix for Steve Aoki.

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Dimitri: Yes it’s a remix we did together with Boostedkids.
Mike: That was the 1st time we played it.

What exactly are your upcoming tracks?

Mike: Lot of different stuff. I think we have to start releasing more stuff as an alternative to working on making more tracks.
Dimitri: We simply teased a lot of blog in the Tomorrowland aftermovie but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Parallels towards next year cell phone sure we are gonna do an album. Obviously we don’t want an album because of the stuff people have already been waiting for two years - also that’s not necessarily original. It’s kind of looking what direction were going in. It’s always challenging to fill the Tomorrowland aftermovie but the problem is all of sudden you'll find eight new tracks out there that people are awaiting but you can’t release a track every a fortnight. That’s a bit of a problem.

There have been a lot of big tracks from the 2013 aftermovie that we are still waiting on.

Dimitri: Yes and possibly some of them may never get released.
Mike: I think that’s probably what’s gonna happen.

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Mike your root base is in hip-hop and now you’re rediscovering the reassurance of that a little bit.

Mike: The thing is I produced some trap records and was like it would be cool to provide some vocals in addition to that. We got in touch with some rappers and did some collaborations with some old-school heroes that we knew growing up. In the meanwhile we’ve also been a little bit of more experimental stuff, some deeper stuff, more techie stuff we also grew up with following the hip hop when we gone to live in Ibiza so it’s basically rediscovering the reassurance of the roots a little bit right now.

It all comes full circle.

Dimitri: The question is like we've so many different types of tracks ready of course, if we do an album bed mattress that going to translate to an album. That’s now the big question due to course we don’t wish to accomplish like an EDM big-room album because on a single side…
Mike: There’s gonna be some big-room on the for sure.
Dimitri: Yeah of course that’s the other thing I wanted to say of course we can’t not perform big-room album so maybe we’re thinking maybe we have to split it up or perform a double album. However i think for EDM it works better track by track as if you have all of sudden 12 big room tracks using one CD I don’t think that’s gonna translate too well. Around the other-hand if tomorrow we’re gonna created a hip-hop album people are gonna be like hmmmm.
Mike: I think the album is a nice story.
Dimitri: And that’s what we’re implementing at this point I think we now have material for easily two albums or three along with the point is now bed mattress it gonna become the amount of this style or that style. How shall we be held gonna throw it all together. So we’re still working with a lot of stuff. We’re carrying out a collaboration with Major Lazer.

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In college the remix for “Bumaye.”

Dimitri: Yes, you will find there's really cool track as well as them, we’re looking out for the best vocals now, and this is something - it’s not only a genre, it’s something many different all together like a mixture of all different styles. We have to see where it is, vocals is always the biggest challenge.

Well you guys are similar to machines. You’re making a great deal of amazing tracks.

Dimitri: He’s from the studio 24/7 like cooking up new ideas after which it’s up to me to get like I’m gonna finish this or maybe that will be a very good collaboration for that artist therefore we send it over and also the machine keeps working.

Everyone kind of blew up with Tomorrowland so many people think you guys type of came out at that time but really you’ve been making music to get a really long time.

Mike: I think the first time we played Tomorrowland we had been already working together for 5yrs.
Dimitri: Yeah that was the season we did a remix as well as Swedish House Mafia of “Leave The planet Behind.”
Mike: We grew fot it before Tomorrowland. We were already touring the world on a lower scale.
Dimitri: It was also a different time. Then it was still a huge thing to be touring the globe. Now all the clubs are begging for house DJs to come by. Back in the day when we began out…
Mike: We were begging. I recall the first time we visited Miami we actually payed for our own flights, have there been less than 24 hours, played there for free for an empty club…and it was raining.
Dimitri: I remember the 1st time we played in Vegas it was still that there was hip-hop DJ on both before and after us. That’s how much the entire scene has changed in five years, everything has gotten turned the other way up.

For sure it also shows that you guys have been there for quite a while, not just an overnight success.

Dimitri: The storyline with Tomorrowland came on the right time. The guys they noticed what we should were doing.
Mike: These were looking for a Belgian act which was kinda on the same level as their festival towards the other world…
Dimitri: With the potential to expand towards the rest of the world so that’s why we started cooperating.

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You also did something special you're in a Tomorrowland comic from your writer of Spiderman.

Dimitri: Yes Paul Jenkins younger crowd did Wolverine and a lot of great comics.

If you could be any superhero who does you be?

Mike: That's that guy or girl in the X-Men who can absorb anyone’s power?
Dimitri: Rogue
Mike: Yeah that’s a good power.
Dimitri: I would say Wolverine.
Mike: Or Highlander nevertheless, you still have to chop off a lot of heads, not really my thing.
Dimitri: I like the series Heroes - can remember the cheerleader, the girl who is like untouchable - that’s pretty cool.
Mike: However that guy who absorbs everyone’s powers also can absorb her powers - that’s the power you want.

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What can you be doing in the event you weren’t making music?

Mike: Good question there’s so many possibilities that would of happened - can’t really say. There exists a lot of hobbies and interests that we used to do when we were a young adult so it’s very hard to say.
Dimitri: I’ve been doing the entire DJ thing since i have was like 13 and I’m 32 now. There has been points in my life where I’ve been like I will go in that direction or that direction but I think I’d always be doing something form of in the music business probably more on the management/label side. That’s the realistic aspect to say - what would of happened.

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That are some upcoming artists to take into consideration?

Mike: There are so many.

On Smash The House there’s a lot of talent there.

Dimitri: Wolfpack happen to be doing really great, also Yves V.
Mike: The Belgians.
Dimitri: Ibranovski. I wish to say Deorro but it’s almost ridiculous to note cause he’s doing amazing, such a great talent.

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