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DubVision, Remix Kings At It Again: The Nocturnal Times Interview

Mark Mancino

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If you’re a dance-music listener, chances are you’ve heard Dutch duo, DubVision. Consisting of brothers Victor and Stephan Leicher, the guys have been musically inclined from a young age leading to their successful career as DJs and producers.

 

 

Donned as the remix kings, DubVision has put their craft and skill to work for countless producers and DJs; adding their touch to many of dance music’s biggest tunes. Included in their remix repertoire are The Chainsmokers (“Inside Out”), Martin Garrix feat. Due Lipa (“Scared To Be Lonely”), Avicii (“For A Better Day”), Axwell /\ Ingrosso (“Thinking About You”), Tori Kelly (“Should’ve Been Us”), Afrojack (“The Spark”), Dirty South (“Unbreakable”), and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (“Chattahoochee),” among many others.

 

Most recently the guys were called upon by Armin van Buuren for a remix of his latest vocal single, “I Need You” with Garibay feat. Olaf Blackwood, which is out now through Armin’s Armada Music imprint (listen below).

 

From one of their first releases in 2011, “Tune It On,” to their recently released “Geht’s Noch,” DubVision has left their mark on the electronic scene over the last seven years. Other notable singles from the guys include their Sander van Doors & Mako collaboration, “Into The Light” feat. Mariana Bell, “Yesterday Is Gone” with Dash Berlin feat. Jonny Rose, “Under The Stars” with Justin Oh, “Invincible” with Firebeatz feat. Ruby Propher, and “Triton (Dance Valley 2013 Anthem)” with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, among a slew of others.

 

When we recently caught up with the guys from DubVision we had a chance to find out if their upbringing influenced their decision to pursue a career in electronic dance music (EDM) and when the first began exploring the world of production and deejaying. Read the fully transcribed Nocturnal Times interview with DubVision, below.

 

 

The Nocturnal Times: How and when did you first decide to explore electronic music?
DubVision: Steve first came in contact with house music when going out and listening to the radio. We have a lot of dance radio-shows in Holland. And then also clubbing at a young age (around 15 years old). Victor got the vibe from Steve, and gave his little brother his first vinyl record for his birthday. Victor started to produce electronic music before he even could go out clubbing!

 

The Nocturnal Times: Did your upbringing influence your decision to pursue a career in music? Are you classically trained or come from a musical family background?
DubVision: We don’t have a musical family background, although we played both 6/7 years of piano when we were younger, around 10 years old. we played everything from blues to classical. Steve graduated as an architect an he was an architect until his early 30’s. At that moment we mad music every day, Victor after school, Steve after his work, together we built a studio at our parents house. When Swedish house Mafia started playing “All By Myself” we started thinking this could be the moment to give everything up and start doing only music. When Axwell asked to do the remix for Discopolis for his Axtone imprint Steve dropped his work. At that time, Victor just finished his school.

 

The Nocturnal Times: Are either of you better at or prefer producing over DJing or do you both find it’s an equal balance of both?
DubVision: I think its an equal thing. It’s for us together, one thing, we make music to perform. We wouldn’t be DJ’s if we didn’t have our own music to play. The magic of making a track together in the studio until the moment when you play it out and people go crazy. It’s the total experience!

 

The Nocturnal Times: Looking back on your experience this year during Miami Music Week, what can you share with us about some of your favorite moments?
DubVision: We had a lot of gigs, and as always it’s good seeing friends and colleagues. We did some awesome hook-up’s with awesome singers and songwriters. Working on some amazing productions as we speak, so we’re excited for that! Ultra was also insane!

 

The Nocturnal Times: Which music festivals have you yet to play that you’d like to have the opportunity to?
DubVision: Coachella. What Porter Robinson & Madeon did at Main Stage was unbelievable. By far the best act. We both can’t sing at all, but a show like that at Coachella main would be the sickest experience!

 

The Nocturnal Times: What will the rest of 2017 bring for DubVision fans?
DubVision: We are spending last two weeks of May in LA to make music and complete the tracks we’ve been working on. We just released our remix of Armin van Buuren’s – “I Need You” with Garibay feat. Olaf Blackwood, our next big room release on Armada Music, as well.

 

 

The Nocturnal Times: Of all your releases thus far, do any stand out to you as personal favorites or ones you hold closest to you?
DubVision: We both love “I Found Your Heart” that we started in our home studio, finished in Stockholm, and shot the video in Istanbul. Specially now with all the shit is going on, especially in that area it shows a  message to our fans to show their hearts an be kind and loving.

 

The Nocturnal Times: Have you guys discussed releasing an LP or studio album?
DubVision: Mid 2016 we wanted to do an album, but decided later that it wasn’t the time. But an album is certainly coming somewhere in the (near) future

 

The Nocturnal Times: Who are some of your dream collaborators or vocalists?
DubVision: Oh my, vocalists would be Rhianna, or Coldplay. Definitely wanna be a day in the studio with Calvin Harris or Zedd

 

The Nocturnal Times: Where do you see DubVision five years from now?
DubVision: Hopefully, we will be an act with more our own signature sound, playing only our own music. Having our own show, with support acts and still traveling the world!

Mark is the Founder & CEO of The Nocturnal Times. As an electronic music veteran, Mark has more than a decade of industry experience. The definition of a true music aficionado, Mark’s passion is prevalent through each of the projects he chooses to pursue. He acquired his Masters in Business Administration in Global Leadership and Brand Marketing and has since founded a full-service artist relations & creative agency. 

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