No biography of the Dutch artist could pass without mentioning 2006’s Put Your Hands Up For Detroit. It took one of Holland’s most successful national DJs and propelled him to truly giddy heights of international stardom. The track was number 1 in five countries – Spain, Russia, Finland, Bulgaria and the notoriously hard to crack UK chart – and scooped a raft of gongs including Best Underground House Track, Best Breaks/Electro Track, Best Breakthrough Solo Artist at the IMDA and, Club Banger of The Year at the 6th Annual Club Awards in Miami. His name was everywhere, from radio and print to TV and online media. The world woke up to the blistering and dynamic production work of Fedde le Grand, and he hadn’t even scratched the surface of what was to follow.
Just as important, Fedde has proven that he belongs to the best DJ’s with his outstanding mixing skills to match his musical releases. His energetic performances are the stuff turntable legends are made of, his deft and devastating action behind the decks often flooring observers as he moves at lightening pace; twisting this sound, dropping that beat, chopping and changing between tracks until the dance floor is throbbing to his ministrations. Fedde le Grand is titanic in the DJ booth, as the biggest clubs and festivals the world over pay testament to time and time again. His Takeover concept, unveiled in 2010, saw Fedde take complete creative control over his performances, defining the music policy, guest DJs, even lighting and visual décor to fulfil the Dutchman’s vision of the perfect party. From world exclusive residencies at Ministry of Sound London and Pacha Ibiza, to roadblock events in all four corners of the world – LA, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, Denver, Tampa, Miami, Texas, Las Vegas, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, South Africa, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Romania, Ukraine, Montenegro, Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Greece, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Belgium, Macedonia and more – the planet has fully capitulated to Fedde le Grand’s Takeover. The constant traveling and hard work more than paid off in October 2010 when he soared eight places up the influential DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Chart from 29 to 21. With fans everywhere clamouring for more and more of le Grand, it would not be an unwise bet that the Flying Dutchman rises even further up the Chart come the 2011 results.
As a creative producer, an inspirational DJ, and an artist in the truest sense of the word, the passion, integrity and sheer weight of individuality and originality that Fedde brings to the table sees him take his place as one of the most influential electronic pioneers of modern times. Only one-question remains – if this is what Fedde le Grand has achieved so far, what more is there to come?