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

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Belgium brothers Dimitri Thivaios & Michael Thivaios, more well known as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have got the EDM world by storm thanks to their smashing, fist-pumping live performances and Beatport chart-toppers. We involved the main stage players for an interview at TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills - give it a look!

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

Mike: Many thanks. We did a fresh intro. That was my thing all week to work on that. While I was doing that Dimi was doing the rest of the set.
Dimitri: Yeah it was pretty much what didn’t we play at Tomorrowland. Both of them are kind of close to each other so the challenge would be to come up with enough original stuff.

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

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

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What exactly are your upcoming tracks?

Mike: Many different stuff. I think we have to start releasing more stuff instead of working on making more tracks.
Dimitri: We simply teased a lot of blogs in the Tomorrowland aftermovie but that was simply the tip of the iceberg. The thing is that towards next year now for sure we are gonna do an album. Of course we don’t want an album with the stuff people have recently been waiting for two years - also that’s definitely not original. It’s kind of looking what direction we're going in. It’s always an issue to fill the Tomorrowland aftermovie but the problem is all of sudden there are eight new tracks available that people are expecting but you can’t release a track every fourteen days. That’s a bit of a problem.

There were a lot of big tracks from your 2013 aftermovie that we are still waiting on.

Dimitri: Yes and perhaps 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 it was like it would be cool to add 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 as a kid. In the meanwhile we’ve also been doing a bit of more experimental stuff, some deeper stuff, more techie stuff we also grew up with after the hip hop when we gone after Ibiza so it’s basically going back to the roots a bit right now.

It all comes full circle.

Dimitri: The actual question is like we have so many different types of tracks ready and if we do an album how is that going to mean an album. That’s the big question as a consequence of course we don’t wish to accomplish like an EDM big-room album because one side…
Mike: There’s gonna be some big-room on the website for sure.
Dimitri: Yeah of course that’s the other thing I want to to say of course we can’t not execute a big-room album so maybe we’re thinking maybe we need to split it up or do a double album. On the other hand think for EDM it truely does work better track by track 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 everyone is gonna be like hmmmm.
Mike: I do believe the album would have been 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 and also the point is now how's it gonna become how much of this style or that style. How shall we be gonna throw it all up. So we’re still working on the lot of stuff. We’re doing a collaboration with Major Lazer.

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You did the remix for “Bumaye.”

Dimitri: Yes, we have a really cool track in addition to 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 will need to see where it's going, vocals is always the largest challenge.

Well you guys are kind of like machines. You’re making a lots of amazing tracks.

Dimitri: He’s inside the studio 24/7 like preparing new ideas then it’s up to me to be like I’m gonna finish this place or maybe that will be a cool collaboration for that artist and then we send it over as well as the machine keeps working.

All of you kind of blew up with Tomorrowland so lots of people think you guys type of came out at that time however , you’ve been making music for any 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 entire year we did a remix as well as Swedish House Mafia of “Leave The globe Behind.”
Mike: We grew fot it before Tomorrowland. We were already touring the globe on a lower scale.
Dimitri: It had been also a different time. Then it was still a major thing to be touring the planet. Now all the clubs are begging for house DJs to research. Back in the day when we first commenced out…
Mike: We were begging. Going the first time we visited Miami we actually payed for our own flights, are there less than 24 hours, played there free of charge for an empty club…and it absolutely was raining.
Dimitri: I remember initially we played in Vegas it absolutely was still that there was hip-hop DJ on both before and after us. That’s how much the full scene has changed in five years, everything has gotten turned the wrong way up.

For sure it also implies that you guys have been there for some time, not just an overnight success.

Dimitri: The story with Tomorrowland came on the right time. The guys they noticed that which you were doing.
Mike: These were looking for a Belgian act that was kinda on the same level his or her festival towards the other world…
Dimitri: With the potential to expand towards the rest of the world so that’s why we started family interaction.

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You also did something special you had been in a Tomorrowland comic in the writer of Spiderman.

Dimitri: Yes Paul Jenkins he also did Wolverine and a bunch of great comics.

When you could be any superhero who you be?

Mike: That's that guy or girl from The X-Men who can absorb anyone’s power?
Dimitri: Rogue
Mike: Yeah that’s a great power.
Dimitri: I would say Wolverine.
Mike: Or Highlander but you still have to chop off lots of heads, not really my thing.
Dimitri: I prefer 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 ability you want.

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What would you be doing should you weren’t making music?

Mike: Good question there’s countless 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 young adult so it’s very hard to say.
Dimitri: I’ve been doing the complete 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 should go in that direction or that direction however think I’d always be doing something sort 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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Who will be some upcoming artists to watch out for?

Mike: There are so many.

On Smash Your house there’s a lot of talent there.

Dimitri: Wolfpack have already been doing really great, also Yves V.
Mike: The Belgians.
Dimitri: Ibranovski. I must say Deorro but it’s almost ridiculous to note cause he’s doing amazing, this type of great talent.