Get The Lowdown On Trance Duo, Grube & Hovsepian!
Tim Grube & Mike Hovsepian are no newcomers to the Trance and music landscape. Having been a key cog in Markus’ Schulz’ Coldharbour Recordings camp, and working hard in the industry as a whole for nearly ten years, Grube & Hovsepian experienced their fair share of success. With that success though comes compromise and teamwork, and the duo continues to move through sunlight and rain without giving up on a dream. We reached out the pair of producer-DJs before Groove Cruise Miami and explored who they are, what they love about what they do, and some fun tidbits of traveling all around the world. Check out the details and get to know them better below.
Heading to Groove Cruise Miami this month? Make sure to check out Grube & Hovsepian on the boat!
Groove Cruise Miami is setting sail soon! Are you excited to be taking the stage onboard, and do you have anything special in store for attendees?
We’ve been working on a lot of new content which we will test drive on the Groove Cruise for the first time. To add on top of that we are working on some cool mash-ups that should go over nicely with the GCFAM!
What is a “must have” item that you bring with you while traveling?
We think there are a few “must have” items every DJ can agree on. Your headphones and USB jump drive which contain our music are two of the most important. Hair gel seems to also be one of those things that always seems to be forgotten as well.
Your EOYC Mix was 2 hours full of fantastic tracks. Which track did you fall in love with most last year?
One of our favorite tracks from last year was Solid Stone & Jennifer Rene’s “Heart Call”.
What’s one smaller label you wish got a little more attention in the scene and why?
We’re really digging Jerome Isma-Ae’s Jee Productions. There are a lot of underrated tracks on there which deserve more attention. There’s always good music coming out of his studio.
As a duo what is the greatest strength and weakness of working as one unit?
With most relationships, there is a lot of push and pull. To work effectively as a unit, both individuals need to share a common vision. If the vision isn’t the same, the product will suffer. Luckily both of us have shared a common vision from day one with the guidance of Markus Schulz.
What’s one of the oddest places you’ve traveled to over the years, and what stuck out to you about the spot?
We’ve traveled to almost every continent over the past few years. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia would have to be one of the most unique places we’ve traveled to. We had a big Coldharbour Night scheduled there a few years back at KL Live. It was an amazing show with over 2000 fans showing up from all over Asia. One of the oddest/coolest things that happened was that the Queen of Malaysia showed up to our hotel for a wedding. There were almost 100 cars in her motorcade and the hotel was full of government officials. They also put a red carpet for her to walk on which she casually strolled along by the both of us.
Who’s doing something really unique in the musical landscape you think people are yet to really be aware of?
Arkham Knights from the UK are crafting a really cool sound at the moment fusing techno and trance elements.
Having been a common cog of the Coldharbour Takeover and End of Year Countdown over on AH.FM, what do you think that platform offers fans over other avenues?
Coldharbour Day offers fans a day to celebrate the Coldharbour sound and many artists around the globe who provide musical content for the label. AH.FM broadcasts 24 hours of nonstop sets from Coldharbour artists every year. The day is very special in the hearts of the labels’ fans. The cult following of this day grows every year, similar to that of the cult following of the Groove Cruise which is growing every year.
In the booth, how do you two manage DJ sets? Separate Headphones and a splitter? Separate USB drives and media? Other unique technology?
We normally share the headphones. No splitter. Regarding managing DJ sets we just go with the flow. We feed off of each other and share the same vision where the set should go.
All things considered, where’s one country you’d love to play but have yet to? What market do you think needs the Grube & Hovsepian touch?
We haven’t played Japan yet and would love to play in that market. We are huge gaming nerds and would love to visit the home of Nintendo.
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