Kevin de Vries fits in the younger generation of aspiring DJ’s & producers based in electronic music mecca, Berlin. His first track was released back in 2014 and due to his very own trance-inspired techno sound, it didn’t take him much to gain the support from some of the biggest players in the industry such as Adam Beyer, Richie Hawtin and many others. Constant growth led him to sign his track “Eternity” to one of the biggest techno labels, Drumcode, while his other tune “Time Traveller“ gathered huge support from none other than Sven Väth. The series of successful events got him signed to a well-known agency, Blakksheep, where he joined the roster alongside Sam Paganini, Johannes Heil, Sasha Carassi and many others.
For the last year or so, Kevin started to play many international shows, not only at festivals like Extrema Outdoor, Nature One and Winterworld but he also played in world-renowned clubs such as Watergate, Borderline, Gewölbe, Studio Club, Melkweg and Sisyphos, to name a few. We Invited Kevin to our regular 101 feature prior to his upcoming release on We Are The Brave.
What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?
Headphones – I use them for producing, DJ’ing and travelling!
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
It depends. Playing on a big festival stage is definitely unique and always amazing but sometimes the vibe and the energy in a really small underground venue can be even more powerful and intimate.
Which is the most mesmerizing club that you’ve ever played at?
This was for sure Sisyphos in Berlin, Germany. My last show there in September 2017 was maybe my best show ever. I’ve never experienced such an energy and deep connection between the crowd and me. So many goosebumps during this set – it was absolutely amazing!
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
I think one of the best moments was last summer where I played at Extrema Outdoor in Belgium right before Amelie Lens. It was my first time in front of 5000+ people so I was nervous AF. Some of my Belgium friends showed up to support me and as soon as I started my set they pulled out a HUGE poster which said “KEVIN WE LOVE YOU“ with red hearts on it and stuff hahaha. That was so amazing and gave me so much power for the rest of my set!
The worst experience is a couple years back…It was one of my first gigs and I played this super small club in Düsseldorf, Germany. The ceiling in the DJ Booth was around 1,95m. I am also quite tall at 1,90m and I hurt my head so many times during my set and it was annoying to have to even move around. The sound system got turned off 5 times and to top it all off, at the end of my set someone spilt their drink over the mixer – so the party was over. That was one of the worst nights for me.
Do you have any interests besides music?
Yes, of course. I do love art actually. My little brother and a close friend of mine paint a lot in their spare time. As this is something I only recently got into its really interesting for me to see and learn about their ways of painting and how they start each new project. It actually reminds me of music production, with similar elements from the start to an end of a creation.
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
This has to be sunrise set. I love the moment when the sun comes up and it gives all of us new energy!
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
I really like how many amazing people you get to know. I’ve made so many new friends over the last few years who are still friends now, and without music, I’d probably never have met them. There is nothing I really ‘hate’ about it. Of course, there are things which are annoying, such as having to have a lot of patience! Which is something I’m bad at but having to learn to deal with it when working in this industry. Generally, for me, it’s all positive and I’m really happy to see that it’s growing and growing!
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
Konstantin Sibold! No doubt. Amazing DJ, Amazing Producer and a top-notch guy!
What’s your biggest fear?
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
There were a lot of funny moments but the first one which comes into my mind was when I finished my set at Watergate in Berlin last year when there was this guy still waiting at the DJ Booth. Jelle, my tour manager, was unplugging my stuff and was the only one in front of the mixer at that moment. So this guy walked up to him and thanked him for his great set, asked him for his Soundcloud page and said he was really impressed!
Could you pick one timeless track?
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I have some new music coming out on Alan Fitzpatrick’s Label “We Are The Brave” – my EP “Aurora” is out on the 13th April. I’m really excited about this release and making my debut on Alan’s label.