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Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Euan McGraw - 2016-10-17 16:44

Belgian duo Steve Braet and Ruben Khaza have been rapidly rising

through the ranks of the DJ Mag Top 100 over the past couple of years, first appearing in the 2014 poll at No.84, and then taking the not inconsiderable hike up to No.52 in last year's list — although they’ve dropped a bit this year. Hailing from Willebroek, just a hop and a skip from the site of the massive Tomorrowland festival (it's kind of their 'local'), the pair signed to their childhood chums Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's Smash The House roster back in 2011, and it's been pretty much a skyward trajectory ever since. 

Their thunderous, rave-tastic ‘Phatt Bass 2016’ (complete

with its deeply sinister 'rave-in-an-abbatoir video), devised with

their German compadres Warp Brothers, hammered its way into the Belgian top 10 in February, as well as becoming a regular fixture in the sets of Tiesto, David Guetta and Nicky Romero. ‘Nashville’ too, produced with Diego Miranda, and despite not having a great affinity with country music, packed a mighty wallop too. As for 2017, expect further forays into Asia – notably more visits to Shanghai. Plus a few more rungs up the top 100, maybe… BEN ARNOLD

What have been the new frontiers for you this year? “Travelling the world and working with so many new artists has really broadened our horizons.”

Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form? “Electronic music just keeps getting bigger and bigger… so happy to be part of this movement.”

What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why? “Odesj from Mixed In Key is very nice! It helps you to compose complicated melodies smoothly.”

If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be? “Hip-hop seems like a fun style.”

As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ? “Everything we have!”

What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events? “No idea because security mostly is already pretty strict, but… maybe giving away free waters?”

 

How can we increase diversity in dance music? “We believe there is already a lot of diversity, the only thing you can do is keep having an open mind.”

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