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- 3 / 4 Felix performing My Shore live for BalconyTV
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The Cat Empire’s instantly recognizable vocalist and percussionist Felix Riebl, has crafted and composed music for TCE, solo works plus film and worldclass events and festivals.
Felix was born in 1981 to Austrian and Australian parents, much of his youth was spent between rural Victoria and metropolitan Europe, though the central place of home, and the platform of his music career would become Melbourne.
Classical music was a part of his fantastical childhood, where in Austria his uncle was professor at the Salzburg Conservatorium and a touring viola player whose wider family would bring Felix to watch and sit amongst the Vienna Philharmonic. In Australia, as a piano, percussion, and creative arts student, he was especially influenced by the rock poets Springsteen / Cave / Knopfler / Cohen / Dylan, Afro-Cuban music, and the multi-ethnicity of Melbourne’s live music scene.
Felix would go on to become a singer/songwriter, whose decade long project: The Cat Empire has seen him make collaborations and recordings in Cuba (Jerry Boys, Buena Vista Social Club) and Malibu (John Porter, The Smiths) and work with amazing musicians the world over. After seven albums, and with a clocking of music industry awards, record crowd numbers, festival headlining’s, platinum record sales, and international festival appearances – The Cat Empire has journeyed from Melbourne Jazz clubs to Letterman, to the sold-out World Tours and back home with dynamic musicianship and steadfast longevity.
The year ahead for The Cat Empire will see the release of the groups 5th album ‘Steal The Light’ and a mammoth world tour which will cover three continents playing almost 70 shows. The band’s first single, “Brighter Than Gold,” written by Felix and bandmate Harry James Angus, is already a crowd favourite, in Australia and many countries around the world.
Away from the touring life, Felix has composed music for The Commonwealth Games, Award Winning short film Two Men, The Dream Festival, and the Australia Day Ceremonies, Darling Harbour, and White Night Festival Melbourne.
His first solo album, Into the Rain (2011) was conceived in Brooklyn, but nutted out in a bungalow on a baby grand piano in his hometown before recording at Sing Sing Studio’s in Richmond. The free flowing, dark, and intricate storytelling was recorded in five days with producer-arranger Ross Irwin and a band comprising close friends and members of The Cat Empire and The Bamboos. His second solo album is due for release in early 2014