Fedde Le Grand: “When the scene gets bigger, it tends to get more generic”

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It’s been a few years since big-room house hero Fedde Le Grand visited Australia, and he’s back this summer to make up for lost time. The Dutchman is set to celebrate New Year’s Eve in two cities, Adelaide for Summadayze and on Sydney’s Bondi Beach for Shore Thing alongside Knife Party and the Chemical Brothers, before keeping it rolling at the rest of the Summa shows.

The trip comes at the end of a non-stop 12 months for Fedde, and a new album is in development. “On an album I feel you can go a bit outside your comfort zone,” the producer told inthemix today from his travels in America. “I’m halfway there with the album. I hope to finish it in January or February. I’m super-excited; we did some stuff that’s really fresh, which is hard to do at the moment.

“With the whole scene blowing up, the normal effect when something gets bigger and more commercial is that it tends to get more generic,” he reasoned. “People when they have success with something, they’re afraid to deviate from it and do something else. You usually stick to the thing that works. At a certain point though you get to a point where it needs to change. I think people need to step up and do something different, especially in the scene I’m in.”

While he’s been touring the U.S. for years, Fedde Le Grand’s Stateside cachet has accelerated in 2012, with slots at Sensation’s New York debut, Marquee in Las Vegas and festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland. “Even on a Tuesday, you can still have 2000, 3000 people in front of you,” he told inthemix. “I’ve been touring America for a few years now, but the last two years it has just blown up like crazy. On an ‘education’ level, it’s probably not the same as Europe, because for a lot of people it’s still quite new, so they give a lot of energy.

“In Europe, it’s so embedded in the culture, people know what they’re talking about but it’s not as fresh as it was 10 years ago. People in Holland especially are a bit spoiled. Dutch people like to nag a little bit, like, ‘It was a great party, but…’ There’s always a ‘but’. Since we’ve been doing dance music in whatever form for so long, it is harder to impress people. In America, it feels like being back in the ‘90s, you have all these kids in crazy outfits with glow-sticks. It’s super positive.” Stay tuned for the full interview with Fedde Le Grand on inthemix soon.


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