Vicetone, never heard of them? Well, let me help you change that. With 750,000+ video views on their You Tube channel, 70,000+ Likes on their Facebook page,and 12,000+ followers on their Soundcloud page this producer/DJ duo from Groningen, Netherlands is ready to show us all what Progressive House & Electro is all about. Definitely my favorite upcoming duo from the whole electronic scene. Read the interview we were able to grab with them below!
Ruben & Victor, first of all, happy birthday to Ruben as you turned 21 last week!
Thanks for taking some time to do this interview with us! It really means a lot for us to have the chance to interview you guys.
It’s our pleasure, we’re very thankful for all the support M4M has provided since the start and we’re more than happy to do something in return!
Why the name Vicetone?
The name resulted after combining two words that we both thought sounded cool for an artist name. Ruben liked Vice and Victor thought Tone was cool, and so Vicetone was born!
Tell us about how you guys got started and how you guys got involved in EDM.
I (Ruben) was 11 when I first got in touch with dance music, I got Tiësto’s album “Just Be”. I listened to it every day for months and I’ve been hooked on dance music ever since.
I (Victor) got hooked by friends showing me really cool and melodic dance music and of course by the radio in Holland that has been playing EDM for a really long time already!
What artists would you say are your greatest musical inspirations?
Eric Prydz, Tiësto, and Swedish House Mafia.
Are there any challenges that come with working in a duo as opposed to solo? What are the benefits of working as a duo?
It’s a lot of fun to work on music with a friend, and we work really well in the studio together. We constantly bounce ideas off each other and a lot of our best tracks are a combination of a lot of different ideas of both of us.
Yes they did it. Nicky Romero in the studio working on the track with Vicetone, will be released by Protocol Recordings (from Nicky) soon.
Now I know you guys come also from the Netherlands, how do you think Vicetone became such a big name so fast? You’ve been on my radar since September 2012.
We wouldn’t say we’re a big name yet; we’re still very new to the scene. But we’re happy with the growth so far, every track we release does better than the last one, and we think it’s the result of hard work. We work 7 days a week in the studio and we’re very productive. We couldn’t have done this without the passion for music and all the feedback we get on our tracks every time, that’s what keeps us really motivated. We love all the feedback we get on all our tracks and while we can’t reply to every comment, we do try to read most of them!
Not every 20 year old duo producers from Groningen becomes succesful when starting producing..
I wouldn’t call us successful yet, we still have a lot to achieve. But we’re very excited for the future!
How come you guys picked a speech from Barack Obama for your production ‘Hope’? You two are from Holland, not from the United States?
We aren’t big on politics at all, but when Obama won the presidency, his victory speech video surfaced all over the internet. So we decided to click on it, and while listening to it, we thought it would be very cool to try to build a track around it, because we thought it wasn’t really done before in the way that we had it in mind. We’re happy that we did it because the song did really well!
Your music productions are always perfect. Full bodied by uplifting melodies and superb bass lines and well organized transitions alongside the vocals. How did you guys made it all so perfect?
Well thank you! We’ve worked very hard to achieve our sound and it’s been a long learning process. We’ve been listening to dance music for so many years now that we knew a lot of songs, techniques and terms already before we began to produce, so we took that knowledge with us when we were starting out.
You guys are one of the fastest growing EDM artists out there, as far as listens, YouTube views, Facebook likes. What’s the secret?
Good music! And a good work mentality – we work in the studio every day and we actually feel bad when we´re taking a day off; it feels like we´re slacking. Hard work will get you really far, and we always aim to try new things / sounds with every new production that we do, so we keep learning and improving.
So what’s the next step for you guys? Touring? Any big projects you two are working on?
We´ve got a lot of exciting releases in 2013, including more originals, vocal collaborations, remixes and collabs with other artists that inspire us. We just finished a couple of original tracks with Jonny Rose and Collin Mcloughlin that we’re very excited about! They are both great singers, you should look them up.
And we´ll definitely be going on tours this year, so keep a close eye on our Facebook page!
Alright, last words to MUSIC4MONTAGE and your fans. Go. Thanks for taking some time! 2013 should be a huge year for you guys as I will help you guys show no signs of stopping.
Thank you all for the wonderful support you´ve given us so far, we´re grateful for every single fan! Keep a close eye on our Facebook page, because we might be playing in a city near you this year…
And Koen, thank you for having us and showing us support since the beginning, we really appreciate it!
Listen to their latest release now – potential summer house hit of 2015: