Fedde le Grand is without a doubt one of the biggest DJs in the world. His skills both inside and out of the studio are the stuff legends are made of. Whether he’s playing at the Electric Daisy Carnival or constantly hitting the #1 spot on beatport he is always on the top of his game. He has toured nearly every destination in the world and has performed in front of some of the biggest crowds ever comprised. We had the honor of interviewing Fedde and this is how it went…
Thank you for taking time the out of your busy schedule to do an interview with us at Techibeats.com, how are you doing today?
I’m very well thanks, I’ve just finished playing at Tryst in Las Vegas which was off the hook, now I’m getting ready to play in El Paso so just rooting through some tunes
When you have down time, who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m loving Deniz Koyu right now, his last couple of productions have been some of my biggest tracks to drop on the floor. I was so impressed with him that I asked him to come on my US tour and he’s been impressing everybody, not just me. Great guy and definitely someone to look out for next year.
With you always constantly traveling, how do you manage a balance between producing and touring?
It’s not easy but for me, 2011 was definitely the year I felt that I’d got the balance right. It obviously helps to have your studio on your laptop so you can produce while you’re on the road, which I’ve been on for most of the last 12 months non-stop. But I also treated myself to a brand new studio in January and it’s been one of the best things I ever did. It’s somewhere where I can lock myself away for a couple of days and really get my head down, I find myself really inspired when I get in there, it’s just a great space that I’ve built to suit me and my needs. Plus there are tones of gadgets and stuff in there that I’m still learning to use so I’m like a kid in a candy store
Now a days a lot of DJ’s like to plan their sets, do you plan out your sets or do you prefer to wing it?
To a certain extent I plan it, yes. You can’t go into the DJ booth with no idea what you’re going to do, how you’re going to start out. But I’m also flexible with the tracks, for me the most important thing to do is to be able to read the crowd and alter your set if you need to, to be able to take them on the journey they want to go with some direction from yourself.
You have played all over the world, is the U.S dance scene crazier or less crazy than Europe?
I’d say it’s pretty equal. The US scene has grown massively since I started playing there, you can tell just by the size of the festivals you have, they totally rival the big European festivals now. I think the US crowds are also more knowledgeable about dance music now too, they definitely know what they want from a DJ. There’s real passion from US dance floors too – because of the distance between America and Europe, not all DJs get to play there as much as they’d like to, so when they do land, their fans go absolutely nuts to see them. It makes for some really amazing parties.
With that being said, the U.S has seen a massive spike in popularity with dance music, where do you see it going?
I think you’ll see a lot more European party promoters bringing their big events to the States. You can already see that with Sensation doing their first US event next year – that will be insane! I think things are only going to get bigger and better for dance music in the States and that can only be a good thing for the fans. It’s a really exciting time for everyone.
Do you prefer to play at huge events like EDC and Ultra Music Festival or do you like clubs and smaller venues more?
To be honest I like to do both – you get a really different experience as a DJ from both types of parties. The big festivals, man that is just off the hook – you’re standing there on a huge stage and you can see a massive sea of people just going crazy as you drop the big beats. You tend to do a different kind of set at the festivals because you don’t have as much time and you’re also working within about ten main sets – you’re not really warming up for anyone but no-one is warming up for you so it’s just full on for the whole time. When you play the clubs, it’s a bit more intimate, you’ve got longer to create your sets, you get to feel the crowd, take them on a journey, experiment a little bit more with your music. I’m really honoured that I’m in a position now where I get to do both kind of sets, it’s a real privilege as an artist.
Your massive single “So Much Love” was a huge success along with every other song you have ever released, any new singles coming out soon that we should know about?
Yeah So Much Love was huge and it’s out now as a US single with Ultra so I’m really happy about that. It’s been a great year for me musically and I’m looking to build on it in 2012. I have a new single coming out early next year with Deniz Koyu and Johan Wedel so keep an eye out for that, I’m also taking some time out to go into the studio and lay some ideas down, I can’t talk too much about that yet but as soon as I’m ready of course I’ll let everyone know.
What’s the best advise you could give to Dj’s and Producers trying to make it in the business?
Work. It’s as simple as that. If you have the talent and you want to make it to the top, then it’s just down to your dedication and putting yourself out there. Also don’t give up at the first hurdle – if you feel like you’re making the right music for you, keep on pushing it because eventually someone will give you the yes that you need. It’s incredibly rare for someone to just blow up from their very first track so be realistic and put as much as yourself out there as possible. Don’t be afraid to start small and local, that’s how most DJs started out and it worked for a lot of us.
You had a huge year in 2011 what should we expect from you for 2012?
There’s a lot that I can’t talk about right now as I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but I will say that we have some huge things in the pipeline and I think that 2012 will probably be the most important for me in my development as a producer and an artist. I’m very excited to take things to the next level and you can be sure that as soon as I’m allowed to say something, you’ll be the first to know.
Thank you for your time Fedde, we know you’re a busy man.
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