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Tobi and Gregor aka YouNotUs are two Berlin-based DJ/producers who achieved their first platinum hit in 2015 with “Supergirl”. years, both commercially and artistically.

Tracks such as “Narcotic”, “Supergirl”, “Please Tell Rosie” and “I Swear” not only racked up hundreds of millions of combined streams, but also reached the top 3 of the official German singles charts and charts. streaming – earning gold and platinum awards around the clock. YouNotUs has become a solid signature “feat.” in the music world, constantly creating fresh and innovative productions with the depth and atmosphere of deep house, the catchiness of a pop song and the underground appeal of a pulsating nightclub. We caught up with the duo to find out more…

HI GUYS, HOW ARE YOU? SO TELL US, HOW DID YOU MEET, AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MUSIC TOGETHER?
Hi! Well, the story of how we met is actually quite funny. Greg delivered pizzas and Tobi ordered pizzas. We had known each other since college, but when Greg stood outside my door, I was surprised to see him deliver the pizza. We immediately connected, because we knew that we were going to the same university and that we were both producing music. I told him to come and listen to a track I had just produced and we ended up working on that track together for hours. Then Greg got a call from his boss and was fired. After that night, we launched YouNotUs. And now it’s been almost 10 years 🙂

WHAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT MADE YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO BE A DJ?
We have always dreamed of becoming successful musicians. The idea of ​​becoming a DJ germinated when we turned more and more towards electronic music from a very young age. So it’s just amazing that it really worked!

BUT DJING IS NOT THE ONLY STRING TO YOUR BOW, YOU ARE ALSO SUCCESSFUL PRODUCERS AS WELL AS LIVE PERFORMERS. WITH A LIVE BAND VERSION OF YOUNOTUS WHICH CONSISTS OF A ROAD TEAM OF 16 PEOPLE. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DJ AND LIVE BAND VERSION OF YOUNOTUS?
This creates a whole different connection between us and the public compared to a DJ set only! We always have one or two singers with us, a horn section with trumpet, trombone and saxophone, and a live drummer. We both play instruments like guitar, synths and sample pads and it’s great fun for us too! The crowd really appreciates the songs performed live with the whole band and gives so much energy for it.
ARE THERE ANY PLANS FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES THIS YEAR?
Yes! Our summer festival is jam-packed and there are shows already scheduled for the fall as well. Some of them will be with the band but most of them as DJ sets.

TO DATE, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FESTIVAL OR CLUB?
Right now, every concert is amazing! You can really feel that there haven’t been live events for over 2 years and people are going crazy. A few weeks ago in Lyon there were moshpits every two minutes. It was a crazy show. We had so much fun!

‘SAMBA’ IS YOUR NEW SINGLE AND IS BASED ON BELLINI’S CLASSIC MELODY OF ‘SAMBA DE JANEIRO’. HOW DID THIS SINGLE COME ABOUT? WERE TWO FANS OF THE ORIGINAL SONG GROWING UP?

The original song “Samba de Janeiro” is one of our all-time favorites and also an all-time earworm. Tobi put it on our shared “Ideas” note years ago and when last year we got permission to work on this song, we immediately got our hands on it! We always love the challenge of building a song around such a big hook and 47 versions later it’s finally out!
WITH THE SINGLE “SAMBA”, IT’S MORE OF A RADIO-ORIENTED TRACK COMPARED TO YOUR PREVIOUS “DARKROOM”, WHICH SEEMS TO BE CREATED FOR CLUBS. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL ORIENTATION AS ARTISTS OR WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO OR DO YOU MEAN WITH YOUR MUSIC?
We have always loved the mix of Dance/Pop and House Music. We also want to get the right vibe for every song we do. So we try to give each song its own touch!

HOW DOES YOUR OWN MUSIC CREATION PROCESS WORK?
First, there must be something that inspires you. A sample, a chord progression, a melody, whatever. But it has to make you hear something in your mind that you want to pursue and make audible. This inspiration is not always present so you have to be patient and wait for it to strike.

ALLE FARBEN IS AN ARTIST WITH WHOM YOU HAVE COLLABORATED AND HAD INCREDIBLE SUCCESS. WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR WORK TOGETHER?
In fact, we met Frans while entering a remix contest for his debut single “She Moves”. In the end, we really won and got in touch with him, visited his shows and also got in touch with his management. Everyone really liked what we were doing, so we started working together a lot and even became friends.

ALLE FARBEN (“ALLE” IS NOT HER FIRST NAME BUT THE ENTIRE NAME IS A GERMAN PHRASE FOR “ALL COLORS”) IS NOT THE ONLY ARTIST YOU HAVE COLLABORATED WITH OVER THE YEARS. YOU HAVE WORKED WITH AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF NAMES INCLUDING JANIECK, SENEX, DEEPEND, AMBER VAN DAY AND MARTIN GALLOP. IS THERE AN ARTIST RIGHT NOW THAT IMPRESSES YOU AND WITH WHOM YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK?
There are so many artists we would love to work with. The list is endless. But if we had to narrow it down to one specific person, we had to choose Dua Lipa. She’s an amazing singer and a collaboration would be a dream come true! And another one we would really like to collaborate with is Tiesto because we really like his latest sound, he’s been on top for 20-25 years now and to be a small part of that journey would be just amazing.

DO YOU EVER FEEL PRESSURED TO LIVE UP TO PAST SUCCESSES OR FAN EXPECTATIONS OF YOU?
Of course, you want every release to be a hit. But in the end, we love making music and you never know what song might explode. So it’s not worth putting pressure on yourself about something you don’t have much control over. We just try to make the best music possible and just hope people like it.

WHICH OF ALL YOUR RECOGNITIONS TO DATE HAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT FOR YOU AND WHY?
Each is special to us and makes us truly grateful. And everyone has their own story. In the end, we’d probably go with the award for Supergirl just because it was our first big song and it opened a lot of doors! We have been blown away by the feedback and success of this song and we even have tattoos because of it 😀

WITH MUSIC VERY PREVALENT TODAY, HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH A GOOD TRACK? WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR YOU AS PRODUCERS AND DJS?
A song must be inspired. For us, it’s important that there’s something that makes it stand out and usually it’s the weird thing about a song that grabs listeners’ attention. So, there are so many very well written dance and pop songs, but often they lack inspiration and therefore sound quite similar. We try to avoid that.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE MUSICAL PROJECTS – AN ALBUM?
There is no album planned yet but certainly for the future one day. At the moment, it makes more sense for us to release single by single, but to be honest, we would really like to create an album with a concept and take some real time with it.

FINALLY, WILL YOU SEE YOURSELF PERFORMING IN THE UK THIS YEAR?
Unfortunately, there is no show in the UK yet. But we would like to play there. We are in London a lot to write songs, so we feel very close to the British musical culture and we love the atmosphere and the way of working on the island.

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