With a conveyor belt of upcoming DJs that tend to come and go, Fedde Le Grand still stands as the monarch of musical rapture. Starting out playing top 40 hits and strictly Dutch music in school, Fedde has built an empire of memorable discography including hits like, "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit". Headlining the Labyrinth stage at Nocturnal Wonderland, Fedde played both his new and old tracks, resulting in an epic performance of sharp beats and whimsical modulation.
“I am pretty much done with the new album I have coming out. All I have to do is tweak some mixes on each of the tracks. The first track I did was with a Dutch rock band called Di-rect. They are mostly famous in Belgium and Germany. I like it because it has some of the “Paradise- Coldplay” remix vibe and sound,” Fedde says.
In the studio, Fedde explains how he makes his hypnotic tracks. He says there are two different ways to start making a standout track. The first way is to have one specific musical idea that emerges in your mind before coming into the studio. Then the track will manifest itself when imagination meets reality which brings a song to life.
“In some cases I’ll start out with a vocal track that already exists and build a track around it. For more of the club-like tracks, I’ll start grabbing from different kinds of beats and mesh them together to make a unified track,” he discloses.
In order to create unique remixes, Fedde draws inspiration from numerous rock bands. His favorite to work with has been with vocalist, Rob Birch, from the rock band Stereo MCs. They are known for their most popular hit “Connected,” which came out in 1992.
“I think they are one of the most talented and genuine people I have ever worked with. They are my favorite by far. At the moment, I am more interested in more rock band influence.”
In addition to collaborating with acclaimed rock bands, Fedde still sticks to his DJ roots. However, Fedde confesses at the top of the list of people he would like to work with would be Justin Timberlake, which would result in an electronic track of epic proportion.