Since making major waves in the electronic music scene over the past few years, it has become clear that there is very little that can slow Jonas Fehr down. Better known to progressive house and techno fans alike as FEHRPLAY, the Norwegian producer has forged his own unique sound, graced the decks at some iconic venues around the world, dropped releases on some major labels, all while launching his own – but this is all in a days work. Beyond The Drop recently got a chance to chat with FEHRPLAY about his musical influences, stylistic evolution and some of his recent projects, as well as a highly anticipated return to CODA on August 11.
Beyond The Drop: How did your journey into performing electronic music first begin?
FEHRPLAY: It stared with a passion for trance in the early 2000’s and djing at school discos. When it was time to study I chose music production in Manchester. During the first year, I signed with Ministry of Sound and had my first play on BBC Radio 1, so I decided to quit the study and go full on music.
BTD: You have a very unique sound, transcending a number of genres. From where do you draw some of your major influences?
F: I would say from anything really. There is so much good music out there that transcends genres, so it’s hard to say where I specifically get my inspiration from. I have always loved film music though, and the power and emotion it can provoke, so I definitely get a lot of inspiration from watching films.
BTD: How has your style evolved over the years?
F: I would say it started out with trance, and then it became progressive house. Over the last year or so I would say its leaning more toward the deeper and techno sound. But it’s always changing. One day I will want to make a super happy progressive track, and the next day something dark and grimy.
BTD: You have just launched your own record label, Mood of Mind. What can we expect from the label, including your upcoming Tannhauser EP?
F: Yes! So excited to finally have it up and running. And now that its up, I wonder why I didn’t start it earlier haha. Mood of Mind is the complete free creative outlet for me., so anything I feel represents me in the fullest will be released on Mood of Mind. It’s a great feeling, not having to worry about whether a label will like what I’m making or not. The Tannhauser EP is very much inspired by Bladerunner the movie. I LOVE Vangelis and the music he has made for this film. Also, I’ve listened to a lot of Kraftwerk lately, so the EP has some inspirations from them as well.
BTD: You’re in the middle of touring across North America at some fantastic venues. What has been a highlight so far?
F: Yes, it has been amazing so far. Some new places for me on the tour as well, so thats always fun. The highlight so far for me must have been LA and Exchange last weekend, but close behind is Minneapolis which was super intimate and special. I also did a little b2b with Grum which was fun!
BTD: What are fans in store for from your upcoming live performance at CODA?
Coda is one of those clubs that has a special vibe to it. I’m super excited to be back there, and I’ll be bringing a ton of new music along with my live set up, so it should be a great night!
You can catch FEHRPLAY at CODA this Friday, August 11 alongside Grum at the Toronto stop on the Anjunabeats worldwide tour.
Words by Charlotte MacPherson