Felix Jaehn has always had an affinity for music. While he is a world-renowned DJ and producer now, DJing at birthday parties when he was a teenager opened up the world to him.
“That’s actually how it all started,” the German entertainer said. “I bought myself my first set of DJ equipment and taught myself how to use it, but producing is more complex.”
After studying music production in London and DJing in Europe, Jaehn gained recognition in the music world, eventually leading to collaborations with the likes of Steve Aoki and Adam Lambert. He saw the top of the charts with his remix of Omi’s “Cheerleader.” Now, the German-born DJ and producer is coming to Scottsdale for a performance at Maya Day + Nightclub, on Friday, June 17.
Jaehn’s brand of house music is dubbed “tropical house,” but he rejects that label.
“I’m not the biggest fan of that term,” Jaehn said. “To me, it’s a subgenre of a subgenre. I like to refer to my music as ‘melodic house.’ As long as it’s about the melodies and the lyrics, a song can be a Felix Jaehn record.”
Jaehn has performed all over the world, from festivals to clubs, and has even opened for David Guetta.
“I played in Berlin in front of the Brandenburg Gate for 500,000 people,” Jaehn added. “It was the anniversary of German reunification, and therefore a very special day for me and everyone else in Germany.”
The experience is different at each venue. Jaehn lets crowd response determine his set.
“Festival crowds and club crowds are different, so you can’t really plan your set in advance,” Jaehn explained. “Usually, I know the first few songs and some key tracks I really want to play, but besides those, I just go track by track depending on the vibe of the night.”
In additional to his international collaborations, Jaehn has partnered with German singer Mark Forster for the duo EFF. Together, they have released the single “Stimme,” which reached No. 1 on the GfK charts in 2015.
While he has worked with some surprising collaborators, his “Cheerleader” remix is arguably his biggest feat and is something that Jaehn is proudest of.
“Having an international No. 1 hit that everyone knows is surreal and simply amazing,” Jaehn said.
He hopes fans will feel the same way about his Maya Day + Nightclub show. Jaehn hinted that fans can usually expect to hear something new from his sets.
“I always try to play and test some unreleased music,” Jaehn said. “So if they listen carefully, they might get a first listen of one of my upcoming songs.”
Felix Jaehn, Maya Day + Nightclub, 733 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, mayaclubaz.com, 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, $10.