Last year it was Robin Schulz. In 2015, it’s Felix Jaehn‘s turn to become the German producer whose remixing skills can transform the most unassuming pop song into a globe-conquering chart-topping floorfiller.
The 21-year-old’s infectious reworking of OMI’s “Cheerleader” recently saw him become the first German artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 since notorious lip-synchers Milli Vanilli way back in 1989, while his similarly sun-kissed makeover of the Chaka Khan classic “Ain’t Nobody” has already reached number one across half a dozen European countries.
But Felix Jaehn, who has also worked his magic on Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise,” Ry X’s “Berlin” and Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph,” has shown signs that he’s just as accomplished a songwriter as he is a remixer.
Indeed, the string of singles he’s unveiled over the past two years may feature every tropical house trick in the book—wailing saxophones on first release “Sommer am Meer,” fluttering flutes on “Shine,” lolloping glockenspiels on Lost Frequency collaboration “Eagle Eyes”, to name a few—but they also all contain the same sense of melodic flair that has propelled the likes of Kygo, Klangkarussell and the aforementioned Schulz to superstar DJ status.
Jaehn first pursued an interest in classical music before ditching the violin for a pair of decks in his teens, going onto attend London’s Point Blank Music College before honing his DJ talents while studying Business Administration at Berlin’s Humboldt University. Since then, he’s become a regular at Zig Zag Paris, Trafiq Budapest and his Hamburg hometown’s Dockville, been championed by various high-profile names including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tiësto and Thomas Jack, and graced the stages at German festivals such as Echelon, MTV Mobile Beats and Lollapalooza.
The deep house scene may already be overcrowded, but so far Felix Jaehn doesn’t appear to be having any problem standing out.