|End-of-year interview with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike|
|23 December 2011|
Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have come a very long way in a very short period of time. In just 2 years, they’ve bypassed the usual steps to making it big by proving they have super-star quality in everything they do. They are sought after producers, remixers to the A-list elite and number 1 hit makers. The accolades they’ve clocked up within this relatively short time are equal to those some DJ stalwarts amass during a lifetime!
How has 2011 been for you?
Oh man! Definitely our most successful year so far without a doubt, it was a real blast for us getting to see so many amazing clubs and festivals and feeling so much love from fans. Our music has also been getting a lot more attention, we’ve pushed ourselves to keep the production rate as high as possible but still keep the quality at the level we want. We’ve had some amazing collaborations – working with Afrojack and Nervo on the Tomorrowland Anthem The Way We See The World was a really big one for us – and also Robbie Rivera too. We released on Size and on DimMak, and our Smash The House label has done really well, not just with our own music but we’ve also signed some really exciting new up and coming talent like Angger Dimas , Basto, Yves V, WolfPack and Pedro Henriques. And then with all the remix work that we’ve been doing, we’ve been asked by some huge names, like LMFAO, Jennifer Lopez and then Lady Gaga – it’s almost unreal to work with artists like that.
What was your stand-out event of 2011?
I think for both of us it would have be either Tomorrowland or Escape From Wonderland in the US. Tomorrowland of course because it's such a crazy festival ànd in our home country – actually it’s almost right in the home town where we grew up so it’s a big deal for us to play there. We had our own Smash The House arena which was really exciting and then we also got to play the main stage which was just like, WOW! It was really incredible. And yeah, also Escape From Wonderland. That was just the nuts. The crowd was on fire, we totally weren’t expecting it to be so insane and for people to be so pumped up to see us play. That was the place that we got mobbed at after our set – there were like 50 people wanting their picture taken, asking to meet us afterwards and we actually missed a couple of interviews because of it – loved it!
Biggest track of 2011?
I think just because of who she is and how massive it was for us to be asked, it would have to be our remix of Lady Gaga’s Marry The Night. We worked on it for ages making sure it was just right – you never know if your remix is going to be chosen for the final package because they ask several producers and then pick their favourite. When we found out we were over the moon, the track was picked up by Radio 1 for their Ready For The Weekend show straight away so it hopefully introduced us to many more people outside the world of dance music which is something that’s very important to us, to get our sound out to as many people as possible.
Highlight of 2011?
Getting into the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. We went straight in at 79 and considering we’ve only been DJing and producing together for two years now it was a huge achievement for us. Hopefully we can go even higher in 2012, we’re working hard to make that happen.
What’s next for 2012?
We’ve got so much ready to go. We have our track Momentum which will be a big one for us, we’ve finally got the vocal part that we were after and it’s sounding awesome so that will be out on Smash The House in the new year. We’ve also got some huge tracks from other artists signed to the label coming over the next couple of months. Tour wise, we’re back in the United States and Canada for two weeks in January, and then Steve Aoki asked us to be part of his Deadmeat tour in March in the States, which is a huge honour and will be incredible for us to be a part of – we can’t wait! We’ll also be putting together a monthly Smash The House podcast for fans, and of course we’ll also be putting together more video diaries of everything we do so people can see what it’s like behind the scenes and on the dance floor. We put 110% into 2011 and we’re going to raise the stakes even higher for 2012, so we both think it’s going to be an incredible year.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Top tracks of 2011:
2. Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Nervo - The Way We See The World (Tomorrowland Anthem Instrumental) [Wall Recordings]
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