Felix Cartal

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Felix Cartal
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Felix Cartal in 2012
Background information
Birth nameTaelor Deitcher
Born (1987-04-09) April 9, 1987 (age 31)[1]
OriginNew Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
GenresEDM, house, electro house
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ, songwriter
InstrumentsDigital audio workstation, bass, piano
Years active2009–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group, Dim Mak
Associated actsKaskade, Zedd, Steve Aoki, MSTRKRFT

Taelor Deitcher, better known by his stage name Felix Cartal, is a Canadian DJ and electronic dance music producer. He released his first EP Skeleton in 2009 once he signed with Dim Mak Records.[2] Since then he has gone on to release two full-length albums, 2010's Popular Music and 2012's Different Faces and tour around the world with Wolfgang Gartner, MSTRKRFT, and Bloody Beetroots. Deitcher set the trend of collaborating with unpredictable vocalists in the dance scene such as Sebastien Grainger of Death from Above 1979, Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds and Johnny Whitney of The Blood Brothers.

Early life[edit]

In 2000, Deitcher attended New Westminster Secondary School. He began playing bass in the punk and hardcore scene with a band called Dysfunctional, named after a sticker they had found.[3] Their musical style were inspired from groups such as Refused, NOFX and Anti-Flag. They had developed a small fanbase in North Vancouver and performed at venues before reforming into a more progressive, The Mars Volta/Pink Floyd-inspired group named Orange Orange, which broke up in 2006.

Following the group's disintegration, Deitcher experimented with music production software such as Reason and Cubase. Influenced by the club nights and parties with local DJs, Deitcher acknowledged the similarity of the punk and EDM scenes which prompted him to get involve into the EDM scene.

Deitcher enrolled at the University of British Columbia where he majored in English. He moved to Scotland for a semester at Glasgow University.


2006–10: Skeleton and Popular Music[edit]

In December 2006, he emerged on the international blog scene alongside MSTRKRFT with original songs such as "Moss vs. Tree" and "Parisienne".

During his time in the UK, Deitcher signed with a booking agent and started playing weekend shows across Britain and Europe. His third ever show was opening for Justice with an audience of over 4,000 people. By the time he returned to his hometown four months later, he was already an underground star. He opened for MSTRKRFT on their Fist of God tour.[4] He released several more remixes before being signed to Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records and releasing his first EP entitled Skeleton in May 2009.[5]

Four months later, Deitcher released "Drone" as the first single for his debut album "Popular Music". Popular Music was released on February 23, 2010. Along with "Drone", the album featured the singles "Volanco" featuring The Blood Brothers' Johnny Whitney, "World Class Driver" and "Love". Music videos for "Volcano"[6] and "World Class Driver"[7] were made. Deitcher went on tours and performed at music festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival,[8] Camp Bisco, South by Southwest, and Winter Music Conference.

2011–12: Different Faces[edit]

In March 2011, Deitcher released a single titled "The Joker" via Dim Mak Records. The song became one of Deitcher's most notable work and was played in the live sets by notable DJs such as Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke and Diplo. After extensive touring, Deitcher started working on his sophomore album which featured several guest vocalists and focused more on catchy melodies, yet still retained his trademark aggressive sound. His second album, Different Faces was released on March 27, 2012, and featured the singles "Don't Turn on the Lights" featuring Polina Goudieva, "Domo", "Black to White" featuring Miss Palmer, and "H.U.N.T" featuring Sebastien Grainger. Different Faces debuted on the iTunes Top 10 Electronic chart in North America.

Continuing his success, Deitcher started a biweekly podcast entitled The Weekend Workout, a one-hour mix showcasing new electronic dance music including unreleased Deitcher tracks. Starting in June 2012, it became a weekly mix broadcast worldwide on SiriusXM and available for free download on iTunes and Soundcloud. On July 25, 2012, a music video for "Higher" featuring New Ivory was released online. On August 14, 2012, Deitcher released the final single for Different Faces, "Tonight" featuring Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds, accompanied by an EP featuring remixes by Autoerotique, Botnek, and others. On December 4, 2012, Deitcher released single "No Sleep" featuring Natalie Angiuli. On December 20, 2012, "Lullaby" featuring Natalie Angiuli was released as a free download for the B-side to the recently released single "No Sleep".

2013–15: Past Present Felix[edit]

Constantly touring North America and Europe, Deitcher released remixes for Zedd and The Bloody Beetroots. On January 22, 2013, he released a single titled "The Alarm" with Autoerotique.

Collaborating with Clockwork, Deitcher released the single "The Fire" featuring Madame Buttons. He also produced a song for K.Flay titled "Hail Mary" featuring Danny Brown. On July 2, 2013, Deitcher released "Young Love" (featuring Koko LaRoo) as the first single from his four-track EP titled Past Present Felix. On July 25, 2013, the music video for "Young Love" (featuring Koko LaRoo) was released online. Past Present Felix was released August 6, 2013.

A 16-date headlining North American tour was announced in support of Past Present Felix through September and October 2013. December 3, 2013, saw the release of "New Scene" featuring Ofelia as the final single from Past Present Felix. Following the release of the single, the music video premiered December 19, 2013, on MTVu. After a successful tour, Deitcher released a three-song EP entitled "Credits", featuring the lead single "Ready for Love" featuring Chloe Angelides, on April 29, 2014.

2015–present: Remixes, collaborations, and a new sound[edit]

In 2015, Deitcher signed with Universal Canada and released two singles: "With You" and "Something To Live For". In early 2016, he showcased a new sound on remixes for Kiiara, Wafia, Anna of the North, and Selena Gomez. He then released a collaboration with Kaskade titled "Fakin It" [9] and three original songs: "Keep Up", "Drifting Away", and "Falling Down". In March 2017 he released "Get What You Give", which earned him his first certified Gold Record, followed by "Hold Tight" in September 2017. He then collaborated with R3hab on the track "Killing Time". His next single was the first single from his third studio album titled "Next Season", and was called "Runaway". Three more singles were then released from the album, called "Walking By", Faces", and "Worry".


  • Popular Music (2010)
  • Different Faces (2012)
  • Next Season (2018)


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120327171948/http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/FELIX-CARTAL. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110310195119/http://dimmakrecs.com/artists/felix-cartal/. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "SoundClick artist: dysfunctional - Punk Rock from Canada". Soundclick.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  4. ^ "MSTRKRFT Kick Off "Fist of God" Tour | News". Pitchfork. 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  5. ^ "Skeleton EP [Dim Mak Records]". Beatport. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  6. ^ "Felix Cartal: "Volcano"". Punknews.org. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  7. ^ "Free Music Videos, Video Interviews, Music Video News, Live Sessions and Clips". Nme.Com. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  8. ^ "Electric Daisy Carnival 2010". Electricdaisycarnival.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  9. ^ http://www.youredm.com/2016/05/20/kaskade-releases-new-track-felix-cartal-fakin/

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