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From: Netherlands
DJ style: “House.”
Best known for: “Stretching musical boundaries, not being caught in any one genre.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Fisher ‘Losing It’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Raiden.”

2018 marks 16 years of the Dutch DJ/producer’s meteoric music career, and twelve years since the release of his worldwide chart-topping anthem ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detriot’. Since then, Fedde Le Grand has been non-stop. He’s produced two studio albums — namely ‘Output’ in 2009 and ‘Something Real’ in 2016 — and collaborated with an ongoing list of high-profile EDM and pop stars including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Ida Corr and Shaggy. With his own label Darklight he’s helped the careers of young talent to flourish, including Dutch duo Holl & Rush, and China’s Carta, who’s now signed to Spinnin’ Records.

As a goodwill gesture earlier this year, Fedde joined forces with DJ Mag and software giants BBIN to raise money for The Gaming Beat Charity by giving away a run of exclusive downloads for the cause. Aside from that he’s been riding the wave of two summer singles — ‘Flex’ featuring ragga titan General Levy, and ‘Hit The Club’ with Korean superstar Raiden. Fedde tells DJ Mag that he has recently completed “some very interesting collabs” — a third album in the wings, perhaps? Either way, we’re certain Fedde has a grand plan...

Words: ANNA WALL

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-12 10:27

Poll 2017: Fedde Le Grand

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Eleven years since his club and chart smash ‘Put Your Hands Up (For Detroit)’, Fedde Le Grand has a busier diary than ever. Just this year he’s played Miami, Frankfurt, London and many more. The Utrecht-born DJ/producer has made a name with his glossy, occasionally tougher take on house, and it’s his beat-making that’s taken centre stage in 2017, with four singles for disco:wax, Spinnin’ and his own Darklight label. 

“A lot of my focus has been on music this year,” Fedde says. “I’ve released a lot of new tracks and moved my Darklight Recordings imprint into a collaboration with Armada Music.”

He’s collaborated with dancehall pop king Shaggy and vocalist Ida Corr on ‘Firestarter’ (with whom he’s worked in the past on 2007’s ‘Let Me Think About It’), and is looking at creative ventures beyond music too. “I’ve worked on some super fun projects, like my own sneaker that I’ve designed together with Nubikk,” Fedde says.

We’ve no doubt he’s got grand designs for 2018. 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:36

Poll 2015: Fedde Le Grand

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“I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been able to make a career out of music,” Fedde Le Grand tells us, humbly. “It has taken me around the world and allowed me to showcase my music to thousands.” 
Best known for catchy dance track 'Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit', Fedde Le Grand is currently in the studio crafting a brand new set of chart-toppers — his new LP is out early next year. But that's not all. “Next year I’m bringing my run of GRAND shows back, this time bigger and better,” he tells DJ Mag. “And I've got some really amazing new tracks, so couldn’t be happier!” 
Looks like it's smiles all round from Fedde then, roll on 2016! 

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 12:15

Style: 
“House.”
Best known for: 
“'Put Your Hand Up 4 Detroit'.”
Tune of the year: 
“Fedde Le Grand 'Cinematic feat. Denny White'.”
From: 
Utrecht, Holland
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“It’s not really a breakthrough but Chris Lake, he has totally found his sound again.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“The ability to turn up to any venue, in any part of the world, day or night, and play a set that excites.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Music is always in a constant state of flux. I don’t think EDM is any different, and will certainly go through waves of popularity.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Being on the road constantly can become pretty exhausting, but DJs in my position should never complain.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“I have been a big supporter of Dance For Life over the years, and I also support a dyslexia foundation.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The Roxy in Amsterdam!”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“I think DJing has historically been a very male dominated area of music, but this is perpetuated by the idea that there aren’t many female DJs — but there are! I think its up to promoters to book them, for journalists to cover them, and for people to buy their tracks.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“I think it's a weird phenomenon. If I read a book of my favourite writer, I would feel cheated to find out that someone else wrote it. You're a fan of someone's work, not of their skill to know where to hire the right people. I think it’s fine to have help or collaborate, but doing nothing or just making a remark on the final product seems weird to me.”

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