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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
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Dimitri Vegas (rechts) & Like Mike (links) beim Airbeat One Festival 2017
Dimitri Vegas (right) & Like Mike (left) at Airbeat One Festival 2017
General information
Origin GreeceGriechenland Greece & BelgiumBelgien Belgium
Genre(s) Big room, electro house, future bass, pop
Foundation 2007
Website dimitrivegasandlikemike.com
Current cast
Producer, DJ
Dimitri Vegas (* 1982)
Producer, DJ
Like Mike (* 1985)

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ( DVLM or DV&LM for short ) are a Belgian DJ duo consisting of brothers Dimitrios “Dimitri” Anastasios and Michael “Mike” Karl Thivaios, of Greek origin. With their music they mainly represent the genres of big room and electro house. They ranked number one in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs in both 2015 and 2019.[1] Together with Steve Aoki, they occasionally perform as 3 Are Legend. Dimitri Vegas founded the project Dino Warriors in 2020.[2]

Career

Until 2009: Beginnings and first successes

After moving from their native Greece to Willebroek, Belgium at a young age, Dimitri’s interest in music began to grow and started DJing in discos independently of Mike.[3] After some time, his younger brother Mike also started to get involved in music. Together they performed several gigs in small clubs, but also at the radio station “BeatFM”. However, Dimitri decided to leave Flanders in 1999 and toured Europe. He lived in Mallorca and returned to Greece before moving to Ibiza in 2003, where he also played in big clubs like “Privilege” and “Space”. In autumn 2006 Dimitri returned to Belgium to work with his brother Like Mike. The latter was much more active in the studio, producing in the field of hip-hop.

They then released their first track Cocain/ Eivissa in 2007. Through their remix to the song Work That Body by the Belgian DJ duo Housetrap & Dave Lambert in 2008, the Swedish DJ Axwell became aware of the brothers and with a remix to Rotterdam Stadt der Liebe by Abel Ramos, they received a record deal with his record label “Axtone”. After that they received a lot of attention mainly as remixers. They received commissions for mixes for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, LMFAO or Snoop Dogg.[4] Their first official single was released in collaboration with DJ and producer diMARO and is titled Control. The follow-up single Liquid Skies, released on 26 May 2009 as a collaboration with Belgian producer Jade, represents the duo’s first chart success.

2010-2012: Success at Tomorrowland and “Smash the House”

In spring 2010, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike founded their own record label “Smash the House”, a sub-label of the successful Dutch label “Spinnin’ Records”, to which they are still signed today. Through “Smash the House” they release their own productions as well as productions by artists like Blasterjaxx, Twoloud, Dada Life, Wolfpack, Tara McDonald, Mitch Crow, Boostedkids, Michael Calfan and Yves V.[5] Together with the numerous other DJs they started a label tour through the UK in 2014. Furthermore, in 2010 they were chosen to produce the official anthem for the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium. This resulted in the song Tomorrow (Give Into the Night) in cooperation with the Swedish DJ duo Dada Life and singer Tara McDonald. The following year, they were headliners at the same venue and have become the figurehead of this globally popular EDM festival.

In 2011, they produced the anthem of Tomorrowland for a second time. It is called The Way We See the World and was released together with Afrojack and NERVO.[6] They also produced the subsequent songs Madagascar,[7] featuring Yves V and Angger Dimas, Phat Brahms,[8] featuring Steve Aoki, and Momentum,[9] with Regi, brought the duo great success. The duo’s second collaboration with Yves V Loops and Tings also saw the duo, like their predecessors, move high in the Beatport Top 100. The Tomorrowland aftermovie of 2012 already reached over 100 million views on YouTube.[10] In the DJ ranking “DJ Mag Top 100” they improved their ranking of 2012 from number 79 to number 38 and in 2013 to number 6.[1]

2013: Genre change & rising success

Dimitri Vegas (right) & Like Mike (left) at TomorrowWorld 2013

In January 2013, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released the track Madness in collaboration with Belgian DJ Coone and US rapper Lil Jon. The song embodies the brothers’ house elements, as well as Coone’s hardstyle style and Lil Jon’s rapping.[11] The song reached the top 40 of the Belgian singles charts as well as the German iTunes charts, among others, and is crucial for the title of their first world tour Bringing the World Madness. Furthermore, the song is the template for the track Don’t Stop the Madness by Dutch DJ Hardwell in collaboration with W&W and rapper Fatman Scoop. The single Wakanda, which was released only one week later, together with the song Spaceman by Hardwell and Epic by Sandro Silva and Quintino, is considered to be the beginning of the electro-house sub-genre Big Room, which shaped the worldwide dance scene, especially in the years from 2013 to 2016.[12]

