Felix Da Housecat
For a guy named after a rubbish 1920s cartoon character, Felix Da Housecat has achieved a hell of a lot in his 37 years on this planet. He started producing dance music at just 16 years old and, a brief hiatus during his uni years aside (his deeply religious parents encouraged him to get out of dance culture) he’s been making and playing music ever since.
It’s good job too because he’s made a good living out of it. Not only has he explored and developed various genres, from minimal house to electro, he also played a vital role in the development of the electroclash movement of the early ’00s that inspired the likes of Goldfrapp and Fischerspooner.
Felix hit the worldwide scene with 2001 album Kittenz And Thee Glitz, made with Miss Kittin, as well as a series of increasingy brilliantly titled albums including Devin Dazzle & The Neon Fever and Virgo Blaktro And The Movie Disco. A P Diddy dance album is currently in production and a tenth solo album coming up, his fans have got plenty more to look forward to. Keep your ears open at his Dubai set and you might even hear a few of his newest tunes.
Felix Da Housecat plays Nova at Sanctuary, August 7.
Born To Funk
With 20 years of experience to his name and 100 gigs a year under his belt, Ferdinand Lijnkamp couldn’t have picked his alter ego’s name better. Originally he started Born To Funk as a duo with pal Mattijs Muller. The pair went on to release breakout hit ‘Di Bamba’ and several other tracks before Mattjis left Ferdinand to go it alone. Since then Ferdinand has continued the Born To Funk moniker, drawing on his past as a funk and soul DJ to add vocal, grooving elements to the Born To Funk sound.
An old hand at both the club and festival circuit – and gifted with the ability to use four CDJs at once, mixing with a skill that’s had him named ‘King of a capellas’ – Born To Funk should hopefully put on a hell of a show at Dubai’s Digital night.
Born To Funk plays Chi, August 13.