Ok guys, asa cum anuntam in teaserul de ieri (si cum cativa dintre voi deja intuisera), astazi publicam un interviu exclusiv cu unul din cei mai tari DJ si producatori si anume… Feeeeeeeeedde Le Grand . Este un pas foarte important pentru noi, sper ca si voi sunteti la fel de incantati/emotionati ca si mine, Mihdel si Cristi cand l-am intervievat pe Fedde Le Grand , (autor al unor hituri precum Let Me Think About It, The Creeps si Put Your Hands Up for Detroit) despre schimbarea sa de nume, noul stil de pe album, urmatoarele sale single-uri, masini, fete si cluburi, inspiratie si multe altele .
Merita cu siguanta sa citit tot interviul, baiatul a fost neasteptat de amabil si dragut cu noi, aflati pe aceasta cale ca vrea sa revina cat de curand in Romania (trebuie doar sa-l chemam ) maine, 20 ianuarie urmand sa-si lanseze noul single, F1.
Am ales sa lasam interviul in engleza, sunt sigura ca toti stiti engleza asa ca am preferat sa nu-l traducem pentru ca am fi stricat astfel exprimarea si atmosfera pe care o creaza raspunsurile tanarului Dj. Inchei prin a spune ca vom incerca sa continuam acest tip de interviuri, ca urmeaza multe surprize interesante pe DoivercityCafe si ca, nu in ultimul rand, toate comentariile, aprecierile si impresiile voastre vor fi citite de insusi Fedde Le Grand so make it count guys .
1.Hi Fedde, how are you doing? We recently found out that there will be now more Fedde Le Grand just F.L.G. Why the sudden change of name?
It’s not a change! It’s just that I’ve decided to release my more techhouse / minimal tracks under a different name so that there are two clear styles to what I do. I’ve been releasing the more techhouse tracks since the very beginning – Take No Shhh, Aah Yeah and Just Trippin’ are just a couple of examples. Now I’ve got F1 coming out on January 20th and then Amplifier and Pink Bird that will be released on Mark Knight’s Toolroom label in February and March. I’m very excited to see how they do.
2. F1 will be your next single that is scheduled for a January 20th release. Tell us more about the song, in your own words and why did you decide to re-explore your roots with this one? Any ideas on when the video will come out and the main story?
F1 is also a F.L.G. release, so it’s a more techy track. For me it’s not a re-explore, it’s another part of Fedde le Grand as a producer! I don’t like to be bonded on one style, I’m a creative guy so I love to experiment in the studio!
Unfortunately guys, there will not be a video from the track!
3. What style are you going to explore on your next album, what’s it called and when do you plan on releasing it? Any notable collaborations? What artists are you most keen in doing a feature with (electro or non-electro artist)?
Haha that’s what everyone wants to know Well it’s not just one style. That’s probably the first thing I need to say. If you’re expecting 12 tracks that all sound like Put Your Hands Up For Detroit then you’ll be in for a shock! This isn’t an album as me the DJ, this is an album as me the producer, me the music artist. I have a lot of different tastes and influences from across the years, there are many different kinds of music that I identify with and enjoy and I’d like to think that my album reflects that.
The album itself is called ‘Output’ and it’s got a tentative release date of May this year. I’ve collaborated with a lot of people, including Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, Mr V, Ida Corr, Camille Jones, MC Gee, Dorothy and Andy Sherman. Probably my favorite person to collaborate with was Rob Birch from the Stereo MCs. That’s not because he’s better than anyone else but purely because he’s such a hero of mine. I’ve loved his work and his voice for so many years and here he is on my album as a guest vocalist. That was for me something very special indeed.
4. Who is your favorite artist and what songs do you love the most?
Of course I don’t have one favorite artist but a whole bunch But If I have to name one it’s definitely George Clinton, the godfather of the funk music. I love his music, he is always been a big inspiration for me!
My old time favorite song is still Thriller from Michael Jackson! You can’t get much better than that, the production is faultless, the melody is amazing, it’s just a genius song. I wish I had written it haha!
5. I know it’s a standard question but i can’t resist asking you about your plans for 2009. Any visits back to Romania?
Not as far as I know unfortunately, although I’d love that to change – you’ll have to have a word with my agents and see if you can organize it for me, I’d definitely be more than up for it!
6. Do you remember anything from your last trip here to Romania? What did you think about the audience, the clubs, the local music and cuisine? And what about the girls?
Haha, yes the girls were pretty . I remember having an awesome night with the crowd, the atmosphere was really electric and sometimes I think that, when you don’t play somewhere very often, it makes for a better night when you finally get to DJ there. Unfortunately I didn’t get to taste the local cuisine – for me it’s very much go from the plane to the hotel to the club and then back again. Maybe next time I come over some of the DivercityCafe guys can show me round and take me out for something to eat
7. Have you had any problems with event organizers and low quality sound equipment? How did you overcome them and if a problem like this would come up what would you do: leave and disappoint your fans or stay and perform low quality?
