Dutch brothers Victor and Stephan Leicher are fast conquering the world of dance music as scintillating duo DubVision. With everyone from Hardwell to David Guetta to Avicii and Tiësto supporting their show-stopping productions, their prolific output has enjoyed immense exposure across the world.
Although born some eight years apart, the Leicher brothers soon bonded over music after being made to learn instruments by their parents. Victor (the younger of the two) began his experimentations in electronic music at a young age, using rudimentary computer programmes, which soon piqued the interest of Stephan. After time spent growing up in different countries, they eventually pooled their resources to form the act known as DubVision.
After an early effort got snapped up by Armada offshoot Zouk Recordings, DubVision broke through with the massive Swedish House Mafia supported ‘All By Myself’ before teaming up with Project 46 and Donna Lewis on the huge ‘You & I’. Forging relationships and releasing music with Sander Van Doorn’s label Doorn Records and Axwell’s Axtone imprint, theycontinued to grow their reputation and fanbase.
2013 saw them produce Dutch mega festival Dance Valley’s official anthem, ‘Triton’, alongside Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. SHM threw their support behind DubVision once again in 2014 via their remix of Discopolis’ ‘Committed To Sparkle Motion’. Major singles ‘Turn It Around’and ‘Heart’ followed, and many millions of plays and sales later they are now well established as one of the biggest draws in dance music. Remixes for the likes of Avicii, Icona Pop, Dirty South and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have likewise proved hugely popular. Along the way they collaborated with some of the biggest names around, including Dash Berlin, Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix and Firebeatz.
2016 was a massive year for the duo, with a trio of releases on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings imprint (Magnum, Primer and Under The Stars) aligning them ever closer with this megastar, and more stellar remixes for The Chainsmokers, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and Afrojack enjoying millions of plays and consistently keeping their name at the top of the dance pile. With such a knack for remixing big pop and crossover singles, you can be assured that it won’t be long before they’re gatecrashing the charts themselves.
With four Beatport Overall Chart Top 10s, two Beatport Progressive House Chart #1s and a Beatport Electro Chart #1 to their name and over 50 million YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify plays, they have marked themselves out as a serious force in EDM. They have won plaudits for their fresh sound, which brings some genuine emotion and passion to the table alongside those all-important hard-hitting beats and turbo-charged riffs.
Key shows the duo have rocked include WISH Outdoor Festival, Daydream Festival, Vue Miami, Pacha NYC, Marquee Las Vegas, Dance Valley, Kingsland Festival and Amnesia Ibiza. Their 2016 kicked off to a strong start with the huge ‘Sweet Harmony’ on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom, a big remix of Nervo’s ‘Bulletproof’ and new vocal anthem ‘Million Miles’, signalling what could be their biggest year yet. With their Visionary radio show growing rapidly in stature across the world, virtually every major EDM artist supporting their tracks and more certified bombs on the way, they look set to dominate for years to come.
What's your favorite music genre at the moment? and why?
Progressive house has always been our favorite music genre but we
like to not think in genres. Good music is good music no matter what
genre. Melody is always the key thing for us. We love tracks that
can make you feel a certain way.
Your new single "Something Real" ft. Nevve has just been released
on Armada Music! Can you tell us the story behind this song?
We wanted to do something different from what people are used of us.
We made the instrumental concept a while ago and took it with us
when we went to LA to meet up with Nevve. She loved it and wrote the
lyrics while we were working on the track.
Your single "Turn it Around" is considered a milestone into the
progressive house genre. Can we expect to hear that sound again into
the next future?
It was a very big record for us indeed and we still play it every
set! We have been releasing similar tracks. For example; ‘I Found
You Heart’, ‘Fall Apart’ and we have a new one coming on Armada
What about your next moves? Any big project coming soon?
We have been working non stop in the studio in between tours, so we
have a lot of new music. A lot of progressive stuff but also
different genres. We also have some big collabs coming and a track
with these up and coming producers from Holland called Syzz. Other
than that we have a lot of shows coming and we’re excited for ADE in
About DJing, do you prefer to play in festivals or in clubs?
Both can be amazing. The thing we love about clubs is the intimate
vibe and usually you’re close to the crowed. Festivals can get
really big to a point where its hard to have an interaction with the
crowd. But the whole vibe at a festival; backstage, nice weather
(hopefully) etc, can be amazing too!
