Felix Da Housecat
The gods of electronic music must be watching over Hong Kong these days. We were blessed with the likes of Paul Van Dyk and Sasha last month and this fortnight the enigmatic Felix Da Housecat pops by in glorious fashion.
As his alias suggests, Felix is one of the world’s big names in house music. Having grown up in Illinois and learnt his craft in the heart of the Chicago house music scene, his tunes are synth-laden and equipped with the addictively repetitive basslines characteristic of Chicago house. They’re sometimes topped with the glitter of disco (see 2009’s Like Something 4 Porno) or have had a bit of acid house dripped on them (Sliver Screen (Shower Scene) from 2001) but one thing’s for sure – Felix Da Housecat’s music will always get you dancing.
The two-time Grammy nominee has been around house music for almost as long as it has existed. Felix’s first single, Phantasy Girl, was released in 1987 when he was just 16. His biggest break, however, occurred with the release of his 2001 album Kittenz and Thee Glitz, highlighted by guest vocals from French singer Miss Kitten, which catapulted his career into mainstream exposure. Since then, he has done remixes for the likes of Madonna and Kylie and collaborated with P Diddy and Eric Prydz.
And although he’s known for his house tunes by reputation, Felix is now one of the greatest innovators of electroclash – a fusion genre between electronic music and post-punk new wave. Listen to Felix’s track We All Wanna Be Prince for an intro to this synthetic brand of music. Or better yet – hear it straight from the horse’s mouth at Volar on June 8. Or should that be cat’s mouth?
Catch Felix's set at Volar on Friday June 8.