Dutch brothers Victor and Stephan Leicher are fast conquering the world of dance music as scintillating duo DubVision. With everyone from Hardwell to David Guetta to Avicii and Tiësto supporting their show-stopping productions, their prolific output has enjoyed immense exposure across the world.
Although born some eight years apart, the Leicher brothers soon bonded over music after being made to learn instruments by their parents. Victor (the younger of the two) began his experimentations in electronic music at a young age, using rudimentary computer programmes, which soon piqued the interest of Stephan. After time spent growing up in different countries, they eventually pooled their resources to form the act known as DubVision.
After an early effort got snapped up by Armada offshoot Zouk Recordings, DubVision broke through with the massive Swedish House Mafia supported ‘All By Myself’ before teaming up with Project 46 and Donna Lewis on the huge ‘You & I’. Forging relationships and releasing music with Sander Van Doorn’s label Doorn Records and Axwell’s Axtone imprint, they continued to grow their reputation and fanbase.
2013 saw them produce Dutch mega festival Dance Valley’s official anthem, ‘Triton’, alongside Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. SHM threw their support behind DubVision once again in 2014 via their remix of Discopolis’ ‘Committed To Sparkle Motion’. Major singles ‘Turn It Around’ and ‘Heart’ followed, and many millions of plays and sales later they are now well established as one of the biggest draws in dance music. Remixes for the likes of Avicii, Icona Pop, Dirty South and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have likewise proved hugely popular. Along the way they collaborated with some of the biggest names around, including Dash Berlin, Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix and Firebeatz.
2016 was a massive year for the duo, with a trio of releases on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings imprint (Magnum, Primer and Under The Stars) aligning them ever closer with this megastar, and more stellar remixes for The Chainsmokers, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and Afrojack enjoying millions of plays and consistently keeping their name at the top of the dance pile. With such a knack for remixing big pop and crossover singles, you can be assured that it won’t be long before they’re gatecrashing the charts themselves.
With four Beatport Overall Chart Top 10s, two Beatport Progressive House Chart #1s and a Beatport Electro Chart #1 to their name and over 50 million YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify plays, they have marked themselves out as a serious force in EDM. They have won plaudits for their fresh sound, which brings some genuine emotion and passion to the table alongside those all-important hard-hitting beats and turbo-charged riffs.
Key shows the duo have rocked include WISH Outdoor Festival, Daydream Festival, Vue Miami, Pacha NYC, Marquee Las Vegas, Dance Valley, Kingsland Festival and Amnesia Ibiza. Their 2016 kicked off to a strong start with the huge ‘Sweet Harmony’ on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom, a big remix of Nervo’s ‘Bulletproof’ and new vocal anthem ‘Million Miles’, signalling what could be their biggest year yet. With their Visionary radio show growing rapidly in stature across the world, virtually every major EDM artist supporting their tracks and more certified bombs on the way, they look set to dominate for years to come.
What's your favorite music genre at the moment? and why?
Progressive house has always been our favorite music genre but we
like to not think in genres. Good music is good music no matter what
genre. Melody is always the key thing for us. We love tracks that
can make you feel a certain way.
Your new single "Something Real" ft. Nevve has just been released
on Armada Music! Can you tell us the story behind this song?
We wanted to do something different from what people are used of us.
We made the instrumental concept a while ago and took it with us
when we went to LA to meet up with Nevve. She loved it and wrote the
lyrics while we were working on the track.
Your single "Turn it Around" is considered a milestone into the
progressive house genre. Can we expect to hear that sound again into
the next future?
It was a very big record for us indeed and we still play it every
set! We have been releasing similar tracks. For example; ‘I Found
You Heart’, ‘Fall Apart’ and we have a new one coming on Armada
What about your next moves? Any big project coming soon?
We have been working non stop in the studio in between tours, so we
have a lot of new music. A lot of progressive stuff but also
different genres. We also have some big collabs coming and a track
with these up and coming producers from Holland called Syzz. Other
than that we have a lot of shows coming and we’re excited for ADE in
About DJing, do you prefer to play in festivals or in clubs?
Both can be amazing. The thing we love about clubs is the intimate
vibe and usually you’re close to the crowed. Festivals can get
really big to a point where its hard to have an interaction with the
crowd. But the whole vibe at a festival; backstage, nice weather
(hopefully) etc, can be amazing too!
@2017 DJ Mag Malaysia