He might be famous for chart-topper ‘Are You With Me’ but there’s more to know about 21-year-old Felix De Laet, as we find out ahead of his Dubai show at Zero Gravity.
What can Dubai partygoers expect from your set at Zero Gravity in November?
I like to incorporate my project ‘Lost Frequencies’ in my DJ set, so I’ll be playing some remixes/mash-ups of older tracks – in a deep-house mood.
How did it feel to beat Tinie Tempah and Rita Ora to the top of the charts?
It felt pretty weird. I first of all never expected to be number one in the UK someday, but then it happens, and it’s just an amazing feeling!
What is it about Easton Corbin’s song [‘Are You With Me’] that made you choose it to remix and release?
Well I was looking for a simple track with just guitars and vocal, and when I came across Easton’s track I immediately knew it was the one I was looking for.
What are your main musical influences?
I love every kind of music but I always listened to house/electro-house kind of music. I think you can say those are my roots.
Now that everyone knows you as a DJ, how does it feel? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
I never really wanted to be a DJ. All I wanted was to get people to listen to my music. I never really thought of what was going to happen if people actually listen to my stuff. So now I’m a DJ because my music is playing everywhere, and it’s a lot of fun!
If you could musically collaborate with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
I think it would be awesome to make a track with Kid Cudi [American recording artist and actor well known for his song ‘Day ‘N’ Nite’]. He has an amazing vibe and he is always trying something new, but, it’s just a dream…
What makes a strong transition from one track to the next on the decks? How do you read the crowd?
I don’t think there is a specific way, we all have our kind of ways to do it, but I think you have to keep them surprised.
In your opinion, how much of the club experience is defined by each culture? As a DJ, how do you cater to each market?
Well I did some European clubs and the vibe is pretty [much] the same in Europe, so I will see how things are going around there and I hope I will see new things. I think it is going to be really cool!
Who’s another DJ for us to watch right now?
I love Dante Klein’s style [Dutch DJ and producer]. Really cool guy and his music is nice.