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tv   Popxport - Pop Xport Special Felix Jaehn  Deutsche Welle  January 1, 2019 11:02pm-11:31pm CET

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hello and welcome to our special. this week show was all about german d.j. and producer felix yeah we show this electro pop superstar up close and personal. with him on stage a major festival and we tell the story behind. cheerleader. more than ten million record sales seventy nine. billion streams on spotify felix yan is a top class d.j. this is how we shot to fame. certainly knows how to get the crowd only in his mid twenty's he's one of germany's most successful musicians. i've always had a vision in mind it was my dream to become a famous d.j.
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and i knew that the only way to achieve that was by producing my own tracks not just playing other people. but. in hamburg producing tracks for some time such as the single cool still he didn't release his long awaited early twenty eight a whole three years after his debut hit. it took me so long because i needed to grow into the role of a producer who's capable of producing an entire album you know i just started making music on my laptop and all of a sudden i was making hits that really raised the bar and made for pretty high expectations i needed time to find my own sound too. and that sound is called. his first album is a collection of twenty five tracks some previously released. his new songs created
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between his d.j. sets all over the world on planes in taxis and recording studios in london plus angeles and copenhagen he wanted an album with a harmonious concept. people have their say when it comes to making a single the record company management team you get tons of feedback and everyone's thinking ok which single could be released next which is the right song but with an album i can just do what i like most. games career began with classical music he learned to play violin at the age of six by the time he was eighteen he was deejaying in london clubs his international breakthrough came at the age of twenty with his version of cheerleader a song by jamaican singer. was a. remake steadily conquered the planet topping the charts in the u.s. and twenty other countries the original was less successful. than his song
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i think this song was already a hit in jamaica but pretty on known in the rest of the world even after i remakes the release to no one really listened to it for about six months but somehow it just reached the consumers it got to number one on spotify in sweden without any marketing campaign or record company people just decided they liked it and put it on their playlist sent it to their friends posted it on facebook and stuff and gradually it got more and more popular. because next single became another worldwide hit. cover version of the eighty's classic nobody sold around two and a half million times. but. set up the project called f with german pop singer marc forster and their debut single reached number.
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but not everything the young star touches turns to later stage at the lower end of the charts. matters most to me is that i feel good about what i do in this case my music i want to produce songs i'm proud of that i think are musically great and i want to share with people when they get to number one or not doesn't matter that much. whether his songs topped the charts or not this is a hot ticket and physics already has future plans. for me personally i just have to see what happens i'm incredibly happy and grateful that i can do what i do i'm aware that it's a super fast intense lifestyle and i'll slow down on the touring in five or ten years i can imagine spending more time in the studio supporting younger artists concentrating on songwriting and production or maybe running
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a record label or even managing other artists. management. that sounds more like a business plan rock'n'roll lifestyle but whoever wants to succeed in today's music business needs to be business savvy. like c.m. is a master of tropical but the single hot to touch proves he can do funk to this collaboration with us singer alex io know and british producer hype storm the charts and four european countries enjoy the video.
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glue. to glue. glue .
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asia today europe tomorrow then it's off to the americas d.j. felix yan has fans to see all over the world what is typical routine for a gig which type of equipment does he use does he still get stage fright let's find out. it's so time for phoenix news it's his job to stir the fans into a frenzy d.j.'s like him can command a six figure sum for just one set. time to freshen up at the hotel before his gig. felix knew fairly early that he wanted to be a d.j. . here for the present teenager i started playing tracks at birthday parties at
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first i just connected my phone to the loud speakers and realized that i like deciding what tunes to play i always wanted to be the host of the party making sure people had a great time. that's how i really started d.j. because i did my first gigs in clubs in northern germany at the age of fifteen and i graduated from high school when i was seventeen then i really focused one hundred percent on my d.j. . this is a president. that's pretty much all i take on stage with me my headphones. get even says felix his headphones and two u.s.b. sticks so i can start playing tracks any time i always carry a spare pair of headphones in my suitcase that means i'm always ready to go call it two days before. now it's time for that performance.
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heelys you know this video and the film in the meantime félix again has become a business a brand. there are so many things happening around that and i'm involved in all the details sometimes i wonder whether out a chill more maybe i'm overdoing it a bit. this is. going to do hi rose from the says and second job like this is that. now he's arriving at the summer sound festival. thank you i was and i was a i think that nowadays different kinds of people are successful with music due to the internet. and when they were a lot younger now when i look at my colleagues they're all in their early twenty's and it's all because of the internet that we can upload our music do our own marketing and share our music was good music always prevails.
