Félix Rabin's musical universe stems from a tension between the flamboyant stage presence of the guitar hero and the melancholy solitude of the songwriter.
This polarity is particularly well illustrated by the fragility of a voice seeking to make its way through the density of the instrumental textures surrounding it, which suddenly gives way under the force of the storm, leaving the way clear to the creative instinct of the soloist.
Marked by the influence of the likes of Gary Clark Jr. or John Mayer, Félix Rabin is deeply rooted in pop-rock tinted-blues, getting funky at times, in a long-standing tradition having its musical origins in the excesses of the musical icons of the sixties and seventies, but now with the airs of a “good boy”, an introvert loner, with an incandescent frenzy in his soul.
It started with some blues, and a fascination for the feline playing of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Is that a coincidence?
In 2015, Félix monopolized the jam-sessions of the Montreux Jazz Festival. In the same place, 25 years ago, Stevie Ray had impressed David Bowie, who ended up hiring him. When his turn came, and Félix let his guitar ring out in Montreux, it was the legendary Quincy Jones who invited him to his table, to offer him compliments and encouragement.
Growing up, Félix then looked for the blessing of the British. In the country of Pink Floyd and Michael Kiwanuka, he first played in a few small clubs, then step by step progressed to bigger stages. The band Wishbone Ash (50 years of career and services rendered to the guitar) invited Félix to join them on their UK tour.
After that, in 2019, he took off for the United States, the country where the fierce competition gives no chance to second-rate players. Over there, he made his first studio record with the help of Ross Hogarth, a Californian producer who has worked with Van Halen, Ziggy Marley, REM and... Félix Rabin.
At the beginning of this decade, Félix Rabin packed his bags again. After winning the prize of the “best act” at Giants of Rock Festival early 2020, he spent a month on the road throughout Europe, touring in ten countries, from Oslo to Paris, and from Cardiff to Berlin, as the support of Samantha Fish on her 2020 tour across Europe and the UK.
Later in 2020, he released what he brought back from Los Angeles, an EP of six titles named “Pogboy”, built around his titanic guitar playing, in which he takes his inspiration from the masters, while at the same time affirming his independence from them. While he was making his way and taking full advantage of this momentum, Covid came around the corner, and forced him as so many others, to stop touring for a while.
After a quiet year in 2021, Félix rekindled the flame in 2022. He was finally able to go back on the road again, played at “Giants Of Rock” 2022 (as the winner of the last edition) and performed over 50 shows during this year all over Europe. Aside of that, he started to write what will be his next EP. After several months of recording, he will release a first single this September 2023. With some fresh and exciting new material, and no pandemic at the horizon, Félix is ready to make some noise again and to show to the world how much he grew up since his last piece.