In March 2013, the track Mammoth was released in collaboration with German DJ and producer Moguai. The song went on to become one of the most successful big room tracks of all time[13] and, due to its release via German record label Kontor Records, is the first song by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to make an entry into the German singles chart. Furthermore, the song entered the Dutch and French charts. In early April 2013, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released the song Turn It Up. They produced this song together with the DJ duos GTA and Wolfpack. The song is inspired by the Big Room co-founder Epic.

On July 1, 2013, the song More was released. This was created in collaboration with Laidback Luke. Originally, vocals by D12 were also to be included, but only the instrumental version was released. In particular, a remix by Dutch DJ duo Blasterjaxx ensured success. A few weeks later, the brothers released the new Tomorrowland anthem called Chattahoochee and announced after the famous EDM festival in Belgium that their first own festival will take place on December 21, 2013 in the Belgian city of Antwerp at the Sportpaleis Arena.[14]

On 2 September 2013, the brothers released the instrumental Project T, in collaboration with Sander van Doorn, which samples the track Intro by indie rock band The xx. A remix to Project T by Dutch DJ Martin Garrix[15] reached not only the Belgian charts, but also the singles charts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Find Tomorrow (Ocarina) became the duo’s second number two hit. This song also owes its great popularity to a Big Room remix, this time by the German DJ duo Bodybangers.[16]

Her last single in 2013 is titled Stampede and was recorded with Canadian duo Dvbbs and US DJ Borgeous, who are notably known for the global hit Tsunami. The synths of Stampede are based on the style of the track Tsunami.[17] The track reached the single charts in the duo’s home country, among others. At the same time, a Big Room remix of the song Eat Sleep Rave Repeat by British DJ Fatboy Slim, Riva Starr and Beardyman was released in collaboration with Ummet Ozcan. The song’s re-release as the Tomorrowland Remix featured Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Ummet Ozcan as official performers. The remix reached several million views on YouTube and was also responsible for the song’s chart entry in several songs.[18][19]

After releasing the soundtrack album on 6 December 2013, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike opened their first world tour Bringing Home the Madness on 20 December 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium. The soundtrack featured many of the duo’s songs, as well as tracks from musicians such as Hardwell, Avicii, Nicky Romero and Sebastian Ingrosso. On December 31, 2013, the first issue of their comic book was released, which was created in cooperation with Tomorrowland and Paul Jenkins, the author of the Spider-Man comics.[20] They are based on the music videos of Chattahoochee and Ocarina.[21]

2014: Single charter success, 3 Are Legend and the Bringing-the-World-Madness-Tour

On January 11, 2014, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released the song Check this Out. The song, produced with Born Loud, was released as a free download. Feedback was released on April 1, 2014. The song was created in collaboration with Steve Aoki and Audioerotique.

In mid-April 2014, G.I.P.S.Y. was released in collaboration with Italian DJ duo Boostedkids. Although the song corresponds to the genre of big-room, it cannot be compared to the standard drop, as traditional elements of Gipsy music were used here.[22] The song advanced to the top-20 of the Belgian singles chart and received several million views on YouTube. The follow-up single Tremor, which is a mix of the Big Room and Melbourne Bounce styles, also became a success. The song was produced together with Martin Garrix and used as the anthem of the Sensation Festival 2014. Tremor managed to enter Austria, Belgium and the UK for the first time, among others. Despite high download chart placements, the entry into the German single charts was only narrowly missed.

As part of the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, along with US DJ Steve Aoki, made their first appearance under the pseudonym 3 Are Legend on March 28, 2014.[23][24] As a trio, they performed at Tomorrowland, Creamfields 2014 as well as Ultra 2015, among others. They played their debut single We Are Legend at several gigs, however it was not released as a single.[25] Several DJs and projects such as Levito, Warkids and Jaxx & Veda uploaded remakes of the song on the internet, reaching several million clicks.

