FEDDE LE GRAND is one of the most famous and talented Dj Producer in the world.
After 10 years since the release of ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’, This year he is back with his album “SOMETHING REAL”. This is my interview:
Let’s talk about SOMETHING REAL.
It’s about ten years from since Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’ and now we are here for your album: SOMETHING REAL.
The response from the album has been great and more than I could have ever wished for. It’s been really popularright across the world which is very humbling, and it’s a wonderful feeling playing tracks from the album whenI’m on tour and people knowing them and going crazy.
2. What does “Something Real” means for you?
So my reasoning behind the album was to try and move the focus away from all the hype and pigeonholing that comes with releasing new music – which is where the title came from. I wanted to create something real, and not something that conforms to a genre in a 'fake' way. I specifically tried to be as open-minded as possible andwanted to challenge myself with no limits on my creativity. I think that's resulted in some really great tracks and has opened a whole new box of inspiration for me, the whole process felt really liberating.
3. This is the second album, what is the big difference between this and OUTPUT?
I think essentially my music taste has changed quite a bit since Output was released in 2009. Dance music has evolved and so has my production process. There’s so much software now available to producers that has openedup new doors of opportunity to create amazing sounds.
4. The album is composed of 14 tracks, how do you choose your collaborations?
That’s a difficult question, sometimes it’s just a good connection with another artist that leads to a collab, sometimes it actually starts with either of us having an idea already and the other being so excited about it that wedecide to finish the track together… Likewise with the vocalists that are on my album, some of them I knew for a while already like for instance Jonathan Mendelsohn (Miracle is actually stemming from a project that I’ve worked on for years), Erene I got to know through social media, it really can go either way pretty much!
5. Your album starts with Merk & Kremont and you also use “The rhythm of the night” ( Corona). Both are Italians, how do you describe Italian sound?
Italy is such a great country because of its culture, and the history there. The food is always amazing, and the fansout there are so much fun. But the best thing has the be the electronic music scene there, it seems to always be soprominent, that country never loses its spark when it comes to the music. I really had an amazing time atNameless Festival a few months ago and the crowd definitely seemed to enjoy it as well 🙂
1. You have 2 labels, FLAMINGO RECORDINGS and DARKLIGHT RECORDING, which is the main difference?
Flamingo Recordings is owned by myself and Funkerman, but I don’t have too much creative say in the label, I still very much love the sound but really wanted something that’s fully under my own control and represents everything about me and the sounds and styles I like. I love it that I’m now able to really do as I see fit, especially having two outlets!
Let’s talk about DARKLIGHT RADIO SHOW, which got more than 200 episodes.
1. How much important is for an artist to have his own radio show?
I don’t think it’s hugely important but it is certainly a great way to showcase your music as well as music fromother talented producers out there. It’s still an amazing idea to be on air in so many different countries, and I don’t think the charm of listening to a proper DJ radio show before going out in the weekend will ever go away. I really love curating another Darklight Sessions every week…and the response I get online is off course very thankful!
2. Is Podcast the future of radio?
I think they’re two separate things and can live alongside each other! I don’t think radio will ever die, it’s still vitally important for a musician if they want to get heard and break into the mainstream.
3. What about WEGOGRAND? Such a success!! Who had this idea?
The show was definitely something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’ve always been looking for ways to push boundaries and keep things interesting for myself by always trying to create something new. GRAND is really all about giving back to the fans. The production is crazy expensive and so extremely time-consuming in figuring out all acts and what will work well with which track, you really don’t want know how complicated the production is….But when you see so many people from different backgrounds and ages, some probably visiting a dance eventfor the first time even, and all just having an amazing time and enjoying the music together, that’s really what it’s all about.
4. You are a Dj, a Producer, a Remixer, a HitMaker, a Tastemaker, a talent Scout, a Performer, a label owner labels..how many people work with you?
Always too little 😉 haha I actually really love the setup I’ve been able to realize for myself over the years. I’ve got my own office, with just office / desk space upstairs and downstairs are my studios. So whenever I pop up I can just quickly butt-in some office matters before burying myself again in whatever track or project I’m working on. My main management is situated there, as well as all things online, we head-up the Darklight Recordings imprintfrom there as well as the GRAND concept. Never a dull moment surely…
5. Which is your relation with Socials?
I’d say I have a good relationship with social media! I think you have to if you want to stay connected with your fanbase, it’s something an artist can’t really do without anymore. I love the fact that you can be in touch all thetime now instead of being way more limited to your shows and traveling. I don’t like to take myself too seriously on social media, so I like to post funny photos, videos and also great music obviously!
6. Do you manage your pages? On June you asked your fan which was their favorite Tv series..so what’s Yours?
Yep, I manage my pages. I have to say Stranger Things….I just binge watched a whole season this Sunday!
Let’s talk about TIESTO, HARDWELL
1. Do you come from the same city of Tiesto and Hardwell?
Not really… I was actually born in Utrecht which is more in the centre of Holland. Then I moved to Tilburg which is situated about 20 mins by car from Breda. And now I still live in Tilburg and have my studios in Breda. So close enough, but not really the same city 😉
2. Is it true you worked on the same Record Shop with Tiesto?
Yes. That is very true. It’s funny to think how things come together.
3. Don’t you think Music Industry is more about Business than about Music?
The business wouldn’t exist without the music, but a lot of music is very reliant on the business so in some respects you can’t have one without the other. I’ve been very fortunate to have a great team around me that can handle the business side of things so I can concentrate on my music. You do have some artists that have a huge amount of money to spend on getting their music heard and out there but I never think that will last in the longterm, you need to get popular organically.
4. You discovered Nicky Romero, Danny Avila, John Dish, Merk & Kremont… how do you find artists?
And even more actually!! Haha I don’t know, I just think I’ve got an eye for talent somehow but mostly I get so excited when I see the growth in a young and upcoming artist. It’s the most amazing thing to see, and I also thinkyou can see really quickly if there really is something special there… The grow-curve simply has to betremendously steep, the dynamics of the industry change to quickly and you just need to be quick enough to tap into that and move with it.
5. What advice would you give to young dj/producer and also to a dj/producer that are older than 20/30
To be honest I think I’d give the same advice to both, as it’s never too late to start producing! Essentially it’s atough industry to get into, there’s a huge amount of music out there so it’s becoming harder and harder to get yourstuff heard. But what I’ve always said is that good music will always rise to the top eventually. So if you think youhave something good keep going at it, because opportunities will eventually arise and that’s when you might havea big break. It took me years to start making money out of the music I was making, so if you’re struggling don’t lose hope!