At only 19 years old, German producer Felix Jaehn gets the Number One song in America — nevertheless the track, his remix of Omi’s “Cheerleader,” also went Number One in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa and well at the entire world. Jaehn is gaining attention from the electronic-music world with some other bootlegs and remixes, but it really was his accept the Jamaican singer’s 2012 song that propelled both him and Omi to international fame. A melodic-house producer, Jaehn gave the song a small pop and EDM push that got palatable to some global audience.
Jaehn’s second single, “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better),” an appliance cover of the 1983 Rufus and Chaka Khan hit with London singer Jasmine Thompson, already landed at Number One as part of his home country, and it is set to spread along the rest of Europe — and potentially the States. We swept up with the exploding producer, still throughout the Atlantic before he embarks on his first U.S. tour a few weeks, to express his year of whirlwind success.
What was your guide to music?
When I was five, I acted violin. I unquestionably violin for seven years, and I played in a youth orchestra. Then, when I was 15, I got into electronic music through DJ’ing.
When you first of all started making music, had you been just by yourself or have you been playing of his shows?
When I started to complete my own songs, I is DJ’ing, and I planned to take it one stage further with my personal production. I downloaded Logic and started fiddling around by it. I had the songs theory from your violin, and I got myself a MIDI keyboard and taught myself the fundamental piano skills to experience some chords and record stuff. I started that way and after finishing school, I gone to live in London for just a year and I actually studied music at Point Blank [Music School]. I studied music production, music composition and sound engineering and many different stuff, that is where I got the cornerstone of everything, really.
What were some with the songs you released that got traction?
I imagine that was a bootleg of Tom Odell’s song called “Another Love,” so I started remixing songs by artists that I like while not having to commission, because I didn’t possess context or profitability from it. Then I had my first [release] called “Sommer am Meer,” it’s German for “summer with the sea,” which was released on the small label from Hamburg. Then it started growing online, then I had a song called “Shine” that [hit Number One on] Hype Machine and underwent all the blogs. That’s also when I got my record handle Universal.
How have you come along the original version of “Cheerleader“?
I was contacted with the record label Ultra Music. I was speaking to them generally, since they liked my stuff and so they sent me the song. I thought it became a really good song without delay. I just felt the vibe as well as the emotion, so I wanted to perform something along with it. So I asked these phones send me the a capella in the vocals, caused it to be faster and essentially built the whole track around it.
OMI – Cheerleader – Felix Jaehn Video
How long achieved it take for the song to get started on getting big?
That’s actually really weird. If you imagine that the original song is produced by 2012 and I produced the remix in January, 2014, and it was launched in May, this took ages. October, in Sweden, it had been the first to top the charts, then early 2015 it started growing in Europe — Germany, Austria, U.K., everywhere. And now we have July, August already, plus it’s taken America, also it’s still growing in numerous countries. It’s sort of crazy the length of time it takes for the song a song to discover its way.
My current single, “Aint Nobody,” had been eight weeks Number One in Germany plus it hasn’t even really yet started from the United States along with other countries. Actually [I] think the correct answer is weird, because you’d suppose everything is connected worldwide and happening concurrently. But it’s still happening at different times with assorted countries.
Are you willing to be performing before larger and larger crowds?
Yeah, definitely. The crowds are growing week-by-week, essentially, and I’m mostly enthusiastic about coming to America, and that is going to be next Tuesday. It’ll be my very first time that touring the U.S. The crowds are receiving bigger, plus the places are receiving more exciting.
Do you get more collaborations inside the works?
I’m always working on the lot of songs, but right this moment, my main focus is my personal studio album, which I’m writing right now. There is nothing really concrete or planned yet for featured artists. I did some remixes for Giorgio Moroder, Sia and Ed Sheeran recently, which was obviously a great thing and honor.
Have you met Omi yet?
Not yet, unfortunately. Just recently I dropped him some text and he sent one back using a radio station in Germany since they both had us on the phone. So I form of talked to him via radio station, which can be insane. We really must carry out that happen. But he’s got lots of stuff to accomplish right now and I also do, and most with the time we’re at different places from the world, so it is hard to make it. Eventually it can, I guess.