The electronic dance music industry has birthed many superstars. From stadium filling artists like Tiesto and the late Avicii, to underground dons like Ricardo Villalobos and Nina Kraviz—it’s a means for prime talent to actualise their dreams and take their music and performances to thousands of fans around the world. One such artist on the rise is Berlin DJ and producer Kevin De Vries.
Emerging from obscurity in 2015, the young techno act began his dive into the music industry with the release of the A Journey Through Life EP, released on Düsseldorf label Complexed Records. With support from Adam Beyer and Richie Hawtin, the EP garnered immense attention for the unique, trance-inspired techno sounds of this budding talent.
After releasing “Eternity“ on Adam Beyer’s powerhouse label Drumcode, De Vries solidified his position as a promising artist in 2016. Signing to Blakksheep—an agency that houses stalwarts like Sam Paganini and Umek—his Time Traveller EP would be played by the godfather Sven Väth throughout that year; a stamp of approval from one of the world’s best techno DJs.
Last year saw the culmination of his quick rise to fame, with bookings at major festivals like Extrema Outdoor in the Netherlands, and Nature One and Winterworld in Germany. He also grace the DJ boxes of famous clubs like Watergate, Borderline, Gewölbe, Studio Club, Melkweg and Sisyphos before the year was out.
2017 also saw remixes of his songs by Secret Cinema and Suara head honcho Coyu, followed by Cataract—his collaboration with Weksa—which gained De Vries a well-deserved Top 20 position on Beatport.
But 2018 is definitely the biggest year for the rising star. His features on Tale of Us’ Fabric and Realm of Consciousness Pt. III compilations are a sign of the high quality of his productions, which have resulted in one of his biggest bookings to date: Afterlife at Hï Ibiza in August this year.
Kevin De Vries is undoubtedly one of the most exciting acts in electronic music at the moment. And his arrival at SpiltMilk on September 1st is a sign that Cape Town’s promoters know what’s up in electronic music around the globe.