On June 9, 2014, they released the dancehall song Eparrei. This featured producers Fatboy Slim, Diplo and Brazilian electro band Bonde do Rolê. The song became the duo’s fourth production to reach the Top-5 in their home country. A Big Room-style remix by W&W advanced to the top of the genre Beatport Top 100. The same month saw the release of the official Tomorrowland anthem, once again composed by the brothers. Waves featured W&W.[26] The single reached the Beatport and Single Chart Top 10 within a few days.

On 4 August 2014, Body Talk (Mammoth) followed, which is a vocal version to the instrumental Mammoth.[27] The track is sung by British singer Julian Perretta, who also features in the official music video. The song reached number 2 on the Belgian singles chart. Nova, which was created in collaboration with German DJ and producer Tujamo also moved up to number 2.[28] On 18 October 2014, it was announced that Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike had entered the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs top 3 at number 2 for the first time. Five days later, they won the vote at the MTV EMA’s for “Best Belgian Act” and were nominated for “Best European Act”.[29]

On December 19, 2014, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike opened their second tour Bringing the World Madness, just as they did a year earlier in Antwerp. A week before, the soundtrack of the same name was released, featuring songs by Dvbbs, Twoloud, Alesso, Tiësto and Martin Garrix, among others, on three CDs.[30]

2015: “The Hum” & “Higher Place”

DJ Mag Placements
Year Place
2011 79
2012 38
2013 6
2014 2
2015 1
2016 2
2017 2
2018 2
2019 1
2020 2

The first single in 2015 was titled Tales of Tomorrow and was recorded with Dutch DJ Fedde Le Grand and Julien Perretta.[31] This track also entered the Belgian singles chart at number 2, narrowly missing a placement in Germany. Tales of Tomorrow contains a less aggressive electro house drop, unlike their past hits, however the music video in particular was criticized for a lack of creativity. On 30 January 2015, the Melbourne bounce single Louder was released via Spinnin’ Records,[32] which was recorded with Italian DJ duo Vinai.[33] After only two days, the track was in the top 10 of the Beatport Top 100.

With their performance at Ultra Music Festival together with Steve Aoki as “3 Are Legend”, they announced the release of the song The Hum. It was released on April 20, 2015, but made it to the internet as early as late 2014 under the title The Wolf[34] on the internet.[35] The reason for the incorrect title was the use of the humming and tapping from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, which Mark Hanna teaches Jordan Belford.[36] In addition to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Ummet Ozcan also participated in the song. The Melbourne bounce and big-room inspired style strongly resembles the songs Tremor and Raise Your Hands Up. After their last three singles always reached number 2 in the Belgian singles charts, The Hum now reached number one in the Top 100 for the first time and also reached the download charts of numerous portals in Germany.

During their performance at Tomorrowland Brasil 2015, they performed the song Higher Place for the first time. This turned out to be a collaboration with US R&B musician Ne-Yo. Additional vocals were sung by Like Mike. Shortly after her performance, the single generated a lot of attention on the internet. For the time being it was praised especially for the turn from deep house to big room. However, as it turns out, the version was merely a remix by Dutch house duo Bassjackers. Together with music recognition service Shazam, they shared information about the release as well as the artists of the untitled remixes of the song they uploaded.[37] The remixes are from Tujamo, Angemi and Wolfpack, among others.[38] The release in their native Belgium took place on July 6, 2015, and the track quickly made it to the top 10 of the iTunes charts there, reaching number one on the tip charts in both the French- and Dutch-speaking parts of Belgium.

On October 16, 2015, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike reached number-one for the first time in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll.[39]

2016: Summer of Madness & “Bringing the Madness”

Beginning of 2016: “Arcade

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike in Veltins Arena at the Winter Edition of the BigCityBeats World Club Dome

In early 2016, the duo uploaded a stream of their performance in Antwerp. This was titled “Bringing the Madness 3.0” and, like both of its predecessors, took place in December. During this set, they played a lot of unreleased songs, including with DJ Fresh. In addition, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Ne-Yo performed as special guests.[40] The highlight was a vinyl set with a lot of classic songs. Among other things, the background was the accusation of working with pre-sets. At the same time, it was announced that the 2013 track Meet Her At Tomorrow, recorded with Redfoo, would be released on his studio album Party Rock Mension in March 2016.[41] The song first premiered at the 2014 Tomorrowland Festival and has not even been played since.