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Dutch DJ/Producer Don Diablo, currently #15 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list, has become a major force in the dance music world where he is credited with being one of the founders of the Future House movement. After scoring multiple hits on Beatport with records such as "On My Mind,” “Universe,” "Anytime," “Chemicals" and "Cutting Shapes"; Don is working on his forthcoming artist album for 2017.
A hugely in demand remixer his portfolio includes Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Bastille, Madonna, Birdy, DJ Snake x Justin Bieber and many more. Don has collaborated and produced with artists like Kelis, Alex Clare, Example, Diplo and Tiësto to name a few. A packed global tour schedule playing in excess of 250 live shows a year has seen him play the mainstages of Tomorrowland, EDC, Creamfields, Mysteryland, Lollapolooza and Ultra, whilst selling out his 2016/17 Headline Artist shows in the UK, US & the rest of Europe.
Don's record label "HEXAGON" launched in 2015 winning Best New Label on Beatport with the most amount of Top 10 records in its first year. As a producer Don is also credited as the "best selling house artist of all times" on Beatport. The HEXAGON Radio Show is currently broadcast in over 35 countries globally, holding a weekly Top 10 position in the iTunes podcast section every week reaching millions of people across the planet.
The Dutchman also has huge passion for film & cinematography, producing all of his own music videos and is currently working on the title theme for a mysterious science fiction film, set for a 2017 release. In the past Don's music was used for series ranging from CSI to Teenwolf and Warner Brothers asked Don to create the worldwide theme song for the much acclaimed “Batman Arkham Origins” game. The track and accompanying video became an instant viral hit racking up millions of Youtube plays and global hype. With an eye for fashion and trends, Don's self designed HEXAGON merchandise line sells out within hours so it's no surprise 2017 will see him launch his first official fashion line.
About Future House, the way you created your own signature, reflecting on positive lyrics which was a strong pillar of electronic festivals, but in your case with sounds that make people dance. When before it was more about jumping. I understand, as an artist, every song has a particular process, but if could get in one simple sentence, what do you want to tell the world with your music, what it would be?
It's a very good question.
I think mostly the songs, like my biggest songs, they kind of tell the story of unity, they bring people together. You know?! If you listen to Chemicals, This Is What We Started, Children Of A Miracle. They kinda have that vibe of bringing people together, uniting them. That's my goal with music, bringing as many people together as I can and just kind bringing a smile to people's faces. And at the same time as a producer, I try to implement new production technics and come up with fresh sounds and try to push things into the future. So it's something that we can move on for instead of look back.
With a huge career and fans, with worldwide tours, with 15th in the Top 100 DJs – 2016 of DJ Mag, with the number one spot as Future House Artist of the Year on Beatport in 2016, tell us if you already accomplished one of your first goals when you started?
Oh.. When I started I thought I'll maybe play at a local club, you know? I never thought I would be this far. But it's like.. addicted. When you see that you have such a huge fan base and that keeps growing you don't want to disappoint them. You get up in the morning and you look at all those pictures, reactions, flags, shirts, there are a hundred people with the tattoo of my logo on their body. You just feel an obligation to make those people proud. You know? So for me, it feels like I'm just getting started.
What would you consider your next big goal?
I still have so many plans in my head, So much energy. I want to make the live show bigger, I want to drop the album at the end of this year maybe or early next year. I'm working on a film, the clothing line just dropped, I working on the next collection cos it's selling like crazy. It's like, I'm really excited, so it's like I' just started you know?! It's how it feels for me, so I never think about any goals. I think my main is when I'm laying in my dying bed and have the people around, and hopefully, I did that touched people in the hearts, so I would think my goal has been reached.
We notice that your songs have always a propose, and we love that. But we think your fans would like to know the story behind "Silence"?
Ah, That's a good question.
Well, I …
The short version of it is, I have been with the same girl for almost 7 years, the love of my life I guess...We were just crazy about each other but If you do what I do… I'm always from home, and she said when you are at home, (I have a studio in my house, so I was always working, I was always trying to... ) my focus was really on trying to create something that lasts for the years to come, and I think in that process I forgot about what we had. And I knew I had to spend more time but at the same time I always felt like "this is my moment, I need to do it now". And we came to a point that she was like "you have to make a decision" and that's what the song is about.
