Felix (musician)

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Felix
Birth name Francis Wright
Also known as Felix
Origin Chelmsford, Essex
Genres House, dance
Occupation(s) producer, DJ
Years active 1992–present

Felix (born Francis Wright) is a British producer and DJ. He is known for his hit track "Don't You Want Me" and his underground house project "The Party Crashers".

Life & Career[edit]

Felix was born in Chelmsford, Essex. His passion for music began early with a love of Soul & Funk from the "Street Sounds" compilations and the House Sound of Chicago. At the age of 15, after exploring a brief interest in Hip Hop, he decided to create his own music and began getting involved with DJ'ing.[1]

After a handful of releases, Felix's 1992 track "Don't You Want Me" became the real game changer of his career and went on to become one of the most important tracks in dance music history.[2] In an interview with AXS (ticket merchant) celebrating the track's 23 year release, Felix admitted "[he] was working a 9-to-5 job when the song first came out. It was just such a massive, massive hit.It caught a lot of people off guard and it changed [his] life completely because [he] jumped into it full-time... making music, then touring, DJing, and producing.” [2]

The track, "Don't You Want Me", which sampled Jomanda's "Don't You Want My Love" (co-produced by Rollo and Red Jerry), went to number one on the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. It also reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.[3] A remix of the song - "Don't You Want Me: Pugilist Mix" - formed the soundtrack to the multi-award-winning 1997 TV commercial for Blackcurrant Tango. "Don't You Want Me" was also sampled by David Guetta and Snoop Dogg on their collaboration "Wet" ("Sweat" - clean version) in 2011.

"Don't You Want Me" was sampled by Meck in 2007, to provide the majority of the music for his single, "Feels Like Home". In 2008, Madonna used elements of Meck's version during "Like a Prayer" on the Sticky & Sweet Tour.

Other UK charting singles for Felix included "It Will Make Me Crazy" and "Stars".[3]

"Don't You Want Me 2015" was released on Armada Music on April 13, 2015 and included five new mixes: 'Classic', 'Turbo', 'Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike', 'Atjazz Club' and 'Brodanse Bass Hall".[2]

In 2015, Felix launched his new label "DANCE FX" and all sales from his release of "Reaching for the top" were donated to the David Lynch Foundation.[4]

Felix is currently working on new releases, but is also enjoying his time with his family.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
UK
[3][5]
AUS
[11]
AUT
[6]
BEL
(FLA)

[12]
FIN
[13]
GER
[7]
IRE
[14]
NED
[8]
NOR
[15]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
1992 "Don't You Want Me" 6 17 3 3 1 2 7 3 5 4 1 #1
"It Will Make Me Crazy" 11 55 8 6 1 5 4 9 6 3
1993 "Stars" 29 100 31 16
"Fastslow"
1994 "Get Down" Singles only
1995 "Don't You Want Me" (Patric Prins remix) 10 16 19
1996 "Don't You Want Me" ('96 Pugilist mix) 17
2015 "Reaching For The Top"
2016 "Give You My Heart"
2016 "Golden" feat. SJae
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nonato, Pedro. "Dance Music 101: DJ Felix". Rio Music Conference. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Foster, Allen. "FELIX releases celebratory remix bundle of historic 'Don't You Want Me'". axs.com. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 197. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: FELIX RELEASES NEW TRACK TO SUPPORT DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION". magneticmag.com. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Official Charts > Felix". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  6. ^ a b "austriancharts.at > Felix in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  7. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  8. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Felix in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  9. ^ a b "swedishcharts.com > Felix in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  10. ^ a b "hitparade.ch > Felix in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  11. ^ Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  12. ^ "Ultratop (Vlaanderen) > Felix in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  13. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Felix (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  15. ^ "norwegiancharts.com > Felix in Norwegian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  16. ^ "Certifications Albums Argent - année 1992". Disque en France. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Felix)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 

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