Over the weekend of 10 and 11 June 2015, Felix Laband launched Deaf Safari, his fourth full-length album, at The New Space Theatre in Cape Town.
Felix’s last release, Dark Days Exit, came out in 2005, and was hailed as a masterpiece of South African Electronic music.
Needless to say, after 10 without any new music, when Felix announced a comeback and a new album and the team at Popsicle TV went through the roof. It was interesting to note how we all loved his music, but for different reasons, and in different ways. That seems very rare.
Enter the good people at Black Major, who approached us to film Felix’s album launch. We jumped at the opportunity, and started exploring what other opportunities might lie in filming Felix’s album launch.
We ended up doing a very long and in-depth interview with Felix at his flat in Cape Town. It was illuminating. We obviously couldn’t include it all in this piece, so we focused on what seemed pertinent: what Felix has been up to for the last 10 years.
Have a look at Felix talking about his journey to creating Deaf Safari, as well as his performance of “Squeeze The Trigger,” at his album launch last year, featuring the man himself, Shane Cooper (aka Card On Spokes) on bass and Kerry Chaloner on visuals.
(It should be noted that some of the visuals are pretty graphic, and might not be suitable for sensitive viewers)