The duo already played an unreleased song at Tomorrowland 2015, with which they attracted a lot of attention. This one particularly caught the ears of fans due to its mysterious atmosphere and its intro, which was inspired by Armin van Buuren’s Ping Pong. [42] The song was heard one more time in the Tomorrowland aftermovie, where it was officially announced for the first time that the “ID” was a collaboration with W&W. Towards the end of the year, numerous remakes under the title Fight spread on YouTube and SoundCloud. In mid-February 2016, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike finally announced that the song would be released on February 29, 2016 with the title Arcade. At the same time, they launched a PR campaign on their website, where you could play a selection of classic, very well-known “arcade games” such as Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man or Donkey Kong on a slot machine.[43] The official music video, which was released a day after the release, on March 1, 2016, also features the four producers in comic book style, being pulled into an arcade machine and taking on specific roles in various arcade games.[44] The song became a huge success and was in the top 10 of the Beatport charts within a very short time, as well as number one on the Belgian iTunes charts.

Another song played in the aftermovie is titled Melody. The song was created in collaboration with Steve Aoki and Ummet Ozcan.[45] Originally, the song was to be released as “3 Are Legend”, but due to not being able to complete their planned debut track We Are Legend, they decided to release the song under their aliases. The release took place on April 18, 2016 via “Smash the House”. The initial release was only on Apple Music; on Beatport, the song appeared a week later. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike also announced that the song would act as the anthem for the 2016 European Football Championship.[46] As a follow-up, Stay a While was released, which was a mix of deep and chill house.[47]

Summer 2016: “Summer of Madness

As part of the DJ Mag voting, they launched a week called “Summer of Madness”. This featured 7 songs released over the 7 days. The song Hands Up kicked things off behind which was the Van Gogh ID from 2014. The song was produced in collaboration with Afrojack aka NLW. Further released were The Island, Roads featuring Deniz Koyu, the Bringin-Home-the-Madness intro, the Brennan Heart collab Million and their remix to The Hills by The Weeknd. Shortly after, they launched a promotional campaign regarding their collaboration with Diplo Hey Baby. Shortly after, they announced that they planned on having people vote for their subsequent releases. For the votes, people should send them their respective votes under the hashtags “#NewMusic” and “#FreeMusic”. An interim tally showed We Are Legend featuring Steve Aoki and Insanity featuring Blasterjaxx coming out on top. But before those releases came Jaguar featuring Ummet Ozcan, Leaves a cover version of Kanye West’s song Blood on the Leaves, and the 2012 originals version of Roads featuring Deniz Koyu.[48] The whole thing continued under the name “Sound of Madness.” On Facebook, the duo let you vote between their remixes of Where Are Ü Now by Jack Ü and Justin Bieber along with W&W and Major Lazers, DJ Snakes and MØ’s Lean On. Their Lean On remix, which was also supposed to be a “VIP remix” between time. Blasterjaxx posted on Twitter just shortly after that they had finished Insanity and premiered the final version on the 123rd episode of their Maxximize on Air podcast.[49] The Big Room track was released as a free download on October 18, 2016.[50][51]

On 23 October 2016, the song Haunted House of Madness, a collaboration with up-and-coming Italian DJ Angemi, was released as a free download.[52] It was produced in the wake of the Haunted House’ at Walibi-Belgium theme park, which was opened by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. It represents the anthem of the theme park and is based on the basics of the Big Room.

Already in an interview during Tomorrowland 2014, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike announced that they were in contact with Diplo and Major Lazer respectively regarding a collaboration as a result of their remix to Bumaye (Watch Out For This). They unveiled the result at Tomorrowland 2016. Unlike their remix, however, this was based more on Major Lazer’s 2015 summer hit Lean On.[53] In the festival’s aftermovie, the number was initially titled “Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Major Lazer.” For probably marketing reasons, by the time it was released on October 28, 2016, Major Lazer had been changed to Diplo. The vocals were sung by Deb’s Daughter.

