One of the top DJs in Vancouver and across the globe, Felix Cartal is quickly becoming a major player in the electro house scene. His hard-hitting tracks and ability to foster creative collaborations make him one of the industry’s most sought-after performers.
Cartal (real name Taelor Deitcher) has fused influences from European behemoths like Vitalic and darker producers like MSTRKRFT into a sound entirely his own (the latter were early supporters of the up-and-coming producer.) Unafraid to take risks in his music, he has often left the comfortable confines of house to remix artists like Crystal Fighters (for their hit “Plague”) and will.i.am (an edit of the Wolfgang Gartner-produced “Forever”). His remix of Steve Aoki and Tiesto’s “Tornado” is a blistering example of the Canadian’s much-hyped skills.
His original work is also unrelentingly popular. Cartal’s last two studio albums, 2010’s Popular Music and 2012’s Different Faces, garnered much acclaim from blogs worldwide. Tracks like “The Joker,” “Cascade” (a collaboration with Bart B. More), and the epic chiptune-inspired “We Are All Aliens” showcase the artist’s hard-hitting style and add substance to the ever-expanding vocabulary of electro house. Along the way, he’s put out releases for Dim Mak, Lektroluv, and Boysnoize.
In 2012, Cartal traveled across the U.S. and Canada, playing dozens upon dozens of packed shows. He has graced some of the same stages as Armin van Buuren, Rusko, and Kanye West, even appearing at big-time European festivals like Tomorrowland (in Belgium) and Way Out West (Sweden). His characteristic high-energy sets incite some of the rowdiest crowds and hardest dancing the house community has ever seen.