One of the fastest-rising DJ/producers in recent years, Lost Frequencies burst onto the scene after providing his take on a completely leftfield track, remixing country artist Easton Corbin’s “Are You with Me”.
The unusual move had the desired effect, with the giant that is Armada taking note and subsequently signing the record. Three years on the Brussels-born artist has shared his diverse sound with all corners of the globe, brought out an album and notched up remix credits for the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Major Lazer and Miley Cyrus.
The Belgian musician gave his verdict on the craziest festival this year, his collaboration with dnb artist Netsky, his tips for aspiring DJ/producers and much more. Join us as we go back In Conversation.
Hi Lost Frequencies! How do you feel you’ve progressed as an artist since “Are You with Me” was released in 2014?
I feel like I’ve progressed a lot and so has my sound. My fans don’t expect me to just make another “Are You with Me” and follow a template in sticking to a tropical sound. I listen to a lot of different styles of records and I want the music that I make as Lost Frequencies to reflect that, so even my recent collaboration with Netsky “Here With You” had a drum n bass feel but also had some vocals that were fitting to me as Lost Frequencies. I’ve also been lucky enough to tour arenas and play festivals like Tomorrowland, Coachella and Lollapalooza. This is just the beginning!
Looking back this year so far what have been some of your highlights?
Playing the mainstage of Tomorrowland and releasing the deluxe version of my debut album Less Is More.
What would you say has been the craziest festival you have played in 2017 and why?
Tomorrowland again! I played just after David Guetta on the mainstage as the sun went down, but on my Lost Frequencies & Friends stage it was crazy! We had to shut down the entrance to the stage and road block the path towards the arena, which hadn’t happened yet that weekend because so many people were trying to get in to catch the show! It’s always hard to pick one – I played Creamfields this year and it was amazing.
You put out a crossover track with Netsky not too long ago. How much of a learning curve was that for you working with an artist who is synonymous with a completely contrasting genre?
I didn’t feel like it was a learning curve. We are both Belgian artists that are fans of each other’s music so I think it was more two artists finding their middle ground and how our sounds could complement each other’s without compromising elements we both loved.
Speaking of Netsky what do you make of the music scene in Belgium? How do events there compare with other places around the world?
It is different everywhere I travel, for example the USA hosts events that are very different to European festivals overall but Belgium is still a leader in the scene. The record-breaking attendances that Tomorrowland sees every year shows that as well as the respect people have for Belgian artists and music across the globe.
Can you tell us about any upcoming tracks you are working on and whether those will be collaborations or solo efforts?
I have so much new music coming out but my first record out will probably be a collaboration with Zonderling.
What tips do you have for aspiring DJ/producers?
Practice makes perfect! Even if you don’t have a lot of money for fancy software and studio kits you can still learn basic knowledge and techniques on the most simple, free and trial versions on the internet - I taught myself a lot through YouTube early on. If it is what you want to do then go for it!
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