UK dance music veteran FELIX famous for his 1992 chart hit "Don't You Want Me" is back with a new label and a tune to support the David Lynch Foundation.
His recent release has been supported by Nervo, Tommy Sunshine, Doc Martin, Ozcan, Hardwell, LikeMike and Dimitri Vegas and more, with also being sampled by Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and Guetta.
FELIX launches his new label ‘DANCE FX’ with long awaited fresh material and opens up with a first release in partnership with Electronic Music Alliance that gives back to the community helping Urban kids through the discipline in meditation.
Reaching for the Top’ - Produced by FELIX
FELIX dug deep into the creative crates to find his influences on "Reaching For The Top". Drawing on Rave and early House influences FELIX brings the good vibes of the 'summer of love' bang up to date in a feel good DJ workout that should slip nicely into any set. All his sales profits from the release will be donated to the David Lynch Foundation, a charity that heals traumatic stress for ex-soldiers and kids in urban areas.
FELIX is all about promoting the positive and inclusive message of Dance Music that has brought people from all backgrounds from over the world together in celebration and mutual respect.
‘I feel so passionately about giving back, I have been lucky enough to do well in the Dance Industry and I feel now it’s my time to give back to the community’
Release date: 19th October 2015 / Exclusive on Beatport.
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FELIX Bio / History
Like so many teenagers of his generation, Essex boy Felix started his passion for music by ravenously devouring vinyl. Felix had already nurtured a love of Soul & Funk introduced from the ‘Street Sounds’ compilations, explored an interest in Hip Hop and became steadily influenced by the House sound of Chicago that was working it’s way into the UK’s consciousness. By 1988, aged only 15 he was DJ’ing professionally in and around his hometown of Chelmsford.
After commandeering basic studio equipment from friends and family Felix took his passion to the next logical step by creating his own music. After a handful of obscure but well received white label releases Felix struck gold with his first hit single ‘Don’t You Want Me’.
‘Don’t You Want Me’ is widely regarded to have helped launch a new style of dance music. The track became a No.1 hit throughout the world and reached No 6 in the UK Charts. ‘Don’t You Want Me’ also became the third biggest selling single in Europe and won ‘Dance Record of the Year’ at the DMC Music Awards. It also appears on the compilation ‘The Best Dance Album in the World… Ever’
In 2005 Crazy Frog made his own version of the song, available on the album ‘More Crazy Hits’. David Guetta went on to use the track as the basis for Snoop Dogg’s single ‘Sweat (Wet)’. ‘Don’t You Want Me’ was interpolated by Meck in 2007 for the single ‘Feels Like Home’. In 2008, Madonna incorporated elements of ‘Don’t You Want Me’ during ‘Feels Like a Prayer’ live on her record breaking 85 date ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’.
Single number two ‘It Will Make Me Crazy’ again was a No 1 hit throughout Europe and reached No 12 in the UK charts. It also won ‘Best Dance Video’ at the Sol Music Awards. Felix became a massive but faceless star on the strength of two singles selling in excess of 3 million units worldwide. Deconstruction Records fully supported the anti publicity stance believing in letting the music speak for itself. In 1993 Felix recorded the Album ‘#1’ with Producer Mark ‘Blakkat’ Bell of Shaboom Records. This was to become a lasting relationship. Another single ’Stars’ a cover of Sylvester released reached No 22 in the UK charts.
In 1996 Felix co-wrote and produced the single ‘You Are Heaven Sent’ with the artist Nicolette for her debut Album on Talking Loud. It was also included on the compilation ‘Rebirth of Cool’ and described as “A Twisted Classic” by Patrick Forge.
Felix began working with underground London DJ Kenny C under the name ‘The Partycrashers’. Their music was clearly influenced by US House and Jack from labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Cajual, Dancemania and Relief. Armand Van Helden was a particular fan of their Remix of Minty’s ‘Plastic bag’ a single of the week in the New Musical Express (NME) the highly respected publication in the UK since the 1960’s.
‘The Partycrashers’ teamed up with respected Techno DJ: Tony Sapiano and began working on some harder, faster material. Many of the tracks produced during this prolific period of Felix’s career are now considered underground Dance Classics. A quick check on You Tube will attest to the devotion of House and Techno fans to the output of this time.
After a brief sabbatical Felix is back with a forthcoming album and can be found enjoying family life in Los Angeles, California.
Due to overwhelming fan pressure he is launching the album with a fresh 2015 mix of ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Felix is excited to be again involved in the EDM scene, not faceless this time but sincere and on a mission to promote the positive, inclusive power of club music. Felix has watched the scene grow and change from 1988 to now and believes that all forms of electronic dance should be equally respected, united and celebrated as ‘Electronic Dance Music’.