For Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, the road to global superstardom has been nothing short of a Kansas-to-Oz whirlwind adventure. In less than six years, it’s a story that reads like a bedtime fairy tale for thousands of young bedroom DJ/producers the world over. Sought after producers, remixers to the cream of the A-list elite, number 38 in the influential DJ Mag Top 100 and number 1 hit makers in their own right, the accolades the pair have clocked so far are equal to those some DJ stalwarts amass during a lifetime!
On The Road
Increasingly reading like the departure board of JFK Airport, Dimitri and Mike’s international tour diary is booming, as fans around the world demand to witness for themselves the exhilarating performances that have made the duo one of the hottest dance tickets for 2012 and beyond. North America has fallen completely under the spell of the brothers, with an incredible six tours in 2012 alone including the prestigious Deadmeat Tour alongside Dimmak head honcho Steve Aoki. An entire month of touring in September and October established the brothers as one of the most popular acts to hit the continent – and it’s not just there that Dimitri and Mike are making their mark. Their high energy unique take on the dance floor experience has seen South America, Latin America, the Middle East, South Africa, Asia and Europe fall at their feet and then rise up to demand more – which is exactly what they’ll be getting as the pair continue to raise the bar and push harder to bring fans everywhere a piece of the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike magic. Whether it’s in legendary venues like Pacha Ibiza and NYC and Mansion in Miami to London’s Ministry of Sound and Brazil’s epic Green Valley, or on the stages of the world’s biggest festivals where they have proved themselves time and again absolute kings of the arena – Mysteryland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Creamfields, Electric Daisy Carnival, Beatpatrol, Ultra Music Festival, XXXperience, Touch The Air, Sunrise, Touch The Air, Nocturnal Wonderland and of course, Tomorrowland – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are tearing up the performance rulebook with a passion.
Kings Of Tomorrowland And Beyond
Of all the venues and stages Dimitri and Mike grace their electric act with, it’s probably the world’s biggest EDM event Tomorrowland that they’re most closely associated with. Organisers of the mega-festival, itself renowned the world over for surpassing that all-too-often mentioned ‘next level’ in spades, were so blown away with the natural power of the brothers’ debut performance for them that they bought them on board to produce the official 2010 Tomorrowland Anthem ‘Tomorrow Give In’ with Dada Life and Tara McDonald. The collaboration was pure dynamite, so much so that when 2011’s event came onto the horizon, the duo were once again the natural choice, this time teaming up with Grammy Award-winner Afrojack and Australian pop royalty NERVO to produce ‘The Way We See The World’. Shooting straight to the top of the Beatport Charts and remaining there for weeks, it cemented the pair’s undeniable hit-making prowess. 2012 and it was a no-brainer. ‘Tomorrow Changed Today’ became the first ever non-Avicii release on the LE7ELS label and struck chart gold. But the Tomorrowland singles aren’t the brothers’ only anthems. Highly accomplished producers with a string of top-flight results to their name, they scored N°1 in Belgium with Liquid Skies while their version of Pump Up The Jam with Techotronic on Refune was one of the most heavily supported tracks of the year. Size Records released ‘Generation X’; Dimmak released the ‘Stomp EP’; ‘Loops & Things’ was snapped up by Doorn Records; while their own Smash The House imprint soared to prominence as tracks like ‘Madagascar’, ‘Rej’, ‘Alarma’, ‘Momentum’ and more took Beatport by storm. Most recently tracks like ‘Phat Brahms’ with Steve Aoki and Annger Dimas and ‘Madness’ with Lil Jon and Coone have seen a growing relationship between the brothers and the mighty Dim Mak label. With upcoming singles that include collaborations with Laidback Luke, Sander van Doorn and Moguai, plus more work to come from STH rising stars Yves V and Wolfpack in the pipeline, the DVLM musical juggernaut is only going to get heavier, wider and faster.
The Remix Masters
If you’re A-list and you want a remix, there’s one name – or make that two – on everybody’s lips. Fast becoming one of the go-to acts for major artists, the demand for Dimitri and Mike’s editing skills has gone through the roof. From their debut remix ‘Work That Body’ back in 2009 which caught the attention of label boss Axwell, who immediately commissioned them for Abel Ramos’s ‘Rotterdam City of Love’ and the pre-Swedish House Mafia’s monster hit ‘Leave The World Behind’ by Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke and Axwell himself; to arguably the biggest artist in the world right now, Lady Gaga, who requested the boys’ take on her single ‘Marry The Night’, a remix that within hours of completion was scooped up for Radio 1’s peak-time Friday night show Ready For The Weekend. In between the pair have reworked everyone from Billboard royalty Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull (‘Papi’), MTV favourites LMFAO (‘Champagne Showers’), the infamous Swedish House Mafia (‘Leave The World Behind’), Tiesto, Snoop Dogg, Bob Sinclar, Mary J Blige, Sean Paul and going full circle to team up in the studio with Axwell for their massive remix of ‘One Look’.
Just The Beginning...
So yes, it seems to be a veritable fairytale story emerging from this talented and grittily determined duo from Belgium. But ladies and gentlemen, let’s not forget that their story is still very much in its infancy and that this really is just the very beginning of what will be a very eventful and successful journey. Get involved and jump on board!