In an inspiring interview with Beatport, Fedde Le Grand aka the “flying Dutchman” spread his insight on the electronic music industry and took a look back at his success from the infectious hit “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit” to his Road to Miami tour that provided live elements to concert goers. The tour came to an end at the 2013 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, allowing Le Grand to focus on Flamingo Records and his plan for the year’s domination. Check out these quotes from the interview that can be read here:
On the impact of “Put Your Hands Up” and mainstream electronic music:
I still think it’s weird that “Put Your Hands Up…” ever got that high, as, in my opinion, it was just a fun club record without a formal radio structure. To my mind, the more people that get into it, the better. There is so much awareness now. But it doesn’t matter what industry or genre you are talking about; when something becomes commercialized, it loses a little bit of creativity. That applies to anything in popular culture. That’s maybe not always a good thing, but you can’t argue with the enthusiasm and the sheer numbers now associated with this music.
On the shift in the industry:
There was a huge gap in the market just before it “exploded,” and I think that young people have played a huge part in reshifting its values and image. Instead of the older crowds leading the way, these kids have filled the void, and as a result we have moved away from that whole drug-fueled image. With pop music now embracing [dance music] properly this time, especially in the American market, we have managed to shift from that pill-popping pigeonhole and it has become a full-blown culture rather than one based around drug use.
On what 2013 has in store for FLG:
My new record with Sultan and Ned Shepard, “Long Way From Home,” just hit the digital market and I am really thrilled with the reaction so far, especially off the back of my remix for Nicky Williams. I will also be joining the guys at Toolroom Records for a special track in line with their 10th anniversary celebrations, so it is great to be a part of that landmark for them. There is another solo offering in the pipeline that you may well notice in my sets at the moment, as well as another solo offering and a new collaboration with Patrick La Funk, which people have been literally hounding me for since “Autosave.”
On lessons learned in his career:
Don’t trust too many people. It’s horrid to say and doesn’t apply to all cases, but you have to keep your guard up in the music industry, especially these days. Taking your health seriously is also paramount. This lifestyle takes a lot out of you. Most important lesson for me has been to never lose the fun in what you do. The second that is gone, you are truly lost.