Feb 09, 2011

The “bad girl of EDM” is looking to take her game to the next level, and she is certainly succeeding; Fei-Fei’s blend of trance and techno gives her a sound that is unparalleled in the industry. Check out our exclusive interview with the femme fatale of trance.

Fei-Fei - Semi-Automatic (Original Mix) [Feided]
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LessThan3: What is it like working in a male-dominated industry?
Fei-Fei: Wow, this question never gets old. I think it’s about time we stop making a distinction between sexes in this industry. Being a woman in the scene is definitely a double-edged sword. While you get noticed quickly, there’s also a whole bag of negative stereotypes that go along with it. You have to break in, prove you have talent, prove that you got there with your talent, and once you’re there, you have to prove that you can hang with the boys and look pretty doing it.
LessThan3: What was your defining moment, or “big break,” into electronic dance music? Tell us about your journey as an artist.
Fei-Fei: It started with a CD. Back in ’98 I was at a friend’s house and there was the music playing that I’d never heard before. I was literally consumed, taken on this crazy journey. It was Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva’s X-Mix-3 that opened the floodgates. I was hooked. I got into the whole scene with Detroit techno. I’m a Wisco native; Madison was my home, and I started going to all the underground parties that were going on in the Midwest at that time–barn parties, outdoor massives, dirty warehouse parties…as long as there was dark, dirty, banging music, I was there. I decided at the very first party I went to that I had to do that. I HAD to be the person making the music.
LessThan3: Where does your inspiration for your production and DJ style come from?
Fei-Fei: Inspiration comes from everywhere. I listen to a ton of music, both dance and non-dance, and grew up playing classical piano. Musicians should be as open-minded as possible and never limit themselves to a specific genre.
LessThan3: Trance’s popularity has grown tremendously in the past few years in the United States. As an experienced player in the game, what do you feel precipitated this?
Fei-Fei: EDM in general has really taken the mainstay. Just listen to what’s on the radio these days. All the mainstream music, whether it’s hip hop or pop, is dance music now. Lady Gaga made it cool to like dance music and all the hip hop guys are rapping on top of electro house.
LessThan3: With your successful releases of Twilight and Daksa under your Feided label, what is Feided’s next creative move?
Fei-Fei: A girl never reveals her secrets. Some heavy sh*t will drop in 2011.
LessThan3: What has gotten you through the difficult times you must have faced in your burgeoning career?
Fei-Fei: Work hard, be persistent, and stay true to yourself.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Fei-Fei: Music with balls.
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