Vicetone, the DJ and production duo formed by Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool, from the Dutch city of Groningen, are a match made in Dutch DJ heaven. The two met in school, when they both 15 years of age. Influenced by artists like Eric Prydz and Swedish House Mafia, the two began to produce their own music. That was way back in 2007-08. As of now, Ruben and Victor, epitomise the EDM success story. Having released their remix in 2012, just four years later, the pair boast of having already played Ultra Music Festival in Miami three times, collaborating with the likes of Nicky Romeroa and having put out records on some of the genre’s biggest labels. Their single, “United We Dance” was featured in the 2014 Ultra aftermovie, and this year’s release, “Follow Me,” was named the Ultra 2015 official anthem.
The pair have a very bright immediate future with songs on the way with the likes of KSHMR, Youngblood Hawke, A-Trak and others. Speaking to musictimes.com, the duo reminisce their start together, how much time they take to write a song and some secret stuff about themselves.
MT: They say there’s no overnight success in the music industry. How long were you guys making music before you came together because a year after once you first put out the Adele, Flo Rida and Ne-Yo remixes you were getting picked up by Nicky Romero.
Ruben: Those remixes you mentioned that was within the first 12 months of us working together. The first track we ever made was finished in April 2012, so it was basically four years ago when Victor & I started working together for the first time. A year later we transitioned from remixes to full on originals and tours and multiple labels rather than just free releases. People in the dance world have either heard of us, know one song or have vaguely heard of a track we have done. We’re not a new act anymore but it’s definitely not been overnight it’s been a couple years in the making, but once we’re making new music things started moving pretty fast for us which we were lucky with.
MT: You guys put out a lot of music pretty consistently, how long does it take for you guys to finish a song?
Ruben: It really depends. I think for the Bob Marley remix we did in January it was 3 or 4 days to finish it from beginning to end. Sometimes when you are working on original music and you have a good top line but not really the right voice for the top line it will take maybe a few months longer to find the right vocal or to try and get a good studio session in for that track. You never really want to rush to finish a song but for some songs it gets finished in 3 or 4 days.
MT: What is something people might not know about you guys?
Victor: Maybe people see us as a DJ rock stars touring the world and going crazy every night.
Ruben: But we’re very focused on the job. Maybe people think we do drugs or drink a lot of alcohol but it’s the exact opposite while we’re touring and in the studio we’re very focused. We never take drugs I mean.
Victor: We don’t get drunk anymore. That’s kind of a thing of the past. We’re 24 now. We used to do that when we were 20, 19 or 18. We also like cooking that’s maybe a fun thing people don’t know about us.
MT: What do you cook?
Victor: We cook a major macaroni. It’s insanely good macaroni with vegetables.
Ruben: I cook a lot of steaks, pork, and potato gratin. We live together in a home and you can get take out here like pizza, but we would probably get fat really fast so we thought why not get into cooking.