Moscow meets Sweden in melody heaven.
Boys – welcome to DMCWORLD – you truly have the world at your feet setting the world alight with your music. How did you two first meet?
“Our managers first put us together!”
Archie, you hail from Moscow – tell us about how you first got into dance music – who were the DJs and tunes that first pricked your ears up towards EDM?
“Well the classic Daft Punk! Also Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, deadmau5, ATB, Benny Benassi – you know, most of the big DJs. Steve Aoki is a funny guy, I like how he does whatever he wants on stage; “hey girl, you want a cake?” BAM! Pie in the face. He really takes DJing to another level by being an entertainer and I respect that. When I DJ I will also have cake. But it will be thrown on really hot naked female dancers doing the express yourself. So I respect Siplo too for that haha.”
Jakob – what a talent, please tell us how you also started to get excited about EDM…what was the first record you can remember that changed your musical life…
“Thanks! Well, I started to produce house music when I heard “Avicii – ‘Bromance’.”
Jakob – how do you feel about the obvious comparisons that people are remarking about you with Avicii?
“Well, I don’t want to be the “new Avicii”, I want to be the first Jakob Liedholm. But it’s awesome that people actually are comparing me with Avicii.”
Tell us how the massive Flo-Rida remix came about – how did you approach this rework?
“Well, Atlantic actually contacted my manager, that they wanted me to remix “Whistle”. Feels really good!”
How did you find artist management?
“They actually contacted us both via Soundcloud.”
What is the current top ten tunes you are spinning / enjoying?
Archie: “I’ll do you one even better. Here are my tracks that I featured in my most recent podcast “Pony Up.” (shameless plug) that are kinda a top 10 for me.. I do have other tracks that I enjoy – Krewella – Alive just came out, that track is MEGA. The new Zedd – Spectrum is awesome, I mean 5000 people did remixes of it…!”
1) Archie – Leto Vs Archie – Dirty Leto (Buck Remix)
2) Archie – Leto (Arron Wayne Remix)
3) Hardwell Ft. Mitch Crown – Call Me A Spaceman (Extended Mix)
4) TON!C – Phony (Orginal Mix)
5) Archie feat. Polina – Here and Now
6) Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Remix)
7) Archie feat Anna Yvette- No Apologies
8) Nitro Party Music (Heren Remix)
9) Childz Play – Guess Who’s Hungover (Archie V. x Taio Cruz x Pitbull _ Nadia Ali)
10) Henrix – Lets Rave (Original Mix) Vs. Valodja (Samual James Remix)
11) Yuna – Live Your Life (Jakob Liedholm & DjCarnage Remix)
12) Archie – Our World
13) Archie feat. Anna Yvette – Villo (Extended Mix)
14) Archie & Jakob Lido – Famous (Original Mix)
15) Archie – WTF Flash Fire (Archie X Nicky Romero X Calvin Harris)
16) Mystro (Third Culture’s Hype Mix) Vs Tell Me Why Mystro (ADIO Mashup)
17) EDX – Give It Up for Love (Mysto & Pizzi Dub)
18) Archie & Fareoh – “ID”.
Archie & Jakob Liedholm – Famous
Miike Snow – Devils Work (Dirty South Remix)
Justin Bieber – Boyfriend (Dada Life Remix)
Alesso vs Keane – Silenced By The Night (Alesso Remix)
Cedric Gervais – Molly (Filip Ilic Remix)
Zedd – Spectrum
Nicky Romero & ZROQ – WTF
Rebecca & Fiona – Luminary Ones (Denzal Park Remix)
Avicii – Silhouettes (Disco Fries Remix)
Frank The Tank & Afro Horse – Take Me Away (Filip Iilic Remix).
Can you please tell us what your families thought about your choice of career you chose?
Archie: “My mom’s a baker and she bakes cookies. She has a pretty hot temper and sometimes those cookies end up on the ground (that’s where they belong because they are not good cookies anyway). My dad is a Russian scientist, and of course like any father wanted me to be one. He took me to his work one day. All i can say is I’d rather make melodies then be a lab rat. However, they both are very hard workers, they work like a work horse. That’s probably where I get my work ethics from.”
Jakob: “Well, I’m actually trying to both take care of school and the music at the same time. Obviously, I’ve got to choose later in life.”
Have you come from musical backgrounds, what do your parents do for work?
Jakob: “Both my parents are musicians, but that’s not really the reason I started to produce music. Their profession is lawyers.”
How does college / school work impend on your music production? How many hours can you spend making this amazing music?
Archie: “I wake up in the morning and start making music until I go to sleep at night!”
Jakob: “I’m trying to do all homework and stuff, but it’s hard when I’m so into music production, so I’d say about 6-8 hours a day.|
Do your neighbours like your music?
Archie: “My neighbour Agnessa always bangs on the wall with a broom. One time she came to the front door, I opened it and she was not wearing any clothes. She said “you want to keep playing music ’till late hours then this is what you have to deal with.” Did I mention she’s 89 years old. Maybe, just maybe that’s why I keep making music HAHA!!”
Jakob: “Haha, well some neighbours do like it, and some don’t. Put it that way!”
Who are your DJ heroes?
Archie: ” Like from the Video Game? Probably everyone I mentioned from question one. SHM, Eric Pyrdz, Guetta, Eric Morilla, Carl Cox, Deadmau5, Tiesto, the regular guys.”
Jakob: “DJ Bl3nd, Nicky Romero, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and Avicii.”
Your production style embraces massive melodies, they are obviously important to you…
Archie: “I do love big melos. Sometimes I sit for hours and make melos. Maybe 100 to 200 melos and just keep going. I heard Daft Punk do the same. Same with Beethoven. They just keep making ideas till something clicks.”
Jakob: “In my latest tracks, I’d say Alesso has inspired me the most. When I started with house music, Avicii was the major inspiration.”
What are the next studio plans?
Archie: “Well I’m working with TheDiscoFries. They are really nice guys. I also have a new single with Fareoh and this song with Jakob Lido. Also doing a couple big remixes! Top secret though!”
Jakob: “I have BIG plans, but unfortunately, I can’t publish that yet.”
Pick a club anywhere in the world – where is the dream DJ set?
Archie: “Tomorrowland of course! Not really a club but I would love to DJ there and of course anywhere in Vegas, LA, NY, Chicago, Miami…basically everywhere that allows me to bring my caked-up naked dancers…”
Jakob: “I’d say Pacha or LIV Miami!”
What is the best dance record ever made?
Archie: “Ever? Wow that’s a hard question because there are so many amazing tracks. I have to go with Daft Punk – Aerodynamic. That guitar solo is EPIC. I also like Greece 2000 Three Drives on vinyl..and Motorcyle As The Rush Comes, Justice d.a.n.c.e and Moby – Whispering Wind. Oh and Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (James Holden Remix). THERES TOO MANY GOOD TRACKS!!”
Jakob: “There’s so many good records. But if I have to choose ONE, I’d say Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling.”