Rave Republic are Asia’s biggest DJ duo, often compared to The Chainsmokers. This talented pair have multiple #1 hits released under Warner Music and constantly appear at huge music festivals such as Ultra, as well as in the top clubs around the region, such as a sold-out show in Zouk. This duo is incredibly versatile and comfortable with all genres of music. Their releases with Warner Music have amassed almost 1 million streams on Spotify, with the latest track hitting #2 on Spotify’s Viral Top 50 chart. Each of their singles and their recent album all debuted at #1 on the electronic and dance iTunes charts; with Shoot for the Moon peaking at #3 on the iTunes Overall chart and Rule it All at #2! Their new single is on the iTunes charts in 8 countries! To start 2017, the DJ duo headlined Mediacorp’s New Year’s Eve Countdown live on national TV. The Mediacorp (largest broadcaster in Singapore) Vice President thanked them for making this the best countdown since they started them 9 years ago. They have shared the stage with just about any huge electronic artiste you can think of, including Afrojack, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Skrillex, Kaskade, Carnage, Headhunterz, Dada Life, Sander van Doorn, Martin Solveig, Dash Berlin, Basement Jaxx, Lil Jon, Ally & Filla, LMFAO, Jazzy Jeff, Quintino, and many more. Their originals and remixes have received support from artists such as Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Lazy Rich, Syzz and Zack Edward. Rave Republic have played at multiple luxury events for clients as diverse as Louis Vuitton, Audemars Piguet and Ferrari.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your love story and about how you came together.
We met 6-7 years ago in Singapore. We were both Djing solo at different venues around Singapore. One Wednesday night I was playing at a club called Mink and Stas had just gone through a bad break-up so happened to be there that night. Stas wanted to be the centre of attention (as usual), so decided to play a quick 15-minute back to back set with me. The ‘quick set’ ended up lasting over 2 hours and the club even extended their opening hours; everyone was having so much fun! The rest is history. I hated DJing with others, as everyone has their own unique style and set programming. The chemistry we had on stage was unlike anything I could have imagined; I really was against becoming a DJ duo initially.
Is there a moment you can point out when realized that you wanted to be DJs?
When I was 13-14 years old I remember watching loads of Youtube videos of DJ performances. Shortly after that my cousin, who was a DJ back then, showed me the basics, and I was hooked! I then transitioned from playing the Piano to playing Electronic Music. I only got into clubbing when I moved to Singapore from Australia. I befriended some acts living here and had a big love and respect for what they do. One night at Butter Factory, there was a DJ from the Philippines playing an indie rock set, which happened to be the genre I listened to at the time. I had such an incredible time that after that night, I concluded that I want to be a DJ.
How have you seen the music seen evolve in this region in the last few years?
The dance music scene has exploded in this region. There are now big scale music festivals happening almost every month. An increasing number of international DJs are also heavily touring around Asia, exposing people to new genres of music. We’re definitely able to play more diverse sets and the crowd in Singapore is definitely more receptive to hearing new things, while it was almost fully commercial before. The one barrier we are still seeing is that talent from our region is not getting the recognition that they deserve, internationally. Music and acts from the USA and Europe dominate internationally and even in Asia while the reciprocity isn’t there. Our region has so much incredible talent and we hope that slowly we will see more success from acts and music styles from Asia.
What music genre defines you?
We pride ourselves on being very versatile – we started off as solo DJs, making our rounds through clubs in Singapore, then regionally. This enables us to adapt to the crowd anywhere we play. We want to create memories, so try to be relatively genre-agnostic, but we do play a lot of ‘EDM’ and trap, along with lots of mashups. For our productions, we’ve focused largely on pop music (with Warner) over the past few years, but now want to release more electronic music again.
You just released In My City with Luciana, what was it like working with her?
She’s absolutely incredible! We both grew up listening to her music, and she suddenly came to mind while we were brainstorming a track idea. Her powerful, energetic voice seemed to fit what we had in mind, and the end result is something we couldn’t be happier with.
Any new tracks that we can look forward to soon?
We have just finished a remix of Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK’s – Kiss and Make Up, which we can’t wait to release, as well as a remix of Kings of Leon’s – Sex on Fire that we’ve been playing out recently. Meanwhile we are working on a sound direction for our ‘EDM’ bangers, have started working on some collabs with some people we highly respect in the industry and are looking forward to take our Warner Music/pop productions to the next level.
What’s your top track right now?
Steff De Campo & Smack! feat. Kiyoshi – Count That (R3hab Edit)
How does being ranked in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs make you feel?
Above all else, we felt so incredibly touched by all the support that we received (especially from Asia). Honestly, it went beyond our expectations. We have so many people to thank, and our fans are right at the center of this campaign.
What’s coming up for 2019 for you?
On top of our music releases, bigger shows in more parts of the world – we are at our happiest when we are behind the DJ decks, so no matter how intense the schedule or the flight connections we just want to be out there in front of you, creating memorable experiences.