Do what makes you happy.
This simple mantra is something undoubtedly enforced by the two young Dutch sensations, Sick Individuals
, as they've had a whirlwind of a year that has allowed them to do exactly that. These producers are constantly creating top-charting hits, gracing big name festival stages such as Mysteryland
and headlining not one, but two international tours.
You may know these guys from their groundbreaking progressive house anthem, "I AM" (created with one of their idols and Swedish House Mafia member Axwell
) which landed them in the dance music spotlight. But it isn't just their original hit tracks that have landed them the opportunity to play sets around the world; their live shows are always one for the books. Their ability to throw out remarkable performances always keeps the dance community wanting more and more. They are also supported by some of the biggest names in the book like Hardwell
and have recently released a debut track with Armada
that's absolute gold (coming July 18th!). Their talents allow them to work with an abundance of big electronic music labels such as Size and Spinnin'
as their diversity continues to put them on the map.
Sick Individuals - Wasting Moonlight
Only the Beat had the opportunity to catch up with Jim and Ray, who've recently been touring around the globe stopping at massive festivals such as Sensation in Russia and then globe trekking all the way to Asia to play the mainstage at Ultra Korea. Coming straight off a plane from Amsterdam, these two Dutch boys were excited as ever to be playing for the first time at Fluxx in San Diego for LED's
IDGAF Thursday series - where a packed crowd was anxiously awaiting for their debut.
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From the moment the Dutch duo hit the decks, the energy soared as they played one of the most diverse sets that kept me guessing throughout their entire performance. Mixing electro, progressive, big room and even trance all together, they kept the good vibes going all night. From Armin van Buuren
to some bouncey Chris Lake
, they played familiar hits old and new, creating a euphoria of good tunes that had everyone's hands in the air. Playing their new singles such as "Rock and Rave" and bumping remixes of fellas like Calvin Harris
- I was happy to hear a set that wasn't just filled with predictable big room house, but a set that was obviously drafted with thought and love - which is something this duo always excels at.
Last time we chatted with Sick Individuals, they talked about their love for deep house, Tomorrowland
aspirations and big future plans, so we were excited to hear what these two had up their sleeves next...
OTB: So tell us what's new with Sick Individuals? What's been going on in the past few months?
: So last time we talked we were in the studio a lot, making new tracks! We have one coming out with Armada in a couple of weeks and we have another track coming up on Revealed Recordings as well. We have lots of new remixes coming out so everything's been good.
OTB: Good! So in our last interview, you guys were talking about how badly you wanted to play at Tomorrowland and now you are! What's that like?
Sick Individuals: We are super excited :)
OTB: Nice! So I didn't originally ask you guys this but, where did you first meet? How did you two start DJing together? How did Sick Individuals start?
Sick Individuals: We came from different towns, but we started studying music back in Holland together and started doing house music. We actually started doing commercial music together!
OTB: When did DJing go from a hobbie to a profession for you guys?
: I think just this year is when we really first started.
You guys have been traveling all across the world from Korea to Russia - what is a stand out experience for you two from all these travels?
We've been traveling from Russia and Korea ,and we were first in the U.S, and now we're back again but honestly just looking forward to some studio time!
I saw you two at Mysteryland and loved the set. Tell us about playing at the Woodstock grounds!
Sick Individuals: It's a different festival - we played a lot of unknown tracks. They gave us a ton of freedom and that was so different than any other festival.
: You guys are touring 24/7 - what's your energy secret?
: MUSIC! And we don't really drink that much either :)
Sick Individuals and Axwell ft. Taylr Renee - I AM (Official Music Video)