Masked newcomer DVRKO breaks into the scene with new single, ‘Lights Up’ [Q&A]

Masked newcomer DVRKO breaks into the scene with new single, ‘Lights Up’ [Q&A]DVRKO Credit Kavan The Kid

DVRKO‘s status as a newcomer in the dance music scene isn’t the only thing that makes him unknown. The breakout DJ and producer follows in the footsteps of dance music giants like Malaa, Daft Punk, and deadmau5 by using a mask to conceal his identity and bring an air of mystery to his persona. Although the concept of a masked DJ is a tried-and-true trope in the scene, DVRKO is anything but predictable.

His sophomore showing, “Lights Up,” released June 29, was upbeat and dance-worthy, a surprise from a musician whose signature has become his dark, mysterious, and slightly ominous persona. With the release of just two tracks, DVRKO has already shown musical range and an unapologetic propensity to go against the grain.

Now, the Disco Fries have taken on “Lights Up,” putting their own spin on DVRKO’s follow-up to his debut single, “This is How.” That Nick Ditri and Danny Boselovic of the Disco Fries have earned recognition from several big names in the dance music industry—think Tïesto, Hardwell, and Afrojack, for example—can only be an omen of DVRKO’s future success.

Dancing Astronaut recently spoke to DVRKO and the Disco Fries about their inspirations, creative visions, and the ingredients that bring a remix up to scratch. Read the full interview, below.

DVRKO, what is your history with Disco Fries and why did you choose to have them remix your sophomore release, ‘Lights Up’?

DVRKO: During my sophomore year of high school, I really enjoyed Fries; it’s big room cafeteria music.

Disco Fries, what was your process like in the studio when you approached ‘Lights Up’? How did you put your own spin on the remix while still maintaining the integrity of the original song?

Danny Boselovic (Disco Fries): We approached this ...

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