VENGABOYS INTERVIEW IN INCLUSIVE NETWORKS
The Vengabus has parked outside Inclusive Networks HQ and we chat to Europe’s No1 party group. In the late 90s and early 00s they were riding high in the charts, achieving seven UK Top10 hit singles, including the huge No1 hits ‘Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom’ and ‘We’re Going To Ibiza’.
We’re so happy to have you back on the music scene. After releasing a song at Christmas can we expect a new Vengaboys single and album in the near future?
DONNY: First off, thank you for saying that! We just try to have as much fun as possible and everybody was in favor of doing something for Christmas. We don’t have a fixed plan regarding new material. But if we run into a sick beat, something might happen.
What has the reaction to the most recent new Vengaboys material been like? What was the reason for you getting back on the road together and releasing new music?
KIM: The impact of our song ‘2 Brazil’ – our dancing breasts video was hilarious! It made most major news and entertainment networks. Even though YouTube immediately decided to age restrict it, other sites decided to host it without restrictions. It garnered over one million views within 48 hours and we’re now at a combined total of eight million views. So that was a big laugh!
The reason we’re back on the road? Because this is our purpose in life. No matter how often we’ve performed our hits, when we’re on that stage it’s like a big high we get to share with the audience. It feels like a celebration every time. This year we’re doing about 150 gigs. It’s fantastic to be able do what we love most!
Some of your biggest hits got a festive remix at Christmas, we love the new remixes.
KIM: Thanks. They’re basically the old songs with sleigh bells and an added “Ho, Ho Ho!” right? We love the DJ Hardbell and Snowtek remixes!
You’re constantly on the road touring. What do you enjoy most and least about touring?
DENISE: Let’s start with the downside: The sometimes grim atmosphere at the security checks. Cheer up people! A little smile never hurt no one. At a moment like that we wish we could just teleport ourselves to the next party destination. That would be awesome. The upside: Touring is FUN! We’ve seen so many great places all over the world, we meet a lot of awesome people and the audience that comes to a Vengaboys show, they’re all super sweet and friendly towards us and each other. There’s a lot of unity going on.
Has there been a highlight from the last few years?
DONNY: I think the fact that 99% of our gigs are sold out all the time. That’s a big thing for us.
You played lots of UK LGBT Pride events last year. What was the reaction like and why do you enjoy playing at these events? Any plans to perform at any Pride events this Summer?
ROBIN: We’re very fortunate to get so much love from the global gay community. We would be nowhere without our gay fans. We realise we’re very lucky to live in such an open society as the Netherlands. We’ve played Pride events in Eastern Europe where we and our friends had to face anti-gay protests. We still don’t understand why somebody should oppose to something personal like your sexuality. Donny and I are out and proud! For sure we will be back at one or more LGBT events this Summer. Be sure to check out our tour schedule on Facebook or our website.
Why do you think your music is so popular with the LGBT community?
DENISE: Hahaha…There’s something strange going on with our producers…Whatever they write and produce, there’s aways this gay thing about it.
If you could be teleported back to 1999 is there any words of advice you would give to your 1999 selves?
KIM: That’s an awesome question! We would say to ourselves keep on doing what you’re doing. It made us who we are today and we are very happy with that. Oh and say yes to the proposal Madonna made us back in 2001 to co-write an album with her.
We feel like things ended quite abruptly for you after your second UK album, you were still having big hits all over the world. We loved lots of your album tracks like ‘Skinnydippin’ and ’24/7 in my 911′. Are there any songs that you wish you’d released as singles back in the day?
ROBIN: That’s nice to hear. That would be ‘Skinnydippin’! Also our favorite sport in the hotel swimming pool when we returned from a gig.
Do you have a personal favourite Vengaboys track and why? What song gets the biggest crowd reaction?
KIM: It’s a close call between ‘Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom’, ‘We’re going to Ibiza’ and ‘We Like To Party!’. Even though the first two were number one hits in the UK, I think the latter is our all time Vengaboys party favorite. When we perform this song on stage the crowd goes totally mad.
What acts in the music industry today do you admire?
DONNY: There are too many really. But we’ll name four: For starters Miss Beyoncé Knowles. A lot of focus. Flawless. Costumes, hair, make-up, choreo, dancers – all in perfect sync. Then, We’re very much in love with Sam Smith. His voice is a one of a kind. So much emotion. We’re in awe with Lorde. Very original and at that age already, such a strong sense of self and finally you gotta love SIA. Amazing songwriter, legendary voice and wonderful personality.
What’s next for you?
DENISE: It’s going to be a busy year. What springs to mind now is our Summertime tour in the USA – we’re very much looking forward to that. Please keep a close eye to our website and social media channels for updates on this.
“We would be nowhere without our gay fans. We realise we’re very lucky to live in such an open society as the Netherlands. We’ve played pride events in Eastern Europe where we and our friends had to face anti-gay protests. We still don’t understand why somebody should oppose to something personal like your sexuality.”
Interview by Thomas Anderson – Inclusive Networks