German DJ and producer reveals the songs that influence him most.
OMI's "Cheerleader" was one of 2015's most played songs. And although the tune was penned by the Jamaican singer, it's the remixing talents of Felix Jaehn that brought it to its chart-topping status. At 22, the German DJ and producer has dropped his own hit tune, "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" featuring Jasmine Thompson, as well as played on many of the major EDM stages in the world. With his ear tuned into melodic electronic music, we found out what songs have inspired his producing and DJ skills.
See Felix Jaehn's playlist below.
David Guetta f/ Kelly Rowland - "When Love Takes Over"
I [recently] plays Pacha Ibiza with David Guetta, and he's such a cool guy and so relax. "When Love Takes Over" is obviously one of his first huge hits, and I had to include David Guetta on this list because he's one of the guys who got dance music to the mainstream audience and to radio and to pop. So me making melodic house music that's being played on radio right now is massively influenced by his work.
Avicii - "Levels"
When this song was released, I was 15 or 16 years old. That's when I started DJing, and this song was on repeat. And this song is probably one of the reasons I got into DJing and stuff. Also, what I really like about it is the melody is so great. And all his songs are all about great emotions and melodies, and that's what I'm trying to approach as well.
DJ Snake - "Bird Machine"
You need to check it out. When it came out, it was surreal like wow! This is something new and something fresh. At the time, I was living in London and started producing music and studying music business and stuff. I was really inspired by [the song]. And he actually used a whistle as the lead sound, and I thought it was really cool because he was thinking out of the box or something, which I really like.
Passenger - "Let It Go"
This is another song I was listening to a lot while I was living in London, but it's completely acoustic. This one is not about the lead sound or the bass or the drums at all. It was all about the songwriting, which I think is incredible about this song. And listening to the song at that time, I also realized that it's not just about the bass, drums and dance music. It's emotions as well, like the words and melodies. What I'm trying to do right now is a lot of songwriting. The top line, the vocal is key to my music. And of course, it's a house record with an electronic sense, but I think the song is really the focus. And this song made me realize it.
Ben Pearce - "What I Might Do"
This is another song I listened to a lot in London. It's a really cool song with a deep, amazing vibe. And living in London, I didn't only start producing music, but I also opened at Ministry of Sound there. It was when I was 18, and it was incredible that I got to play there. And they played that song a lot in the clubs at that time. So I really relate this song to my time in starting to get out there as a DJ.
Major Lazer f/ MØ - "Lean On"
It was the song last year. And I love the whole production, the hooks, it all works well. If you hear my recent releases, you'll hear that I'm Major Lazer-inspired.
Jack Ü f/ Kai - "Mind"
I think everything about Jack Ü and particularly Skrillex that I love is the percussion and synths are just so spot on. The layering and the sounds are so punchy and special. I can't even describe it. That's a huge inspiration.
Earth Wind & Fire - "September"
And I end on a classic. The funny thing about this song is that everyone knows the hook, but until recently, I haven't actually listened to the entire song. I've been listening to the whole song a lot recently, so you may hear it in some of my coming productions.