Not satisfied with two weekends of Ultra Festival madness music to choose from this year (March 15-17/March 22-24)? Then join the 'Road to Ultra: A Long Way From Home' North American Club Tour.
Stopping off in Atlantic City, New York, Boston, Syracuse, Pontiac, Chicago, Austin, South Padre Island and Houston, it's the first time Ultra have organised a tour of this kind, promising to bring their production prowess to each show.
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
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.
On January 15th Deniz Koyu will play an exclusive DJ Mag Live event at our favourite North London basement - Work London, on Chapel Market - ahead of his headline show at Ministry of Sound on Saturday 16th January.
This exclusive event, which will be streamed live on DJ Mag TV, is an incredible opportunity for Deniz's London superfans, who will get the opportunity see Koyu up-close in a 100 capacity venue!
“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!
Michael Jackson may have passed away a few years ago, but his music lives on. The so-called King Of Pop has a posthumous album released later this year, 'Xscape', and the first single from it is a remix by Dutch superstar DJ Fedde Le Grand.
Fedde has faithfully reworked 'Love Never Felt So Good', the opening track on Jackson's best-selling 'Thriller' album, turning it into a big room house beast that's sure to hit big this summer.