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Wednesday, March 25, at Pacha NYC at Park West, 30 NE 11th St., Miami. With Danny Tenaglia. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance. Age 21 and up. Call 305-350-7444, or visit stereomiami.com.
Fedde Le Grand is a busy man. When he's not collaborating with international music icons or wrapping up his latest record, he's touring the world, jetting from his home in the Netherlands to remote locales.
To say that his 2006 single, the homage to the mecca of techno called "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit," put Fedde on the map is a gross understatement. Across the pond, it won him an award for the "number-one summer anthem of Ibiza" and reached number one on the U.K. charts. He also picked up an MTV Award in Australia. Stateside, he took three categories in the International Dance Awards at the 2007 WMC.
His success wasn't instantaneous, though. Le Grand spent years cutting his teeth as a DJ and eventually started a label with friend and partner Funkerman to get his music out. "The funny thing is, at the time nobody really liked my music," Le Grand recalls. "That's why we started the label."
But he wasn't content with grabbing the electro world by the scruff of the neck — he's forayed into other genres as well. Recently, he's gotten the opportunity to work with Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am; and the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna. The latter not only used "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit" for her tour but asked Le Grand to remix her song "Give It 2 Me."
Although house music will always be his main thing, Le Grand says fans will get to discover some of his other tastes on his latest record, Scared of Me. "There's music on the album I just finished that would probably be defined more as pop music," he says. "I wanted to do a real party album, not a compilation of my latest house tracks."
This year's WMC offers fans multiple chances to see him live. He'll kick off on Wednesday night with a party he's presenting at Set called Flamingo Nights (named for his label). He'll be at Space on Thursday, and he's set to perform at Ultra on Saturday.
"I'm very excited to do my own night. But I did Ultra last year, and it was one of my favorite gigs of the year, so I'm really looking forward to that too. And it's nice for me to be able to do Toolroom Knights because I can kind of go back to where I started. I started a lot more underground than I am probably for a lot of people now."
Wednesday, March 25, at the Fedde Le Grand Presents Flamingo Nights party at Set, 320 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. With Tocadisco, Funkerman, and Patric La Funk. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Age 21 and up. Call 305-531-5535, or visit theopiumgroup.com