Exclusive Interview with Yves V
EPIC ENTERTAINMENT brings YVES V back to Bangkok. He has made remixes for Ian Carey, Timbaland & Missy Elliott, is an official Resident DJ of TOMORROWLAND, has played at Sensation & Mysteryland and is currently ranked #55 in DJ MAG's Top 100 DJs list. Expect a night of high-energy Electro- and Progressive House.
Siam2nite had the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Yves V, shortly before his performance at Live RCA on June 26.
You are a DJ & Producer from Belgium – in 2014 you entered the DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list on #55. As Resident DJ of TomorrowLand - one of the biggest festivals of the world - you have performed on its main stage multiple times already, you are also Resident DJ of TomorrowWorld and you have remixed for artists such as Timbaland, Missy Elliott and Ginuwine. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place, and how did you get into DJing and music production?
Not many people know that I was actually a PE teacher before I started working on music full-time for my career but I’ve always been a fan of electronic music. I used to listen to a lot more rave-y, techno sounds in my spare time, which then took a more house-influenced and progressive route when making my own music. ‘Cloudbreaker’ which was my first release on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s Smash The House label with Basto, was really where it all started for me.
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!
You are best known for your tracks “Madagascar” (with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Angger Dimas), “CloudBreaker” (with Basto), “Sonica” (with Paul Aiden), “Oldschool Sound” (with Chuckie), “Direct Dizko” (with Sander Van Doorn), “Wait Till Tomorrow” (with Regi & Mitch Crown) and Magic (with Sydney Samson). What other tracks, remixes or mix-sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
As you said, I’m a Tomorrowland resident so I’d say the best way to get a scope of what I’m about and the music I play, would be to check out one of my live sets from there. I like to play tracks across a whole spectrum of genres, not just electronic music . I’ll work in my own original tracks, mash-ups and then classics like Daft Punk and Fatboy Slim.
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
What are you currently working and focusing on? What’s on your agenda for the near future?
I’m preparing to take on Tomorrowland again next month and I’m also working on three very exciting collaborations s at the moment, I can’t let slip with who just yet though!
You have performed in Bangkok several times already – twice in 2014 at Levels, and this April at the S2O Festival. Did you keep your Bangkok performances – and Thailand in general – in good memory? What can the Bangkok crowd expect of your upcoming performance on 26th June at Live RCA?
Yes, I love touring in the region, Bangkok is such a beautiful city and the crowds are just crazy, I’m looking forward to returning soon!