Felix De Laet – known to the masses as Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies – has soared to international success in the last few years.
In 2014, his hit single "Are You With Me" was certified multi-platinum, and he was the first Belgian artist to secure 5 hit singles that each charted #1 on the Ultratop Official Belgium charts. When I got coffee with the 25-year-old producer, he repeatedly described his music and uprising as having "good vibes," which seemed like the perfect way to describe his catchy deep house sound. We talked about his DJ brother, as well as his plans for 2019.
Talk to me about your family background with music.
So I grew up in Brussels, and my grandmother paid for my two brothers and me to get piano lessons when we were younger, so that's how we started. My older brother currently plays like every instrument and my younger brother makes disco house. It's pretty different from my stuff, but I'm working with my little brother right now on my upcoming single.
How did your parents handle having three musicians as children?
They were supportive. Which is great, but my bigger brother especially made a lot of noise growing up 'cause he was big into drumming.
How's the tour going so far?
It's great! Great vibes all around. Last weekend we did Montreal and Chicago, and I'm about to head out to do EDC Mexico which is going to be awesome. This summer I'm doing a lot of European festivals, but I did Electric Zoo at the end of last summer, and that was amazing. The vibe was great. I'm tired, but it doesn't matter. Each festival has a lot of high energy that keeps me going.
"Like I Love You" is doing great on the charts. Anything else in the works?
[The single] is doing a lot better than I expected, which is exciting. I'm planning a new release for March 8, then got a remix for American Boy by Estelle planned after that, along with a new album slated for this summer. Diplo likes my remixes too, which is nice, so I was able to make a remix for him of Cold Water and LSD.
How is the creative process different for this album compared to your last two?
The other ones I was trying purposefully to build an album, but this one is just a compilation of tracks that I thought sounded good together. It's also a lot more electronic sounding than the last two, which is exciting.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?
Well, in October of last year I just kicked off my label Found Frequencies, so I'm signing a lot of people on at the moment. I talked with Armada about it last year, 'cause I was finding all these people that weren't necessarily big enough to be signed by Armada, but that still had a steady following. Then by the time Armada was interested in them they had already signed elsewhere. So I made my label get these people on board before anyone else gets them. This year, I'm hoping to just take all the artists I've signed so far and put all them on stage with me and have a fantastic time.
Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area, Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.
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