Whether the Netherlands or the world was ready for it, little did we all know Vicetone was ready for us. Vicetone, never heard of them? Well, let me help you change that. With 560,000+ video views on their You Tube channel, 50,000+ Likes on their Facebook page,and 7,000+ followers on their Soundcloud page this producer/DJ duo from Groningen, Netherlands is ready to show us all what Progressive House & Electro is all about.
After reviewing their Be the Rave presents Guest Mix, I was left wanting more. And typically if a DJ has not mastered their talent, fans can easily become frustrated minutes in, but that is not the case with Vicetone. In the whole hour of their mix, I did not once want to turn off their music. And that is exactly what is needed to captivate an audience. There should be a reason the fan eagerly anticipates a DJ’s newly released tracks, remixes, and announcement of tour dates. Fans want to be mesmerized, they want something they can hum along to, tap their foot to, or even study with. Vicetone surely demonstrates that their music is something unique. Immediately when I listen to Vicetone, I get the same amazing feeling I get when I listen to Wolfgang Gartner.
Just like Porter Robinson, don’t let age fool you, because both Vicetone DJs are both 20 years old and they are a testament that age is just a number, because they clearly show that they have a handle on the genres of Progressive House and Electro.
Be sure to check out Vicetone on their Soundcloud for a few free downloads and to keep track of their work. Don’t have a Soundcloud? Don’t fret, Vicetone has all of the social media covered, you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Beatport,Itunes, and even their own website, Vicetone.com.
How did you guys get involved in EDM?
R: I was 11 when I first heard Tiësto’s track Traffic. I got his 2003 album ‘Just Be’ the same week and I’ve been hooked on dance music ever since.
V: Well, don’t blame me for this.. But I really got into it by starting listening to the ‘future trance’ albums, I think like 5 or 6 years ago..
What made you want to start DJing/ producing?
R: I’ve always had the desire to produce dance music. I listened to a lot of dance music over the years and I wanted to change some of the songs that I was listening too. We started taking it much more seriously in 2012, resulting in the forming of Vicetone.
V: Hearing all those great dance tracks and melodies on the radio is what attracted me the most in actually trying to make them myself.
Which artists would you say are your greatest influences?
R: Eric Prydz, Tiestö, SHM
V:Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto
Now I know you guys come from the Netherlands, how does the electronic music scene in the United States compare to that of the Netherlands?
R: We haven’t been there yet to see it for ourselves, but the electronic music scene is still fairly new in the USA while it has been very popular in the Netherlands for years now.
V: The EDM scene in the US is really starting to evolve. In the Netherlands, the radio stations are already dominated by dance music.. hope to see this happening in the US soon too!
You two have remixed everyone from Adele to Barak Obama, what exactly is it about a sample that inspires you to turn it into a remix of your own? Are there any specific characteristics that you look for?
R: It all depends on the vocals and the feeling we get from them. The Obama speech was really motivating and inspiring, and we tried to make a track around it that reinforced that feeling.
V: Sometimes it’s a speech that gives you the chills. Sometimes it’s a beautiful vocal sample that just gets you. That’s when you know you want to start working on it/ remixing it.
What would you say to the critics of our culture, whom often say that DJing and producing are essentially lesser forms of musical creation because they generally don’t involve any traditional instruments ?
R: I’d let them listen some of the different genres in dance music. I don’t think one form of music creation is “less” than the other, it’s an old outdated thought that music made on a computer is a lesser form of music creation. We love to incorporate traditional instruments in our tracks as well.
V: Music has always been a matter of taste. As long as people around the world enjoy listening and dancing to dance music, I don’t see what the problem is.
What is it like to work collaboratively with one another? Who brings what to the table?
R: We always mix things up, sometimes I design the sounds or the melody, sometimes Victor does it, there are no rules. We just work really well together in the studio and the collaboration has been this easy from the start.
V: It is great to have someone next to you that you can exchange ideas with all the time. The best tracks are the ones with a 50/50 input, and those are also more fun to work on!
Are there any challenges that come with working in a duo as opposed to solo? What are the benefits of working as a duo?
R: It’s much more fun to produce as a duo, rather than sitting in your studio alone for hours and hours. Also, you can always rely on the other person if you’re having doubts about a certain sound or melody – in nearly every track, we get a moment where one of us is uncertain about a sound or melody, and we let the other person decide whether or not to leave it in.
V: We almost never really disagree on big decisions while making a track.. And when we do, we trust each other in rather something is a good or a bad idea. There will always be moments where you’re not sure about a melody, idea or a sound.. and that’s where the other person comes in. And most of all.. it is really fun to work on tracks together!
Your music is the epitome of great house music. What do you think it is about that specific genre that really speaks to you? Are there any other genres that you would like to work with?
R: I’ve always loved catchy melodies, and house music is my favorite combination of melody and groove. We try lots of different stuff though and don’t really think in genres, we just make what we think is good.
V: I’ve always had a weakness for melodies, It is what attracts us the most in making music. Like Ruben said, we don’t really care about genres, as long as we make the music that we like.
You guys have had a very successful 2012, what do you hope to accomplish this new year? What projects do you intend to work on? Any collaborations in the works?
R: We want to release our first vocal originals, start playing shows and collaborate with other artists that inspire us – we have a ton of new music coming out this year and can’t wait to show it to the world.
V: We just really want to keep evolving and make as many quality tracks as we can. And of course playing gigs around the world and see people raging to our music!