EPIC Stage Q&A – Mystic Valley Festival 2017

EPIC Stage Q&A

Matisse & Sadko

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
We’ve been here before and played Warp Festival and Levels Club. We really love Thailand and the food too!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
It’s cool to see that the scene of dance music is growing so much lately in South East Asia. We love to play there and they people are really into the music. It’s nice that the festival vibe from Europe and US is coming to South East Asia.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
Tomorrowland is of course something which can also happen in SEA, something where people totally forget about the daily life and dive into the world of music and a happy place.

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
Kurt Cobain!

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
Playing at Ultra Miami on the mainstage 2015 with Martin Garrix. We love big outdoor venues and we think our music works better for the big crowd. Also we really love the pyro, the fire and other crazy stuff!

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
We have very loyal fans and people who support us since we started. Also since we produce different styles a lot of different people from everywhere support us. That’s why we also created our own label Monomark and made our first label night in St Petersburg which showed us how much people love our music! For 2017 we plan to release a good combination of big festival tracks and some big collaborations 🙂

KO:YU

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
No I’ve played in Thailand a lot of times before and it was a fantastic experience every time! I’m mostly looking forward to the crazy festival crowd and the amazing food!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
It’s awesome to see so many new festivals popping up in Asia, as well as the established big brands from Europe and the States bringing the experience to more and more countries in Asia. I hope we can see even more of that in the upcoming years!

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
I actually played at Sensation White in Bangkok a few years ago and still remember it because it was a massive production and overwhelming experience overall! Looking at the festivals we have in my home country Germany, one that stands out is Parookaville which I played at in summer 2016 and it had an amazing stage and a very special atmosphere. Bringing that to Thailand one day would for sure be amazing.

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
My biggest idol / mentor has always been Axwell who had a very big influence on me especially when I started making music. I also really love everything from Skrillex and Flume.

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
I definitely prefer outdoor venues in warm climates cos they always have a special vibe to me. One of my favorite festival experiences is Ultra Miami every year because of the city, the atmosphere and the whole Miami Music Week experience.

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
So far most of my fan base comes from the Progressive House genre, as I’ve always released my music on Axtone, Refune and Protocol Recordings in the past years and I have always been amazed by the support and love coming from this fan base. With my new KO:YU project however I’m very excited to take a new direction and change it all up a little. You’re going to hear some Trap, Future Bass and Hip Hop influences in my upcoming songs, which is completely new and exciting territory for me so I’m hoping my old fans will enjoy it as well as new fans hearing my name for the first time.

Sick Individuals

Hereby the answers;

1 No, we have actually been to Thailand numerous of times and we love it every time we perform here but also for holidays, you can feel the energy everywhere!
We are very looking forward to rock Mystic Festival!

2 It’s a really good development, also the diversification in EDM with all kinds of electronic music genres in SEA. Like you can see live at the Mystic Festival with the many different stages.

3 Tomorrowland in Thailand would be awesome!

4 That is easy: Daft Punk / Swedish House Maffia, you can hear the influences in our music. As music graduates we have also been influenced by jazz, classical music and hip hop actually.

5 That’s a tough question but if we really have to choose it will be an outdoor event with a beautiful sunset combined with our ‘THIS IS SICK’ visual live show!

6 Very energetic, loyal fans that always sing a long and jump around during our whole set!
For 2017 we hope Team SICK will grow, new music will be released very soon we are working hard in the studio!

Thank you and see you soon!

DUBVISION

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
No we’ve been a lot of times 😉 To play but also on holidays. We’re looking forward to playing Mystic of course! Thai people have amazing energy! A lot of our colleagues will also be attending, so we’ll have fun hanging out backstage. And also, we love Thai food so we’ll be getting plenty of that!

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
You see that (south east) Asia has been a little behind on Europe and the USA , where big festivals have been going on for a while now. Electronic music is getting bigger and more mainstream in Asia, so its logical that there will be more and more music festivals. We are very happy that its growing and to be a part of it!

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
A festival like Tomorrowland, where people from all over the globe come together.

4. Who is your music idol/mentor?
Axwell has always been our biggest inspiration. Already in the early days, but also of course the whole Swedish House Maffia rise, and Axwell ^ Ingrosso. His productions and eye for detail is amazing. He is the best at giving feedback.

5. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
Playing Tomorrowland was amazing. All nationalities come together like nowhere else. For us outdoor and indoor both have their perks and disadvantages. If the weather is good outside can be amazing. But inside can create a more intimate atmosphere. But, outdoor is probably our favorite!

6. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
We have a very loyal fanbase that loves melodies. We experiment with some other stuff now and then like ‘Geht’s Noch’ for example but in the end melodies are what we stand for. 2017 is going to be very interesting music wise. Some tracks will be traditional DubVision style and some will be a little different from what people are used to.

Yves V

1. Is this your first time coming to Thailand? What are you looking forward to the most?
It is not my first time! I have played to crowds in Bangkok before, last year actually, that was fun but I’m looking forward to experiencing a festival in Thailand! Excited for the people and the food! I always try to take in as much of the local treats that I can and Asia is one of my favourite regions to play in.

2. What is your opinion on the rise of music festivals in South East Asia?
It is great! Getting more artists to visit South East Asia and even giving smaller slots on the line-ups to local, or upcoming, talents I think is important. The rise of festivals will only help spread the talent and create amazing memories for the fans.

3. What are some of key highlights of music festivals in Western countries/your home country that you’d like to see happen in SEA, namely, Thailand?
I think overall highlights I like to see at music festivals are a great mix of artists and diversity. This could mean different genres, or if it is a dance-only event/ festival, I think it’s important to show all levels of experience like I said earlier with supporting new talents. Diversity of sounds, gender, races and ages are the most important things as we can all use our tools of music to bring people together.

4. What was the best festival experience for you? Do you prefer outdoor or indoor venue, and why?
Tomorrowland is one of my favourite festival experiences, every time I play the mainstage as a resident the feeling is so amazing, this is why I probably prefer outdoor venues. You can see the crowds stretching out and people moving freely, it also gives the audience to respond to the surroundings and production more which doesn’t happen too much in darker indoor venues.

5. How would you describe your fan base and in which direction you like to see it go in 2017.
I would describe my fanbase as supportive, loyal and open. Sometimes I work with vocalists on more radio-friendly tracks, sometimes I will go more progressive or big-room and my fans always stick by me and understand what I’m doing. I hope to collaborate and experiment a lot more in 2017!