June 22, 2018

Felix Da Housecat

Felix Stallings Jr.

Felix Da Housecat is an American DJ and record producer, originally from Chicago. He gained notoriety not only via his recordings (under a number of aliases), including Mezcalateer, Thee Maddkatt Courtship, Aphrohead and Sharkimaxx, but also for his ownership of Radikal Fear Records. Stallings developed an interest in the emergent Chicago house music scene at a young age. While a student at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois in the mid-1980s, a chance introduction to acid house pioneer DJ Pierre gave the then 15-year-old Stallings his break, and under the patronage and guidance of Pierre, he released his first single, “Phantasy Girl,” in 1987. Also in 1987, Felix went to Alabama State University to study media and communication, where he studied different musicians of the era, including Prince (musician), A Tribe Called Quest, and Gang Starr. It was during this time that he also developed an interest in hip hop and R&B tracks.

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