Before his recent show at Mezzanine in San Francisco, Chicago house superstar Felix Da Housecat (who now splits his time between London and Atlanta) stopped in to the DJ TechTools studios. Throughout our chat, the man born Felix Stallings Jr. waxed philosophical on his musical upbringing, making classic tracks for future generations (despite the disposable nature of today’s singles-based dance-music industry), and how he finally came around to digital DJing.
Watch our exclusive video interview up top, check out more about Felix on SoundCloud and Facebook, and catch him on tour at the dates below:
- May 09 Plaza, Zurich, Switzerland
- May 10 Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
- Jul 04 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
- Jul 05 Weekend Beach Festival, Torre Del Mar, Spain
- Jul 12 Balaton Sound, Zamardi, Hungary
- Jul 19 Electro Magnetic Festival, Volklingen, Germany
- Aug 15 Frequency Festival, Sankt Pölten, Austria
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I agree with a lot that he said. I think it’s ridiculous to hold on to analog media as some “digital is cheating” mentality. You should play analog because you like it and prefer it, but if you really are holding away from digital, sync, etc…because you fear being chastised by a few, then grow a thick skin and get over it. Make amazing sets and no one will be able to ridicule on the “how”…unless you’re playing pre-made sets (or stealing them).
I also agree deeply with how disposable music has become. I’ve been watching this for a while now, when I’d have peers get on me to have a full new playlist literally every month. It’s no wonder so much music because forgettable after 2000.
Definitely a legend but I have to ask, is he using sync in the video of him playing at Space?
All syncs are on, yes. But it makes so much sense for him to be doing so. It’s a mundane task at his level and doing it for 4 decks?… Saves a lot of time on a chore that’s below him.
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Great interview. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Good one! thanks guys!
I met Felix after he played at the Arches in Glasgow a few years back. I was staying in the same hotel and bumped into him in the lobby, he invited me and my girlfriend up to his suite for a smoke. Genuinely the nicest and most chill guy ever.
Felix Da mothafuckin chillingest Cat evar!
yo that’s good shit ! too bad he doesn’t show his setup !
He rocks dual X1 MK2s – here’s a video of him at Space using them:
They’re in the webstore if anyone wanted a Felix-style setup: https://store.djtechtools.com/products/kontrol-x1-mk2
Great interview, more like this please.
What an absolute legend that guy is. Love his music, love his attitude.
oh. at St. Pölten. at one of the biggest beer can trash partys in the world.
Great video! I love his takes on digital vs. analog, and love music vs. money music. Not to mention his story about coming to traktor. Makes my heart sing.