On 11 May 2018, Refeci dropped his addicting new single “Drunk On Your Love” and we simply adore it. It’s a slightly different direction for this Denmark-based DJ and producer, one that we certainly approve of. We must admit that it does excite us for what is to come from him. The song follows up his March release of “Die Hard” which featured Emelie Cyréus.
We urge you to take a listen to the track, as you’ll totally understand why we can’t get enough of it. It just has this energy around it that just makes you realise that this song is pure gold.
Lucky for us, Refeci found some time to chat with us about the release of his brand new single “Drunk On Your Love”. We also found out where his stage name comes from, his music as a whole, and what inspires him the most.
Before we jump in and start talking about your music, where does the name Refeci come from since your real name is Victor Cornelius Tommerup?
When I started making music, I had my last name as my stage name, but it wasn’t really that much of an international name, so I started looking for another name. When I looked for names for the tracks I released under ”Tommerup” I always searched on Latin words, because I love them. I was looking through some pictures with Latin words on them, and I found Refeci. Refeci means ”first-person singular perfect active indicative of reficio”.
You recently dropped your new single “Drunk On Your Love”, can you tell us more about the song?
My songwriter and I agreed on that, no matter what vibe the instrumental has, we want to make something people can relate to. If the instrumental is happy, write something deeper to it, to make some kind of contrast between those two things, and opposite. We ended up with a happy and vibey track (which is also really new for me), but with a moving topline.
How did you go about writing and producing the track? Talk us through the process.
I usually make music with a lot of emotions and feelings in them, but I thought it was time to come up with something more vibey and happy, so I made the piano riff, that you hear in the intro. I began to arrange the song and find the most suitable sounds, and ended up with what you hear now. It took me quite some time to figure out where I wanted to go with this song since it’s not really appealing to what I used to make, but people seem to like it, so I sticked with it. We send it over to my songwriter and started looking for a vocalist. We went through a couple of different people but thought that the vocal we have now, was the best one for the track.
What has the reaction been like to the song?
Overall the reactions that I got from my fans and industry tastemakers, is that the track is absolutely amazing. It gives them a feeling of happiness and summer.
How does this compare to your previously released tracks?
I think the production quality is a lot better in this one than in the others. I’ve been focusing a lot on keeping the right vibe throughout the entire track, to keep people interested in the song. It was a really interesting project for me, since im not really used to making such happy music.
Where did your love of music come from?
I come from a family with a huge love for music. My sister and I grew up with all kinds of music. classical, rock, 80’s music, pop etc. My parents brought me to Roskilde Festival for the first time in 2004, and I’ve been there every year since then. From the first time, I’ve just been in love with the music community. I saw what music did to people. It brings us all together and we’re all there for the same reason.
I started to get interested in learning how to play instruments back in 2005-2006 when my parents bought me an electric guitar, and I’ve been wanting to live from music ever since. My parents also bought me an electric drumset so I could learn how to play the drums, and then we got a piano from my grandmother, so I learned to play that too.
So music has always been a huge part of my life.
What do you hope to achieve with your music?
My biggest goal is, of course, to be able to travel the world, seeing my fans, make millions of people happy with my music and just be happy with what im doing. If I had to choose one very specific thing though, I’d love to play on the Coachella main stage.
Who do you look to for inspiration and what artists inspire you?
When I need inspiration I mostly listen to some classical music from either Ludovico Einaudi or Hans Zimmer. I’ve always felt like that the melodies have been the most important part of a song, and that’s kind of the same thing in their music. It’s all about building tension and excitement around the melody, and not melodies around the drums and stuff. And the most important thing of all, it’s just really pleasing, beautiful, and so relaxing.
The artists that have inspired me the most might be Martin Garrix or Avicii (RIP). I felt like they did it because of the love of music production, which is the same reason as me.
How has your music grown over the past couple of years?
I’ve learned a lot about music theory, since im a huge fan of good melodies. I’m really trying to go in depth with the mixing and mastering of my tracks because it makes things so much easier. I finally started to understand how to sound design, and control the different knobs, because it’s really important to know what you’re doing when it comes to the sounds you use in your music.
Who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
My biggest goal is to work together with Illenium or Martin Garrix. I’ve been talking about Illenium a lot in my last couple of interviews, but he has such an amazing vibe in his music, and the emotions in them are so much what I love.
Martin Garrix seems like a really cool guy, and it sounds like he works the exact same way as I do. I’ve always loved his music, and one of the first EDM songs I ever REALLY felt in love with was from Martin Garrix.
Do you have any advice for DJs and Producers who are just starting their careers?
My advice is to network a lot with international label owners, YouTube channel owners, other artists who can repost and support your stuff, get some great people around you who really believe in you. Something that I find really important right now, is to keep my mind fresh, take some time off sometimes to enjoy my surroundings, my family and friends.
And, finally, do you have a message for your fans?
I just want to say thanks a million times for all the support that you’ve been giving me through the times. I have a lot more great music coming very soon, so remember to always keep an eye on my socials.
Thank you, Refeci, for this amazing interview. If you are interested in following him on his socials to keep up to date with news and new music, check out his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud.
Don’t forget that “Drunk On Your Love” is available to download and stream right now through disco:wax.