End of 2016: Record performances

On November 12, 2016, they performed at the Veltins Arena as part of the Winter Edition of the BigCityBeats World Club Dome. There, the duo performed with Le Shuuk, Angemi, Wolfpack and MATTN as support acts between 40 and 60 thousand people, breaking the record of Hardwell’s biggest club as well as biggest DJ performance from the previous year, which was also hosted by BigCityBeats at Schalke 04’s stadium. While the acts received mostly good feedback, the BigCityBeats team came in for criticism due to the already weak organisation in the previous year.[54]

Dimitri Vegas during a performance in Madrid

During a press conference in the course of their performance at the BigCityBeats Winter World Club Dome, they announced that at the end of the year, parallel to the third performance at the Sportpalais, the third soundtrack will also be released. This is entitled Bringing the Madness and will be released on 16 December 2016. In addition to the singles already released, it will also feature the unreleased productions Ready For Action, OPA with KSHMR, the Futuristic Polar Bears remixes to Ocarina and Mammoth, as well as their remix to Lost Frequencies’ What Is Love 2016. The second CD does not consist of an afterhour mix, as was the case with the last album, but a rave mix consisting of songs from the hard trance track. These include, for example, Derb by Derb or The First Rebirth by Jones & Stephenson.[55]

2017: New productions

Early 2017: Continued success with “Hey Baby”

On January 13, 2017, “Armada Music” released their What-Is-Love-2016 remix as a single single on all download portals. In the Beatport genre charts, this was able to advance to the top-20. The song also managed to climb into the top half of the iTunes charts of numerous countries. On January 27, 2017, a re-release of the song Hey Baby took place, which featured additional part by US rapper Kid Ink.[56] The music video was also revamped and released on February 10, 2017. At the same time, the song reached its highest position in the German singles charts.

On February 27, 2017, distributed by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike themselves, the Silence EP was released . This included the 2013 song More with Laidback Luke, the tracks Shout, Puente De Luz, Metz and Deep Sea. Background of the release is unknown, as any promotions were waived and the performers themselves did not comment on it either.[57] Furthermore, the songs are unplayed and don’t fit stylistically into the duo’s scheme. While Shout is still based on an electro-house pattern, Puente De Luz hides a quiet piano number and Metz and Deep Sea songs that show characteristics from 90s house to techno productions. In addition, the More Club mix has countless quality and mastering flaws, making the release very unserious. Within a few days, the EP disappeared from Spotify, but was still available on iTunes.

Released on February 27, 2017, the song All Aboard is backed by the Bassjackers along with Belgian DJ duo D’Angelo & Francis, who gained notoriety last year for their Tomorrowland performance as Rockstarz. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are credited as “Editor” on the production and premiered the track at their Bringing the Madness performance in Antwerp. This one in particular stood out for its “lights-up-lights-down” performance.

Shortly after, The Chainsmokers released their remix package to their single Something Just Like This. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike also contributed a remix to this one, embodying a main part inspired by Garmani’s Bomb a Drop.

On May 26, 2017, the duo released a remix to the classic ” Pirates of the Caribbean” theme He’s a Pirate. The release came in the wake of the release of the fifth installment of the saga Salazar’s Revenge. Hans Zimmer, the co-composer of the original piece, is also credited as the performer. With the new interpretation, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike move into the realm of trap music for the first time.

On May 31, 2017, Dimitri Vegas asked fans to vote on their upcoming release, just like the previous summer. According to the duo, fans decided against OPA and Silence and in favor of Ready For Action. The song was released as a single on June 2, 2017. The track was already present on Bringing the Madness, but it was titled Action there. Due to the similarity to Tremor, the song was traded as the second previously announced collaboration with Martin Garrix.

Summer 2017: Complicated

From the beginning of June 2017, the duo repeatedly played a song during their performances that was crafted in the future bass or lovetrap style that was very popular at the time. The track was used as the finale of their performances, replacing the still unreleased song All I Need. Over the weeks, David Guetta was announced as co-producer on the one hand, and Kiiara as guest vocalist on the other. After the duo brought Kiiara on stage at Tomorrowland 2017 and David Guetta at a performance at their residency, the song was released as a single on July 28, 2017. For the first time since Project T, they reached the official singles charts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland simultaneously. “Smash-the-House” DJ Angemi acted as co-producer on the song.

End of 2017: Crowd Control & renewed DJ-Mag success

During the “Amsterdam Dance Event” the song Crowd Control, played on many festivals, was released as a collaboration with W&W on October 20, 2017. The song is based on the idea of the 2005 released song Orgasmo by Pavo & Zany, whose vocals consist of the instructions “put it to the left, take it to the right”, on the other hand on the outlines of a provisional hardstyle remix to Stampede . In doing so, the duo encourages the festival crowd during the drop to each put an arm over the shoulder of a neighbor and take eight steps to the left and eight steps to the right, so that the audience moves as one solid unit one direction. Dimitri Vegas usually mirrored the movement at the edge of the stage with the team or other DJs (e.g. Armin van Buuren at Tomorrowland or W&W at ADE), while Like Mike counted the steps behind the console.

