It's no secret that Rave Republic have dominated the pop / EDM crossover scene across Singapore for the last few years, and after reaching #98 in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs, we managed to get a few minutes of their time to ask them a few questions.
Where are you guys based out of?
Singapore is definitely our home, and we’re proud to say that we’re a homegrown act from there. We both moved there approximately 10 years ago (Matt with parents, and Stas for work) and fell in love with the place.
What do you love about Singapore?
The food, the people, the partying, the weather (as controversial as that is), the efficiency and how well connected it is to the rest of the world.
Who are your favourite acts from Asia?
We have a lot of respect for Myrne who is also from Singapore. We actually helped get him his first club show in Singapore and we hugely respect everything he's achieved so far. Other acts we have a lot of respect for include Raiden and Justin Oh from Korea.
What music genre defines you?
We pride ourselves on being very versatile – we started off as solo DJs, making our rounds through clubs in Singapore, then regionally. This enables us to adapt to the crowd anywhere we play. We want to create memories, so try to be relatively genre-agnostic, but we do play a lot of ‘EDM’ and trap, along with lots of mashups. For our productions, we’ve focused largely on pop music (with Warner) over the past few years, but now want to release more electronic music again.
You just released In My City with Luciana, what was it like working with her?
She’s absolutely incredible! We both grew up listening to her music, and she suddenly came to mind while we were brainstorming a track idea. Her powerful, energetic voice seemed to fit what we had in mind, and the end result is something we couldn’t be happier with.
Any new tracks that we can look forward to soon?
We have just finished a remix of Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK’s – Kiss and Make Up, which we can’t wait to release, as well as a remix of Kings of Leon’s - Sex on Fire that we’ve been playing out recently. Meanwhile we are working on a sound direction for our ‘EDM’ bangers, have started working on some collabs with some people we highly respect in the industry and are looking forward to take our Warner Music/pop productions to the next level.
What’s your top track right now?
Steff De Campo & Smack! feat. Kiyoshi – Count That (R3hab Edit)
What was the strangest show you’ve ever done?
We opened for a French rapper at Pacha in Spain – an amazing guy, but the crowd was all French, male and quite ‘hardcore’ in appearance…not what we’re used to, to say the least. We ended up playing mainly a hiphop set; which was a lot of fun, but was definitely an interesting experience.
We are also about to play a club in Bahrain and a huge music festival in Ethiopia – we live for those experiences!
What’s your favourite country to tour in (outside of Singapore)?
That’s a tough question: we do a lot of touring in China, but Philippines is always incredible to play in. We just did India and Bangalore also gave us one of our favourite shows; we just kept extending our set until the club had to start kicking people out.
How does being ranked in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs make you feel?
Above all else, we felt so incredibly touched by all the support that we received (especially from Asia). Honestly, it went beyond our expectations. We have so many people to thank, and our fans are right at the center of this campaign.
What’s coming up for 2019 for you?
On top of our music releases, bigger shows in more parts of the world – we are at our happiest when we are behind the DJ decks, so no matter how intense the schedule or the flight connections we just want to be out there in front of you, creating memorable experiences.