The decision made it self and one day I came home after a long tour and I opened the door and all the furniture was gone, there was no one there. There was just silence, so I sat down on the floor, and I looked at the window and I was like…
You know.. there's a lot you have to sacrifice to do what you do. There are a lot of things happening that people won't see from the outside. I know people have their own way to do things but for me, it's being a long journey, a lot of work and a lot of sacrifices …
It was eighteen months ago, now I'm happily single, enjoying life, enjoying music, whole new world.
Your new song, Save a Little Love is amazing, what would you like to share with your fans about your next steps?
It's difficult because every time you'll make a song, you think, that is the song I want to put it out next. It's always the song that you made last and you are so excited about it. I think tonight I'm maybe going to play two or three new tracks in my set but I cannot release all them this year and there's a lot of music also that are not typically Don Diablo. They are more like down temple, or a little bit sexier, some of them more aggressive. But I want people to hear all my sides, I always been making different styles of music, I guess now I'm known by the future house but the common thing is that they are all futuristic and they all have an emotional layer. So far is going well, my fans a very open minded, I hope they are ready for changes. I always see this very dramatic conclusions when you upload something new like "Oh no you are going to change to make this now!" and I always do me but I want to play different stuff too!
Don't be afraid! haha haha
The clothing line will expand and also I'm working on a documentary film right now…More news on that to come soon!
How was like to play in Asia? What is your favorite place to play and why?
There's not really a favorite place but I mean my mom is Indonesian, so it's always very special when I play there because is my mother's country.
The fans in Asia they represent, so much passion, you can't see they crying on the front and I'm like - Oh I just want to hug you! - Even if it's a new song, and for me, that's the most important thing, my fans should follow me on my journey and trust me if I'm playing something new. It might be my next big song in a year, sometimes people just have to get used to, but in Asia they love it.
How are your feeling after playing here on Tomorrowland?
It's always very emotional for me, I don't know why, but for some reason, everyone from around the world is here, and people there have such high anticipation. There's always some pressure because they do the live stream and broadcast all over the world when normally you just play records you like and whatever, you are just having a good time but here one hour goes out to the world and people can watch for the rest of your life. It has more pressure, more emotion! I started in the back in a small stage four years ago and now I'm on the main stage. That's why I brought my mother!
Every week the team here at djmag asian spin dozens of new records, eagerly listening out for the cream of the crop in new music. There are plenty of releases that come our way that excite, inspire and keep us begging for more.
Finland’s Roisto returns to Axtone’s It’s Great! imprint with something special, once again channeling French touch of yesteryear whilst keeping things contemporary.
No regrets is a chilled-out track that encompasses the electronic signature sound offered by Roisto. The track itself encompasses simplicity, with a hit of a chorus that gives off a groovy vibe. The music clearly emphasises the heavy use of the synthpop and disco genres, with complements to the keyboards and synthesisers used in this track.
The video for ‘No Regrets’ follows on from the previous clip with the protagonist embarking on a live show performance mirroring that of Roisto’s, albeit fashioned out of one the most analogue materials of them all: cardboard.
Roisto have created something as emotionally honest and a lot more fun to dance to. Go out and rejoice: there’s something new under the sun.
Amsterdam-based DJ Mike Mago has joined forces with the talented Tom Ferry to release 'Remedy', featuring ILY, out now via BMKLTSCH RCRDS. The track combines a hypnotic vocal chorus and deep thumping bassline to create an upbeat summer anthem.
With experience in both deeper house music, as well as mainstream sounds, Dutch producer and label owner Mike Mago has become known for his musical diversity. In 2014 Mago released 'Outlines' which turned gold in three countries, and went double platinum in his native Netherlands. The track gained over 10 million YouTube views and over 20 million Spotify plays. Mike also boasts remixes for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Clean Bandit, and Bastille.
Currently in the midst of his summer schedule, Mago delivers ‘Remedy’ fresh off the back of his outstanding set on the Heldeep stage at Tomorrowland. A major name in the world of dance, the BMKLTSCH RCRDS label owner has played a number of huge stages in his career so far, including Tomorroworld, Amnesia, Ministry Of Sound, Mysteryland, O2 Academy, Pacha, New City Gas, Sound Nightclub, Creamfields, Hoxton, Heineken Music Hall, Summer Festival, and Zero Gravity.
