Whether they’re wreaking havoc across the United States, Europe, Asia, South America or Australia, showering fans with seemingly endless bottles of champagne, ripping up the music charts with immense original tracks, unbelievable collaborations and huge remix cuts from the A-list elite, or playing their part in the incredible rise of the Belgian mega-festival Tomorrowland, award-winning Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have become leading lights in the new wave of international dance music currently taking the planet by storm.
The brotherly duo, whose electrifying live combination of DJ sets and crowd-busting MCing has propelled them towards party notoriety, have been on the road since the mid-2000s and as each year has progressed, so their profile has become ever more significant. Scooping the hotly contested ‘Breakthough DJ’ award at the 2013 International Dance Music Awards (IMDAs), Dimitri & Mike are fast becoming major players and highly reputed producers, scoring their first ever Beatport #1 in March with the Moguai co-production ‘Mammoth’ (a track that sat atop Beatport for an incredible FOUR weeks, dominated global music charts, was named ‘Track of the Month’ by tastemaker site Dancing Astronaut and secured the impressive position of most played single throughout Miami Music Week itself) before repeating the feat in April with their second #1, the huge GTA/Wolfpack collaboration ‘Turn It Up’. Currently sitting at #38 in the DJ Mag Top 100, the pair work consistently with the likes of Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, TiŽsto’s Musical Freedom, Spinnin Records, Size Records, Axtone, Doorn Records, Wall Recordings and their own incendiary imprint Smash The House, proving themselves an increasingly integral part of modern day electronica’s elite. From their early works which include the Belgian #1 ‘Liquid Skies’ and the heavily supported reworking of Technotronic’s classic ‘Pump Up The Jam’, through to recent hits like ‘Madagascar’, ‘Rej’, ‘Alarma’, ‘Momentum’, ‘Loops & Tings’, ‘Generation X’, ‘Ocarina’ and ‘Wakanda’ (#2 on Beatport and officially the most highly played track of Ultra Music Festival 2013), plus collaborations with Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas (Phat Brahms), Lil Jon and Coone (Madness), the Swedish House Mafia (‘Leave The World Behind’ Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Swedish House Mafia Remix), Axwell (‘One Look’ DVLM & Axwell Remix) there remains absolutely no let up in the continual onslaught of high energy production coming out of the brothers’ studios.
But it’s not just their own tracks that continually hit the spotlight. Fast becoming one of the go-to acts for major recording artists, the demand for Dimitri and Mike’s editing skills has gone through the roof. From their debut remix ‘Work That Body’ back in 2009 that caught the attention of label boss Axwell, who immediately commissioned them for Abel Ramos’s ‘Rotterdam City of Love’ and the pre-Swedish House Mafia’s monster hit ‘Leave The World Behind’ by Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke and Axwell himself; to arguably the biggest artist in the world right now, Lady Gaga, who requested the boys’ take on her single ‘Marry The Night’, a remix that within hours of completion was scooped up for Radio 1’s peak-time Friday night show Ready For The Weekend. In between, the pair have reworked everyone from Billboard royalty Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull (‘Papi’), MTV favourites LMFAO (‘Champagne Showers’), TiŽsto, Snoop Dogg, Bob Sinclar, Mary J Blige, Sean Paul and more.