The Netherlands has a long history of producing massive global DJs. An early adoption of Hardstyle and then suddenly chiming it with that trance sound of the late 90s and early 00s, the small northern European nation seems to have a windmill-powered factory for big room producers. Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Afrojack, Freddie Le Grand, Martin Garrix, Laidback Luke and Oliver Heldens all hail from the Netherlands, and in 2013 a new young duo exploded onto the scene and kept the country’s massive dancefloor-rigged tradition going strong: Vicetone.
After meeting in school and bonding over a love of progressive house, Victor and Ruben started producing together and the next year saw them chart at #60 in the DJ Mag Top 100, and gain support from the likes of Hardwell, Nicky Romero, and Nervo. Recently they’ve been busy firing out new music and traveling the world, bringing their Dutch patented prog house sound to thousands of fans at events like The Road to Ultra: Philippines and Ultra Japan, and drop big releases on the likes of Monstercat, Ultra and of course, Dim Mak.
The boys of Vicetone are busy touring right now in Asia, but we got a chance to fire over some questions and find out a little more about the boys behind the bangers!
Tell us about your best ever gig?
There’s so many to choose from… but one of our best gigs ever must be playing Ultra Miami. And all the Ultra’s we’ve played have been nothing short of amazing. Tomorrowland this year was fantastic too.
Which historical figure would you like to collaborate with and why?
Probably Mozart, just to be in awe of his genius, and see if he can teach us some of his ways.
How would you describe your music to your grandma in three words?
Feel-good dance music!
Your new song “Catch me” just came out on Dim Mak. If you were trying to get away from someone, where would you go to hide?
Probably the attic. Plenty of space to hide there.
Whats the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at a festival?
EDM festivals aren’t usually known for mosh pits, but we had one going during one of our sets which was pretty weird to see!
What are you obsessed with right now?
We just bought new laptops for music production, and they’re amazingly fast! They’re also twice as thin as our previous laptops so it’s a joy to actually carry a light laptop when you travel so much.
What is your worst musical guilty pleasure?
We love the old cheesy euro-dance from 10 years ago. It’s what we grew up with when we were still in elementary school and we’ve never stopped loving it. It’s classic!
Halloween is coming up. What was your best costume growing up?
We grew up in The Netherlands where we don’t celebrate Halloween, but last year we were in San Francisco doing a gig on Halloween night. Victor dressed up as a ghost-producer, with a ghost outfit. Pretty funny even if we say so ourselves…
Tell us a secret about one another.
We both used to be really good FIFA players back when we were 15 and in high school. We had a team together with another friend and one time we were ranked in the top 10 of all of Europe. We’re not sure if that’s something to ever be proud of, but we were pretty chuffed about it! We definitely aren’t as good anymore…
Listen to Vicetone’s new track Catch Me in their new one-hour mix below, which is packed full of certified bangers from beginning to end.