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Honesty and humility is what continue to drive Felix Cartal’s sound forward

By Karolina Kapusta

Photo by Stephanie Vu

VANCOUVER – For many artists, their whole career is focused on making that one musical hit that gets major play on the radio and launches them into stardom. The same can’t be said for Vancouver-based electronic music producer Felix Cartal, however. Personally known as Taelor Deitcher, Felix Cartal is enjoying every bit of the daily grind because he knows it’s more about the journey, not the destination.

Deitcher first began producing music over a decade ago, delivering melodic, dance-worthy tracks with singles like “Drifting Away” and “Fakin It” and official remixes for artists like Selena Gomez, Zedd, Kiiara and Wafia. The music he produces has an emotional value to it as well as a paradoxical twist, sounding both melodramatically hopeful and blissfully sad.

“Get What You Give” is Deitcher’s latest infectious track, a retro reboot of the 1988 classic “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals. “I just made it because I love that song,” he admits over the phone, chuckling. “Like fuck, no one ever remixes the old rock songs, the shit I grew up on. There’s always that bit of tentativeness of like, touching a classic, but fuck it. You gotta just try shit.”

As for his new album, which is set to come out later this year, it’s going to carry a similar vibe to his most recent sensations. For the past few years the producer has been working consciously to develop an honest sound. “I’m trying to do that a bit more, just trust my gut and do what feels right.” He has been open on social media about his struggles with producing the album, even admitting to scrapping the entire thing. “This album is taking me forever,” he says outright. “Which is really embarrassing and I hate it, but it’s been a blessing in disguise. I asked myself, would I listen to this [music]? Like if I was just a casual listener? And I wasn’t sure, and I was like fuck, that’s an issue.”

“Falling Down” is another melody Deitcher released this year. He describes the song as a fictional journal entry to himself about something that scares him, in an attempt to overcome it. The recurring hypnotic lyrics act as a mantra that he repeats to remind him that through struggle comes the best work.

“I think the mantra is kind of a thing I do to keep myself humble,” Deitcher explains. “I like the idea that at the end of the day it’s just [about] going back and working on that thing you love; [that thing that] you just have to keep chipping away at it.”

“A lot of people [ask themselves], ‘When is my break going to happen?’ [When you should] just be enjoying the grind,” he goes on to say. “Even if you’re on top, you’re still going to have a lot of failures. You can’t really be afraid of those failures because then you just don’t try and that’s the worst.”

Felix Cartal performs at Celebrities Nightclub July 1st.

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