Backstage QnA: Felix Da Housecat Cape Town We Are One
The Felix Da Housecat Cape Town performance on Human Rights Day topped off another memorable We Are One Colour Festival.
IDM Mag was invited backstage to interview the legendary Chicago house native. What we discovered was an eccentric and sentimental host with a sense of humour and a new-found love for Durban’s Plagiarhythm.
“I don’t want to sound cheesy, but for me being here for the first time, makes me very happy. I’m just gonna go out there, let the colours fly and see where we land.”
Hello Felix. How have you been since the last time we interviewed you?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: Dope, dope. My managers loved the interview a lot. They were like “Felix, you’re so controversial.” I only tell the truth.
So I heard you’ve been feeling a little under weather. You okay?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: Oh man, I was sick. I was doing this party in Dublin and I didn’t realise how much love I was gonna get there. When I left London I only took a hoodie. I thought I was going to go in from the car, club and then back to the hotel. Then my tour manager called me, he’s like “Felix you have to take a few pictures with the fans”. One turned into twenty five – and it all happened outside. My bones are still aching – we only landed a few hours ago.
So you haven’t even had any chance to take the sights in?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: Ah no man. But when we flew in, we saw Lion’s Head – that was beautiful. By the way I like what’s playing right now. This has a nice sunset ambience about it. Who is this?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: It’s really nice…
Speaking of which, what do you think of the We Are One Festival?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: I love the whole Woodstock hippy thing. I’m like a bohemian hippy type dude – I know I’m all in black. I’m all out of bright colours right now [laughs].
The last time we spoke, you told me that the hustle plan for We Are One SA is booty shaking house. Is that still on the cards?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: I’m just going to do my thing and jump straight in. My sets are a little bit more intense – than what’s been on the We Are On SA set-list – but not in any annoying way, if that makes sense. I know house music is very popular here [in a high pitched voice – the kind you expect in 90’s house music video – he sings] “house music!” [and laughs].
I think there’s a good vibe out there today seeing that it is Human Rights day. How do you feel about playing across the road from where Nelson Mandela gave his first public speech upon his release?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: It hasn’t hit me yet… but it will. We only landed four hours ago. When we were in the hotel room my father-in-law [who travels with Felix] was like “damn Felix, we’re in Africa!” [laughs]. I’m not a militant guy, but I know my heritage. When I was a kid my mom put me in an all-black college. I love every colour of the rainbow, but I don’t forget the history that we as blacks had to go through. It’s how we fought brother.
This is unofficially your last interview in Cape Town. Any last words?
FELIX DA HOUSECAT CAPE TOWN: I don’t want to sound cheesy, but for me being here for the first time, makes me very happy. I’m just gonna go out there, let the colours fly and see where we land – you know wha’ I’m saying? Let’s see where we go. Cheers brother.
Photo courtesy of Monique Brune.
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