Yves V - Tomorrowland mainstage resident that has played more than any other artist in the event's history (one of only 2 alongside Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike), who has collaborated with Laidback Luke, Don Diablo and most recently ALOK on this huge new Spinnin' track. Completed extensive headline tours of Asia, Europe and America this year.
1. Hello, Yves V! I am pleased to have you here for an interview. How was 2018 for you? Do you believe that it was a good year for the development of your career?
Thanks so much! I do believe, or at least I feel like, it was a great year! I put out more collabs and original track that I’m very very proud of and managed to tour some more beautiful places with unforgettable shows – it was amazing, but bring on 2019!
2. How have your goals for performances changed over the years from when you first started to now selling out large venues?
My performances have changed as I now get more freedom to play out my own tracks, my own experimentations and remixes, whereas in the earlier days, you have to really build up the confidence of the crowd before gaining the freedom to do that.
3. What label was your first ever release and how did you manage to attract their attention for them to sign your track? Was it an easy or difficult goal to achieve?
‘Insane Pressure' on the Belgian label Mostiko, it went really easy, it was a remake of a track which was already big in Belgium, I got lucky. :)
4. If you had to choose one element of your music that defines your music as a whole, what would it be and why?
Melodies and emotions! I always find it important to capture a certain emotion to set a vibe or tone.
5. Your latest track "Innocent" has received many positive feedback and became huge upon the release. What is the story behind the song?
Thank you! Well, ‘Innocent’ is my most recent collaboration with ALOK which I was super happy about! ALOK is one of the best Brasilian producers, well actually, one of the best producers I know period, and to exchange ideas was so much fun! I have said before that the vocals that Gavin (James) also laid down for us totally took the track to this higher level and I’m super proud of the results!
6. How do you balance the idea of evolving your sound, while making music that your audience already loves?
I think that is a case of genre and experimentation. I always stay within the big-room electro and house genres, whether that be more melodic tracks or these booming big-room anthems, I always like to think a number of components is what makes something sound like an 'Yves V track'. I’m not going to just jump into making hard-style anytime soon :))!
7. The EDM industry is bigger than ever, becoming more and more saturated in a sense. How do you differentiate your music and sets from other acts out there?
By staying original and creating fresh ideas, it’s important to not stay making the same old same old!
8. What is the key ingredient in a track? Breakdown? Style of production? Bassline?
That completely depends! Sometimes, like I said above, the melody can totally spawn the rest of the track and it can snowball from there, other times it can be a bassline that chooses the direction for you – that is one thing I always trust, to let the music guide you!
9. If you could choose one DJ, producer or an artist you’d like to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
I really love what KSHMR is doing, who knows, we may have something in the pipeline already…
10. Since 2012 you host the V-Sessions stage at Tomorrowland and you are well known for the way you know how to put in place a show. Please give us three words that sum up the experience.
A REAL PARTY!
11. How important do you think it is for DJs to also be producers?
I think the two can exist independently, but also complement each other together. When I produce back in Belgium, I’ll often work with an engineer just to make sure we can execute the sound we want in the studio, exactly how we want, and I think there is nothing wrong with that. So DJ’s have made a name for themselves by just DJ’ing alone and many talented producers are behind the scenes and never get to play to crowds of thousands, because they don’t want to, and that is fine too!
12. What's the hardest lesson that you've learned in your career?
To never give up, even when you think there is no light!
13. As a DJ and producer, you create wonderful moments for millions of music lovers. What is the best present or message that fans have given you in return?
Every single message I get from fans online or that comes out to my shows, feels like the best present to me! I look after my own social media so I do see each and every inbox I receive and I am so thankful for them all because I wouldn’t be here without my fans.
14. If you were to pick some DJ’s/producers who had brilliant performances this year, which one would you choose?
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, KSHMR, Timmy Trumpet and Don Diablo. I’m sure there are many I’ve forgotten!
15. Can you caracterize by a single word:
ADE: Busy! Ibiza: Fun! Miami: extravagant!
16. Which DJ would you like to swap places for one day if you could?
Calvin Harris – who wouldn’t?
17. What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?
Anything by Green Day, Chvrches, Depeche Mode, The Weeknd - It can be anything from rock to deep house, tech house…
18. Who or what do you miss most when you are on tour?
My family, that is the most difficult thing about being away!
19. One thing that people don’t know about you.
I was a teacher before I began making music!
20. What do you hope to achieve in the future? What projects are you currently working on?
I just aim to keep my work-life balance to a good level, I still have goals and achievements in my career that I want to hit, but I think now more than ever, mental health in the music industry is something that is finally being spoken about. Away from that, I have a lot of new collaborations coming up and we’re hoping to take V Sessions on the road for some one-off special shows in 2019! Keep your eyes out!
21. Thank you for your kindness and your time assented to this talk. Do you have a message for all the people out there who love electronic music?
Thank you to you, too! My message is another thank you to all the fans for the constant support and love all around the world! Keep on supporting your favourite artists, streaming, attending shows and just letting them know your thoughts! This whole scene is build on love and inclusivity and to everyone keeping the scene alive no matter how big or small, I’m so thankful!
Interview made by Adriana-Laura L, DJs Arena 2018.