In the twentieth edition of the DJ-Mag Top 100 ranking, the duo once again maintained their second place behind Martin Garrix and ahead of Armin van Buuren.

On December 23, 2017, they performed their last Bringing-the-Madness concert in Antwerp, which featured the theme Reflections. As a surprise, the duo brought Hardwell on stage for a guest appearance and the three of them played a 20 minute B2B set. The performance also saw them premiere a joint collaboration, which caused quite a stir as Hardwell was highly critical of the duo several years ago and it was suspected that this was the deciding factor in the Dutchman not performing at Tomorrowland since. Other guest appearances during the performance were made by Steve Angello, Afrojack, Ronnie Flex, Ali B and Boef.

On December 26, 2017, without any announcement or promo action, they released the long-awaited song We Are Legend as a free track, which they produced together with Steve Aoki. The song was first played back in the summer of 2013 and received high acclaim. However, the release was delayed. The reason they gave in a Q&A was that they were working on the vocals. In subsequent years, the song was occasionally played as an intro to their Steve Aoki B2B sets. Then at Tomorrowland 2017, Aoki announced that they planned to release the song later that year and played a vocal version of the song for the first time, sung by singer-songwriter Matthew Koma. The Belgian brothers, on the other hand, presented a version with female vocals, which also turned out to be that of the final version. Behind the vocals is US singer and actress Abigail Breslin.

2018: Focus on commercial singles & Tomorrowland EP

Following the guest appearance of Ronnie Flex, Ali B and Boef at their Bringing the Madness concert, the jointly performed collaboration Slow Down was released on January 28, 2018, which also featured Dutch DJ and producer Quintino and singer I Am Aisha. The track was part of the soundtrack of the Belgian crime film Patser, which also featured Dimitri Vegas. Also featuring Quintino, the track Patser Bounce followed on February 2, 2018, sampling several sound effects including the familiar theme from Tetris as well as sounds from Super Mario Bros.

On April 6, 2018, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released their song The House of House, which premiered the previous summer. This was created in collaboration with Israeli psychedelic trance duo Vini Vici and draws heavily from their style. Belgian rave duo Cherrymoon Trax, who were the originators of the original version of the song in 2002, also contributed to the song.

On May 4, 2018, the duo released the single All I Need two years after it premiered. However, this is a reworked version. While the original version only featured vocals from singer TYSM, the final version features a guest part from US rapper Gucci Mane. The previously aggressive drop was also adapted to the future bass style. The track When I Grow Up, released a month later, follows the duo’s commercial series. On this, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike collaborated with hip-hop musician Wiz Khalifa, whose lifestyle is also the subject of the song. Together, they performed the song at EDC Las Vegas 2018 in June 2018.

The duo announced another “Summer of Madness” for July 2018. This is set to kick off on July 20, 2018 and will unveil a new song every day for an entire week, which together will eventually form what is known as the Tomorrowland EP. It kicked off with the song Unity, a collaboration with Dutch DJ and producer Hardwell. This was followed by a collaboration with Nicky Romero, titled Here We Go (Hey Boy, Hey Girl), which makes use of a sample from The Chemical Brothers’ song Hey Boy, Hey Girl from earlier this year. The following day, the long-awaited song Grandpa, co-produced with KSHMR, was released.

Released on October 5, 2018, the song Bounce is a collaboration with Dutch duo Bassjackers as well as American producer Julian Banks and Snoop Dogg. In fact, the instrumental foundation was created independently the previous year by Vegas, Mike and Bassjackers, as well as the vocals by Banks and Snoop Dogg.

2019: Dutch single & Tomorrowland EP 2019

Premiered at the Garden of Madness concert in December the previous year, the song Daar gaat ze (Nooit verdiend), created with Dutch DJ Frenna, was released on February 1, 2019. It was recorded in Dutch. It reached number 32 on the Flemish singles chart. It was followed on 15 February 2019 by the song Selfish, sung by Kosovo Albanian singer Era Istrefi. They performed the song together at Garden of Madness. It contains a sample from the 1982 track Africa by the US band Toto. They already embodied parts of Africa in their unreleased track Yemaya.

On April 19, 2019, the EDM track You’re Next of another collaboration with Bassjackers was released. The song was used as the anthem of the eleventh edition of the video game Mortal Kombat.

