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that people will hold on for g.w. on facebook and twitter update and in touch and follow us. hello and welcome to our exports special. this week's show is all about german d.j. and producer felix yam we show this electro pop superstar up close and personal rock out with him on stage at major festivals and we tell the story behind his superhit remarks cheerleader. more than ten million record sales seventy nine platinums and over a billion streams on spotify felix yan is
a top class d.j. this is how we shot to fame. fakes again certainly knows how to get the crowd going only in his mid twenty's is one of germany's most successful musicians. and i've always had a vision in mind it was my dream to become a famous d.j. and i knew that the only way to achieve that was by producing my own tracks not just playing other people's. but if you. choose to. be born in hamburg felix has been producing tracks for some time such as the single cool still he didn't release his long awaited album until early twenty eight team a whole three years after his debut hit.
all 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's sound it's called tropical house his first album is a collection of twenty five tracks some previously released singles as well as new songs created 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 their single singers 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. felix games career began with classical music you
learn 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 cheer leader a song by jamaican singer. steadily conquered the planet topping the charts in the u.s. and twenty other countries the original was less successful. because. i think this song was already a hit in jamaica but pretty are known in the rest of the world even after remakes they're released and 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. his next single became another
worldwide hit. cover version of the eighty's classic sold around two and a half million times. and set up the project called f with german pop singer marc forster and their debut single reached number one in germany. but not everything the young star touches turns to gold later singles stated 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 where they get to number one or not doesn't matter that much. whether his songs
topped the charts or not his life sets are a hot ticket and already has future plans. for me to presume it was almost all our job and 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 a record label or even managing other artists. management. that sounds more like a business plan than our broken 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 house but the single hot to touch proves he can do funk to.
it's showtime for phoenix yet it is just to stir the fans into a frenzy. just like him can command a six figure sum for just one set. time to freshen up at the hotel before his. felix knew fairly early that he wanted to be a d.j. . but to me i'm the present teenager i started playing tracks at birthday parties at first i just connected my phone to the loud speakers and realized that i like deciding what tunes to play from as 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. at the human defect as i did my first gigs in clubs in northern germany at the age of fifteen. graduated from high school i was seventeen then i really focused one hundred percent on my d.j. you. this is
a place. that's pretty much all i take onstage with me my headphones. even says felix his headphones and two u.s.b. sticks so i can start playing tracks anytime i always carry a spare pair of headphones in my suitcase that means i'm always ready to go. to you just before. now it's time for that performance. good. feelings in this video and if we're going to mean time félix again has become a business brand and. 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. gonna do hi rose the says the second job like this is that. now he's arriving at the summer sound festival.
thank you always and i was a i think that nowadays different kinds of people are successful with music due to the internet. and we're 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. 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 here before she codes is 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 either good or good. i
. today set last for seventy five minutes felix yen plays a mix of chart hits hip hop beats and lots of songs he's produced himself. time for some after show mingling with the crowd i know sometimes he just 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 which would. take 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 and it's a wonderful moment i love to share.
stay tuned for more félix in this installment of pop export extras. the d.j.'s at major festivals all over the world but he lives in his small hometown in eastern germany. i. grew up on the baltic coast and mecklenburg for palmer this is where he still feels at home with his family. almost isn't the top when i was when i come back home after travelling to all these huge metropolitan cities from this crazy lifestyle from all the important overstimulation i can just kick back and there's nothing around here you can. the fields it's just gorgeous peace and quiet that i need to
recharge my batteries. 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 site 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. has been indorsing. since twenty six posing for the german car branded brochures and visiting the team at a motor racing event in austin texas. even took the wheel himself for a commercial. the public feel it was pretty similar to the private lives because i'm not trying to give the edge come up with. one i want to be young just.
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 let's see their music. félix iain has had a lot of great collaboration with singers in two thousand and sixteen he invited finnish pop singer amy your team in to take the microphone for the track bonfire which even went platinum. the music video was filmed in bulgaria and it's hot stuff .
reaching number one in the u.s. charts was something no german x. had managed in twenty seven years. and did it with his remakes of cheerleader in two thousand and fifteen conquered the charts of the world's biggest music market here's the story behind the song. at the brandenburg gate. of course. the remakes of a song. is on the setlist. remakes of the song was commissioned in twenty fourteen to the producer and.
of course i was really pleased when the request came through and it was that i was amazed that such a large record company would get in touch with me. i really liked the song and 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. and was. at first. then 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 a new track the remix around that. there's not trumpet in the original but fifty one for his remakes 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 was pretty much done. so what was originally a reggae song became a tropical house track. just as for me it was a studio and tell people imagine there's a huge studio with thousands of co-producers but i just fed it all into my computer 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 remakes back then but it wasn't planned to be such a huge breakthrough. plan does is. the single has sold eight million units so far doesn't it put him under some pressure. however 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 remakes is released by for now and see you next time on pop export. is marking this trial. in monaco a player and not a lot of all these other girls are tending even your god. from unique me
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