Refeci talks new music, origins and signing with Sony imprint Disco:wax in exclusive interview
At just 18 years of age, Danish DJ/Producer Refeci has accomplished a lot more than that of others at his age. He’s signed to Sony imprint, Disco:wax in Denmark and has amassed 4 million YouTube views and 2 million Spotify streams. In addition to this, the Dane has also had music premiered by the revered Nik Cooper. Boasting impressive numbers at such a young age, Refeci couldn’t have reached the aforementioned milestones without impressive music!
His single ‘New World‘ with Robbie Koex and Micah Martin has totalled 50,000 SoundCloud plays, while ‘Heat‘ with Be Jules has surpassed 100,000 Spotify streams. Plus, his remix of Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson‘s ‘Symphony‘ clocked over 1 million views on YouTube and his remix of The Chainsmokers‘ ‘Paris‘ boasts an impressive 381,000 views.
With such an impressive résumé already, Refeci’s future looks bright. His latest track, ‘Die Hard‘, is a lovely radio-friendly Future Bass track guaranteed to strike a chord with all music fans. Backed by a delicate guitar and beautiful vocals, ‘Die Hard’ possesses a real, authentic sound, complimenting his talented music production ability. We sat down with the Danish star in the making for an interview about his past and plans for the future.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started in the industry.
“A friend of mine texted me a few years ago and asked if I wanted to start producing music in this school in Copenhagen on the computer and I was like, “yeah that would be nice”. I asked my dad to buy FL Studio and he was asking about the price and he said “ok let’s do it”. That was 4 years ago. Then I went to boarding school for 2 years, so I had a break. When I came home again a year and a half ago, it became a bit more serious. I’ve always been in love with music. I come from a very musical family. We play piano, trumpets and everything, so it’s been 4 years on and off. It’s all for my family and especially for my dad.”
You’re signed to such a huge label – how did that come about?
“I got my manager a year ago and he had a friend who is a songwriter. We wrote a song called ‘Heat’ and we recorded it. We considered our options for where we wanted to release it, and my manager came up with Disco:wax because he is a fan of the projects they did in the past with similar artists and everyone knows who they are and what they stand for. Anyway, we sent it over to the label manager at Disco:wax and they liked it and said that they wanted to release it worldwide, which then turned into a long-term deal, where I would be able to release music under my own imprint within the label, giving me more freedom as an artist in the end. I feel like I have more creative control now. The only thing I have to do and care about, is music production and DJ’ing. So I’m really satisfied that I can dedicate all of my time towards that.”
What do you have coming up?
“We have a vocalist who would be a perfect singer for an Avicii track. He has a country style and he’s quite unknown. He has the perfect type of vocal for the track that we just recorded a few weeks ago. I also have a lot of big collaborations and features coming up that I’m sure you’re going to love.”
What differentiates you from the rest of the music industry?
“All I make, comes straight from the heart. I also have an interesting blend of different styles, mostly pop/EDM. I love to use instruments like acoustic drums, guitar, violin and piano, since it gives such a beautiful feeling to the track. I have a more energetic feel in my tracks and then you have some very soft and smooth vocals on top. There is a big contrast between those two things, which makes it blend perfectly together. You’ll hear what I’m talking about, when you hear my next couple of tracks.”
Who would you collaborate with?
“If I was to dream really big, I would say Martin Garrix, but I would love to work with someone who has something I don’t have, and knows something i don’t. If i had to pick some, I’d say Unknown Brain, Illenium or CMC$. Those guys is a perfect example of productions with emotions, unique sounds and a lot creativity.”
Who are your inspirations?
“All time inspiration is the classical one – Martin Garrix. I’m a huge fan of his, but I’m not really inspired by any DJ’s. I’m more inspired by classical music, like Hans Zimmer and Ludovico Einaudi (Italian pianist), which inspired me a lot for my next production.”
What are your aspirations for your career?
“Something that makes me happy, is when I read through the comments on my Youtube music, and I see people having experiences with my music. Like for example, them having a road trip with their friends and they associate my music with their road trip. I can save somebody’s day with posting a track. If they listen to my track and they are happy, then I feel good. It’s the best feeling. I dream about living from something that I deeply love, and something that I can make millions of people happy with. For festival shows, I have my heart on playing Roskilde festival because I’ve been there so much, and have so many crazy memories with both friends and family, but I would also love to play Tomorrowland, Ultra or Coachella.”
Do you like vocal tracks as opposed to instrumental? Do you have a preference?
“It all depends on what kind of track I decide to make. Definitely the kind of music I am making now, I prefer vocals. If I have to go really into it and make more EDM, then I’d prefer instrumental. You can make a lot of beautiful music without a vocal. Instrumentals are easier, as you don’t have to wait for the right singer, the right lyrics and stuff like that. You can make really make some epic music, with just the instrumental, and that’s what I like. So yeah, It’s really hard to decide.”
Do you think the instrument element helps in your production?
“Definitely. I think being able to play the piano helps me more than anything else. I have a lot of friends calling me for help with their melodies, since it all really comes to me naturally. I’m not an advanced piano player, I’ve not learned any music theory like that, I just remember which tones fits together.”
Check out the latest track ‘Die Hard’ below and get it right here: