The ClubPlanet Interview: Dubvision

The ClubPlanet Interview: Dubvision

by DJ Ron Slomowicz

Interviewing members of dj/production duos it becomes obvious how close they’ve become through years of working and touring together.  So close, that they almost seem like brothers.  For the Dutch duo Dubvision, they actually are brothers.  Growing up traveling different countries around the world and playing multiple instruments gave Stephan and Victor Leicher a unique background which you can hear in their music.  Yes, they do make bigroom bangers but they channel different musical styles and trigger emotions with their diverse productions.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the different DJ duos, but these two brothers have a fresh vision and spirit that makes them stand out.

RS: So how are Rocky and Travis doing?
Victor: We have two little pigeons that made a nest in a traditional Mexican stove type that we have. It’s kind of funny because we put all of our cigarettes in there so it is a bed of cigarettes for them. The mother pigeon made a nest and there are two little ones that were born, they are in the stove as we speak and doing great.

RS: You did that hot track “Rockin” with Firebeatz, did that come about because of the Sander van Doorn tour?
Steve: No we already knew Firebeatz because we are on the same team and we release on the same label. We have crossed paths with the guys a couple of times and back when we did the interview at ADE was when we decided to make a track together.

RS: There are two of you and two of them, how did y’all work together in the studio? Were you guys fighting for the keyboard?
Victor: A little bit. It’s a funny story, our publisher MusicAllStars had a day in the studio where they let all of their artists come in. Everyone was there, Shermanology, Firebeatz, and I think Martin Garrix and we had the opportunity to work together. We already had the idea to work with them so we sat down and worked really quickly and very well together.
Steve: We already had a concept and we showed it to them and then we all worked on it and changed some stuff around until one of us came up with the best melody. I think that we finished the whole concept in one day and then tweaked it and finished it.

RS:  I liked your mix of “Just Another Night” by Icona Pop. Was it a challenge to a take a ballad like that and make it into a club track?
Victor: It was a challenge but we loved doing it. A ballad is all about emotions and to take a track like that and transform it to a club track is what we love to do. We love to put emotion in our records so for us it was not too hard because it comes naturally. I think that we have a harder time making a track that has no emotion in it.

RS: Another one of my favorite tracks of yours is your mix of “Discopolis.” That tempo of a record seems like it would have been a challenge also.
Victor: Yeah, it was one of the most challenging things that we have done. It was also one of the tracks that we are the most proud of. It has emotion, big chords, good theme and really good progression. It was quite a journey to make it and it was pretty hard. We tried a lot of different stuff and had to change things many times. We finally decided to take the melody that we have now and it turned out really great.
Steve: It was also difficult because we got the remix through Axwell and he is our idol. We felt a lot of pressure to make something that he would like and we are thrilled that he liked the end result.

RS: That was right after the Swedish House Mafia broke up and a lot of us were surprised that Axwell did a down tempo mix of it. Why do you think he went that direction?
Steve: When he was in the Swedish House Mafia they were kind of stuck on their sound because all three of them wanted to do something else. Axwell decided to do something totally different and the original of “Discopolis” is a down tempo record.
Victor: If you listen to his first tracks like “Sunrise” they are groovier and less hard than EDM is now. He is one of the DJs that is bringing back more groovy, real house music and we admire that he is doing that. It is going to be interesting to see what happens in the EDM scene in the next couple years. I am curious to see if it is going to get harder and harder and go towards a different genre. We hope that it goes back to the grooviness.

RS: That leads me to a quote that y’all put out there, “Life starts at the end of your comfort zone.”  Is that your quote and what does that mean to you?
Steve: It is a quote that we came up with. I have always done architectural work and making music quite a big step for me. Every time that I get on stage or we make a track I am nervous as to how it will turn out. We push ourselves to go further and take a step where maybe other people are afraid. At first I had stage fright and I was really shaky and thought that I would never be able to stand on stage and be in front  of a big crowd. It is a lot easier now and I push myself to go further and further. If you do everything in your comfort zone there will never be any surprises and it is always exciting to push yourself to the next level.

RS: Which one of you got into dance music first?
Victor: I got into dance music first. I started making music at a very young age and put all my attention towards making music. Steve started to hear the music that I was making and he liked it. We decided to team up and that is how we first got into dance music.

RS: What is the best part about working with your brother?
Victor: The good part is that we are always together and when we are on tour it is nice to have someone around, I can’t imagine traveling alone all the time. My brother is really good with talking to people and getting the connections together.

RS: What is the worst part about working with your younger brother?
Steve: Sometimes the age difference but he keeps me young, I am 32 and sometimes I act 25! I think that the most irritating thing is when we sit next to each other on a flight and fight for the arm rest.

RS: What is the best advice that Sander van Doorn has given you guys?
Victor: To enjoy everything as much as possible and to take our radio show very seriously because it is a lot of exposure and radio show needs to be 100%.

RS: I love the name Visionary Radio, how did you come up with that?
Steve: It is from our name DubVision. We wanted use our name and make a catchy radio name.

RS: Is the radio show a good approximation of what you play live or is it very different?
Steve: It is about the same. We play tracks that we play in our sets but we also play classic tracks that are 120 BPM. We play tracks that inspire us and we try to have a very diverse show. Every month we have a guest come on like Sander Van Doorn and before that we had Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. We try to invite a lot of different DJs so that they play different kinds of styles. It is really wide variety and there is music that we play and that we don’t play.

RS: One last serious question.  As the diehard fans you are, what is your favorite Charlie Sheen movie or TV show?
Steve: Two and A Half Men,  I love him!
Victor: I was going to say that same thing! I like the movie Hot Shot.

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