Interview: VIZE Talks About “Brother Louie”

VIZE recently teamed up with Russian DJ and producer Imanbek, and Modern Talking’s Dieter Bohlen to release a contemporary version of Modern Talking’s 1986 hit, “Brother Louie,” featuring Leony via Ultra Records.

Over the last few years, VIZE have made huge waves on the dance scene with a series of hit singles, including “Stars,” “Glad You Came,” and ‘Never Let Me Down.” Right now, VIZE is the most popular dance duo in Europe, amassing over 375 million streams, as well as 70 million views on YouTube. They’ve collaborated with Felix Jaehn, Alan Walker, Sam Feldt, Tom Gregory, Afrojack, Alle Farben, and German rap star Capital Bra.

On his part, Russian DJ and producer Imanbek broke out with his remix of SAINt JHN’s “Roses,” taking the top spot on Spotify’s international charts, while Leony, Germany’s reigning queen of pop, ascended to superstar status with the release of 2018’s “Boots.”

CelebMix caught up with VIZE to talk about what they’re listening to right now, their influences, and the genesis of VIZE.

Which artists/music are you listening to right now?

Actually a lot of people we also work with a lot, like Tom Gregory, a lot of dance stuff like Felix Jaehn, Miss Li, and Leony.

What’s your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?

“I Want It That Way“ by the Backstreet Boys.

Who is your favorite music artist?

Justin Bieber.

How did VIZE get started?  What’s the backstory there?

It started as a basic one man studio project without any special thoughts about where the project is going. Nine months after the release of “Glad You Came,“ we got some good playlists and feedback, and some booking requests, so we started to think bigger and to give the project a face – a guy in the studio and a guy on stage.

What musicians influenced you the most?

I think it‘s definitely Dynoro, Alok and Gaullin.

What motivated you to rework “Brother Louie?”

It was always a dream for me to work with Dieter Bohlen. I already started to love his music as a child. As you can imagine a dream came true as I finally got the chance to meet him recently.

How did you come to hook up with Imanbek?

I have known his manager for a while now. The connection was there before his hit blew up. 

What’s the story behind the name VIZE?

It‘s very simple: my name is Vitali Zestovskih, so it‘s “VI“ from Vitali and “ZE“ from Zestovskih.

How are you handling the coronavirus situation?

We’re trying to make the best out of the situation and just spent a lot of time in the studio making new music.

Looking ahead, what’s next for VIZE?

You never know but it would be amazing if we’d get bigger in your country and get some attention over there.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.