Felix Leiter might be a new name to many of you, but to those of you who know Felix, you will agree that he is a strong force in the Newcastle (UK) EDM scene. He started djing before he could even enter a nightclub and now maintains residency at Digital, voted ’Best Large British Club’ and ’11th Best Club In The World’ by none other than DJ Mag. He has only a few years of producing under his belt but he has been cranking out plenty of bangers and has gained support from plenty of big names in the industry such as Tiesto, Laidback Luke, and Fedde Le Grand. Our representative, Cameron Windsor, recently had the opportunity to meet up with Felix and ask him some questions.
First let’s dig into your background a bit. How did u get pulled into the electronic dance music scene and which came first, Djing or Producing?
Dj’ing came first, over ten years ago… I started Dj’ing before I was old enough to go to clubs, but as soon as I could, I got involved! I started my own club night with my best friend, and we started to book our favorite Dj’s to come and play our parties… Producing came around 2007, after playing around on Abelton making edits and bootlegs I decided to start remixing and producing original tracks.
Who/What is your biggest inspiration in the edm scene?
It’s interesting that you ask what as well as who, my biggest inspiration in the dance floor and always has been. I DJ very much with the crowd in mind and whilst producing I’m constantly thinking about what will work on the floor.
Being the resident DJ at Digital, Newcastle. What is it like playing at the recently voted “best large UK Club”?
Playing at Digital is a huge honor, it’s a fantastic club with an amazing Funktion 1 sound system! We run our Elektriqa events there and everyone from Calvin Harris to Knife Party have loved the club and asked to come back. If you ever get the chance to come and experience it, get involved you’ll LOVE IT!!
Describe your sound?
Big room House / Electro / Progressive | It’s designed to arms up in the air and people jumping around.
You recently dropped a couple singles, “Elektriqa”, “Monkey Tennis”, and “Your Future Is Digital.” what have the responses to those been?
Fantastic! The video we made for Elektriqa was a re-make of a really old Prodigy video, it got over 50,000 hits in the first week on Spinnin’ Records TV alone! Monkey Tennis has been licensed to Ministry Of Sound for their ‘Clubbers Guide’ CD series. Your Future Is Digital has been supported by Tiesto on his Club Life Radio show several times and has been added to Ministry Of Sound TV.
Which do you prefer more, DJing or producing?
In honesty, DJ’ing. But, what’s really the best is playing out a track you’ve been working so hard on in the studio, it makes it come alive!
If you could collaborate with any other producer who would it be and why?
I’d love to make a track with Armand Van Helden, he’s a legend in my eyes… He has produced tracks that shaped my love of music and he’s an all round super cool mother fucker!
What do you have in the works for us in the future? Any secrets or hints you want to give us?
I have a load of new tracks & remixs coming your way before the end of the year and beyond… I’m playing a load of festivals in the next few weeks, including Colours with Sander Van Doorn and Mint with Eddie Haliwell, my night Elektriqa has a fantastic line up in the coming months including Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten, Deniz koyu & Thomas Gold. So plaenty for me to be excited about!