Y’all remember the Swedish House Mafia
? Well, up next is the Belgian House Mafia, led by chart-topping duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike
and out-of-the-box superstar Lost Frequencies
. DJ Yves V
, a resident Tomorrowland DJ, is another Belgian on the rise- already in the Top 40 on the DJ Mag Chart. His string of 2016 clubland monsters, “To The Beat,” “Daylight,” “Octagon,” and “Fever,” demonstrate his masterful production skills over a range of EDM styles. Though music is just part of what makes Yves V so special, his live DJ sets are universally praised as epic.
RS: How is it going tonight?
Yves V: I am doing great, I just arrived and I am happy to be here. In a few hours I am going to do my first show at the DJ Mag party.
RS: Congratulations, how much does the DJ Mag chart effect you?
Yves V: I actually don’t know. I think that in Asia it is really important but in the rest of the world it is just nice to hear. In the end it is really just a popularity contest. There are so many good DJs and so I actually don’t know.
RS: You are Belgian and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are #1 and they are Belgian and then Lost frequencies are Belgian also. Is there like a Belgian house mafia or something like that?
Yves V: Something like that, yeah. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and I were the residents of Tomorrowland and have the same management and so you could say that we are from the same family. Lost Frequencies joined us a year ago and he is doing very well. Finally, the Belgian DJs are getting back up the ladder.
RS: Back from the days of Ian van Dahl.
Yves V: Yeah indeed. We have a big history in electronic dance music and have such huge trance names like Ian van Dahl and Yves Deruyter and many other good DJs.
RS: Isn’t Coone Belgian also?
Yves V: Yes!
RS: Very cool. So before you were a DJ you taught morality right?
Yves V: Yeah, actually I bought my first record when I was 15 so DJing was always my passion and my hobby but I needed to get a job besides that because I didn’t earn money in the beginning. It was never my intention to make DJing my job. I was a physical education teacher and I was also in morality so like philosophy, two very different worlds. At one point I had to make a decision if I was going to start DJing full time or if I was going to keep dividing my time. I chose my real passion which is music.
RS: Which has helped you more in your DJ career, your physical education or your morality?
Yves V: Wow! I don’t know about that, maybe my physical education. It is quite important to be in good condition on the stage.
RS: With your touring schedule and all the production, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Yves V: That is the most difficult part. Years ago I was playing sports everyday and now it is very difficult. Sometimes after a long flight I get in the hotel I have about 2 hours of off time and I can make a choice to lay in my bed for an hour or go to the gym and unfortunately I mostly choose to lay down for a second. It is very hard but I do my best to eat healthy and play sports.
RS: I love the track that you did with Don Diablo, “King Cobra,” how did that collaboration come about?
Yves V: I met Don a few times before. He was playing at my stage at Tomorrowland and we decided to do something special for our show together and we came up with the idea for “King Cobra.” It has a big influence of Don on there, you can really hear it and I am a big fan of his production as well. I was very happy with the result and we had a lot of good feedback and support.
RS: You have a new track that is Yves V vs Skytech & Fafaq called “Fever,” tell us about the track.
Yves V: We started collaborating last year, we did a first track called “Indigo” which did very well and we had so much fun in the studio that we just went for a second track which was “Fever.” We finished it last year and so we had it ready for about 6 months and it was released this year. It’s almost in the Top 10 this year so we are very happy.
RS: So happy for you. I saw something on Instagram that kind of scared me, it is a picture of you and you are shooting smoke at people. What is that?
Yves V: Yes, it’s not smoke, it’s CO2. It is just something that you do on stage. It won’t harm anyone, it’s just some cold CO2 and most of the time when people are sweating, it cools them off.
RS: What is coming next from you?
Yves V: I have a new track coming up, it is on Protocol Recordings. Saturday I am playing at the Protocol party and I am going to premier it then. That is my next release and I am going to be touring and spending my time in airplanes.
RS: Why do all DJs wear black?
Yves V: For me it is very simple, when I play I can’t stand still and I am always sweating so I wear black or white just because of that. After my show I am totally wet so imagine if I wore a light gray shirt, I would look ridiculous.
RS: When they make the movie about your life, what actor will play you?
Yves V: I don’t know; I hope a cool guy. Who is a cool actor at the moment?
RS: If we took 20 years off Leonardo DiCaprio, he could do it.
Yves V: That would be awesome, I am a big fan of Leonardo, let’s ask him.
RS: What is the strangest question that you have ever been asked in an interview?
Yves V: Wow, I think mostly the interviews are quite normal. There is not one question that I can think about for the moment. Maybe you can try.
RS: What is a track that you heard recently that you wished you would have produced yourself?
Yves V: Many tracks, there are so many that I wished would have produced. I think that Jay Hardway “Electric Elephants” is a really amazing track. Besides that, I am a big fan of Eric Prydz and everything that he does like Cirez D and Pryda and I wish that I could do that.
RS: I am sure that you can. What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Yves V: I just want to say that I am very happy with all the support that I get. It is because of you guys that I can do what I love to do. I will keep on going and keep on doing my best and hope to bring some more music for you guys.
Interview conducted March 2016 during Winter Music Conference.