Artist Spotlight: Michael Sparks
August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022
Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have sealed their position has the kings of club land being crowned the new World No.1 DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll and made history as the first duo to ever win the much coveted award. Voted for by millions of fans from more than 170 countries around the world, this historic occasion sees the Smash The House label bosses topple two-time winner Hardwell to secure their position in the history books of the world renowned Top 100 DJs Poll.
Receiving the awards for ‘No.1 DJ’ and ‘highest duo’ in the poll in front of a sold-out crowd at the famed Amsterdam Arena venue for the official DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll Awards party, the brothers delivered one of their electrifying live performances and further solidified once again the notoriety that follows each of their shows. Commenting on the award, Dimitri and Mike said: “Thank you so much! Since day one we’ve put every bit of energy and time we can into our music and our shows in order to give the fans the greatest experience any DJ could offer. So it’s such an incredible honor to receive this award knowing it’s from the guys that matter most to us. We love you guys.”
In what has been undoubtedly their biggest 12 months to date the anointed ‘Kings of Tomorrowland’ have become leading lights in the new wave of international dance music currently taking the planet by storm. A statement that has been backed up again and again since the pair jumped from #6 to claim the #2 spot in the 2014 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll. During the past year their dominance in the festival scene has been unrivalled, as the brothers have set about scorching every major arena from EDC Las Vegas to Miami’s Ultra Music Festival and Creamfields to Mysteryland. Whilst their presence across the arena circuit is something to behold and testament to this is the ferocious demand for their next run of ‘Bringing The Madness 3.0’ shows. All 40,000 tickets for the launch show at Belgium’s most legendary venue – Sportpaleis Antwerpen – sold out in under 40 minutes; a feat previously only managed by legendary names such as U2, Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson, leading the pair to add another date due to phenomenal demand from their legions of fanatic fans. Previously their rounds of ‘Bringing The World The Madness’ shows have entranced fans from Mexico City to their home city of Antwerp – the latter proving a sell-out extravaganza that has amassed over 21 million video views on YouTube and counting.
Yet of all the events Dimitri and Mike take their act to it is with the critically acclaimed Tomorrowland that they are most closely affiliated. It is on native soil that the pair are more than just headline stars, local heroes, there at Tomorrowland, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are truly the Kings of the dancefloor. Year-on-Year their show is the go-to set of the entire festival. Fans from all around the world travel to Tomorrowland to catch the brothers deliver the biggest, most spine-tingling, jaw dropping mainstage set any DJ has ever given in front of 40,000 people in the iconic Tomorrowland valley.
This fan-fuelled passion recently spilled over into their surprise appearance at the recent Belgium v Israel Euro 2016 qualifier, where the home team secured their progress into the knockout stages of next year’s competition. The celebrations at the team’s triumph were led by Dimitri and Mike who performed a surprise DJ set in the middle of the field, joined by the national team, to 50,000 fans at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.
And whilst their DJ sets continue to reverberate around the world, it’s their music that has poignantly left its mark with dance music fans worldwide. Their single ‘The Hum’, currently ranking in at 18 million YouTube views, The Hum’ became one of the standout hits of the summer, and delivered arguably one of dance music’s biggest short films, as Dimitri, Mike and fellow collaborator Ummet Ozcan were join by Hollywood’s famed party figure Charlie Sheen and martial arts master Jean-Claude Van Damme, to tear a mansion-sized hole through the city of Los Angeles.
Though their most recent single with Grammy award winner Ne-Yo has been the single that has truly upped the ante on their crossover status. Having spent 8 weeks at the #1 spot on the Belgian Charts, amassed views in excess of 7 million and received support across every major radio station in the world, the single has also picked up a trend as one of the most Shazamed tracks at numerous festivals that include Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld Ultra Music Festival and Creamfields.
With their debut artist album in the making, numerous new projects and releases coming up from their hugely popular Smash The House record label, a score of upcoming tour dates to be announced that will see them roam far and wide and a new ‘Bringing The World The Madness’ world tour, the next chapter of World No.1 DJs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s incredible journey is one that continues to soar with spellbinding momentum and surely leaves everyone asking, ‘What on earth is next for dance music’s newly crowned kings?’
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