Previous year, the song Instagram, a collaboration with French musician David Guetta, Latin pop rapper Daddy Yankee, the Afro Bros and singer Natti Natasha was introduced. On July 5, 2019, the song was released in a slightly altered version while being touted as a summer hit.

Over the course of summer 2019, the duo released Tomorrowland EP 2019 track by track, which included new productions as well as older long-awaited tracks. It kicked off with the instrumental Yemaya, which was first heard in their Tomorrowland recap in September 2012. After being released in a drastically altered version as Selfish in February 2019, it was released as the Tomorrowland Aftermovie 2013 remix to Selfish on July 19, 2019. On July 21, 2019, the EP’s second single was the song Mortal Kombat (Anthem), which, like their last Mortal Kombat dedication, was a collaboration with Bassjackers. Additionally, they were assisted by German composer duo 2WEI, who are known for their intro versions of a variety of successful songs.

On July 26, 2019, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released their second collaboration with Steve Aoki, this time under the pseudonym 3 Are Legend. This one is titled Khaleesi and was co-produced with W&W. Originally, the track sampled the melody of the 2000 song Komodo (Save a Soul) by Mauro Picotto, but to avoid copyright issues, they removed the sample and remixed the song. The title is based on the character of the same name from the US fantasy television series Game of Thrones. On the same day, the song Turn Up was released as the third single from their Tomorrowland EP. This is a collaboration with Dutch producer John Christian. The following day, they released a remix of their single Instagram with David Guetta, Daddy Yankee, Afro Bros and Natti Natasha, which was produced by Bassjackers.

On August 2, 2019, she released the single K20, a previously unplayed track. It was created in collaboration with Italian DJ and producer Angemi, who co-produced her songs Complicated and All I Need, among others. K20 is in line with a more commercial, future-bass style. On the same day, they also coupled the song Boing from their Tomorrowland EP. This was a collaboration with Quintino and Mad M.A.C. Two more singles followed with the songs Everybody Clap featuring Nicky Romero and Mortal Kombat Anthem featuring Bassjackers and 2wei. The latter served as the anthem of the video game of the same name. On September 13, 2019, the single The Flight was released, which was a collaboration with Bassjackers and Belgian DJ duo D’Angelo & Francis.

The song Beast (All as One), released on November 15, 2019, represents a remix of the 1981 song Cambodia by Kim Wilde. It was produced in collaboration with Dutch musicians Ummet Ozcan and Brennan Heart. This was followed two weeks later by the release of the song Boomshakalaka, a radio single on which they collaborated once again with Afro Bros. The vocals were contributed by Colombian singers Sebastián Yatra and Camilo, and Argentine singer Emilia Mernes.

2020: Garden of Madness 2020 EP

On 17 January 2020, the duo released the single The Anthem (Der Alte), which was created in collaboration with Australian DJ and producer Timmy Trumpet. The song’s melody is based on the early 18th century Dessau March of Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau. The song The Chase followed in March 2020, adapting the melody of the 1929 folk song Son ar chistr by Jean Bernard and Jean-Marie Prima. It was produced in collaboration with Quintino. On 24 April 2020, they followed up with the single Happy Together Bassjackers, which is a remix of the song of the same name by US rock band The Turtles. In May 2020, they released the single Raver Dome with Steve Aoki as 3 Are Legends and in collaboration with Dutch producers Justin Prime and Sandro Silva. On May 15, 2019, they released the Garden of Madness 2020 EP, which included all singles released since The Flight as well as a new remix of the 2013 song Ocarina, produced by Bassjackers, and the song Girlz Wanna Have Fun by Mattn, Stavros Martina and Kevin D. On May 29, 2020, the single Clap Your Hands followed, which was a collaboration with W&W and Fedde Le Grand.

