The enthusiasm that emanates from Yves V, who debuted in this years DJ Mag Top 100 poll at #55, continues to burn with the stellar magnitude of a supernova. Over the course of his career Yves V has risen to international standing amongst his peers and global dance fans, as a producer and DJ of high acclaim.
We had a chance to interview him, read on:
Question: What really made you choose music as your career?
As a life-long fan and lover of music – but not just that, the feelings and emotions that music can create – I wanted to bring joy, happiness, ecstasy and emotion to people wherever they may be in the world, music transcends all languages.
Question: Tell us what producers you admire?
My boys Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are always one step ahead of the game with their Smash The House label and their insane productions, both on the live circuit and in the studio. Chuckie is also a big inspiration but there are also a lot of cool Belgian guys coming through the ranks like Sem Thomasson and Megamen.
Question: How does it feel to be the Resident DJ of Tomorrowland?
Indescribable! Even after all these years when I get asked that question, it never loses meaning or interest. Tomorrowland has been such an integral part of my career and growth – both personally and in the studio – and being able to play as a resident year-in-year-out in Boom and now places like Brasil and at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, is something I’m so grateful for.
Question: You’ve performed at both festivals and club shows, but which one do you prefer?
They are both so different with their own positives and negatives but the rush of taking on festival crowds is just awesome. Knowing that people from all over the world have congregated on their journey just to watch me, makes me so appreciative and feel so lucky that I get to do this as my job on a daily basis. There is also the challenge of almost converting people in the audience that may not be familiar with my sound, I want to make sure everyone leaves with a smile on their faces!
Question: Playing at which festival/club has been the most amazing experience ever?
Nothing will beat my first time stepping out onto that Tomorrowland stage in Boom, Brasil’s Green Valley is also an amazing setting, the sunset comes down round the rear of the stage and just illuminates the whole place, it’s deservedly the #1 club in the world and one of the best venues I’ve ever played at.
Question: If your music were an animal, what would you be?
I’m a cat person so I would definitely be some form of feline, I’d like to think a Cheetah because they’re super-speedy!
Question: What is next for YVES V?
I have an all-new solo production coming very soon and I’ve just launched my V Sessions Radio show, we’re only a few episodes in but the response has been great and to connect with fans in the mix, who may not be able to make it out to my shows, is awesome. I’m glad I waited a while before launching V Sessions, it feels like the interest that has now come from the launch feels really organic.
Question: What are your Top 3 tunes that are hot on the dance floor right now?
Yves V & Promise Land – Memories Will Fade
W&W & Blasterjaxx – Bowser
Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Ne-Yo – Higher Place
Question : Who are the top 3 artists you’d like to work with?
I’d love to work with Alesso and Lost Frequencies is a great Belgian talent and he’s still only 21, then of course I’d love to remix a big rock act like Coldplay, I’m a fan of everything they do.
Question: What’s your take on the differences between commercial music and underground music? Do you think there is space for both to co-exist in the industry?
There is certainly room for both to exist – could you imagine listening solely to music as ‘underground’ or ‘overground’ because I couldn’t! I can find inspiration from the tiniest dive bars where all these youngsters are exploring 80s Chicago house that was created before they were even born, over to the big-room headliners we see that have changed the face of the electronic music industry forever.
Question: What do you think about the EDM Scene in India & Do you have any messages for your Indian fans?
The scene in India is thriving, it’s great that India also has huge events like Sunburn that brings a whole range of DJs, producers and artists to the country but the scene locally is also bubbling up, deservedly so. I’ve been lucky enough to visit India many times and it never fails to take my breath away, I hope to come back soon enough!