There’s no denying it, there’s no pretending otherwise, and there’s no avoiding the question altogether. If music has once touched your soul and illuminated your very existence, there’s bound to be a bunch of records that instigated such a passionate fire in the first place. As we celebrate his official, exclusive signing to Armada Music and his latest smash of a single called ‘Victorious’, we dug into in the early days of the Russian talent and unearth the five tunes that shaped: Vigel…
1. ATB – 9PM (Till I Come)
I was sixteen years old when I first heard this song. My uncle gave me a disc and said to me: “Hey, Vasiliy. You definitely need to listen to this!” I ran to the CD player and with trembling hands, I inserted this disc. And it actually became one of the most exciting and most important moments in my life. These CDs also helped me to discover other electronic music through sharing these CDs with my friends. That is how I also got acquainted with the music of Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Cosmic Gate, and many others.
2. Armin van Buuren feat. Jacqueline Govaert – Never Say Never
I still remember when I first heard this track in a video of one of Armin van Buuren’s live performances. I fell in love with the sound of these chords, the melody, the drop, and the great vocal tones of Jacqueline Govaert. It’s actually one of those few songs that really inspired me to write music and it is one of my favorite songs ever.
3. Paul van Dyk – Another Way
It was at a time when I had only just started to listen to electronic dance music. I discovered this through a friend and this song was one of the first songs of Paul’s entire discography I heard. It gave me the feeling that electronic music could have a soul.
4. Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember
‘I Remember’ gave me the feeling of something fresh. When this tune came out, it was something atypical and new for everybody, and it expanded the scope of my musical imagination as well. I’m still in love with this track.
5. Swedish House Mafia – Miami 2 ibiza (Instrumental Mix)
This track actually changed the way in which I look at music. I know that many others were big fans of ‘One’ by Swedish House Mafia at the time, but to me, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ became something huge about impression and inspiration. Later, the guys added the voice of Tinie Tempah to this song, but I still prefer the instrumental version.