Interview with DJ Felix T
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed.”
That’s how Felix describes himself as a DJ. Never afraid to go too deep, his emotive musical selections are his own therapy. Having grown up with a group of electronic music enthusiasts, Felix was influenced a lot by European underground sounds. Today, this translates into his unique style of music with deep and hypnotic groove.
We at Kingdome had the pleasure of getting to know DJ Felix T and his inspirations to become a DJ.
How did it all begin?
I met one of the legendary DJ in KL (DJ Love a.k.a. Reuben Valentine) in a party, we became friend after that and that’s how it all begin.
Where did the name come from?
That’s my real name and initial.
What gave you that initial push to become a DJ?
I love music and I want to play.
What genre would you describe your tracks?
Who is your biggest inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
A good friend of mine Johnny inspired me a lot in terms of music taste. Johnny, Reuben and Q as they shared many knowledge with me.
What subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
This is a tricky one as I don’t really pay attention on genre, a good track will make me goosebumps regardless of any genre.
What was the first event you ever played at?
A private event at a small neighborhood bar.
When you play is it a pre planned set or live?
Live, sometimes is hard to predict how the crowd turns out so just play by ear.
Which other countries have you played?
Only in Malaysia at the moment.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?
I had a chance to send Jerome Isma-Ae back to his hotel and we had a long conversation about music along the way. After dropping Jerome at the hotel and I found his headphone was left in my car, at that moment I thought it would be my coolest DJ collector item but of course I return it back to Jerome in the end.
What is the best event you’ve played at?
2015 NYE rooftop party organized by Proper&Gamble.
Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
Song request is not something new for DJ, a guy came with CD after I told him off that I don’t have that track.
What do you love about the scene?
Meeting people who love music.
What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene?
DJ who don’t provide playlist on mix set.
If you could eternally be stuck on one year’s music scene, which year would it be and why?
This is not something that I want to happen, which I don’t like to be stuck.
What was the first record you brought?
I have bad memory in name and title, people who know me will understand this as sometimes I don’t even remember the title of the track that I dropped earlier.
What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?
Don’t follow commercial music and I don’t know any.
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Robert Babicz – Remote Kiss (Davi Remix)
Out of all the tunes you have, which one “never fails”?
Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda – The Space Between Us (Original Mix)
What is your favorite tune of all time?
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)
Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me?
Be nice to everyone.
(Perhaps a little bit deeper of a question) What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
Vinyl definitely have more sentimental value than mp3 file, playing a vinyl on turn table and feel the moving mechanism compare playing mp3 file on CD player will never be the same.
(Follow up) Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound? A DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style? Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there even important in modern DJing?
Yes, style of music is important in modern DJing and it also represent your taste of music. That’s no right or wrong as long as it sounds good.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
Listen to music with a nice cup of coffee.
What do you do outside the dance music scene?
Travelling, it helps me for new inspiration.
Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
The growing technology is helping the scene grow further. Who knows what technology can bring us in near future.
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ’s making? What advice would you give them?
Choosing the right sound for the right time as you don’t want to go too heavy on early hours set.
For more music from DJ Felix T check out his soundcloud