DJ Yves V talks about collaboration with K-pop group Viviz, hopes to work with BTS

Published May 6, 2022, 10:26 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Belgian DJ Yves V and K-pop girl group Viviz, composed of Umji, Eunha and Sinbi, collaborated for the remix version of the latter’s “Bop Bop!”

“Bop Bop!” is the title track of Viviz’s debut album “Beam of Prism,” which was released in February. The remix version was released on April 28.

Yves V has been included in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs rankings across multiple years since 2014.

Belgian DJ Yves V (left) has collaborated with K-pop group Viviz (top right) and wants to work with BTS (bottom right) (Instagram, Grammys, Big Hit Music)

He has over 4.5 million monthly listeners, while his music fills the playlist of the biggest DJs in the world and he has garnered support from David Guetta, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren and Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Pete Tong.

Yves V has showcased his talent in many events including Tomorrowland, Sensation, Amsterdam Dance Event, David Guetta in Concert and Mysteryland.

He has toured Indonesia, Malaysia, Brasil, Spain, France, Italy, India, his native home of Belgium and Beijing, along with huge shows in Miami for the Miami Music Week.

Yves V told Manila Bulletin about working on the remix of “Bop Bop!,” Viviz and hoping to work with BTS.

He said that his collaboration with Viviz “actually came around through our management teams – I’m a big fan of pop music and I love working with powerful female voices.”

“What the Viviz girls are doing is completely pushing the envelope, not only in the K-pop scene but on the whole globally with pop. They are fresh, exciting and totally fun, so as soon as I heard the track, I knew I wanted to jump on adding my own signature spin on it,” Yves V said.

It did not take long for Yves V to finish the “Bop Bop!”

“Not long at all! The original track has so much finesse but because it was, of course, a great pop-heavy original, it was important for me to take my time to not overshadow the original elements of the track that I loved, but also add some deeper house sounds to bring it into the dance/ electronic world,” he said.

Yves V said this is the first time that he worked with a Korean artist for a remix and “and I really enjoyed it!”

“The K-pop scene is one of the biggest in the world with so many amazing artists and groups so to work with Viviz as one of the brightest in the scene and bridge the gap between East and West sounds, especially across different genres, was something I felt very honored to do,” he explained.

When asked which other Korean artists that he wants to work with, Yves V mentioned K-pop superstars BTS.

“I’d love to work with BTS! Their tracks like ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Butter’ have made them one of the biggest acts all over the world so to lend some of my Yves V flavors to their tracks would be super cool!” he said.

On July 16 and 22, Yves V will play at the Tomorrowland electronic dance music festival that will be held in Belgium. He is scheduled to play on the Mainstage, the main event of Tomorrowland.

“I am one of only two mainstage residents for the festival, alongside my brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and I have been a part of the festival since its inception,” he said.

He added, “As the biggest festival in the world in my home of Belgium, once you visit you really can see why so many people love it, as it has record-breaking crowds together from all over the globe to enjoy a weekend of amazing music!”

“Tomorrowland also has one of the best productions, across the whole event, you will ever see, the stage spectacles are just something else and of course, the artists that play across so many stages are always bucket-list worthy. I hope to see you guys at Tomorrowland soon!” he said.