Video: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike spinning vinyl – true story!
The Belgian Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike duo played their final set of their “Bringing The Madness 3.0” tour at Sportpaleis Arena in Antwerp to twenty three thousand people in December. In it they played an eleven minute vinyl set that they called ‘100% Oldskool Vinyl’.
During the predictable pop infused EDM set which they played on the final night featuring edits of Drake, Justin Bieber and Kanye West, they whipped out three turntables and Dimitri Vegas proceeded to spin. He played time treasured euro nineties rave classics such as Ixxel’s 1998 “Drop That Beat,” Dem Rats’ 1996 “Now This,” and Marc Acardipane’s “Hell-E-Copter”.
Like Mike, meanwhile darted around taking selfies with eager fans, clapping his hands, and pouring vodka.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been criticised for trying to rally up some authenticity and credibility with this tactic.
They were also accused of cheating their way into much talked about DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list last year, making it to the number one spot. Many bloggers, dance music fans, and chin-strokers enjoy getting worked up over the DJ Mag poll results and the conversation is the same every year. EDM pop stars on top, underground stars barely recognised.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are purveyors of the typical throw away EDM sound that has taken over the world of dance music. And they have also been accused of using ghost producers to help make hits, this should not come as much of a surprise. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have two number one hits in their home country Belgium for “The Hum” featuring Ummet Ozcan and “Higher Place” featuring R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo.
For those heavily invested in vinyl culture and its rebirth in this era, this little stunt by the duo is likely to be a little annoying. But, it shouldn’t be a big deal particularly if you don’t care for EDM and the antics of the EDM DJs.
If EDM DJs feel the need to prove a point why not let them run with it? Playing vinyl and being retro is suddenly cooler and these DJs will slot it into the performance because they know their crowds are going to lap it up.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will most likely not be making the switch to vinyl only, so vinyl purists needn’t fret.
100% Oldskool Vinyl at #BringingTheMadness 3.0 !
Posted by Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on Sunday, 17 January 2016