Kings of Tomorrowland: Belgian brothers smash the house
Two brothers, one mission: DJ Dimitri Vegas and his MC sibling Like Mike have exceeded all expectations this year. Dominating main stages with a unique, full-throttle fusion of trance, tech and electro, they’ve scored five Beatport number ones (two on their own label Smash The House), headlined capacity crowds of over 150,000 at Tomorrowland and its US counterpart TomorrowWorld, and sold all 20,000 tickets for ‘coming home’ gig in their Belgian motherland within 24 hours. This year has been a whirlwind of success stories for the 31-year-old Dimitri and 27 year-old Mike Thiavos.
“A lot of people say, ‘You guys came up real fast,’ and I think, ‘Hmm, not really!’” says Dimitri who worked as a techie for Tomorrowland until he and his brother went supernova. “It’s not like we’ve come out of nowhere – though if you’d told us ten years ago what we’d be achieving now we’d never have believed you.”
Their sudden, emergency stand-in for David Guetta at Creamfields (when his plane caught fire on the way to the festival) sums up their ability to fill the biggest possible shoes in dance music – and do so with devastating effect.
“That was insane,” says Dimitri. “We had played earlier and I heard it was unusual as we had a full crowd at only 3pm. Creamfields liked it, so when David was delayed they asked us. The biggest challenge was that we’d played a lot of our biggest tunes in our previous set. Luckily I had some aces up my sleeve.”
Even by their own high standards this was a pinch-yourself moment of nextlevelism for the duo, especially when it climaxed with Guetta, plus a roped-in Steve Aoki, going head-to-head with Dimitri and Mike to close the set.
Away from the stage, another highlight of 2013 was being captured in illustrated form for Tomorrowland’s official comic by award-winning Marvel writer Paul Jenkins.“To have our own comic is unreal” exclaims Dimitri, a lifelong Spider-Man fan. “If we could have a superpower what would it be? Immortality!” Another year like 2013 and they could be well on their way.
DV & LM's Highlights of 2013
‘G.I.P.S.Y’ feat Boostedkids
This riotous romp is unlike any other tune in the genre.
Their incendiary hour-long headline set’s been watched on YouTube almost 7m times.
‘Mammoth’ (with Moguai)
Phazers set to stun: this lives up to its name in every way.