In five short years, Don't Let Daddy Know has risen from a club event in Ibiza's Club Paradise to one of the most recognised EDM festival series in the world. With editions in 14 countries, DLDK is a truly global brand.
Mixing lineups featuring the biggest names in electronic music with mind-bending stage production, light and pyrotechnics shows and an all out party vibe, it's easy to see why music lovers have flocked to DLDK.
With festivals in Thailand and Scotland taking place this month and one in Amsterdam at the beginning of March, we thought it was the right time to check in with DJ mainstay and DLDK co-founder Sem Vox.
You co-founded DLDK, how did it come together?
The party concept Don’t Let Daddy Know started on Ibiza back in 2012. Together with my business partner and friend Alex Hes we wanted to create a real international brand. The event, which we hosted in Club Privilege, became very popular in no-time with a dedicated fanbase. From that moment on DLDK grew rapidly, with editions in more than twenty countries worldwide!
DLDK has taken off since its inception, what sets a DLDK party apart?
The production, stage designs, line-ups and venues are next-level. At Don’t Let Daddy Know, we truly care about the total experience of our visitors. The events are huge with around 15.000 visitors, but the atmosphere is still amazing.
Who are you excited to see at DLDK Amsterdam?
The line-up is amazing this year, with Tiësto and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as absolute headliners. Besides that, I can’t wait to see Blasterjaxx, Nicky Romero, Headhunterz, Don Diablo, W&W, Showtek and many others. Make sure to visit DLDK Amsterdam this year on March 3rd and 4th!
You've written a couple anthems for DLDK, what makes a great anthem?
Anthems should give a feeling of euphoria! I believe that a great anthem gives goosebumps to people and the melody should be catchy but innovative.
You like to surprise your fans with new releases, anything coming out soon?
My new track Screaming and Dancing will be released this week! It’s also the official anthem for Don’t Let Daddy Know Thailand, which is being held on February 12th in Bangkok.
Your collaborations are always great, how do you choose who to make music with?
Thanks! When I am on tour I hang out a lot with other DJs like Third Party. Sometimes there instantly is a great connection so we decide to do a studio session. I only collab with DJs that I know personally, sending drafts over and over via e-mail.
Your song Identity has been a big hit, can you take us through the meaning of the song?
For me it’s important to have my own sound and surprise my fans every few months with new tracks like Identity. The meaning behind this track is that everybody matters, everybody has their own identity. When playing my tracks at festivals I always get goose bumps seeing so many types of people with different identities that are united and share their love for music with each other. That really inspired me to make Identity!
How does your approach differ between producing in the studio and DJing live?
I actually prefer DJing live because the audience gives me so much energy. It’s amazing to be on tour, especially if the response of the crowd on new releases is great!
Why do you think music brings people together?
Music doesn’t need a language, it’s such a powerful tool to unite people from all over the world!
And finally, any last words for your fans?
Thank you for all the support I received so far. It feels amazing to have dedicated fans from so many countries. New tracks and collaborations are coming soon as well as many gigs. Be sure to check out my socials for updates!