In today’s somewhat confusing(not to mention…so f@cking frustrating)times, it might seem a bit intimidating for an aspiring performer to just get out there and truly be themselves out of fears of this puzzle that has become our everyday lives.
But really, where’s the fun in that?
In fact, now is the absolute best time for all of us to be who we are, whether on or off the music block.
And if there’s one invigorating performer out there who’s not just delivering a unique, out-of-this-world sound, but is also inspiring others to just simply….be themselves….it’s Mexican-American queer pop artist, Felix and the Future.
Hailing from Brooklyn (and will hopefully be serving the likes of Philly very soon), Felix has crafted a style, sass and sound that has carved him out as a force to be reckoned with in the LGBTQ community, with this being in correspondence to the vivid response to his latest album, Holy Hands Vol 2 (go here), which has caught the eyes of ears of fans across the country.
However……you betta call Pink because Mr. Felix is just getting the party started. Just ask OUT Magazine, Heart is a Spade and Golden Press who’ve had nothing but fabulous things to say about Felix and the Future’s visually and electronically stimulating new clip, “Karen,” which is only a true pre-cursor to his latest intergalactic set.
And since you’ve been such good guys, gals and gays, you’ll get to hang out with “Karen” below, but first get to know Felix as he stopped by Philly Mixtape for a far out music tea about, well,….it all.
Take a sip….you’ll be glad you did.
First up, spill for everyone about where you pull your musical influences and style from… I am very inspired by Clara Rockmore, the virtuoso theremin player and the incredible uneasiness of music that she brought to the world. It was beautiful, otherworldly and also a bit sad. Klaus Nomi is another inspiration. He was so ahead of his time and so bizarrely talented, but had his career cut short by AIDS. If you don’t know his music, please look it.
Okay, let’s get this one out of the way because it stumps everybody….shout out a few albums you simply can’t live and breathe without…. I couldn’t live without The Hours soundtrack composed by Phillip Glass. (I’m actually listening to it right now.) it sends me into a deep meditative place that makes me hyper focused. I imagine that’s what Ritalin is like for college kids studying, although I’ve never taken it. I [also] couldn’t live without Boys for Pele by Tori Amos. When I listen to this album I see a black void with iridescent images floating in and out like storytelling angels. The level of imagination and surrealism inspires me every time. Kate bush’s Aerial is the album I listen to when I want to be bathed in sunlight. It floods me like July and it helps me through winter days.
Let’s spill about your riveting new set, How did it all come to light? It came to light through darkness. Almost none of the songs take place during the daytime. I was on a night train in Southeast Asia when I started writing Karen. She was the gateway song into black space. For me, I was at a crossroads. Each song, like a mini planet, pulled up memories, dreams, failures, and struggles that had been bubbling under for years. Once I started writing they poured out of me like a fountain. I made a conscious decision to look into the face of everyone who made me feel inadequate, who mocked me, and also those that I had wronged and used my songs to speak to them. Maybe the songs will keep them from haunting me. Or maybe they are now e-ghosts!
What are some other messages you hope to get across through your music and performances? The songs are a sanctuary for those in need. They are strange and sometimes disturbing, but they allow you to be whoever you want to be and take what you want to take. I hope the songs help you mine for your inner diamond.
What are some words of inspiration you would personally give to those who may be struggling through to make it in today’s tough times? Nothing is real. Reality isn’t real. Social media isn’t real. Everything is an illusion, and an illusion for you to mold to your liking with a little bit of glitter and resourcefulness.
What’s next for Felix and the Future on the 2018 horizon? I’ll be on a mini tour with Hunger City this coming June. It’ll be East Coast/West Coast! He and I are also doing a weekly music + life chat via Instagram Live every Sunday at 10PM. So if you want us to come to your city hit us up! My new video A Voice from the Future will be premiering in the next couple of weeks with director Michael Saint-Onge. I’m playing at Transpecos next month. I’m shooting more music videos this spring and working on a Photo Concept Project with the photographer Joe Kramm.
One last sip…….describe Holy Hands Vol. 2 album in one word… Translunar