Co-producer Tom Ferry has enjoyed a rapid rise through UK house, experiencing chart success with tracks such as ‘Plateau’, ‘Ur Love’ and ‘Out Of Sight’. Releasing with Armada Music, Ultra Music and Universal Music Group, he has accumulated millions of plays across YouTube and SoundCloud in the process. His recent original track 'By My Side', which features vocals from X-factor Australia alumni Michaela Baranov, has caught fire with support by Sam Feldt and Bakermat and we look forward to the Liverpudlian’s next venture.
Joining the duo on the track is ILY, a singer and songwriter born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Her first release was a collaboration with Swedish house producers Albin Myers and John Dahlback, a song called ‘Vibe’, which became the anthem for Sweden’s biggest house festival "Summerburst" in 2015. She received critical acclaim for her single "Magic" with support from blogs all over the world, and new material and exciting collaborations coming up, ILY is ready to make a big impact on the pop music scene.
Mike Mago & Tom Ferry Release “Remedy” ft. ILY
Out Now via BMKLTSCH RCRDS
Stream via Soundcloud:
We met Mike during Tomorrowland and we had the chance to ask him few questions:
When and Why everything started for you?
I actually started playing because all my friends were DJs playing Hip hop, it used to be a Hip-hop kind of thing. They were always playing Hip-hop record and I was really into collecting the funks samples that were used on Hip-hop. To kinda like forming my habits, I started to play at pubs just to play whole night funk for 15 euros, so I could buy two more records and that's what I did. And slowly I started to play in more clubs, and this was like 20 years ago. I started to notice that when you play in clubs it's easier and better if you mix it a little bit with electronic and then I develop being a promoter for a long time as well and then I started my label BMKLTSCH RCRDS and them I started producing and then kind started to pick ups. I was producing for 3 years when "Outlines" came, to it was really fast.
About your crossing border EP and your song "Feel So Good" that is the Lit song right? There was premiered on Billboard. So what's the story about it?
With the crossing borders, I wanted to make like an EP that displays kind of the white skill I'm in, so I have one more ground track, one more indie with a singer and "Feel So Good" with is bit more up lifting hards track. My main goal is letting people know that when they come to gig of mine they won't only hear "Feel So Good" or "Outlines" but I also like and play more deeper darker stuff. But obviously "Feel So Good" is in, it's a little bit more energetic and it just started with the vocal that I got from the writer, a Sweden and I thought it was really catchy and started building a track around it. So the track was done and I say let's go and then I made a mistake by looping the Feel So Good drop. We call it the happy accident.
What are your next steps now?
I just released a tracy on Spinning called "One in a Trillion" which I'm gonna play today as well. We are going to released the music video of this one, the guy who made this music video is the camera guy for Oliver Heldens, so he's gonna be here, so Im; going to see the video today for the first time but Oliver Heldens already saw it. So I'm the third one to see it. Spoiler Alert! I have another track coming on my lanel BMKLTSCH RCRDS Records which I'm going to premier today as well. I hope the reactions gonna be nice.
How are you feeling playing in Tomorrowland?
Obviously I'm exited, I mean the Meca of of Dance festivals I think, specially now a days when they do it in more locations at the same time. I'm so bloom away by how big the event is because, like five years ago I played here and I didn't know so much about the festival, I played on a stage for like hundred people and I thought I had done really well. I was really happy and then somebody said "You finished now, let's walk around! " so we went to the main stage and I was like "Woww!! This is insane! my set was good but this is insane!" So after that I played every year and I'm just amazed by the festival. I'm pretty happy to play at Heldeep now because the artist are pretty similar to my sound and this is it. For me is what I am the best. I'm just going to enjoy and love every moment.
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We've been talking about Deep Tropics for the past couple of weeks and finally got to experience it in all of it's glory August 5th-6th in Nashville, TN. It was the first ever installment of the festival and it couldn't have asked for a better debut. The two days were packed full of the best entertainment, with pool parties at The East Ivy Mansion, yoga at the Tranquil Temple, and massive sets from some of the best in the business like Mija, TroyBoi, Gramatik, Justin Martin, and the Desert Hearts Crew. Check out the video below to get a taste of Deep Tropics, and we'll see you there next year!
Written by : Petey Mac