Francesco Rumo is a Swiss DJ/producer who is known as Fenox. This rising artist had a strong interest in electronic music from a very young age. After saving up for his own studio equipment, Fenox began creating music at the age of 26. After releasing impressive music on various labels, Fenox gained the attention of Switzerland’s biggest music imprint, Sirup Music (headed by fellow countryman and top progressive house producer EDX). Even with COVID-19 still going around, Fenox still produced and released wonderful tracks, especially ‘High Together‘ in August and ‘Losing Control‘ in September. Here is One EDM’s exclusive interview with Fenox, the producer who may one day take the global house music scene by storm.
Kenny Ngo: How are you doing on this eleventh month of 2021?
Fenox: Pretty good, thank you! Looking forward to see what the end of the year has in store for us.
Summer ended a couple months ago and we are in autumn (approaching winter soon). How was your summer like?
It was a very productive summer. I finished a lot of great music for everyone to enjoy!
Onto the music, in this year, you released some amazing tracks and EPs in the form of ‘Take What’s Yours’, ‘High Together’, ‘Giving Up on You’, ‘Forget You’, ‘Hey Tonight’ and ‘Losing Control’. What were your most simple and difficult release to produce?
Some of my tracks took a few days to finish while some others took a few months. For example, ‘High Together’ was a project that I started a year ago. I took a break on the project for some time and finished it this year. ‘Giving Up on You’ on the other side only took me a whole day to produce, mix and master. It always depends on how inspired I feel about the project, and how satisfied I am with the final result.
Just recently, KIZĒ and Damboo released their own remixes of ‘Take What’s Yours’. What do you think of their remixes?
I think the remixes are awesome. I’m always amazed by people’s creativity and endless possibilities that music offers.
Back in August, you released one of your latest singles titled ‘High Together’. For many people who aren’t aware of your music, what are the types of feelings should ‘High Together’ bring out in people?
‘High Together’ is a very emotional song. The track feels melancholic and uplifting at the same time, but I think each listener will have their own feelings by listening to it. People who had a bad day will be lifted up, those who had a great one will just dance to it carelessly ! If you haven’t already, I suggest that you check it out and see what emotions the track makes you feel.
With concerts and music festivals gradually coming back even when the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on, have you performed any of your songs you released this year (and even in 2020) at any event?
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to perform myself, but I have been lucky enough to have ‘High Together’ played by many DJs, including EDX, Nicky Romero and Don Diablo in their own radio shows.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
I do have a lot of new music coming soon. If you like what I’ve made so far, you should follow me on Spotify and Instagram to be aware of my newest releases! There’s a lot more to come.
Any upcoming tours or music festivals to perform at?
Fenox has no upcoming tours or music festivals so he skipped this one.
What do you wish to see happen when 2022 arrives?
I’d like to see a few changes in my personal life outside of music, because the pandemic messed some stuff up. But I’m confident that it will get better soon enough! I also wish all the best to those who are in a similar situation.
For personal leisure, where do you want to travel to the most right now?
I’d love to go to Japan one day. Not only could I visit this amazing place, but I could also meet a very good music partner and friend of mine, Shunichi Komazu, who lives there and whom I collaborated on many projects for the past year. We still have a lot of upcoming projects together!