Jan 14, 2011
interview
Fedde le Grand

After the “Let Me Think About It” days, Fedde’s been surprising us lately with his new direction in his sound. Learn about his more nontraditional influences and how he uses his website to foster up-and-coming talent in his exclusive interview with LessThan3.

Everything But The Girl - Missing (Fedde Le Grand Remix) [One More Tune]
LessThan3: After your success with your most recent album and several vocal collaborations you were doing, you said you were going to move into a new direction. What can we expect from your new sound?
Fedde: Well I think it’s something that maybe doesn’t need to be defined all the way just yet. I’m using quite techy bases, but I look at it like a cook in a kitchen; you have your basic soup and then you put a bit of this or that on it. There are some progressive and electro sounds, and I’m doing a lot of collaborations, which makes it really interesting. I’m doing something with Tiesto and Green Velvet; artists which are worlds apart but it’s cool for me to be the glue between.
LessThan3: Are there any genres you look to in particular for inspiration these days?
Fedde: I mostly look outside of dance music because I’m influenced by that anyway. I think if you listen to dance music too much to inspire you, you just become a copy of something else, and I want to be me. So that’s why I listen to a lot of jazz, funk, rock and hip hop.
LessThan3: Are there any particular artists that you look up to in those genres?
Fedde: I used to be into funk, so George Clinton, the Old Parliament, and older stuff. I’m charmed by Lowe Black and I’m a sucker for Jamiroquai . Basically I like it if it’s funky, groovy and interesting.
LessThan3: When you aren’t behind the decks or in the studio you are kind of a gamer at heart, and you’ve been producing music for a few. Do you want to tell us what your favorite game is or any other game-related productions you are working on?
Fedde: Well I’m not doing anything at the moment but I did some stuff for PlayStation. I also had some stuff in DJ Hero. The cool thing is that it’s a totally different approach to making music because the one I did was a racing game. The race would be in different countries, so Africa sounds like drums and stuff like that. But they also have Iceland and it’s kind of very abstract; how are you going to make the Iceland sound?
LessThan3: What are some releases we should be looking forward to on your label Flamingo Records?
Fedde: We’ve got a guy called Ron Sono–a very talented guy. We’ve got a lot of tech housy stuff too, as well as a guy from Israel.
LessThan3: What effect does being a DJ and producer have on your sound? Is your DJ-ing more influenced by how you produce or the other way around?
Fedde: I think both. Usually I get inspired if I have a hole in my set and I think, “I need something here. It should be something like this and this and this.” Then you go into the studio and try to make something and try to fit it into your set. That way your set gets influenced directly.
LessThan3: Are you working on any new sounds or sound technologies? New software or hardware?
Fedde: In general, it’s a constantly evolving thing, but if you’re looking for something that’s super interesting or new, I wouldn’t know. Production-wise, I still use Logic. I’m personally very impressed by all the things that UAD does. All of their stuff just sounds ridiculously good. There’s also German company called BX Digital and, not to get too geeky, but I think they’re doing a lot of interesting things, especially stereo and mono signal. You can play them separately or compress them together.
LessThan3: Who are some up-and-coming artists you support?
Fedde: My whole website is designed so that young guys can upload their stuff and rate each other’s tracks. They all give each other tips and tricks We monitor everything of course, and occasionally we get a release that’s really great. What I’d like to do next year is make some proper tutorials. There are a lot of them out there but I think it would be nice to get people just starting out and take them along step-by-step–how to make a kick drum, how do make your kick work with the bassline, and then go from there. The guy to check out mainly is Nicky Romero, who’s quite young at 21. He still has a lot of room to improve, especially on the musical side. But his sh*t sounds so good it’s ridiculous. Some kids are 16 and sound better than guys who have been doing this a long time.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Fedde: Funky techno twist.
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