Belgium brothers Dimitri Thivaios & Michael Thivaios, higher quality as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike took the EDM world by storm because of their smashing, fist-pumping live performances and Beatport chart-toppers. We trapped the main stage players to have an interview at TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills – check it out!
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I’m here with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. You played TomorrowWorld last night, your set was epic. How did you plan your TomorrowWorld set?
Mike: Thanks a lot. We did a fresh intro. That was my thing all week to function on that. While I was doing that Dimi was doing the remainder of the set.
Dimitri: Yeah it was pretty much what didn’t we play at Tomorrowland. Are both kind of close to each other so the challenge should be to come up with enough original stuff.
Mission accomplished. In addition, you played a new remix for Steve Aoki.
Dimitri: Yes it’s a remix we did in addition to Boostedkids.
Mike: That was the 1st time we played it.
What exactly are your upcoming tracks?
Mike: Lot of different stuff. I think we should start releasing more stuff rather than working on making more tracks.
Dimitri: We only teased a lot of new stuff in the Tomorrowland aftermovie but that was only the tip of the iceberg. The thing is that towards next year mobile phone . sure we are gonna do an album. Obviously we don’t want an album because of the stuff people have also been waiting for two years – also that’s not really original. It’s kind of looking what direction we have been going in. It’s always a challenge to fill the Tomorrowland aftermovie perhaps the biggest issue is all of sudden you can find eight new tracks available that people are expecting but you can’t release a track every two weeks. That’s a bit of a problem.
There are a lot of big tracks from your 2013 aftermovie that we are still waiting on.
Dimitri: Yes and possibly some of them may never get released.
Mike: I do think that’s probably what’s gonna happen.
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Mike your roots are in hip-hop and now you’re going back to that a little bit.
Mike: The thing is that I produced some trap records and was like it would be cool to provide some vocals on top of that. We got in touch with some rappers and did some collaborations with many old-school heroes that we grew up with. In the meanwhile we’ve also been doing some more experimental stuff, some deeper stuff, more techie issues that we also grew up with following the hip hop when we moved to Ibiza so it’s basically going back to the roots somewhat right now.
It all comes full circle.
Dimitri: Now the question is like we now have so many different types of tracks ready and when we do an album how is that going to mean an album. That’s now the big question due to course we don’t might like to do like an EDM big-room album because on one side…
Mike: There’s gonna be some big-room there for sure.
Dimitri: Yeah naturally that’s the other thing I desired to say of course we can’t not perform big-room album so maybe we’re thinking maybe we will need to split it up or perform double album. But I think for EDM it truely does work better track by track as if you have all of sudden 12 big room tracks on a single CD I don’t think that’s gonna translate too well. Around the other-hand if tomorrow we’re gonna create a hip-hop album people are gonna be like hmmmm.
Mike: I do believe the album might be a nice story.
Dimitri: And that’s what we’re implementing at this point I think we 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 are we gonna throw it all up. So we’re still working over a lot of stuff. We’re carrying out a collaboration with Major Lazer.
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Learn about the remix for “Bumaye.”
Dimitri: Yes, there exists a really cool track as well as them, we’re looking out for the proper vocals now, and this is something – it’s not only a genre, it’s something different all together like a mixture of all different styles. We have to see where it’s going, vocals is always the largest challenge.
Well you guys are kind of like machines. You’re making a large amount of amazing tracks.
Dimitri: He’s in the studio 24/7 like cooking up new ideas and then 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 and then we send it over and the machine keeps working.
You kind of blew up with Tomorrowland so a number of people think you guys type of came out at that time however , you’ve been making music for the really long time.
Mike: I think the first time we played Tomorrowland we had been already working together for 5yrs.
Dimitri: Yeah that was 4 seasons we did a remix together with Swedish House Mafia of “Leave The planet Behind.”
Mike: We grew to that before Tomorrowland. We were already touring the planet on a lower scale.
Dimitri: It had been also a different time. In those days it was still a huge thing to be touring the world. Now all the clubs are begging for house DJs to come by. Back in the day when we started out…
Mike: We were begging. From the the first time we went along to Miami we actually payed for our own flights, are there less than 24 hours, played there at no cost for an empty club…and it absolutely was raining.
Dimitri: I remember the 1st time we played in Vegas it turned out still that there was hip-hop DJ on both before and after us. That’s how much the complete scene has changed in 5 years, everything has gotten turned upside down.
For sure it also signifies that you guys have been there for quite a while, not just an overnight success.
Dimitri: The storyline with Tomorrowland came with the right time. The guys they noticed what we should were doing.
Mike: They were looking for a Belgian act which was kinda on the same level for their festival towards the remaining portion of the world…
Dimitri: With the potential to expand to the rest of the world so that’s why we started cooperating.
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In addition, you did something special you were in a Tomorrowland comic from the writer of Spiderman.
Dimitri: Yes Paul Jenkins actually is well liked did Wolverine and a few great comics.
If you decide to could be any superhero who does you be?
Mike: That is that guy or girl from your X-Men who can absorb anyone’s power?
Mike: Yeah that’s a great power.
Dimitri: I would say Wolverine.
Mike: Or Highlander nevertheless, you still have to chop off plenty of heads, not really my thing.
Dimitri: I favor the series Heroes – remember the cheerleader, the girl that’s like untouchable – that’s pretty cool.
Mike: However that guy who absorbs everyone’s powers could also absorb her powers – that’s the ability you want.
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What would 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. You will find there’s lot of hobbies and interests that people used to do when we were a teenager so it’s very hard to say.
Dimitri: I’ve been doing the complete DJ thing because i was like 13 and I’m 32 now. There has been points in my life where I’ve been like I would go in that direction or that direction but I think I’d always be doing something form of in the music business probably on the management/label side. That’s the realistic thing to say – what probably would of happened.
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Who’re some upcoming artists to take into consideration?
Mike: There are so many.
On Smash Your home there’s a lot of talent there.
Dimitri: Wolfpack have been doing really great, also Yves V.
Mike: The Belgians.
Dimitri: Ibranovski. I must say Deorro but it’s almost ridiculous to mention cause he’s doing amazing, a real great talent.