A Belgian DJ randomly finds a country song on Soundcloud, remixes it for himself, and the track becomes one of the biggest international hits of 2015. That’s the basic story behind 22 year-old DJ Felix Safran DeLaet, who you know as Lost Frequencies. Just as he found Easton Corbin’s “Are You With Me” on Soundcloud, Armada records found and signed him directly. It’s the story of a dream coming true and Lost Frequencies’ deeply emotional blend of trop house will be the soundtrack of many club nights to come.
RS: I want to start with the most important question- last week when you were in California what did you order at In-N-Out?
Lost Frequencies: I ordered a cheeseburger, not a double but a single.
RS: That has been on my mind all week. Seriously though, are you a big fan of country music?
Lost Frequencies: Not really but I remixed a country track that was actually a really pop version of a country track.
RS: I was curious how you found the song by Easton Corbin because it is so out there.
Lost Frequencies: I was looking for some new music on SoundCloud and I heard it on there. It is really weird because I normally only hear remixes and electronic music on SoundCloud so when I heard that song I thought it was really cool and wanted to try a remix.
RS: What is it about the song that inspired you?
Lost Frequencies: I loved the vocal of the guy in the intro, I thought it was really catchy and I loved the guitar. It was really easy to remix because the guitar and the vocal are really pure so I could sample it easily and make my own version.
RS: Did you think or imagine that it would get as big as it did?
Lost Frequencies: No, I was actually just making the remix for myself. I said to my girlfriend jokingly “hey this track could be on the radio,” and in the end it was actually on the radio!
RS: Did you feel any special challenge to follow it up with an original song?
Lost Frequencies: No, because I was never expecting it to be released as a single so I was just making the track for fun. After it was released I checked the original song to see if anyone commented on it but everyone was cool with it. Now the track is so huge and it’s bigger than the original track so that’s cool but funny at the same time, I really wasn’t expecting that.
RS: “Reality” was your follow up, what was your song writing process for that one?
Lost Frequencies: I got a really cool demo from Janieck Devy who actually sings that song. He sent me a message on Facebook and asked if I wanted to listen to the demo with the vocals and guitars. I liked it and told him that we should work together and we made the version that it is right now.
RS: I loved your mix of Armin van Buuren’s “In And Out Of Love,” how did it feel to get the opportunity to remix such a classic?
Lost Frequencies: At some point I just shared the original of “In And Out Of Love” on my private Facebook wall and jokingly wrote “Hey Armin, nice track” as if Armin was my buddy. The guy from Armada saw it and asked me if I wanted to make a remix of the track. I was really scared and told him no because I loved the original and didn’t want to destroy it. They said that he understands and that I could just do a remix and see how it goes. I made the remix and it was really big in Germany and people loved it, so I am really happy about it.
RS: You are 22 right?
Lost Frequencies: Yes
RS: How does it feel to be living the dream, traveling the world as a DJ and producer?
Lost Frequencies: It feels really weird that it happened to me and not someone else. I try to enjoy every minute of it because it could all be over in a month if I do something weird. I hope that doesn’t happen but I am just trying to live today as it is and trying to enjoy this weird and traveling life.
Lost Frequencies: I just want to say that I am really happy to play at Coachella this year.
RS: Speaking of travel, congratulations on getting booked for Coachella.
Lost Frequencies: Thanks, it’s awesome.
RS: When did you find out and how did that make you feel?
Lost Frequencies: It is my first booking in the US so it is pretty cool to say that my first booking is Coachella, it’s a great start! Six months ago I got the request in the mail and I thought it was a joke but it was the real proposition and I am so happy about it.
RS: The number one DJs in the world are Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and they are Belgian. You are Belgian as well, do you think that the Belgians are going to take the crown away from all the Dutch people?
Lost Frequencies: I have to say there are some really amazing Dutch DJs that are taking over the world. If you check the Top 10 there must be at least 5 or 6 Dutch DJs on there. You also see that the number one guys are from Belgium. I am part of the Belgium artistry and there are a lot of guys here in Belgium that are making really cool music.
RS: You have the really cool trop house sound and there has been a trance come back, after being on the road so much where do you see music going next?
Lost Frequencies: I think that the music is going places less than before because now you can easily access all the different kinds of music. The EDM scene has always been strong in the US and all of the trap and dubstep artists are going really strong, along with the tropical and deep house artists. There are different genres but they are still in electronic music and doing really well. I don’t know what I have to say about that.
RS: What is the strangest question that you have ever been asked in an interview?
Lost Frequencies: It’s not the strangest question but it’s one of my favorites. The question was “if you had to be the producer of one track, which track would it be?”
RS: How did you answer it?
Lost Frequencies: One of Flume’s tracks.
RS: With all of your travel, how do you keep a healthy lifestyle being on the road, producing and doing everything that you do?
Lost Frequencies: I try to sleep as much as possible and try not to eat too much junk food. You can easily get a slice of pizza or a hamburger but I try to eat sushi because it’s fast and it’s healthy.
RS: Music wise what is coming next? Is there an album in the works?
Lost Frequencies: Yeah, I am working on my album right now. I produced a lot of tracks over the last month and I am really looking forward to sharing new music with everybody.
RS: Any collaborations that you can tell us about?
Lost Frequencies: I didn’t work with a lot of big names because I like to work with song writers because they have so many good ideas. I had propositions to work with big guys but I didn’t really feel like I was in need of that right now. I prefer to meet with the people and work with them directly, I don’t really like to work with the people that I don’t know.
RS: That makes sense, it’s more of a personal connection and you can hear that in your music.
Lost Frequencies: Thank you
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Lost Frequencies: Thank you for the last year, it was my first year as a DJ act and it was amazing. Everyone liked what I released and I am really proud of it. My singles did great and all the remixes that I released did well also. I am really happy and thankful for all of the support that you guys gave me and I am really looking forward to sharing new music with everyone and doing all the shows with everybody.
Interview conducted January 2016.