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but you know i always get stage fright no matter how small or large the show is especially today this is lafayette i've never played her before she just tearing down the house right now it's only a fifteen minute change over and i'm the closer so anyone who doesn't like me can just go home that's what's on my mind before a show does either get to give. the world. today set last for seventy five minutes felix yang plays a mix of chart hits hip hop beats and lots of songs she's produced himself.
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time for some after show mingling with the crowd i could also have used it as i think it's crucial to give some time and some love back to the fans who follow me and make such a huge effort to be here to accept. that takes the fun songs they know all the lyrics and sing along great party they're in a great mood they forget about their everyday problems it's a wonderful moment i love to share. nobody a cover of the eighty's hit by u.s. band rufus featuring chaka khan was remakes by félix him now british you tube star jasmine thompson sings the vocals the song it's a platinum twenty seven times giving him his second international hit.
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to stop this guy.
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give her the charms around. her. stay tuned for more felix this installment of pop export extras. he deejays at major festivals all over the world but he lives in his small hometown in eastern
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germany. i. think. he grew up on the baltic coast and met and. this is where he still feels at home with his family. when i come back home after traveling to all these huge metropolitan cities from this crazy lifestyle from all this important overstimulation i can just kick back and there's nothing around here you can just gaze at the fields it's just gorgeous peace and quiet that i need to recharge my batteries. so something. in the spring of twenty eighteen felix yen revealed that he's attracted to men as well as women in an interview for the weekly newspaper the d.j. described himself as bisexual and said he dreams of finding the person he can share his life with whether that's a man or woman. c.n.n.
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has been endorsing for sadie's bans since twenty sixteen for the german car brand in brochures and visiting the chain at a motor racing event in austin texas. even took the wheel himself for a commercial. the public feeling is pretty similar to the private families because i'm not trying to give you a job or come up with. that i want to be honest. but i love. hasn't disclosed how much he earns through advertising only the powerful cars are part of his life and that he likes listening to classical music for relaxation while driving. the whole world of pop music on one facebook page d w music check out your favorite stars and the latest from the scene. jive with us into the pop universe and follow us on facebook lets see if they're.
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sick. félix name has had a lot of great collaboration with singers in two thousand and sixteen he invited finnish pop singer in to take the microphone for the track bonfire even when. the music video was filmed in bulgaria and it's hot stuff.
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think you're. reaching number one in the u.s. charts was something no german x. had managed in twenty seven years until felix james did it with his remakes of cheerleader in two thousand. fifteen conquered the charts of the world's biggest
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music market here's the story behind the song. of course. the remix of a song. is on the set list. of the song was commissioned in twenty fourteen. countries of course i was really pleased when the request came through i was amazed that such a large record company would get in touch with me. i really liked the song i thought it had a lot of potential a lot of people don't know the original it's a reggae pop tune from two thousand and twelve. pop tune was only a hit in jamaica at first. then
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i told them hey send me the acapella track just the vocals i sped it up quite a lot over twenty beats per minute faster and i built the new track the remix around that. there's no trumpet in the original but fix for his remix so he calls in. i was at the pool when my phone rang and it was félix saying hey how about it and i'm like sure i'll be home soon anyway i'll see what i can do i sat down at home listen to the song played it through twice and it's pretty much done. so what was originally a reggae song became a tropical house track. i'm just as for me was the studio and tell people imagine there's a huge studio and thousands of co-producers but i just fed it all into my computer
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and mixed it myself with a track pad and faders that was it actually for the mastering i went to the record company. and that was a huge honor getting to do the remake spec but it wasn't planned to be such a huge breakthrough. plan does. the single has sold eight million units so far doesn't have put him under some pressure. as a whole ever manage another number one in the us that be especially if it were entirely my own song i keep trying. to. have now produced a track together it's called masterpiece but it was a flop in the charts it seems success is not that easy to repeat. because we love it so much here's the cheerleader for félix doesn't appear in it instead we get to meet the original singer who also became world famous after the
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remakes released by for now and see you next time on pop export. other goals are tempting but i'm an even your god. to me you make me feel uncomfortable devil willing to feelings like. closer. think they. think they're. great and. like come back. and smile. again
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you're all maxed out. i must write. them are some others this week on europe max everything's different celebrities are calling the shots. said a judge violinist under a real you is in charge. it was drawn back to. the woman next to telling. police at full speed. in which china. but always on the move. mostly today and to the future. in sixty minutes double.
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