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Fedde Le Grand: Touring Tips, New Music And Darklight

Fedde Le Grand talks Darklight Recordings, his busy touring schedule and what he has planned for 2018.

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Fedde Le Grand has been a name associated within dance music for many years now. He has become a household name through various hits, and within dance music, he is very well known. With this reputation, he has been demanded by fans and followers all over the world to perform shows and showcase his music to the world. Most recently he undertook an Asian tour, as well as various other dates around the world. The situation can be tough on an artist, but Fedde Le Grand claims that this isn’t a problem for him.

To be honest I just love touring. I usually think the more shows you do, the better it is actually, not because of the more shows, but because it has a nice rhythm, and when you stop this, it breaks the cycle. I usually feel miserable a little bit afterwards, but I’ve been in the studio for a bit, and it’s great to be on the road and test all your new stuff out. I’ve been doing this for such a long time now, that I still really enjoy.

Dance music and the music industry in general can be quite tough on an artist in terms of jetlag, travelling for long hours, being on the road and away from home for long periods of time. It is only recently that people and artists have opened up about this. But again, Fedde has used precautions to prevent this.

I think it’s very important with the people that you surround yourself with, and I think it’s also very important that you continue to think it’s a privilege to perform. The travelling is tough, sitting in chairs for many hours on a plane, it’s not the most fun thing in the world. But I usually make sure my iPad is loaded with the latest series or whatever, and if you can zone out, work on some music, or like me, play on my Nintendo Switch, it’s good. I’ve never been really lonely or whatever, I just enjoy being there. And the upside is I’ve friends in different cities, so it just feels like I’m visiting friends.

This took our conversation to his Darklight Recordings label, a label which has seen names such as Patric La Funk, Jewelz & Sparks as well as many others all release their music on the label.

The first label I started, Flamingo Recordings, is still around and it was started with my friend Funkerman. But this led to a difference in opinion, after so many years, in terms of music. This meant we decided to start separate labels, and for me  this was Darklight Recordings. I think that the most important part for me is that it’s the best way to find new talent, and also keep yourself sharp. There’s guys who can do things so well and it’s great for your sets.

We had a bit of a slow start, but we signed with Armada Music who look after the whole back end and it’s just been going great. We have a lot of new stuff lined up and it just makes me really happy. A label cuts on many different sides, it’s just nice to get to know people, and everything I’ve just mentioned above.

This led to the conversation about a so-called Darklight Recordings family, which is something you see quite often in terms of a record label and the artists which release on these label. This was an idea I pitched to Fedde Le Grand. “I know some guys who are quite hard on signing young guys, but I believe that if you like it with us, and we’re happy with you, it’s a family that grows organically, you don’t need to brand it as a family”.

One of Fedde’s stand out features at the moment are his Darklight Sessions events, where he brings along many of the talented DJs he works alongside, has become friends with or fits the bill. With so many events taking place at the likes of ADE, I thought curating a line up would be quite difficult. The response I got was “not really”. “I mean I’ve been doing ADE for ten or eleven years now and I’ve always chosen to do a little more House orientated nights or the techy-House side of things. This is something you can’t play everywhere so I programme it with the guys I like in that genre. And we have never had any trouble. Of course there is a few artists you want but you can’t have, but that’s life.

In terms of new music, Fedde Le Grand has just released his newest single ‘Wonder Years’, a track which leans slightly more to the commercial market, Spotify kind of sound. It’s not the first time he has headed in this direction, nor will it be the last, so it was interesting to find out how the track came about.

That’s quite easy actually. It was a demo song that got sent to me from the guys that live in Texas. The funny thing is it was send to me through Whatsapp, and it didn’t send properly, so I could only hear snippets. But even with those snippets I really liked it. So I called my management and I said it could really be something. Sometimes you start a track from scratch and that comes from you, but when you find a vocal or something and you can build on it, it’s like finding the right jacket, the right interior for a house, to compliment what is already there.

So after all of this, it was time to look towards the future, with many artists planning their 2018 schedule already (it is only two months away). Fedde Le Grand has already teased a huge year ahead in the fact that “Darklight has six releases coming up” and “I’ll not be able to release everything I have in 2017”. It’s extremely difficult for an artist who may have so much content to begin planning for the releases that have coming ahead.

I want to keep doing what I’m doing now, a few club driven tracks, but I’ve always been interested in song structures, which looks at a more Spotify driven world. I’ve been fortunate to do different stuff, and I’ve been extremely lucky that fans accept what I do. It may be 120bpm, or a broken beat thing, but as long as I do my club thing, I should be fine. I actually have a Drum N Bass track coming out soon.

With this difference in style, and the way in which many artists now have various names, the opportunity for Fedde Le Grand to release an alias was and is, on the cards. However it doesn’t look like we will be getting that any time soon or in the future. “I thought about it, but I hate to approach music from a strictly business point of view. I know you go to McDonalds and get the same thing, but I’d rather be the café on the corner that not everyone knows about, and you have a few menu specials, great food that is different and unique. I would get headaches it I had to use the same kick, the same this and that, it just wouldn’t work for me”.

So on a final note, it was time to get an overall plan for what lay ahead for Fedde Le Grand. And it looks like it is going to be an exciting time for fans of the artist. “It’s going to be an interesting year, with the back-end switch of the label, and I’ve got some interesting collaborations coming up, one this year and two next year. I also have my show ‘Le Grand’ coming up for its third year, however this is going to be the one that will also tour. So it looks set to be a busy year.” Keep an eye out on Fedde Le Grand’s socials and it looks like we are set for a lot of new music happenings and plans.

