And then the Tsunami came. A few spins by Sander van Doorn
was all it took for the debut single by DVBBS (with Borgeous
) to explode and instantly thrust brothers Christopher and Alexandre van den Hoef into the spotlight. The infectious energy of their live performances is captured in their original productions (White Clouds, Raveheart, Never Leave) as well as collaborations with the likes of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
, Sander van Doorn
, and Martin Garrix
. While we and their Woozy following await the next move from the Kanary captains, check out our fun chat with the brothers from Miami .
RS: You two are brothers.
Alex: Brothers from the same mother, not twins just brothers.
RS: Which one is the older one?
Chris: I am the older one, older and better looking.
RS: I can see that. Just kidding! So do you have to keep him in line on the road?
Chris: I don’t know; I am kind of like the younger brother.
Alex: That’s bullshit, no he does not keep it in line!
Chris: Well for the most part, but sometimes it is a switch where I am taking care of him but that’s rare.
RS: A friend of mine was sent “Angel” as a Valentine’s Day gift, did you mean for that to be a real romantic song?
Alex: It actually came out near Valentine’s Day but that was not the purpose of it at all, it just seemed like the perfect time to come out. We shot our music video with Colin Tilly and if we didn’t put it out then it was never going to come out so we just decided to have people enjoy it on Valentine’s Day.
RS: “Never Leave” continues to be massive. Are you ever able to gauge if a song is going to be big or if it is just going to be a track?
Chris: Some tracks get released and they could be so much bigger, it’s just timing and connecting of the stars sometimes. First of all, the song does have to be great but there are a lot of great songs that slip through the cracks so it’s timing, right push, right promoing, and the right people playing it. It’s a combination of a bunch of stuff.
RS: Going back in time, “Tsunami” was so massive. Did you predict that at all?
Chris: We saw Hardwell and Sander drop it on mainstage at Tomorrowland and when that happened it was huge because we were such newbies and up and coming guys. We were like ,oh my god, that is happening right now! Once that happened, the tweets started rolling in and when you only get one tweet a day and then all of a sudden you get 3,000 tweets in a second, your phone starts dying because all your apps are going crazy. We started predicting that one but we did not expect it to become one of those lifers where we hope that we will still hear it at soccer games and hockey games. That is the kind of genre that it is, it’s like a stadium anthem.
RS: Absolutely. How is Kanary coming?
Chris: Great, it is a work in progress. It has been a work in progress since we were 14 years old. Our main goal is not to push it in peoples face but let them come to it and hear what is has to offer. There is an amazing fashion line that is going to be involved with it as well.
Alex: Kanary is the mother company, it has been our corporation name since we started. We knew that it was going to become a label and a clothing line so it’s the mother company and everything just falls under it.
Chris: Right now it is pretty exclusive to a lot of our close friends and stuff but I will get you some cool shit.
RS: That would be hot. “White Clouds” is that meant to be a pot reference?
Alex: Yeah it is, a lot of our songs are 50/50.
Chris: We write lyrics in a way that you could interpret it in two different ways like “coming up, coming down, look at all this love we found” in “Gold Skies.” That could be completely as you read it but to us sometimes it’s “coming up, we’re coming down.” Everyone has a “come down” sometime in their week.
RS: And the woozy gang follows you everywhere.
Chris: They just flock, very loyal fans!
RS: When they make the movie of your life which actor will play you and which will play you?
Chris: Emile Hirsch will play me.
Alex: Jack Black.
RS: I am just trying to picture Jack Black sitting on a computer making tracks. What software DAW do you use in the studio?
RS: What is the strangest question that you have ever been asked in an interview?
Alex: Have we fucked the same girl maybe.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there watching?
Chris: They don’t realize how much they give to us every day; it saddens us because we can’t reach back to every single person. I hope that with the amount of times that we try and hook you up through contests and our merchandise and bring you out to free concerts that you realize how much we really do care about you guys.
Alex: I could list the diehards like DVBBS Kingdom, Woozy Source, DVBBS Columbia.
Chris: You see them pop up every day making sure you are good and alive. It’s cool and a good feeling!
Interview conducted March 2016 during Winter Music Conference.