Dutch brothers Victor and Stephan Leicher are fast conquering the world of dance music as scintillating duo DubVision. With everyone from Hardwell to David Guetta to Avicii and Tiësto supporting their show-stopping productions, their prolific output has enjoyed immense exposure across the world. Although born some eight years apart, the Leicher brothers soon bonded over music after being made to learn instruments by their parents. Victor (the younger of the two) began his experimentations in electronic music at a young age, using rudimentary computer programs, which soon piqued the interest of Stephan. After time spent growing up in different countries, they eventually pooled their resources to form the act known as DubVision.
What’s the story behind the name?
To be honest there is no story behind the name haha. Steve came up with the name one day and we both thought it sounded powerful and cool so we decided to stick with it. Later on we figured out that it could mean Dub (double) vision. So two brothers, 1 vision.
How did you guys get your start in music? Do you play any instruments?
Our parents were very clear; we had to play at least 1 instrument growing up. We all (3 brothers) chose the piano. Later on Victor got interested in making music electronically at a young age. So while he was making music he couldn’t go out to festivals / clubs etc. Steve on the other hand was going out and experiencing what kind of music worked and didn’t work. After hearing Victor’s music, Steve had some feedback. We both decided to work on some tracks together with Steve’s input and ideas and that worked out great. Over the years it developed and now we’re at a point where we’re both producing, putting down ideas etc.
What’s your process when creating a track? Do you generally have something in mind or is it a completely blank slate?
It’s different every time. A lot of the times it’s just a blank slate because you want inspiration to kick in. But it can be very helpful to have an idea or vision for a track before you get in the studio. That usually saves a lot of time. This idea or vision can come from anything; getting inspired by another track, visual inspiration, traveling.
How has your style evolved from your perspective?
Every producer wants to evolve throughout time and I think that’s what we’re trying at the moment. What has been (and always will be) key in our tracks is melody and feeling. That’s a constant factor. Other stuff changes, like for instance lately we’ve been experimenting with other BPM’s other than the standard 128 bpm. Our latest track ‘Hope to See You Soon’ is a great example. Very different from what we’ve done before but still the chords, melody, feeling and vocals are the pillars of the track.
Which do you think has been your most well-received track (regardless of the charts, etc.)?
I think ‘I Found Your Heart’ has touched a lot of people around the globe. We made the instrumental and we loved it and then we recorded Emeni’s vocals which took it to another level. That track is the total package and we believe it’s quite timeless.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
There are so many; EDM wise we’re big fans of ZEDD. He’s an amazing producer but also a musician. Other than that Calvin Harris, Alesso, Disclosure and Eric Prydz. All producers we look up too. Non EDM would be names like Coldplay, One Republic and so on.
Tell us about that first track that put you guys on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since.
We’ve been producing for a long time but the first track that put us on the map was ‘All By Myself’. Axwell started playing it out and eventually the Swedish House Mafia did too. That led to us doing a remix for Axwell’s label and the remix was another important track in the Swedish House Mafia set list for their last tour. That was when people started to know about us and we started touring ourselves.
Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child. Such a classic and a track that has everything we love; melodies, a good vocal and energy!
What artist/DJ/producer do you think the world should love as much as you do?
Axwell & Ingrosso have always been a big inspiration to us. Their eye for detail in their production is amazing.
What advice would you give to anyone trying to get into music production?
Do it for the love of music and be passionate about it. Don’t expect to become famous. If you want to be in music, music has to be number 1. You have to do and think about it every day. Become better and better and find your own sound, don’t try to copy someone but try and be unique. When you do all that you might get lucky and get discovered, because honestly it’s really hard. There are so many talented producers that don’t get the credit they deserve. But in the end all you can do is give it your all. If you inspire or touch one person with your song, you’re already doing something amazing.