Fedde Le Grand
You might not be so familiar with his name but chances are you’ve waved your hands in the air like you just don’t care to at least one of his tunes. Fedde Le Grande’s 2006 smash hit Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit quickly became a club staple and, despite having no links to the Motor City himself, the track propelled Le Grand into DJ stardom, spreading his electro house beats at clubs and events around the globe.
Since then, Le Grand has released a string of original tracks and remixes keeping him very much alive in today’s club scene. His 2009’s remix of Ida Corr’s Let Me Think About It became another dance club sensation – proving he’s got a knack for creating truly infectious hooks – while his 2011 hit single So Much Love and a remix of Coldplay’s Paradise reflect his eclectic tastes and abilities.
Nowadays, Fedde Le Grande spends more than half of the year away from his native Holland to tour the world. Besides an extensive gig schedule this summer, the Dutchman is also promoting his new release Sparks, a collaboration with DJ Nicky Romero and vocalist Matthew Koma, which was released this month. “We really nailed it because Sparks has all of our signatures and I’m so happy with it,” the star tells us.
In fact, you’ll probably get to hear the new track in person should you attend Le Grand’s gig at dragon-i this fortnight. But he’s far from a stranger to Hong Kong as he played a show here just two years ago. He claims he had a blast in the city – but was a little underwhelmed by our modestly-sized venues. “The only thing that surprised me is that the clubs in Hong Kong are not that huge,” he says. “I kind of expected every club would be huge in such a metropolis.” Intimate’s more our style, Fedde.
Catch Fedde's DJ set at dragon-i on Friday July 20. Cover is $500.