Captain Tait tells some of the 8Foot Felix story.
8FOOT FELIX is
Maverick, whimsical and anchored tight, 8Foot Felix’s magical brand of dancing music is crafted from gypsy, ska and funk roots, spiced with the salty taste of sea shanties and vibrant splashes of hip-hop and blues.
Captain Will Tait: Rhodes piano, vox.
Steve Turnock: Drums.
Brendan Jones: Trumpet, vox.
Jamie McElhinney: Bass.
Kate Constance: Nord, glockenspiel, percussion, vox.
Every gig is an epic journey that frays the fabric of time and space: the audience warms to our quirky musical theatricality, lights up when the beat kicks in, and cooks itself into a glowing, jumping, unified joy-field!
We take our role as vibration raisers for humanity very seriously - it is a great honour and pleasure to be 8Foot Felix!
8Foot Felix launched in 2011 in Melbourne's boho epicenter, Open Studio in Northcote. Within two years we toured to the Americas - playing in San Francisco, at Burning Man and in Honduras - and to the UK - playing Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and Boomtown Fair.
In 2012 we initiated an annual Friday night headline slot on the Playground Stage at Rainbow Serpent (RSF) that continued until the festival was disrupted by the Jan 2020 fires. This period also saw us rocking crowds at festivals up and down the East Coast of Australia and Tasmania, including FNQ’s Bushweek, NSW’s Psyfari, and The Village at Falls Festival (Tas).
Meanwhile we’ve always been active on our home turf. Regular Melbourne gigs and residencies over the years include: The LuWoW, Penny Black, Open Studio, Bar Open, The B. East. In 2015 we recorded our debut album Mad Isle at Sing Sing Studios, launching it the following year at a sold-out gig at the Gasometer Hotel. We celebrated 8Foot Felix’s 8th Birthday there too, in May 2019, with a launch party for Wassail.
Until the disruptions of 2020 our year-on-year return to RSF marked our growth as a band like rings on a tree, as we deepened our musical bond in the rehearsal room, evolved our sound with a voracious appetite for genre-play and instrumental exploration, and strengthened our live presence.
Post-COVID the magic is still very much alive, and we’re ready to adapt it to a whole new musical landscape.