Inside Miami Music Week: We Caught Up With Hardwell, DubVision, And DVBBS

 

DubVision

These two electric brothers from the Netherlands were very down to earth. I was curiously exploring the SiriusXM lounge and jamming out to Oliver Heldens set on the private stage before the interview. Eventually I made my way over to the artist lounge and plopped on the extravagant white couch. With my interview questions ready in my hand, I got the memo from a staff member that it was my turn to interview DubVision.

They introduced themselves and we moved and got comfortable on a sofa next to the pool. My nerves were quickly calmed because of how personable they are, having fun while answering my questions — from distractions and tattoos. Stephan Leicher even ended up showing me his, which gave me a detailed impression of what kind of person he is. I was surprised that I was given such stimulating responses that it made me feel as if we had already met.

Debvision

 

20something: How important do you think Sirius XM is to WMC?

DubVision: I think SiriusXM is very important because it is the biggest base. It brings new talent and seeks new music for the upcoming year and also sets the tone for how music is going.

Which online platform gets you the most fan engagement?

DubVision: Instagram for sure, sometimes Snapchat, but rarely ever Twitter or Facebook.

Where on tour have you bought the best clothing?

DubVision: I would have to say the best clothing was found in New York. But, the only downfall is it is expensive. Clothes are much cheaper in Holland.

What are your favorite stores?

DubVision: I would have to say the Rick Owens store in New York is my favorite. Also the store “Supermarket” in Amsterdam. We like long shirts and black of course.

Is there any specific artist or album that has inspired you?

DubVision: Yes, Daft Punk. We saw them live and they only played for 30 minutes but that time they were playing was amazing and it blew my mind and inspired me. Also I love Swedish House Mafia because that is the type of music we like to make.

What distracts you in the audience?

DubVision: Definitely girls and also written names and signs. I think it is weird but flattering and impressive. // One time there was a hole in the ground and I twisted my knee and fell!

What’s your favorite part about your nationality?

DubVision: I would say that we are extremely down to earth and we act normal but not crazy and we stay humble.

How do you feel about tattoos?

DubVision: I love tattoos. I have a dagger with three flowers representing protection and my three brothers. // I like it on some, not myself.

What is something you can tell me about yourself that others would be shocked to know?

DubVision: People always knew I smoked but I quit before Christmas. // I am addicted to Ramen noodles.

 

Hardwell

Flashback to summer 2013 when I jumped in my car at 7:00 a.m. like every other weekday of my teenage life. However, the rebellious pain-in-the-ass kid I was, I threw my backpack in the trunk, called in school sick, and scooped my equally defiant friends. We slipped on our bikinis, cracked open a few beers and began our beach day playlist that of course included one of our favorite producers, Hardwell.

Something about good music, good company and a beautiful day brought about a certain rush that absorbed every cell in my body.

Fast-forward three years and I am at the Sirius XM lounge, still the same kid, but just a little less awkward and a lot more ambitious. I waited to meet Hardwell, curious if he could bring me the same rush I felt that day. Patiently waiting in the artist lounge for the next available interview, a staff member mentioned that Hardwell would be down to talk to me. “Me?” I thought, how was I even considered proper enough to interview such a sensational legend like Hardwell himself?

Well it turned out that Hardwell and I hit it off. It was interesting getting to know a different aspect of his personality other than listening to his hypnotic beats. I have to say that he is a very intellectual and inventive human being. His honesty is what I adored the most and after the interview, I felt content after all.

Hardwell

 

20something: How important do you think Sirius XM is to WMC?

Hardwell: Really! I love how they are supporting EDM, it is perfect. They give the artist a half hour each to perform on stage and it’s a great way to show new talent.

Which online platform gets you the most fan engagement?

Hardwell: In general I would say Twitter and Instagram, but for selling music I would say Facebook because it leads people to iTunes and Spotify where people will be buying the most music.

Where on tour have you bought the best clothing?

Hardwell: New York or Singapore.

What are your favorite stores?

Hardwell: I am not much of a shopper but I get sponsored by brands and I wear their clothing.

What distracts you in the audience?

Hardwell: Nothing really distracts me because I embrace the crowd. I love the crowd and I love parting with them its so much more than just playing a regular beat.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be and why?

Hardwell: Even bigger nerd because DJs are nerds. So I would probably be a graphic designer.

 

DVBBS

Waiting in the press line to get into the SiriusXM lounge was like organized chaos. Except this time it was Saturday, and I was extra prepared for my second day full of interviews while drinking more Heineken. Unfortunately, I missed a bunch that were scheduled because of traffic. But still scored an interview with DVBBS. I was more than ready.

Upon meeting them, I was instantly impressed with their style. Chris Chronicles was wearing a heavy black shirt with some gold chains and ripped black jeans. Alex Andre vibed Yeezy head-to-toe. Both with shades on, of course.

You know when you just vibe with someone? Yup, I felt like a homie, sharing laughs throughout the whole interview.

DVBBS’ exuberant energy made the interview. This unforgettable duo talked about music, clothing, and they even seem to know the answer as to why life is worth living.

DVBBS

 

20something: How important do you think Sirius XM is to WMC?

DVBBS: SiriusXM is very important and needs to be worldwide soon. We listen to either their hip-hop or EDM. They are about always pushing new music and they go outside of their comfort zone. Mad respect.

Which online platform gets you the most fan engagement?

DVBBS: Facebook is always the standing one, it never even goes, and it’s been lasting about 10 years. Instagram is really big but Snapchat is popping. And for Twitter, some countries are really big on it but some countries you wouldn’t even see one tweet from India even though a ton of people live there. But Facebook will always be the biggest!

Are you into fashion?

DVBBS: I like to express myself with fashion because a lot of designers are always ready to give us new stuff when we go to new cities. We love reppin’ designers because they hook it up for the young up-and-comers.

Where on tour have you bought the best clothing?

DVBBS: We always get hooked up in Holland. Culture kings in Australia. Chris be going to the Gucci.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be and why?

DVBBS: I Probably could have been a soccer player but I am too lazy. Behind the scenes of films, writing movies or directing stuff. Porn star.

Is there any specific artist or album that has inspired you?

DVBBS: Blink 182, Sublime, mostly bands. We listen to a lot of reggae. If you just take Sunday off and just listen to some reggae and smoke weed you’ll start hearing and feeling different things all the time.

What distracts you in the audience?

DVBBS: One girl had a sign that said “Have my baby? I thought it was fuckin’ weird, like get away from me bitch. Get lost in the crowd. A lot of titties. [They] will always distract me. Chris fucks everything up. Usually when we fuck up…we stop the music and say that was a complete fuck up and people give us respect.

What is your favorite part about Miami music week?

DVBBS: Weather everyday and the parties pretty much, and how they take care of you. It’s just fun week! What’s your favorite?

 

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