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One would think that a DJ who boasts a residency every night of the week would have neither the time nor the inclination to add to that roster. But if you were thinking about longtime South Beach fixture J Felix, you'd be wrong. See, this Miami native believes there's no reason to limit the week to a mere seven days, or a night to just one hot spot. And he seems duty-bound to prove it.
Indeed, Felix's entry into the spin-crazy rotation at Exit 66 on Fort Lauderdale Beach brings to nine the number of venues that count him as resident. And it brings to Lauderdale one of the region's most dynamic DJs. Thus he spins there on alternating Friday nights and, as a very special guest, for this Saturday's launch of the brand-new series of daytime pool parties the joint's calling Detox. In fact, Felix will be among an incredible all-star lineup for that kickoff, joining the likes of Oscar G and DJ Icey on the bill. But before we get into this coming Independence Day, let's backtrack through the life of J Felix and see just how he came to be.
Felix is from Miami, born and bred, and except for an uneventful stint in Orlando (duh), he's been in our town for most of his action-packed life. As a teen, Felix hung with the heavies at Emilio Estefan's Crescent Moon Studios, where he picked up tips on making music and assembled a network of invaluable friendships. There he also helped twiddle the knobs and program some of the sequences for the likes of Nas and the Neptunes, Ashanti and Ja Rule, not to mention Mrs. Estefan herself. And all the while, he semi-secretly worked on his spinning.
Then it happened. A few pals were promoting a night at the old Warsaw in South Beach, and the headliner was none other than Victor Calderone. Felix was invited to open the show, and that fortuitous Warsaw slot led to stints at Salvation, Shadow Lounge, and, finally, Liquid. By the end of the 1990s, Felix was a house master and had spun in every single South Beach club but Bash and Chaos.
At the dawn of the '00s, a flirtation with hip-hop brought Felix a little farther down Washington to Club Zen and a few other fly-by-nights. That was, of course, in addition to a three-year stand as Nikki Beach's man in Miami and New York. And it was at the Nikki clubs where Felix swung into the high-energy open format that's now become his calling card — and the reason he is booked more than the most accomplished recidivist.
Just count up the clubs Felix calls home, from Aero Bar and Twist through Automatic Slim's and Exit 66. And if it's not enough for you that he works 11 shows into seven days, consider the fact that Felix is among the top ten remixers signed to Crooklyn Clan's Rated H. He's also the mysterious "Mr. X," the local rep in charge of getting out the word on the worldwide music industry insider confab known as Red Bull Academy.
But those facts only figure when the cat's got chops enough to back them up. And if you hit Exit 66 this July 4 — or, for that matter, any one of the other many venues where DJ J Felix reigns — you might just get your block chopped off.
DJ J Felix's current top five:
1. "I'm in Miami Bitch," DJ Chuckie vs. LMFAO
2. "Bora Bora," Juan Magan
3. "I'm the Ish (Remix)," Altermood
4. "All Night Long (2009 Remix)," J Felix
5. "Dreamer (2009 Remix)," J Felix