Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s path from celebrated DJs to dominating the global electronic music scene has been on a constant, upward trajectory. Becoming the first ever duo to win the World #1 DJ’s crown at the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll, the pioneering brothers continue to stand strong and take centre stage amongst the ever-changing musical landscape. Their live combination of DJ sets and crowd-busting MCing has propelled them into global stars. Leading to the duo winning awards including ‘Best Breakthrough Act’, ‘Best European DJ’s’, ‘Best European DJ’ & ‘Best Artist Group’ at the IDMA’s, also garnering 2 x ‘Best Global DJ’ at the EMPO TV awards in Mexico, as well as ‘Best Big Room’ and ‘Best Music Video’ for their star-touting anthem ‘The Hum’. Receiving further recognition at home as double winners of the MTV EMA for ‘Best Belgian Act’, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have grown to become of the most prominent dance music figures of modern times.
From iconic clubs like Amnesia, Ministry of Sound, Green Valley and Ushuaïa Ibiza, where the duo hold a summer residency with their own Garden of Madness party, to festival mainstages including EDC Las Vegas, EXIT festival, Electric Zoo NY, Sensation and Creamfields, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike possess an undeniably global appeal. However, it’s their position as official mainstage residents and ‘Kings of Tomorrowland’ which has seen them grow to an unprecedented level of stature, playing their part in the incredible rise of the Belgian event that saw 360,000 revellers descend across 2 weekends for 2018.
The launch of their ‘Bringing the Madness’ arena shows was another demonstration of power. Amassing a collective 67 million+ YouTube views across 4 major events, fans snapped up 60,000 tickets in just 60 minutes for their 2016 homecoming – a feat previously only managed by legendary names such as U2, Madonna, Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson. December 2017 saw the boys returned to their home in Belgium at the Sportpaleis for 4 more ‘Bringing The Madness’ shows, welcoming names such as Steve Angello and Hardwell to support them. This arena concept has also seen sold-out shows in Mexico and Germany, the latter seeing the duo smash the record for the most attendees at a solo DJ show in Germany playing to 45,000 fans at the World Club Dome Winter Edition show. For 2018 they announced they will be returning to the Sportpaleis with their Garden of Madness concept, the show will also feature for the first time at Liverpool’s Steel Yard arena. Picking up support from top industry figures like Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Danny Howard, the boys have become a go-to act for major recording artists. Whether it’s remixing Coldplay, The Chainsmokers, Lady Gaga or scoring edits for Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg and Sean Paul, the merit of their successes ultimately boils down to their legions of devoted fans – and the figures say it all.
Noting 13 million Facebook likes, over 2.9 million Twitter followers, 3.3 million Instagram fans and more than ½ billion YouTube views, the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike phenomenon is a story that continues to unfold. Netting the #1 spot in their native Belgium going platinum with ‘The Hum’, their magic touch was repeated as their Ne-Yo collaboration ‘Higher Place’ spent 10 weeks atop of the Belgian singles chart. Securing the #1 Billboard Dance Chart spot furthermore, this placing reoccurred with the release of their Diplo collaboration ‘Hey Baby’. Disney Records invited the brothers to rework the iconic theme song for the fifth instalment of their blockbuster movie series ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Working with Hans Zimmer on the film’s lead score ‘He’s a Pirate’, the brothers added a big room flavour to the latest edition, ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’. Summer 2017 also saw the David Guetta and Kiiara team up summer anthem ‘Complicated’, which amassed over 103 million streams on Spotify and 68 million YouTube views. The pair also joined forces with W&W on ‘Crowd Control’, the sonic representation of their iconic dance move that has seen everyone from The Chainsmokers, Skrillex and Steve Aoki getting in on the act. In 2018 the brothers paired up with hip hop star Wiz Khalifa for the hit record ‘When I Grow Up’ and followed up the collab with another musical pairing working with Long Beach’s famed rapper Snoop Dogg on ‘Bounce. These collaborations add to an already impressive body of collaborative work that to date includes studio time with the crème de la crème of artists in Gucci Mane, Ummet Ozcan, Martin Garrix, Fatboy Slim, Afrojack, Lil Jon and Kid Ink.
Never ones to slow down, their consistently excellent placing within the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll for 7 years annually including becoming the first DJ duo to take the crowning #1 spot, an impressive feat by anyone’s standards, the duo’s status continuing to be exemplified as the dynamic act retained their #2 position in this year’s standings for the 3rd year in a row.