Nov 04, 2014

Rising duo Vicetone from The Netherlands burst into the spotlight at Ultra 2014 when they took the mainstage with Nicky Romero to announce their upcoming collab, but they certainly aren’t new to the scene. We sat down with Victor and Ruben at TomorrowWorld to chat about how they got started and their versatile collaboration process.

Vicetone - United We Dance
LessThan3: How did your set go for you today [at TomorrowWorld]?
Victor: It was awesome. Turnout was absolutely fantastic. We had a lot of fans who came out for us with signs and flags.
Ruben: As the set progressed, the energy kept getting bigger and bigger and the crowd kept getting more into it. It was a really nice buildup of energy.
LessThan3: What has been your favorite festival?
Ruben: Ultra Korea was one of my favorites, but today was fantastic as well. Choosing your favorite festival is like picking between your favorite dishes, or kids.
LessThan3: At Ultra you were on stage with Nicky Romero announcing your collab, Let Me Feel. How was that to be on stage with him?
Ruben: It was surreal. That was the first time we were in front of a crowd of that size, and it was the first time, after all those months of work, that we played our track with Nicky. It was a special moment. I remember how we felt very well.
LessThan3: How did that collaboration come about?
Victor: Nicky had a vocal sample that he sent to us. We made the melody and the chord progression under it. Then we went back and forth. After a few times of doing that we went to the studio together and finished it up.
Ruben: It took a while–three to four months. Even though we were in different locations and touring at separate times, we still found time to get in the studio together, and go back and forth on how we want the track to sound. We are very proud of the result.
LessThan3: Do you have specific tasks each one of you handles in the production process?
Victor: No, not really. We have two studios now, so we can split up work. We always start ideas separately. When I really like an idea or a chord progression, I send it to Ruben, then he progresses that.
Ruben: I think the reason that we put out the music we do is that we both have to love it. Just the fact that we both have that input and we both have to stand behind it makes the quality even better. You have the urge to have the music as close to perfect as you can get.
LessThan3: How do you feel your sound has progressed?
Victor: Not so much progressed as fine-tuned. In our live sets, it’s 60 percent our own original music, and all the mashups we make ourselves, too. We do live mashups on the fly occasionally and mix in acappellas. As far our production sound goes, we are always trying to evolve. What will always stay the same is the emotion, the harmonies, just the feeling of the music. But we’re not sitting still. We’re progressing and moving forward with our sound and making it better and more interesting.
LessThan3: As childhood friends, when did you decide to start producing music together?
Ruben: I think when I was 20.
Victor: Ruben decided to build his home studio, and the first day he invited me over to work on the first track, and it really vibed well. From that point on we made five tracks in a few weeks.
Ruben: We worked really hard right from the beginning and that never ended. We’re more efficient and smarter than when we started. And we have a much better grasp of how to produce music. We’ve improved a lot since then, but the work ethic hasn’t really changed. We’ve just worked our asses off since the beginning.
LessThan3: What would fans be surprised to learn about you?
Ruben: Since we live in the north of Holland, I always go to the studio on a bicycle. We ride bicycles everywhere.
Victor: It keeps us healthy too.
Ruben: I don’t know if everyone expects us to be party animals, but we’re really not. We’re really down to earth. We don’t really go out a lot when we’re at home. We just work. We’re extremely chill.
Victor: When we’re not on tour, we’re in the studio. Pretty much our life.
LessThan3: What’s the hardest thing about being on tour?
Ruben: I don’t really miss home, but I do miss family. After six weeks, you go “I really want to see my family again.” I also miss not being in a full blown studio like we have at home.