[artist id="3484709"]Felix Cartal[/artist] is one of the most promising young stars of EDM, a fact that became even clearer at this year’s Miami Music Week , where he played multiple shows days before the release of his latest album.
Cartal’s Different Faces was unleashed on iTunes on Tuesday (March 27) under Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. Fresh off of his second Ultra Music Festival appearance and the success of his latest single, “Don’t Turn on the Lights,” Cartal told MTV News he’s been eager for the album’s release.
“It’s been the last year of my life kind of putting this thing together,” Cartal said. “The record’s basically all that’s going on in my life. I want people to remember it, and hopefully it means something to them.”
MTV News was able to catch some of Cartal’s set at the National Hotel during Miami Music Week, and it was obvious that “Don’t Turn on the Lights,” featuring Polina, has become a certifiable breakthrough hit. But what was most surprising was how many of Cartal’s fans could be seen singing so many of his songs throughout the set.
“I play all the singles every set, and everyone was singing along today,” Cartal said. “I don’t think you can ever get tired of that feeling.”
He may not have to, because his new album is loaded with potential smashes, already finding tracks trickling into some sets of the biggest DJs in the world. The record will feature some collaborators that EDM fanatics have followed, like Miss Palmer, whom he works with on “Black to White”; Miss Palmer is best known to EDM fans for “No Beef,” one of the biggest tracks of 2011 by Afrojack and Steve Aoki.
Cartal also combined with Sebastien Grainger, from Death From Above 1979, and his contribution on “H.U.N.T.” pushes the album’s boundaries beyond EDM.
“I think that’s what moves music forward, because anytime genres are colliding, I think that’s what helps music become something new,” Cartal said. “I think a lot of people thought that electronic music was just going to be a passing phase, and I kind of compare it to rap music, where it kind of brought a whole culture with it, and I think that’s why it’s lasted and continued to grow.”
Cartal told MTV News his next move will be a two-month tour through May, touring major cities and finishing up at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington. And since he’s part of the Dim Mak family, and because he’s such a nice guy, we asked if he even had it in him to cake someone, à la Steve Aoki.
“I’ve got it in me to cake someone,” Cartal said. “It’ll happen eventually — at one of Steve’s shows, though. I don’t want to bite on his thing.”
Miami Music Week is a wrap, but stick with MTV News as we continue to roll out the latest EDM news and behind-the scenes interviews with your favorite dance music stars!