Millions of cumulative streams across SoundCloud and Spotify. Landmark sets at massive festivals like Splendour In The Grass, FOMO and Falls. Remixes and support slots for heavyweights like Vallis Alps, Kilter, THEY., Paces, Daktyl and many, many more.
Feki just can’t stop winning, and after hearing his latest single “Run Away”, it definitely isn’t hard to see why. Overflowing with powerful synths, glistening melodies and stadium-ready drops, the certified hit is yet another highlight in an already unfailingly consistent body of work.
The Brisbanite’s swift success can be largely attributed to a point of difference he’s proud to cultivate: a tangibly human, unashamedly optimistic quality that’s often missing from the electronic music scene. From the pretty positivity beaming from last year’s “Thankful”, to the euphoric reassurance dripping from every single line of his last single “You Got Me”, Feki aims to be a positive catalyst for change in a genre with some shadowy corners and a few rough edges.
We feel like that’s something to be championed, so we’re putting the spotlight on Feki this month in the midst of his tour with Snakehips and his own headline club shows around the nation. We asked the young prodigy — ever the talented curator and DJ — to put forward a playlist made up of the tracks that have shaped him both as an artist and a person. There’s some major throwback classics AND some potential fresh discoveries in there! Check it all out below.
Best Before: You’ve been described as a bedroom producer, but there is a professionalism and sheen to your production that puts you up there with some of the best in Australia. Can you tell me a little bit about how you ended up producing electronic music, and how you developed your technical edge?
Feki: That’s very kind of you to say! Thank you very much. I actually started out wanting to produce just straight hip hop beats back in high school, but I was really terrible at sampling. So from that I started trying to write songs that you would hear on mainstream radio before I discovered TNGHT and the whole trap scene. I found Flume and Ta-ku soon after, which opened my mind musically, and since then they’ve been my biggest influences.
In terms of developing my technical edge, for me it’s just all about the time you spend on honing your craft. I’ve never been really that big on creating crazy soundscapes because my mind is so far from that stuff, but I’ve chosen to focus more so on the musicality, structure and arrangement of a song.
How has your background and the environment you grew up in shaped your approach to songwriting, production and the music scene as a whole?
I’m very blessed to have grown up with parents who have been really supportive of me in pursuing this whole music thing. They’ve instilled in me a strong set of beliefs and values that have not only shaped the way I conduct myself in the scene, but also the music I create.
“Run Away” is led by a really nice pitch-shifted vocal and some huge synths. Can you tell me a little bit about the process behind the song and how it all came together?
Ha – this song is actually the product of a deadline. Basically, I had two days to decide on what my first single of 2017 would be and I wasn’t quite happy with what I had in my back catalogue, so I sat down and wrote the foundation of “Run Away” in pretty much one night. Then I decided to throw in a top-line that I had from my good friend Dom – who sang on “You Got Me” – that was meant for another song that we were working on, and it just fit perfectly. I’m really happy with how everything turned out in the end, so I guess the saying is true: pressure does make diamonds…
What can fans expect to see and hear at your upcoming headline shows and your sets with Snakehips? Do you have some unreleased material they may get a sneak peek at? And, most importantly, will there be Pringles for everyone again?
Man, I am so keen for these Snakehips shows. I saw them for the first time at Splendour last year and it’s crazy that I get to be the main support for these venue shows. This is also pretty much an excuse for me to test out a lot of unreleased material that I probably wouldn’t be able to play in a club. I’m still working on this elusive EP of mine, so this is a good chance for me to see how things work on the dance floor.
Ha – unless Pringles sponsor me in the next week or two, I don’t think my bank account will allow me to make it rain Pringles at these shows…
Who are the producers and artists you feel have had a massive influence on your sound today?
As I mentioned earlier, Flume and Ta-ku have definitely been the ones that I have taken a real liking to since I first started making music. As of late though, I’ve been really fond of producers like Stwo, Odesza, Louis The Child, Baauer and Hayden James.
Is there anyone in the electronic scene who is inspiring you now for future Feki material or as a producer in general?
I’m a big fan of Hayden James, actually. I love how, with him, the music is at the forefront of his “branding” – if that makes sense? Basically, whenever you think of people like Hayden James, ODESZA and Jamie xx, the first thing that comes to mind is their music. Not their social media presence, or their huge personality, but their music. So, in a way, I want to model that going forward – making sure that the music comes first.
FEKI’S SELECTION OF TRACKS THAT HAVE SHAPED HIM
01. Coldplay – Fix You
“The first album that I ever owned was Coldplay’s ‘X & Y’. This was by far my favourite song on the album. The structure and arrangement of this song is what blew my mind at age 10.”
02. Jack Johnson – Better Together
“I was a HUGE fan of Jack Johnson growing up, and this was one of the first songs I learned on guitar.”
03. John Mayer – Free Fallin’ (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
“I’ve been a big John Mayer fan since the get go, but this cover of Tom Petty’s classic was so beautiful. Feels all throughout this song.”
04. Timbaland & OneRepublic – Apologize
“This is the track that first introduced me to Timbaland. I then went on to find a video of him in the studio with Jay Z making beats, which spawned the idea of wanting to make music for a living. Cheers, Timbo!”
05. TNGHT – Acrylics
“This was the first song I heard where I discovered the trap scene. Just filthy stuff.”
06. Flume – What You Need
“This wasn’t the first Flume song that I ever heard, but it was the first song I heard that made me realise that the producer can be ‘the artist’ too.”
07. Ta-ku – We Were In Love
“Just a beautiful masterpiece from the man himself. Ta-ku is able to bring out true emotion in his production without the use of lyrics – something that I’ve always been striving for.”
08. L D R U – The Tropics
“Old School L D R U is the best. This song was unlike anything I’d ever heard at the time. It’s a chilled banger.”
09. Jordan Rakei – Tawo
“This song is just straight perfection. It reminds me that songs don’t need to be complicated at all. Sometimes less is more.”
10. Bee Gees – Alone
“I grew up listening to this song. It’s influenced me in some way – not sure what though. But I love it. That’s why it’s on this list.”
Hit play on Feki’s specially curated playlist below:
If you’re keen to see Feki crush it live, here are the details:
FEKI | CLUB NIGHTS TOUR
Friday March 17 | The TBC Club, Brisbane QLD
Thursday April 13 | Cats, Adelaide SA
Wednesday May 10 | The Wall, Sydney NSW
Saturday May 13 | Proud Marys, Central Coast NSW
FEKI | SNAKEHIPS SUPPORT TOUR
Tuesday May 2 | 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC
Thursday May 4 | The Flying Cock, Brisbane QLD
Monday May 8 | Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Thursday May 11 | Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW (SOLD OUT)
Get your tickets here.