11.27.2010 FELIX DA HOUSECAT
"Saturday" at Ruby Skye:: Opening Set by DJ Rooz
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Christian Pineiro and Mixed Elements bring you the Legendary DJ/Producer
from Chicago, Felix Da Housecat to San Francisco for another amazing
night. A few months ago, Felix visited us with a Sold Out, Packed house.
Let's repeat history again this Saturday night!
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$390 includes 6 VIP Tickets with Tax and Tip.
FELIX DA HOUSECAT – HE WAS KING
“This is my electronic pop record,” preens Felix Da Housecat, midway
through a world tour to promote his latest album He Was King. “Whereas
Kittenz & The Glitz was straight up electro, He Was King is straight
Felix Da Housecat pop with a nice electronic feel.” Packed with club
smashes like ‘KickDrum' and future synth-pop classics such as ‘We All
Wanna Be Prince' and ‘Spank You Very Much', his tenth album is arguably
his most concise, complete work since Kittenz & The Glitz ripped up
the electro rulebook back in 2001.
But right now, Felix is all about the present and 2009 is a big year for
Felix Stallings. Not only is he about to release his tenth - and quite
possibly best - album, he's also just graced the cover of club bible
Mixmag with hip-hop maestro Sean ‘Diddy' Combs. That's because back in
March, he headlined Mixmag's Main Event 2 at Cameo alongside DJ buddies
Simian Mobile Disco, A Trak, Junior Sanchez and DJ Mehdi.
“That party was surreal to me. I normally drink more than a couple of
shots of tequila and couldn't get buzzed because the party was so
surreal. The party was the buzz! I was so LOCKED IN, as Puff would say.
He said I played with confidence, that I didn't give a fuck and that I
was downright disrespectful. I was so focused! But that whole day was a
party. I did 4 parties in 24 hours and was still standing at the end.”
Those close to him know that he's had a tumultuous couple of years but
09 promises to be his best yet, both professionally and personally. “I
totally agree. When I did Virgo Blacktro I got tired of doing the same
electro/electro-clash sound: I wanted to do something different and get
my passion back. People liked it but what they wanted was more ‘Ready To
Wear' and ‘Silver Screen'. So now, I've come back with ‘KickDrum'.”
Already endorsed by Soulwax, Boys Noize and Erol Alkan, it's the
Felix-flavored club smash we've all been waiting for. It's a volte-face,
sure: Virgo was an r ‘n' b-style electro LP overseen by Atlanta
producer Dallas Austin and made for the heart, whereas He Was King is
for the heart AND floor. Ever the workaholic, Felix maintains that he
never actually went anywhere.
“Totally! My whole thing is I never went anywhere,” he nods. Now I'm
doing what I want to do, I've gone full circle and I am at peace.” But
he does admit to being stumped by the reaction to Virgo. “I had just
moved to Atlanta and was still all over the place. I wanted to do
something different but my life was chaotic. This was my experimental
album, my ‘Lovesexy'.” Ever the Prince fan, he considers his simile.
“Well, it was either my ‘Lovesexy' or my ‘Around The World'. After
Prince came with ‘Purple Rain', he followed it with ‘Around The World'
and everyone was pissed off ‘cos they wanted another ‘PR.' But I'm glad I
did it because it made me more hungry!”
So the new album sees a more fresh, focused Felix return to the fray. A
better mindset, stronger songs and a desire to take on the world again.
“My mentality and attitude was the same as when I made Kittenz and The
Glitz. We're all thieves – I do it too – but I got tired of people
questioning my edge. I guess I got comfortable and just thought
everything would slam. You do have to think about the radio, the people,
the fans and yourself but it was so humbling that I did that record and
people weren't ready for it.”
He Was King is a title that leaves nothing to the imagination – and the
record inside is a stately sixty-minute adventure in electro-stereo.
“This is my ‘Parade' or my ‘1999',” he giggles. “When I heard ‘Parade' I
was like ‘maaaan! It was like Prince but a different kind of Prince.
And this time, the record is more campy. I went back to the silliness. I
wanted this to be more fun.”
‘We All Wanna Be Prince' is pure perfection – indeed, it's his best
since ‘Ready To Wear' and a record only Stallings could concoct. “That's
a good comparison,” he smiles. “It's sort of like a tribute but it's
sort of not - I didn't want to insult Prince! Every lyric on that record
is from a Prince song. It was a last minute thing and [engineer] BC was
working on a song and it was just a kick and I heard a stab and I said
it sounds like something Prince would make.”
The song is great because it sounds so simple: but the creation was
canny to say the least – and they took their cue from Rogers Nelson
himself. “Like Prince, we slowed my voice down, recorded me half speed
through the computer and then sped me up. I sang it slow like ‘Erotic
City' and we were cracking up. Then I played [guest singer] Nesh some
Wendy and Lisa and I brought her in and out of the track. It was a joke
but then when the track was done, we realized we really had something!”
Nesh, it transpires, is Felix's secret weapon. “I met Nesh through
Dallas two years ago,” he explains. “She was in a girl band called Red,
they were a knock off of the Spice Girls. They toured with Alexander
O'Neal and Bryan Adams. She was doing law when we met…” They've been
inseparable since. “Every album I try to do it different, I wanted a
dreamy side to it… like a Wendy and Lisa. I wanted to bring a
high-pitched dreamy voice to it - the higher the pitch, the more twisted
and campy the album would be. And we were just hanging out – and then I
said – let's try this out. I needed a female voice and I learned in my
career, every time I work with females, the songs come out more
successful.” Suddenly we hear an English voice singing sweetly in the
The signature song from ‘Coming To America' never sounded so apt.
HE WAS KING - Track by Track quotes from Felix.
1. We All Wanna Be Prince “Every lyric on that record is from a Prince song. I'm sure Prince is going to hear this! “
2. Plastik Fantastik “Straight up sexy”
3. KickDrum “You know this one!”
4. Do We Move Your World “Very Human League inspired, my straight up 80s tribute”
5. We “great interlude”
6. Spank You Very Much “A much slower version of Sex Shooter”
7. Do Not Try This At Home “This has a Tom Tom Club type vibe!”
8. Turn Me On A Summer Smile “Quentin Tarantino style live bass, live guitar and spooky keyboards!”
9. Elvi$ “2manydjs and Erol have been hammering this”
10. LA Ravers “This is the whole chopped up ‘Tweak' vibe”
11. Machine “This is like those Russian girls Tatu! That's my other electro pop moment. The one to make you smile!”
12. He Was King “This is my new ‘Pray For a Star' and that's a BIG
STATEMENT because that's the favorite song I ever made. This is right up
HE WAS KING IS OUT NOW
21+ 9pm - 4am @ Ruby Skye - 420 Mason St.