For more information on Fedde Le Grand:
https://www.facebook.com/feddelegrand/
https://twitter.com/feddelegrand
https://soundcloud.com/feddelegrand

Fedde Le Grand - Rectangle Press

Fedde Le Grand.

Fedde Le Grand has been a name associated within dance music for many years now. He has become a household name through various hits, and within dance music, he is very well known. With this reputation, he has been demanded by fans and followers all over the world to perform shows and showcase his music to the world. Most recently he undertook an Asian tour, as well as various other dates around the world. The situation can be tough on an artist, but Fedde Le Grand claims that this isn’t a problem for him.

To be honest I just love touring. I usually think the more shows you do, the better it is actually, not because of the more shows, but because it has a nice rhythm, and when you stop this, it breaks the cycle. I usually feel miserable a little bit, but I’ve been in the studio for a bit, and it’s great to be on the road and test all your new stuff out. I’ve been doing this for such a long time, that I still really enjoy.

Dance music and the music industry in general can be quite tough on an artist in terms of jetlag, travelling for long hours, being on the road and away from home for long periods of time. It is only recently that people and artists have opened up about this. But again, Fedde has used precautions to prevent this.

Fedde Le Grand.

I think it’s very important with the people that you surround yourself with, and I think it’s also very important that you continue to think it’s a privilege to perform. The travelling is tough, sitting in chairs for many hours on a plane, it’s not the most fun thing in the world. But I usually make sure my iPad is loaded with the latest series or whatever, and if you can zone out, work on some music, or like me play on my Nintendo Switch, it’s good. I’ve never been really lonely or whatever, I just enjoy being there. And the upside is I’ve friends in different cities, so it just feels like I’m visiting friends.

This took our conversation to his Darklight Recordings label, a label which has seen names such as Patric La Funk, Jewelz & Sparks as well as many others all release their music on the label.

The first label I started Flamingo Recordings, which is still around and started with my friend Funkerman, but this led to a difference, after so many years, in opinion in terms of music. This meant we decided to start separate labels, and for me Darklight Recordings. I think that the most important part for me is that’s the best way to find new talent, and also keep yourself sharp. There’s guys who can do things so well and it’s great for your sets.

Fedde Le Grand.

We had a bit of a slow start, but we signed with Armada Music who look after the whole back end, it’s just been going great. We have a lot of new stuff lined up and it just makes me really happy. A label cuts on many different sides, it’s just nice to get to know people, and everything I’ve just mentioned.

This led to the conversation about a so-called Darklight Recordings family, which is something you see quite often in terms of a record label and the artists which release on these label. This was an idea I pitched to Fedde Le Grand. “I know some guys who are quite hard on signing young guys, but I believe that if you like it with us, and we’re happy with you, it’s a family that grows organically, you don’t need to brand it as a family”.

One of Fedde’s stand out features at the moment are his Darklight Sessions events, where he brings along many of the talented DJs he works alongside, has become friends with or fits the bill. With so many events taking place at the likes of ADE, I thought curating a line up would be quite difficult. The response I got was “not really”. “I mean I’ve been doing ADE for ten or eleven years now and I’ve always chosen to do a little more House orientated or techy side of things. This is something you can’t play everywhere so I programme it with the guys I like in that genre. And we have never had any trouble. Of course there is a few artists you want but you can’t have, but that’s life.

Fedde Le Grand.

In terms of new music, Fedde Le Grand has just released his newest single ‘Wonder Years’, a track which leans slightly more to the commercial market, Spotify kind of sound. It’s not the first time he has headed in this direction, nor will it be the last, so it was interesting to find out how the track came about.

That’s quite easy actually. It was a demo song, the guys live in Texas. The funny thing is it was send to me through Whatsapp, and it didn’t send properly, so I could only hear snippets. But even those snippets I really liked it. So I called my management and I said it could really be something. Sometimes you start a track from scratch and that comes from you, but when you find a vocal or something and you can build on it, it’s like finding the right jacket, the right interior for a house, to compliment what is already there.

So after all of this, it was time to look towards the future, with many artists planning their 2018 schedule already (it is only two months away). Fedde Le Grand has already teased a huge year ahead in the fact that “Darklight has six releases coming up” and “I’ll not be able to release everything I have in 2017”. It’s extremely difficult for an artist who may have so much content to begin planning for the releases that have coming ahead.

Fedde Le Grand.

I want to keep doing what I’m doing now, a few club driven tracks, but I’ve always been interested in song structures, which looks at a more Spotify driven world. I’ve been fortunate to do different stuff, and I’ve been extremely lucky that fans accept what I do. It may be 120bpm, or a broken beat thing, but as long as I do my club thing, I should be fine. I actually have a Drum N Bass track coming out soon.

With this difference in style, and the way in which many artists now have various names, the opportunity for Fedde Le Grand to release an alias was and is, on the cards. However it doesn’t look like we will be getting that any time soon or in the future. “I thought about it, but I hate to approach music from a strictly business point of view. I know you go to McDonalds and get the same thing, but I’d rather be the café of on the corner that not everyone knows about, and you have a few menu specials, great food that is different. I’d get headaches it I had to use the same kick, the same this and that, it just wouldn’t work for me”.

 

For more information on Fedde Le Grand:
https://www.facebook.com/feddelegrand/
https://twitter.com/feddelegrand
https://soundcloud.com/feddelegrand

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