Oct 04, 2021
Felix Jaehn Celebrates New Album 'BREATHE' With Exclusive Mix & Interview
Three years in the making, Felix Jaehn album ‘BREATHE’ arrived last Friday to the delight of his fans. 15 tracks of feel good dance music, the album is all about embracing positivity and bringing that vibe to listeners whether at home or on the dancefloor. To celebrate, Felix crafted an outstanding Exclusive Mix made to get you dancing filled with private edits and club anthems, as well as took us inside the creation process for ‘BREATHE’ in his interview.
Felix, thanks so much for joining us today. What an exciting time to join you with your album BREATHE now out! You mentioned beginning the project in 2018, tell us some more about the evolution of the initial album idea into the body of work that we will hear in a few weeks.
Super hyped now that it’s finally here. I’ve worked on it for three years and it’s 15 tracks. You’ll hear a lot of feel good music. I also took a deep dive into the lyric side of things and made the music even more personal, but at the same time, to me, it’s most important that it’s fun, it’s for the clubs, it’s dance music with a little bit of a message to it.
How’d you pick the title BREATHE and what is the uniting theme for the music included?
It just naturally happened because breathing plays such an important role in my daily routine. Conscious breathing, meditation, and breathing exercises. A lot of my music was inspired by that as well. It’s in the intro “Breath (demo),” it’s part of the lyrics of “I Got A Feeling” for example as well, “And when I'm breathing, I breathe in, I'm letting it go.” It felt right to make it the title of the album in the end.
What effect did the pandemic play on the album? Did it influence the sound or direction the music went?
The pandemic actually made my album happier ironically. I just felt like there was already so much negativity going on in the world that I took off a lot of the sadder, melancholic songs and replaced them with happy ones. I want to embrace positivity more now than ever.
Similarly how did going 1.5 years without consistent touring impact your sound as a DJ and performer? How do you envision the album tracks coming to life live? Will there be a live show? DJ sets?
Finally looking at doing a club tour this winter in November and December. I really hope that I can make that happen. Of course I’m super hyped to play tracks live and there’s some dope remixes like the James Hype remix of “I’ve Got A Feeling” that I can’t wait to drop.
Hopefully I can also do a live concert tour at some point soon. Just everything regarding touring, especially with getting in and out of Germany is a bit complicated, but it’s finally picking up a bit again and I can’t wait to be on stage.
What were three stand-out artists or tracks included in the set, and why?
Lifelike, Kris Menace - “Discopolis 2.0” (MEDUZA Remix). I’ve been playing this remix for almost two years now and I still love it. I made an exclusive mashup version with “Cheerleader” for my live sets and you can hear it here.
Beowülf - “Anybody Else.” It’s a new fresh artist, one of my favorite dance records of the year. Super, super strong.
And another one that feels really special to me is the remix I did for Calvin Harris & Tom Grennan - “By Your Side.” Just because it's a dope record and Calvin has been one of my idols for like forever so I was super hyped to do an official remix for him.
Outside of the album, how have you been using some of your extra time at home during the last year and a half? Do you have any insights to help maintain creativity and inspiration as an artist?
I spent a lot of time taking care of myself and my family. I spent a lot of time meditating, exercising, and cooking. I also spent a lot of time outside in nature and a lot of time in the studio which was really nice because I was used to being on the road all the time. I really enjoyed being in one place for more than two nights and with that it was easy for me to stay creative.
As we’re sure you’re missing live shows just as much as we are, let’s reflect for a moment, what are a few of your favorite all-time gigs?
You can’t even imagine how much I miss live shows. One of the shows that stands out a lot is Pa’l Norte Festival in Monterrey, Mexico in 2016. It was super dope, 60,000 people, J Balvin was headlining, and I played an early slot in the afternoon. I think it was my first trip ever to Mexico, I didn’t expect a lot of people there at all, and suddenly when I came out it was packed and the energy was crazy. I just didn’t imagine it to be such a big crowd and it just was amazing.
A little more recently, in 2019, I headlined Berlin Pride which was a very special moment for me. And another one was a festival in a small town called Lübeck. A place I had actually played when I was only 18 and just getting started, but I did a homecoming show for my first show of the year after the lockdown and it felt very special to finally be back on stage and dance with so many family, friends, and fans! I truly enjoyed that one.
And as we look ahead, how's your fall shaping up?
Fall is shaping up nicely. I’m going to be on a club tour, and there’s more music coming up. I also have some exciting collabs planned for next year too. I’m keeping busy, I’m enjoying life, and I hope you to do too and I hope you enjoy the mix. Much love!
Felix Jaehn's album BREATHE is available to download/stream on your platform of choice today! https://umg.lnk.tt/FJBREATHE
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