Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman have been a key reference duo in the progressive music scene for a long time, contributing several globally-received hits such as “Payback”, “Changes”, ”Coming home” and many more. The pair have had several releases on labels including Spinnin’ Records, Size Records, and their own Buce Records, and had their tracks shared in sets by the likes of Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia, Dirty South and Tiësto.
The hard work and dedication brought them to some of the world’s biggest dance festivals and also in the year’s Top 100 DJs poll.
We had the chance to talk with these two talents and find out more about the earliest days in the music industry, the life without touring, and their latest remix of Serhat Durmus’s hit single “My Feelings”.
Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman’s remix is part of the full “My Feelings” Remix EP released today by Serhat Durmus.
1.Hello guys, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. How are you both doing?
We are doing pretty well, new music as usual and trying to cope with the covid 19 situation. Not much else ☺
2. Congratulations, you’ve just dropped the remix of Turkish producer Serhat Durmus’s hit single “My Feelings” featuring Georgia Ku. Could you tell us a bit more about that, how did you come up with the idea of giving a fresh touch of energy to this astounding track?
Well, we rarely do this kind of thing. But we felt the original melody had what it takes to work on the big festival stage. So we just took it and did our thing. We love the mix down on this one
3. One of your legendary tracks, Payback is turning 7. What were the inspirations behind this anthem and how the collaboration with Steve Angello came about?
Well, we wanted to prove the doubters wrong at that time in our lives. That’s the simple reason behind the name Payback. We were working a bit with AN21 (His kid brother) at that time, so things kind of started there and the rest is history!
4. Also, this year you have started on the right foot. In January you released a massive track named ”We are here now”, which already has more than 1M streams on Spotify. What was the collaborative process behind the track? How did you both and Mike Perry work on it?
Yeah, Mike is a good friend of ours, and all the collaborations we have done with him have been very musical to say the least. We all had an online session with the singer and his co-writer. Then we had some back and forth with Mike in terms of sending stems until we finally settled with the final version. ☺
5. Along the years, you have released many quality & remarkable releases, and one of them is the progressive house hit, named Penny. Can you guys tell us the story behind that powerful track?
We made that track to honor my best friend’s daughter called Penny. She was born with something called Fibular Hemimelia. So we wanted to raise awareness about this condition and also honor her with this special track. So yeah, Penny is an emotional track and also a very powerful and beautiful little Girl!
6. Looking back to the earliest days in the musical journey, can you share any memories of when you first started producing music and how you decided to form a duo?
We met and had coffee, then we started making music on a daily basis. We got a record deal with a major. Then the rest happened by itself and LOADS of hard work. Today we are brothers for life. Doesn’t matter what happens in the future, we are family.
7. We are curious to know, which is the greatest experience lived on stage, but also the funniest one?
I think one of the many signature payback sit downs we have down over the years. From Tomorrowland mainstage, to the indoor stage. Countless other festivals all over the world. The Payback sitdown in Madrid and “A summer story” is something we have been doing for 5 years straight, always a goosebumps moment. The one we did in our hometown almost 2 years ago is also a memorable one.
8. What do you both miss the most about touring and how does it look like a typical day of your lives during these times?
We miss the fantastic places we get to visit, the big shows, and also meeting old friends/fans that we got to know through the years and stops. A typical day at the momenet is pretty much the same every day. Wake up, coffee, work on music all day, chill in the evening, sleep. REPEAT.
9. You have been making the rounds on the progressive scene for more than 10 years and all your dedication and passion for music paid off with a spot in the DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list. Do you have a message for your fans?
We never changed, and we will never change. We care about what our fans want to hear so much. I don’t think a lot of people realise this. But thanks for always having our back!
10. Recently, we heard a few unreleased progressive tracks. Any hints or clues about the dates of your next releases?
Releasing a few every year while we make new ones!
11. Last but not least, what are some of your goals for 2021 and beyond?
We just wanna have things back to normal (or as close as possible). From there on we will just continue to grind and have fun!
Thank you for your time and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
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