Studio album & unreleased productions

Furthermore, a studio album has been announced since 2013, which has been postponed several times (currently until spring 2017). The album is supposed to include new collaborations with Stromae, Martin Garrix and Vassy as well as numerous songs already played at live shows. In a Question and Answers, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike revealed that they only had original productions planned for the album and had no remixes in mind. The whole thing was received rather critically by their fans, as the demand of their remixes to among others Ten Walls’ Walking with Elephants or Jack Ü’s and Justin Bieber’s Where Are Ü Now has been very enormous for a long time and it was hoped for a release together with the album. Also announced there was that their songs Destruction with Diplo and DJ Ghost as well as the, at the time not yet scheduled for release, Insanity with Blasterjaxx would not be released. Lastly, they stated that the productions Yemaya, We Are Legend as 3 Are Legend and Whisper, along with Tiësto had not yet been released due to the search for vocals. Nevertheless, several unreleased songs have been played by the duo themselves in aftermovies at various festivals as well as in radio shows and podcasts, among others, and are finding their way onto the internet. On the YouTube and SoundCloud platforms, numerous remakes or even tracks produced by projects like Jaxx & Vega (Louder, Van Gogh, We Are Legend) and Merzo (Stampede, Insanity ) based on previews or rips appear.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike produced on Apple MacBooks using Logic Pro, which they attribute to the use of Focus forte interface, slim line controllers and speaker monitors.[58]

Reproaches and criticism

Ghost production and concealment

Between 2012 and 2014, the EDM scene became aware of ghost producers due in part to Maarten Vorwerk’s ghost production on Sandro Silvas and Quintino’s Epic. In the repertoire of the collecting society ASCAP, the credits of Wakanda also mentioned Vorwerk as a producer, which quickly put them in the focus of many rumors. On other songs, Vorwerk disappeared from the credits, although the duo mentioned in an interview with YourEDM that they would mention any other producer.[59] In an interview with online magazine Dance-Charts, German DJ and producer Tujamo stated

“They already collaborate. Of course, they didn’t co-produce, that’s clear, but they always have good arguments, give good suggestions for changes, have good ideas. Sure, they didn’t do all the productions themselves, everyone knows that by now, but they work very hard in a different way, especially in the area of social media and so on, which is nothing to sneeze at by now.”

Tujamo: Dance Charts[60]

In addition, critics complain that the duo’s productions lack a “personal touch”. Thus, songs like Tremor would only have stylistic means of Martin Garrix or The Hum only those, of Ummet Ozcan. Furthermore, their names disappear or appear randomly from different titles. For example, W&W told in a vlog that they had finished a remix to Where Are Ü Now by Jack Ü and Justin Bieber while flying to one of their gigs. Later, a track listing also featured Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s name next to W&W’s. In their “Smash-the-House” episode, in the wake of their 2014 Antwerp performance, it was said that they had collaborated with Boostedkids to produce a remix to Strange Entity by Oscar & The Wolf. But on release, their names were no longer on the cover.

Disproportionate advertising campaigns

In connection with their victory in the 2015 DJ Mag votes, voices were raised that the two DJs had bought the votes. Young women with iPads are said to have tried to convince fans to vote for them immediately at concerts and festivals where Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike played.[61] But also schools were visited during the breaks, because most of the young people were easily persuaded. The management of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike commented on the accusations like this

“Like all the other DJs, we did indeed launch a promotional campaign. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike deserved to win though. They are now touring the world. And wherever they give a show, it sells out in no time. That’s why they won, and not because of iPad votes. It’s fun to win, not lose.”

Like Mike: YourEDM[62]

Supposed Technical Rider

In the fall of 2016, the duo’s so-called alleged Technical Rider circulated through the Internet. This listed all the demands in the event of a booking. The duo received criticism for the probably utopian conditions to the festival operator, which was divided into “before the show”, “during the show” and “after the show”. These included over 100 bottles of drinks, 6 pizzas, 10 McChicken burgers as well as 10 lottery tickets, recharge cables, 4 packs of cigarettes and hotel room keys.[63]

Members

  • Dimitri Vegas (* 16 May 1982, as Dimitrios Anastasios Thivaios)
    • According to his own statement as DJ of the project
    • is married to the model and DJane Anouk “MATTN” Matton
    • is a big comic fan, which is reflected in several music videos
    • builds a track from started productions to the end
  • Like Mike (* December 2, 1985, as Michael Karl Thivaios)
    • According to his own statement as producer and MC of the project to describe
    • is in a relationship with athlete Alli Danielle Garcia
    • is responsible for most of the melodies that he says come to his mind in the shower

Discography

Compilations

Year Title
Music label
Notes
2010 Smash the House!
DJ Magazine
First release: February 2010
only in Great Britain
2014 Awesome Edm Vol. 1
Love Da Records
First release: June 6, 2014
only in Hong Kong
2016 Tomorrowland Anthems – The Best of
Avex Music Creative Inc.
First release: January 13, 2016
Japan only

Web links

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