Belgian DJ/Producer and live artist Lost Frequencies just kicked off his first-ever live tour, with the first stop at Royale Boston where we had a quick chat before the show. Felix gave the lowdown on the development of this show, travel crew, his new album, and upcoming projects.
You’ve been here before, but not with the live show. I was trying to dig up some info online and didn’t see much.
■ I’ve played two times at this venue and once at another. Yeah, first time in the US [with the live show]. I try to keep it for the moment because I’ve been working a lot on this live show; I played it once at Tomorrowland last year and this year again so there’s some footage on the Internet and I’ve posted a little to show people what I’ve been working on. Playing it once gave me a lot of insight on how I can improve [the show] so I made it better, did it again in the summer — it was really amazing — and now it’s the first time I’m touring with the live show. It’s a completely different vibe and atmosphere [from a DJ set] and I’m super excited to be here.
It must be a lot of work, especially bringing all that gear with you.
■ All the gear, and also the DJ sets had three people traveling and now we are 10 minimum. We are five on stage: a guitarist, drummer, I’m doing all the electronic music stuff, male vocalist/emcee, and a female vocalist; the other five are the crew: my photographer, tour manager, sound guy, visual guy, and light guy.
That must make it easier when you travel, with everyone responsible for their own job.
■ Yeah and they all set up their own thing and the show starts.
When does setup start for a show like this?
■ I was here with them the whole day. Actually, the airline lost everything — all the guitars, all the synths — and it arrived today at two o’clock so I was super stressed the whole day. I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m gonna have to do a DJ set and I’ve been promoting the fact I’m doing a live show,’ and I was super scared but in the end it was all there so I was happy. Everything was loaded in at 2 and it took all day. This is different from something like a rock band because we play a lot of electronic music tracks, and it’s a little bit like a DJ set because the music mixes into each other live, so it’s a weird live setup show.
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Did you take tracks you were already playing and work them into the live set, or did you create these specifically for the live set?
■ I have a lot of tracks I’ve been playing in my DJ sets and put them in the [live] show, and a lot of tracks I have in my DJ sets and put in the show and then have completely different arrangements, like longer parts. I give some parts more attention because we actually play the synths and it’s more enjoyable when you can see what’s happening, where as in a DJ set, there’s a long part but nothing is happening.
When did you decide you wanted to do this live show?
■ I was in the studio with Netsky — he’s [also] from Belgium — and he’s been doing live shows for quite a few years now and he told me, ‘You know what, one day you’re gonna have to do a live show, it’s such an amazing experience and you’ll see a DJ set is super relaxed and a live show is different.’ After this tour I’ll go play a DJ set and feel it’s so relaxed.
I saw on Instagram this is your first time on a tour bus.
■ I love it. We do the show, go to the bus, drink a beer. Tonight we’ll put everything on there so nothing can get lost and then drive from A to B.
You just dropped an album, ‘Alive and Feeling Fine,’ last week. How long did that take?
■ I kind of pulled it up without knowing I was working toward an album because I have been producing a lot of music for the last two years. I had all these tracks people were waiting for me to release because I played them in my sets, so I decided to do an album and release everything. I was super happy to release the music and I did the first CD with all the tracks I’ve been playing the last few years, and a second CD with remixes so you have the first part that is more chill and the second part, which you’ll hear tonight, that’s more electronic-ish music but still very melodic.
Any notable ones?
■ On the first album theres a track called “Before Today” that I’ve been playing for two-and-a-half years. It was my intro; I remember playing it in Mexico and afterward people were asking about it and I said it was coming out soon. I have “Siente Me,” which is a really long five-minute track that’s a mix of Latino music and electronic sounds. I’m really trying to do something different sometimes. In the second part is the new intro version of “Like I Love You,” which is going to be the intro I play tonight, and the version of “Sun is Shining,” which is more electronic.
What’s after this tour?
■ I’ll do this whole tour and I’m gonna work on the EP more with people from the techno scene because I made a lot of friends this year. Funny enough, from before the techno scene was really open, there are a lot of techno acts that are now kind of big and are like, ‘Yeah, I’m down to do a track with you, I don’t really care about genres,” and for me that’s a really cool insight. I’m super stoked and I have a few guys right now who want to do tracks with me and another project for fun.