Amassing up to 100 million views on YouTube for two consecutive tracks, scoring a number one record in seven different countries at the same on the way to achieving platinum status is not something most 22 year olds can boast about. For Lost Frequencies, it hasn’t taken long for his hard work to pay off. Introducing himself to the world with his smash hit Are You With Me, the Belgian producer is taking it all in his stride while gracing some of the biggest stages around the world. Friday 1st April, Lost Frequencies brings his brand of chilled Euro EDM to the O2 Academy Leeds with support from Sam Feldt, Alex Adair and Sigala; ahead of the show we caught up with the Belgian star to get to grips with his meteoric rise onto the scene.
Hi Felix, how are you today?
I’m great ! Working on a lot of stuff right now, really looking forward to share everything with all the fans!
Being from Belgium, it’s fair to say that the music scene isn’t one that’s as well documented as other countries. Can you tell us a bit about it and how you came to be a DJ and producer through it?
We have amazing artists in Belgium. To name a few: Stromae, Selah Sue, Netsky, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, The Magician… I got very lucky with my music, the radios picked up my first single Are You With Me and they didn’t even know I was from Belgium, so when they discovered that, I think they pushed the track higher, being proud of Belgian music! Once people heard and liked my music on the radio, all the magazines and news wanted to do some interviews, and that’s how people in Belgium got to know me.
How does the scene compare to that in the UK?
I have to admit, I’ve been 2 times in London to play at EGG, and the vibe was really amazing! People are open to the music I’m playing and are having a good time. To be honest, I never really had a big club event in Belgium, so it’s hard for me to compare both. I’m always a little bit scare to play in my own country because of the fact that I’m shy to perform in front of people I know haha.
Your single Are You With Me hit the number one spot in seven countries and went platinum a massive ten times across six of them. How does it feel to know your music is reaching and liked by so many people across the globe?
It feels crazy, I never expected to make a track that would’ve such a big impact, I’m just so happy people like all the music I’ve been making, and feel blessed to be able to spend 100% of my time on my career!
You collaborated on this single with the multi award winning country singer Easton Corbin. How did you two come about working together?
Well it was more on a special way, how the tracked was created: he first released his track on his album. I found it on soundcloud, and decided to make my own version of it. The version you guys know now (my version), it isn’t Easton Corbin singing on the track. But I received mails afterwards of the writers of the song, they told me they really liked my version and were really happy with everything that was going on!
Have you got any other releases in the pipeline at the moment that you hope will be as big as your first two?
I’m working on my album right now, and I’m pretty confident about the music I’m going to release. I know people have high expectations about everything, so I will try to release something that I really love in the first place, and try to satisfy the expectations of the fans!
As you are only 22 years of age, how does it feel to be travelling the world so young doing what you have always wanted to do?
Well first of all, this isn’t what I always wanted to do, what I wanted was to make music, and to get people involved with my stuff! I never dreamt about playing on the biggest stages of the world. I’m really blown away with everything that happened to me the last year and I am really excited about what is to come!
What words would you say to someone who is perhaps the same age or younger than yourself who may have the same urge you did before taking off?
Believe in your own music, and the best way to be contacted with labels and other teams, is to create your own universe on the socials media; Facebook, Soundcloud, twitter, Instagram… Try to contact YouTube channels; they are always open to support younger acts!
One of you’re upcoming dates is in Leeds at The O2 Academy alongside Sam Feldt, Alex Adair and special guest Sigala. What can we expect from Lost Frequencies here?
I like to go a little harder in my sets, I also play some tracks people don’t expect a DJ to play, other track, old tracks! I hope I will surprise people with what I will do! Looking forward to it!
Thanks for talking to us Felix!
Interview by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Lost Frequencies