The Rise of Kevin De Vries

Published on Thursday 18 August 2022

In today's era of new DJs cropping up overnight and a slew of live streams from festivals, mountaintops and beach parties, it can be easy for an artist's profile to get overlooked among the masses. But one name who has had a relatively short rise to the top and still remains prominent, let alone in demand, is German DJ and producer Kevin De Vries.

The Berlin-based artist broke through on Afterlife—the seminal label owned by Italian electronic duo Tale Of Us—with a signature sound of spine-tingling techno blended with a trance twist... Over the years, De Vries has released several well-received EPs and singles, including the melodic 'Sciamachy' and the spell-binding 'Omertá.' He's part of the Afterlife family on the road too, performing at Hï Ibiza, OFFWEEK in Barcelona, ​​Arca in Sao Paulo, and many more showcases across the globe.

Beyond the Afterlife realm, De Vries has also released on Sven Väth's label Cocoon and Adam Beyer's imprint Drumcode. His productions trace back to 2015 when he released his first EP titled 'You Can't Run' on Sienna Obscure. Since then, De Vries has produced a rich, story-telling style of music, and he conveys a similar aesthetic in his DJ sets too. His recent Tomorrowland performance simmered with deep techno and evocative soundscapes, while his B2B with Konstantin Sibold—also at Tomorrowland—displayed his dynamic and fluid approach when collaborating with other artists.

De Vries grew up near Cologne and absorbed the thriving club culture of the city. After a friend gifted him a Numark Controller, De Vries played for fun until he watched Paul Kalbrenner's 2008 film "Berlin Calling", which inspired him to learn music production. Even as a young artist, De Vries swiftly realized he wanted to transmit his emotions via music and to strike an emotional chord in his listeners.

Over a decade later, De Vries remains true to his initial vision. While the advance in technology allowed him to finesse his sound and build a studio, De Vries still creates music that sparks connection on the dancefloor. By writing compelling, heart-rendering melodies, he's an artist we need in 2022—and he's only just getting started.

De Vries joins us in the Warehouse on Friday 2nd September with Stephan Jolk, Sacha Yonan and Cleido on support.

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