A Sit Down With DJ Yves V
Yves V is one of the big players who joins the biggest EDM festival, Tomorrowland year after year and delivers his own world to the fans. In 2014, he got into the DJ MAG TOP 100 DJs ranking and in 2016, he was ranked as 62nd place, proving himself to be a world class DJ/Producer. He continues to go global and also released tracks with Japanese title like Manga and Umami, emphasizing on his feelings towards Japan.
"I couldn't imagine by life without electronic music, music is my passion and my way of life."
How did you first get into DJing/producing, and who were your early passions and influences?
Music has always been a big part of my life from an early age but it took me a while to realise I could do this as a career. That was a big step for me, moving on from teaching and taking the leap to DJing and producing. I first started experimenting with what direction and sound I wanted to take before I started producing. It took patience but the decision was one of the best Ive ever made.
What do you think is the biggest difference between a European massive festival than an American festival?
I think for the moment in Europe the crowd is so diverse, people from all over the world are coming to these festivals which is what gives it an extra special feeling. The US scene is really exploding right now but it has a very young audience and is still finding its way, which for me is really exciting because the possibilities are endless at where this scene can go now.
What is DJ Mag to you as a DJ and producer?
DJ Mag is one of the most important medias on the planet for what we do and for the fans. The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll is also very significant and to be included in the poll these past two year has been amazing, Im really grateful to be a part of this movement.
You play and produce a mix of Electro- & Progressive House and Dutch House. How would you describe your own music in just a few words?
Melodic, positive and energetic!
What did you do before your job as a DJ?
I was a teacher! However, a few years ago I quit my job to completely devote myself to DJ and producer life. Although I really liked my previous job ... making music myself and being a DJ is my true passion!
What are some of your favourite songs to incorporate into your set?
I always add some classic mash-ups taking vocals from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay for example and adding an edit underneath to make a really unique sound that people will know but still dance to. It makes people more comfortable when they feel like theyre connecting with something more familiar which is important. Recently, Dimitri Vangelis & Wymans s mashup of my track Daylight with Alessos Lose My Mind has been sounding huge, haha, great response with that one.
How would you describe your style and how long does it take to produce a track?
I would say uplifting big-room and electro. How long it takes really depends, if it is a collaboration and we are also working with a vocalist, then this can take longer because there are multiple people involved, swapping ideas, making edits and giving approvals. But sometimes a track can be super simple, just me with an idea that myself and my engineer will work to finish. As long as Im happy with the final product, I think taking a little longer can pay off.
Your hit Out Of Gravity also reached 1 million streams on Spotify how did that feel? And how important are streaming numbers to you as an artist?
Im so happy everyone is enjoying the track! Out Of Gravity was a production I made with Swanky Tunes and really had crowds moving during my sets. Streaming is great, even free levels of streaming which have some limits or adverts are great, fans can access your music from anywhere in the world with an internet connection it is the future of listening on-demand and it is here right now.
Have you ever played in Germany?
Yes, a few times already. Just recently I was in the Naava Club in Melle (Lower Saxony). I would like to hang here a lot more often, because the German audience knows how to party. Moreover, it is the neighboring country of my native Belgium! Thanks to the proximity, my family and my friends can watch me in Germany and I also meet my German friends.
Having support from big names like, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Tiësto and many more must feel amazing! Is there any one youd love to work with?
It is amazing! Ive played with Guetta who would of course be amazing to work with but it would be a dream to work with someone like Alesso who is an amazing talent for someone so young. It would also be fun to work with someone not in the dance music world
Looking back over the past eventful and equally successful years, what were the best and the worst gigs you played and what were the funniest things that occurred during your performances?
Best shows: S2O Festival Bangkok, Guaba beach Cyprus, Tomorrowland Brazil
Funny: playing a show in Belgium during the worldcup when the Belgium national team was playing during my set, so everybody was dancing and watching the game on the screens
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