Vicetone @ Rev Ultra Lounge 5/7/16
by Bradley Loiederman

As the weather gets warmer, the season of good vibes and bumpy tunes starts to take over Minneapolis; and the perfect way to kick off the season is with progressive house duo Vicetone! Vicetone, a duo hailing from the Netherlands, have quickly climbed their way from small-town acts to one of the top 100 Djs in the world! They will be making their first appearance in Minneapolis on May 7th at Rev Ultra Lounge!

Victor Pool and Ruben Den Boer were childhood friends, both having electronic tastes and building off one another. In 2012, they decided to start producing their own music, and that’s when Vicetone was formed! Quickly after formation, they signed to Monstercat Records and released their first major track, “Heartbreak”, with Colin McLoughlin. In 2013, realizing that it would be hard to gain recognition in a small town in the Netherlands, Vicetone focused on traveling around the world and getting their name out there. They hopped on Nicky Romero’s North America tour during the summer of 2013, joined Protocol Recordings’ label night lineup, and joined Nervo on their Mexico tour in the fall. Working hard and touring around the world in 2013 brought them extreme success in 2014, with their collaboration track with Nicky Romero, “Let Me Feel”, hitting the number one spot on Beatport’s overall chart. They also performed had the opportunity to perform at Ultra and TomorrowWorld in 2014 and even had their track “United We Dance” used as the soundtrack for the 2014 Ultra After Movie. With all this success, it’s no wonder that DJ Magazine has kept Vicetone in the Top 100 Djs for three years in a row and that they’ve had releases on Monstercat, Armada, Protocol, Ultra, Dim Mak, and Spinnin’! On April 8th this year, they released their first EP, Aurora, already gaining over 800,000 listens on Soundcloud! Vicetone prove that hard work will get you far, skyrocketing on their way to the top in just a few short years!

Not only has hard work gotten Vicetone to where they are now, but their unique sound has definitely given them an extreme advantage. Although varying from track to track, they have this ability of blending a trance-like melodic line with their high-energy progressive house tracks. Let’s take Vicetone’s remix of “Clarity” by Zedd for example. The track starts with melodic wub-sounding synth and piano in the background with the vocals from “Clarity” shining through as the focus. As the beginning buildup starts, the tempo stays the same as the beat increases, somewhat atypical of progressive house. The tempo increases once the vocals disappear, creating the heavy buildup standard to house tracks. And the drop: a progressive house big room banger filled with loud snares and melodic synth lines. However, after the dip in the drop, the second part turns into a blend of progressive house and trance and feels like it’s straight out of ASOT! Vicetone creates a spectrum for their tracks, going from both big room bangers to emotional trance-filled progressive tracks, making them a unique artist not to miss!

Even though Vicetone blew up in such a short time, they still remember where their roots are and are giving back to the DJ community with a remix contest! Vicetone is hosting a remix contest for their track, “Siren”. The way it works is you submit your remix to their contest website, and listeners vote which is the best. The remix with the most votes win a large prize, including a skype session with Vicetone to discuss producing tips and recognition on all of Vicetone’s social media channels! If you want to check out this track or find inspiration for a remix, make sure to check out their show on May 7th!

Vicetone, a progressive house duo from the Netherlands, have quickly gone from small-town Djs to the one of the top DJ duos in the world! Their unique sound and hard work has transported them to the top, but they still know where they came from and try to help small-time producers with contests. So let’s get our loving vibes and dance shoes ready for their first Minnesota welcome on May 7th at Rev Ultra Lounge!

Tickets are available here.