I’d never ever leave a venue because of bad equipment unless there really was something serious like a threat to me or the people in the venue. I love you all but I’m not going to get electrocuted by a bad connection! But no, you go there hoping that everything’s alright but there will be the odd occasion when it’s not and you just get on with it and deal with what you have. People who come to see me play generally tend to know my sound and my level of skill if you will so if it’s the sound system that’s messing up, it’s not you that gets it in the neck.
8. How does a normal day in your life look like? Do you have time for all your hobbies or music is the only thing for you at the time?
It depends whether I’m working or playing. If I’m working then I’ll either be traveling – which I do a LOT – or in the studio working on music. I’m very dedicated. If I’m in the studio then I’m there for the duration, I don’t tend to slack off or mess around. If I’m having a day off then I love chilling out with my family and my friends, watching movies, playing video games. I am a killer on the video games, I challenge anyone to beat me haha
9. What inspires you when you create music? Do you stumble upon times when you can’t find your inspiration? What do you do to overcome them?
It can happen, yes. I think it can happen to anyone creative, whether you’re making a tune, painting a picture, writing a book or a song – sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there. If it’s not coming, then you can’t force it. I’ll take some time out, take my head away from the situation, maybe go for a walk or listen to some completely different music. Then suddenly, probably when I least expect it, at the dinner table or 2am in the morning, it’ll just come to me and I’m like, “Aaaaaah! THAT’S what I was after.” Then I make the most of that creative buzz and get as much out of it as I can.
I tend to get inspired by lots of things. Sometimes a piece will be a natural transgression from one I did earlier, others I’ll hear something buzzing round in my head for ages and I’ll go into the studio to get a grip on it and something amazing comes out. Then sometimes I’ll get a vocal from someone and the track will naturally wrap itself around it. Inspiration can come from a lot of different places.
10. Did you have any problems with the press, paparazzi, misleading or untrue information until now? What are the pros and cons of being a public person?
I don’t really think I’m at that level where people write about your private life. I certainly don’t have paparazzi running around after me! Maybe when the album comes out, you never know hahaha but at the moment I’m still just Fedde le Grand from the Netherlands who gets to travel to amazing places and play for brilliant people. Ask me again in a year haha
11. How often do you communicate with your fans and how active are you on your personal website/forum? Do you think that having an active online presence has a major impact in your career?
I do tend to read a lot of the comments and messages that come in to my website and myspace – luckily the vast majority tend to be positive! I don’t read external forums too much, there are a lot of unnecessary negative comments on there. I do think online is one of the most important places to be these days. Let’s face it, the next generation will be pretty much entirely digital so the online forums are their magazines, the places where they find out what’s on, who’s doing what, get to catch up with their favorite DJs and hear about new tunes and albums. For me it’s important that I’m a part of that community. Without it I think a lot of people would miss out on what I’m doing.
12. You chose to release your next single, F1, exclusively online. What made you take this decision? Do you think that digital music is becoming more important? How can artists “use” the internet for their own good in your opinion?
Digital is quickly becoming the major way of distributing music. There are still a lot of problems with it, not least file sharing which quite frankly is the bane of my life. You put time, effort and energy into making a tune and then people think it’s okay to get it for free. If it was the other way around and I took something you’d done for free without paying you for it, would you have a problem with it? Of course you would. People think, it’s okay, it’s just me doing it, but it’s not. Thousands and thousands of people do it and it means that artists can’t make a living. In the end, it’s music fans that lose out because they lose talented people who just can’t afford to live by making music anymore. I think that someone needs to come up with a system that works well for both sides but I haven’t seen it yet. It’s out there though.
For me, the internet allows me to communicate with people all over the world quickly, give them teasers of videos, get them excited about what I’m doing, create a buzz – it’s the fastest form of communication that’s ever existed and for that reason alone it’s incredibly exciting.
13. What kind of car do you drive, do you like it in Detroit, what’s your favorite instrument, what sport do you practice, what’s the club you like most and your favorite movie?
Car: Audi A3
Favorite Instrument: piano
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
I don’t really have a favorite club. It more depends on the time of the year, and the crowd around
And yes I like Detroit a lot
Some conclusion words for those that will read this interview and for the fans.
Thank you for having me! I can’t wait to come back to Romania to see you all and keep an eye out for my album release – I hope you like it
Pe aceasta cale indrumam intr-un final pe toti cei ce vor sa scrie despre acest interviu, sa-l preia, sa scrie un articol referitor la el sau doar sa comenteze pe blogul sau situl propriu ca au liber arbitru si singura rugaminte in acest demers este de a preciza sursa .
Ca un cuvint de incheiere, multumim casei de discuri Flamingo Records, lui Kat Baker de la GetItIn Pr si mai ales lui Fedde Le Grand care maine, 20 ianuarie isi lanseaza exclusiv online noul sau single intitulat F1. Abia astept sa citesc parerile si comentariile voastre, nu uitati ca si Fedde Le Grand le va citi
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