Fellis, a fresh young producer and DJ, marries melody with grit to create funking electro tunes. His influences come from the mayhem of sounds produced by the emerging ‘complextro’ genre and artists like Mord Fustang and Feed Me.

How would you describe your music in three words?
Crunchy, bassy, driving

When did you start playing music and what inspired you?
I started with electronic music that long ago that it’s hard to pin point the exact time I got into it. As a kid I remember making little loop songs and beats, just playing around with melody and working out how everything fitted together. My inspiration at that point was just the pure enjoyment and satisfaction of being able to create something of my own. I started getting serious a couple of years ago when I began looking into the DJ side of music to compliment my production.

What’s your favourite music to cheer up to?
I love anything uplifting and am fascinated by how just a few chords in sequence can have such a strong impact, making you well up with excitement and euphoria. I find I can’t help myself smiling after listening to stuff like that.

Do you find it easy to express your attitudes towards your mental health in your music?
I think music is incredibly strongly linked to emotion, the two are inextricably intertwined and have so much control over each other. Because of this I’ll find that when I’m sitting down producing, tracks will naturally evolve to reflect how I’m feeling at the time, I guess it happens without me even noticing.

Do you feel that artists as people of influence have a responsibility to raise awareness around mental health and how does their music shape attitudes towards mental health?
I would say that while artists don’t necessarily have the responsibility, they often take it upon themselves to raise awareness about mental health issues through their selection of lyrics, melody and rhythm. A lot of music is written about pretty intense personal experiences which are then hidden through metaphor and clever symbolism. But nonetheless, if artists have the confidence to share this with the world and get their feelings out there, we all too should feel confident in being able to share our thoughts with others when we need to. In this way, I think musicians not only have the ability to influence people emotions but also to show them that it’s okay to turn to the people around us for help when we need it.

Where to now for your music?
Summer is coming along bringing with it the upbeat carefree lifestyle; I’m looking forward to spending some solid time in production working on a few unfinished projects I’ve got going as well as expanding my DJing to play at a few more spots around Perth.