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

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Belgium brothers Dimitri Thivaios & Michael Thivaios, also known as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike took the EDM world by storm because of their smashing, fist-pumping live performances and Beatport chart-toppers. We swept up the main stage players on an interview at TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee Hills - give it a look!

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

Mike: Thank you. We did a whole new 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 turned out pretty much what didn’t we play at Tomorrowland. Both are kind of close to each other so the challenge would be to come up with enough original stuff.

Mission accomplished. You additionally played a new remix for Steve Aoki.

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

Precisely what are your upcoming tracks?

Mike: Many different stuff. I think we have to start releasing more stuff rather than working on making more tracks.
Dimitri: We just teased a lot of new stuff in the Tomorrowland aftermovie but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Parallels towards next year mobile phone . sure we are gonna do an album. Needless to say we don’t want an album because of the stuff people have been recently waiting for two years - also that’s certainly not original. It’s kind of looking what direction were going in. It’s always a challenge to fill the Tomorrowland aftermovie ths issue is all of sudden you can find eight new tracks around that people are looking forward to but you can’t release a track every fourteen days. That’s a bit of a problem.

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

Dimitri: Yes and maybe some of them may never get released.
Mike: I think that’s probably what’s gonna happen.

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Mike your plant's roots are in hip-hop and now you’re returning to that a little bit.

Mike: The thing is that I produced some trap records and was like it would be cool to include some vocals furthermore. 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 a bit of more experimental stuff, some deeper stuff, more techie stuff we also grew up with following your 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: Currently the question is like we now have so many different types of tracks ready and when we do an album bed not the culprit that going to translate to an album. That’s now the big question because of course we don’t want to do like an EDM big-room album because one side…
Mike: There’s gonna be some big-room on the for sure.
Dimitri: Yeah of course that’s the other thing I needed to say of course we can’t not do a big-room album so maybe we’re thinking maybe we have to split it up or perform double album. However think for EDM it truely does work better track by track as 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 come out with a hip-hop album folks are gonna be like hmmmm.
Mike: I believe the album is a nice story.
Dimitri: And that’s what we’re focusing on at this point I think we've got material for easily two albums or three and the point is now how's it gonna become how much of this style or that style. How shall we be held gonna throw it all up. So we’re still working on a lot of stuff. We’re performing a collaboration with Major Lazer.

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In college the remix for “Bumaye.”

Dimitri: Yes, you will find there's really cool track in addition to them, we’re looking out for the right vocals now, which something - it’s not only a genre, it’s something totally different all together like a combination of all different styles. We need to see where it goes, vocals is always the biggest challenge.

Well you guys are similar to machines. You’re making a great deal of amazing tracks.

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

You guys kind of blew up with Tomorrowland so many people think you guys kind 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 five years.
Dimitri: Yeah that was 4 seasons we did a remix in addition to Swedish House Mafia of “Leave The World Behind.”
Mike: We grew fot it before Tomorrowland. We were already touring the entire world on a lower scale.
Dimitri: It had been also a different time. At that time it was still a major thing to be touring the entire world. Now all the clubs are begging for house DJs to research. Back in the day when we first commenced out…
Mike: We were begging. I recall the first time we visited Miami we actually payed for our own flights, were there less than 24 hours, played there free of charge for an empty club…and it absolutely was raining.
Dimitri: I remember the very first time we played in Vegas it had been still that there was hip-hop DJ on before us. That’s how much the entire scene has changed in five years, everything has gotten turned the wrong way up.

For sure it also shows that you guys have been there for quite a while, not just an overnight success.

Dimitri: The storyline with Tomorrowland came on the right time. The guys they noticed what we should were doing.
Mike: We were holding looking for a Belgian act that's kinda on the same level his or her festival towards the remaining portion of the 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 are in a Tomorrowland comic from the writer of Spiderman.

Dimitri: Yes Paul Jenkins actually is well liked did Wolverine and a bunch of great comics.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Mike: Who's that guy or girl through 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 however, you still have to chop off plenty of heads, not really my thing.
Dimitri: I like the series Heroes - remember the cheerleader, the girl that is like untouchable - that’s pretty cool.
Mike: However that guy who absorbs everyone’s powers can also absorb her powers - that’s the electricity you want.

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An amount you be doing in case you weren’t making music?

Mike: Good question there’s so many possibilities that would of happened - can’t really say. We have a lot of hobbies and interests we used to do when we were younger 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 are points in my life where I’ve been like I will go in that direction or that direction however i think I’d always be doing something kind of in the music business probably on the management/label side. That’s the realistic aspect 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 The home there’s a lot of talent there.

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

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