DVBBS in Dubai interview

Canadian dance star on inspiration, coming to Dubai and new material

Interview, Hot seat

Chanelle Tourish talks to Alex van den Hoef of the Canadian sibling dance music duo about their inspirations, coming to Dubai and new material.

What do you think of Dubai?
I have been so excited to come, I always see all the buzz on Twitter and it’s just so beautiful. My friend [American rapper] Tyga is always in Dubai and I just wanted to get some crazy photos. Chris and I went into the desert quad biking and sand boarding. It was cool.

‘Tsunami’ with Borgeous is perhaps one of your biggest hits. Why did you release it anonymously at first?
Nowadays if you aren’t a known musician, not everyone gives you a chance right away. So we just felt that if we released it this way, it would be all about the music. We released the song as an ID and it did miracles by itself.

How has your life changed in the past two years?

It’s been a big whirlwind this year. We’ve just been working in studios, touring and non-stop travelling. This has brought us to the position where we are now headlining lots of main stages. We’ve had 300 shows in total scheduled this year and we are working with some of the legends we’ve always wanted to work with.

You worked with Martin Garrix and Sander van Doorn. Do you have you any other collaborations lined up?
We are actually working with someone, whose name I can’t reveal right now [rumoured to be Tiësto] but he’s been one of our biggest inspirations since we were kids. I think half of the world has looked up to him for many years. Martin Garrix [is a contemporary] and after our collaboration, we became really close. Sander was kind of like a father figure, above all our success the whole time, so it’s just really cool.

Which DJs did you listen to when you were growing up?
Chris’ first rave was Sander van Doorn, so it was cool telling him that and he was flattered. We listened to a lot of reggae, hip-hop and punk but I’d say in the DJ world we are really big into Showtech, they are one of my biggest inspirations.

Were those encounters everything you imagined?
There have been people that I’ve looked up to all my life and then I finally met them and they weren’t what I expected. They aren’t so kind and there are a lot of people you meet like that, but then, I’m friends with guys like Tiësto and Martin [Garrix] and they are some of the best people. It makes you realise why they are on top. Since day one, they have been humble, which makes the world love them –
not just for the music but as people.

What do you guys have coming up next?
Our next single, ‘Pyramids’, is coming out on Monday November 24 with Dropgun and Sanjin. We have plans to bring more instruments into our live shows because I sing and play guitar and Chris plays drums, so it will still be a DJ set but with more production.
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