Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are on top of the world -- literally. The Belgian duo were recently voted number one DJs in the world after topping DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJs poll, have played at almost every major dance music festival across the globe, and even have a new single out called "Higher Place" featuring R&B superstar Ne-Yo. Saying that Dimitri and Mike had a good year in 2015 would be an understatement.
Dimitri and Mike recently stopped by iHeartRadio HQ in New York City for an exclusive interview, where they talked about their new single "Higher Place," what it was to work with Ne-Yo, and more.
On what it was like to collaborate with Ne-Yo on their single "Higher Place"
"It all happened very organically. Mike wrote the top line in Ibiza about a year ago, his part, and the instrumental, so it was basically ready. We were figuring out, like, 'Okay, what does this track need more [of]? Does it need a saxophone? Does it need a different drop?' And then in the beginning of the year we were in LA, and we ended up in the studio with Ne-Yo playing him a whole bunch of our ideas. And he heard [the song], and he was like, 'Okay, I need to get on this one.' So he immediately started writing to it, and two hours later the song was finished. It just happened all very fast, and it was magic. It was so smooth, so fluid. It just dropped out there. The lyrics, it was amazing to watch."
On how Mike's vocal ended up being featured in the song
"I used to do a lot of hip hop before we started doing this, and I'm trying to bring it back. This is, let's say the first song where we officially said like, 'Okay, this is a Like Mike vocal.'"
On their reaction to being voted #1 DJs in the world in DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJs poll
"We got the news [during] ADE [Amsterdam Dance Event]. So it was already in Amsterdam. It was already a very celebratory week. I think we kept on celebrating for ... we're still celebrating. He [Mike] still has a hangover."
While we had Dimitri and Mike in our studios, we decided to put their knowledge of actual higher places to the test and played a game of "Higher Place"-themed Pictionary. The guys each chose a piece of paper at random, which had the names of different high places/structures on them (like The Eiffel Tower or Leaning Tower of Pisa). Then one would draw what was on the paper, while the other guessed. Find out how they did!
Watch Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike play "Higher Place"-themed Pictionary below!
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