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Last Thursday night I had the pleasure of seeing Norwegian producer/DJ Fehrplay for the first time. Born Jonas von der Fehr, the 24-year-old had a whirlwind 2012; a year which put him on the map as a breakout producer and DJ. I first heard of Fehrplay when listening to a Ministry of Sound 2010 compilation that featured his bomb “Meow (Meow Again)”, but only did I really take notice of him two years later thanks to Eric Prydz and his Epic Radio podcasts. The opening track of episode one (May 15, 2012) was Fehrplay’s then-newest single “Incognito” and it was something driving and powerful. Since first hearing Fehrplay’s “Meow”, his style has matured with a new sophisticated, detailed, progressive, and powerful sound. That’s probably most evident by getting signed to Eric Prydz’s label Pryda Friends, where other Prydz understudies such as Jeremy Olander release music.
Thursday the 9th was a packed, sold-out show in the theater district of Boston. I was excited for the fact that I would be seeing a DJ who works closely with Eric Prydz and who would no doubt adopt a similar live style. Bijou’s sound system is easily the best in the city of Boston – there’s no way you can argue me on that – and when Fehrplay dropped Mark Knight’s newest single “Your Love” to open his set, I completely lost it (and that sound system made “Your Love” sound better than I’d ever heard it). After that, Fehrplay went into a string of Deep House and Jungle-esque songs I didn’t recognize, but I absolutely loved. Finally he started getting into the Pryda Friends tracks that I’ve been loving as of late, such as his remix of “Every Day”, his original tune “Nightrider”, Pryda’s “Power Drive”, and even a Cirez D track that I couldn’t put my finger on (Cirez D is Eric Prydz’s darker, Techno moniker).
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay for the whole night, but what I did get to witness was pure filth and I loved every second of the set Fehrplay was laying down. You may not be too familiar with the name, but I highly recommend you check out his tracks and go see him if he comes to a city near you – especially if you enjoy listening to productions and sets by guys like Eric Prydz and Jeremy Olander.
Bijou has a ton of good shows coming up, such as their two-year anniversary with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano next Tuesday (WIN TICKETS HERE!) and Mark Knight at the end of June. Check out our Boston Shows Page for more info!
Thanks to Mete and the folks at Bijou for the continued support!