At just 23, the man better known as Lost Frequencies is at the forefront of dance music's newest wave of superstars.
But for all his success, Felix De Laet remains a down-to-earth guy, with a healthy dose of perspective on all that he has achieved in the last two years.
We asked him how he came up with his stage name, what an average day is like for him now, and the festivals he hasn't yet ticked off the list…
How did the name ‘Lost Frequencies’ come about?
I chose the name Lost Frequencies because I listen to a lot of different music and genres and as I began making music, I was editing and remixing tracks to add a new life to “Lost” or forgotten songs. I was creating Lost Frequencies, which is where the name came from.
Can you pick out three artists that have inspired you the most?
Daft Punk, Flume, Bob Marley.
Your profile has skyrocketed since Are You With Me in 2014. What are the most unexpected ways your life has changed in the last couple of years?
Getting to travel as part of my job is great, the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and I recently got to visit South America, tour the US and play in places like Dubai. All these countries and cities that are on the other side of the world are so far from my home in Belgium, I feel very lucky that I get to play music that I’ve created to all these people.
What does an average day in the life of Felix De Laet look like?
It depends on if I’m doing a day of promo, which can last most of the day sometimes, speaking to radios and magazines etc, or if I’m travelling to play a show then we’ll be checking out the city, trying some local food and maybe doing some meet and greets with fans. If I’m at home, I’ll have a coffee before working in the studio and meet up with some friends for food and drinks in the evening. Nothing too crazy, it’s nice to have some down time when I’m off the road.
Do you have any pre-show rituals you like to go through?
Nothing that I have to do every time but the routine is usually some interviews, a little down time and then a gin when I’m playing if I want to let loose, haha!
You’ll be back at the spectacular Airbeat One Festival again this July – what are your memories from being there last year?
That it had a great combination of artists and the vibe was really fun! Airbeat One had a great production again with this really big light set-up, and to share the stage with guys like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tiësto, Steve Aoki and Martin Solveig who I’m friends with and big fans of, was so much fun! Excited to return this year.
As far as music festivals go, what would you say are your biggest ambitions?
I have been lucky enough to play at Coachella, Lollapalooza and to host my own stage – and play on the mainstage – at Tomorrowland felt like a dream come true. Glastonbury is one that is definitely on my bucket list…
What are some of your best festival experiences so far?
Tomorrowland for sure, hosting my own stage felt like an honour, I was very proud to be asked! We had guys like Felix Jaehn, Robin Schulz, Sigala, Feder and a lot of others that were playing this more melodic house and tropical sounds, before it all went a bit heavier in the evening. The production of Tomorrowland is something worth seeing in itself, the festival blew my mind and we have some more exciting artists lined up for this summer!
What are you planning for this time round?
Last year the vibe was energetic, positive and free, that’s a feeling I really wanted to create with my Lost Frequencies & Friends stage – the same for our event at ADE last year, too. And at Tomorrowland this year we’ll have big names like Duke Dumont, Fatboy Slim, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and lots more!
Finally, what can we look forward to from Lost Frequencies over the rest of 2017?
I’m bringing out a remix version of my debut album Less Is More in the spring which I can't wait for everyone to hear, and I also have a busy summer with a lot of headline shows and festivals! I’ll be playing my own Less Is More arena show at the Lotto in Belgium in May which will be one of the biggest solo show’s I’ve ever played. I’m also going on tour with The Chainsmokers for their US stadium dates in May and June to places like New York and Montreal, the guys are super fun, the summer is going to be busy but rewarding!
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us.
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