Touching down in Boston for less than 24 hours, we had a chance to sit down with Fehrplay (Jonas von der Fehr) at Bijou after his amazing back-to-back set with colleague Jeremy Olander on their Pryda Friends tour.
[Sonic Agenda]: Wow, thank you for that; what a set tonight! How do you feel about playing B2B versus your previous tour alone?
Fehrplay: People would rather see us do solo shows, but now we are starting to be seen together as a unit. Doing a B2B tour is very interactive between both us and the crowd; it’s definitely most challenging! You really have to focus; you can’t really plan more than one or two tracks ahead so as soon as you’re finished you’re already searching for another [track]. When you’re playing by yourself you know a little bit of what’s next. Now it’s I go here, and he [Jeremy] goes there and then I kinda go “OH?!” I think our music speaks for itself, we don’t have a huge show and it seems like people really enjoy it this way.
How do you and Jeremy prepare your sets before hand?
Well tonight we discussed a little bit about tonight because I’ve been here [to Bijou] before and I was able to tell him what worked well with the crowd last time. For the most part on this tour we’re going to clubs we’ve never played before. We just kinda have to take it as it comes; and I love that!
We had a little postponement with this interview because you encountered some eager fans, and you had mentioned that you [Jonas] were recognized in the crowd walking around at Electric Zoo; how does it feel being perceived as a new defining artist in progressive house?
Oooohhhh… I don’t know! It’s very unreal; I still don’t feel like I am to be honest. I’m very honored, in fact I think about it all the time. I used to look up to these guys; just being able to have a chat with them or anything was amazing to me. So it feels natural to think the same thing now; if i see people that look like they want to talk to me – YEAH! I’m going to stop and talk to them. It’s a long ways; baby steps the whole way for me. I feel like there’s still a lot to accomplish – which it always is- but being a part of it is fantastic! I don’t know what else I can say it’s just incredible.
So who was it for you when you were still just a fan?
AAAAHHHHH Eric [Prydz] definitely! Joris Voorn, I had a big thing for him; he’s been big for a long time I’m not too sure many people today know about him. Axwell – I used to like his funky style; now it’s a little on the pop-side, but back in the day he was the main man. His productions have always been extremely good; you can just tell how he puts so much effort into it. Same with Eric; that’s why I stuck with him! I love what he’s doing and that he’s still doing it after… oh I don’t know 12 years, and he just keeps getting bigger. He’s still doing the exact same thing that he’s done his whole career which is so inspiring and that’s what I want to be doing in 15 years.
So you want to become a legacy in your own right?
YYYYEEEEAAAAAAAHHHH!!! Of course! Of course it’s incredibly hard because Eric has always been ground breaking. Working with him has been amazing, he’s most definitely a mentor for me. He’s taught me so much probably not even knowing he did; he’ll be there if you want to ask him questions. Other than that I just watch him all the time and think: “aaaaahhhhhh! THAT’S what he’s doing!”
So this is your first time on tour with Jeremy Orlander, any interesting stories in your travels together thus far?
Nothing crazy has happened, but I think that’s a positive thing. Everything is going really smooth and we’re both focused on dj-ing. Well, actually there was this one emergency landing we had down in Florida. THAT was a horrible day. Jeremy and I waited 10 hours in the airport before we got on that flight and while we were in the air the plane was shaking for like, 5 hours. I was taking funny photos of Jeremy sleeping and he woke up as soon as we could smell smoke. The captain walked towards the back of the plane and the stewardess kept saying everything was “alright.” I don’t know, once there’s a fire on a plane that’s it, you’re dead basically! Once we landed we had our first little road trip together; I got to drive and it was enjoyable; plus being on land was so relieving after that flight.
So does this mean there will be another road trip in the near future?
I’m heading down to Georgia for TomorrowWorld so Jeremy will be meeting up with me in Seattle. I know nothing about Seattle so I’m excited to go there for the first time. But yes, any opportunity to drive I’d prefer it. I’m thinking next time we should get a tour bus.
Now that you’re seeing more of the USA where would you choose to live now there’s such a demand for you here?
I’d prefer San Francisco: the hills are very similar to Norway; I love the climate; the people there are so chill and relaxed; good clubs; everyone has dogs. I LOVE dogs, I actually have a red Irish Setter. It’s a nice chill town but there’s a reason why everyone ends up in L.A. The industry is there, a lot of clubs, so for right now it looks like L.A., but who knows. If I had the opportunity I’d live on the beach no matter where it was.