Dutch DJ/producer Fedde Le Grand’s career hasn’t slowed down since his hit single ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’ back in 2009. A decade later he has two studio albums under his belt — ‘Output’ and ‘Something Real’ — a back-catalogue of singles on a plethora of big room EDM labels from Spinnin’ to Armada Music, collaborations with megastars like Shaggy and Ida Corr, plus remixes for the likes of Madonna that have further skyrocketed his fame.
This year he’s been back in the studio working on new music and developing a new show, all the while consistently touring the world. That hasn’t stopped his passion for A&R either; 2019 saw an impressive 22 releases via his label Darklight Recordings, including his own singles ‘Like We Do’ and ‘Skank’ earlier this summer. The label focuses on signing and bringing up-and-coming acts into the limelight — acts like Holl & Rush, Costel van Dein and Carta are the perfect example of artists that he’s supported from the beginning of their careers — and he plans to release new music onto the label in 2020. There’s certainly no stopping the flying Dutchman.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
“Yes I do.”
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Educate everyone involved about what impact this hectic lifestyle has on a person both physically and mentally.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“I personally always just look at talent and judge people based on their musical skills.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I’m making my house as sustainable as possible and want it to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“Honestly, pen and paper. I loved to draw.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?