Don’t Chase Felix is the musical brainchild of artist/producer Justin Khoury. After spending three years in the Richmond, VA folk/rock band, The Northerners, Khoury decided it was time for a change. This change came in the form of Don’t Chase Felix, a project stemmed from getting in the studio and exploring. The unique name is an ode to the type of project this has been. Felix, the Latin word for happy, is at the base of it all. As Khoury describes, “I’ve always lived a life that is different than most, and sought to find happiness on an atypical life path. Don’t Chase Felix is this idea that there is more than the standard ‘American Dream,’ cookie cutter representation of life and happiness. It says that it’s okay to live a life that goes against the grain, to pursue what makes you happy in ways that don’t always make sense to others.” Don’t Chase Felix is the musical equivalent of pursuing a life outside of the mold.
The songs follow this ideology, in that they do not adhere to any set genre. Rather than limiting himself, Khoury explored the sounds and styles that he loved most. From Jack White to Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin to Simon and Garfunkel, Don’t Chase Felix combines past influences with contemporary sonic sensibility to be a project distinctly its own.
Setting up shop at Red Amp Studios in Richmond, VA, Don’t Chase Felix created three distinct tracks, flexing his writing and production chops. “Holiday,” Don’t Chase Felix’s first release from the Red Amp sessions, is a playful folk rock tune that features vocals from Khoury and Caroline Mauck, from local outfit Colin & Caroline. The track, both lively and heartfelt, depicts a journey between two lovers looking to get away. Sonically, Khoury has created a song that is equal parts early Mumford & Sons and equal parts Houndmouth. It is folk rock at its absolute best, with a hint of banjo throughout and a rising guitar solo at the conclusion. “Holiday” provides a little bit of everything for the listener who just wants to get away.