Félix Rabin marks 40th anniversary of ‘Dancing In The Dark’ with unique cover

"I’d say anyone who’s making art can relate to this song. The lyrics really move me, I feel this way sometimes, and this track gives me a feeling of hope"
15 May 2024
Photo by Chiara Ceccaioni

Swiss rock sensation Félix Rabin ​p​resents his latest single, Dancing In The Dark, putting his twist on Bruce Springsteen’s classic ​song. Félix shares his journey, from discovering Springsteen’s music to performing the track live and recording his cover for its 40th anniversary.

In our interview, Félix discusses the personal resonance of Dancing in the Dark and his approach to covering the iconic song. We also explore his upcoming EP, focusing on songwriting and ambiance, with tracks like Find Me reflecting themes of connection and self-discovery.

As an emerging talent in the Swiss rock scene, Félix shares his inspiration to push musical boundaries and his hopes for the industry’s future. Join us as we dive into Félix Rabin’s musical world, where tradition meets innovation. 

It’s obviously hard to sound like him, but I ended up very happy with the emotions I was able to connect to this song with my own voice

What about Dancing in the Dark resonated with you personally and artistically that made you want to cover it?

I’d say anyone who’s making art can relate to this song. The lyrics really move me, I feel this way sometimes, and this track gives me a feeling of hope. Then there’s just the music itself, I really like the song and the melody.

Photo by Chiara Ceccaioni

What unique twist did you incorporate in your rendition of Dancing in the Dark, and what did you aim to achieve?

There’s no twist in it really, I only wanted to give my own version of a track I love.

What was the biggest challenge in blending your style with the authenticity of Springsteen’s original?

I’d say the vocals.  It’s obviously hard to sound like him, but I ended up very happy with the emotions I was able to connect to this song with my own voice.

How does your new EP represent your musical evolution, and what themes or styles can listeners expect?

It is more focused on the songwriting than my other EPs, and it’s more ambient too, very melancholic and atmospheric! I aimed to blend my guitar with a focus on the songwritting and the process was very interesting. My latest Ep POGBOY was more built around the guitar, so here I tried a different approach, trying to serve the songs as much as I could, while keeping my guitar tone and touch. 

How does your track Find Me tie into the broader message or theme of your upcoming EP?

Find Me is a song I wrote years ago, which I first performed during my second tour here, just months after opening for Wishbone Ash in 2018. Although it didn’t make it onto the EP Pogboy released in 2020, I’ve continued to play it throughout Europe over the years, and it has grown with me. This song has been shaped and brought to life through my journeys between Scotland and England, performing at various shows. It’s about the connections we form with others, both past and future. Find Me is a call to be discovered and to discover yourself.



What inspires you to continuously push the boundaries of your musical creativity as an emerging talent in the Swiss rock scene?

I want to keep playing live, that is why I always play music. I want to keep getting better at it, connect more and more with the crowds I’m playing for. I want to prove as well that there’s good music here and that people should look more into it – we make more than watches and chocolate!

What direction do you see your career heading in, and what effect do you want your upcoming EP to have on listeners?

I honestly couldn’t tell you where I‘m heading. Although, I feel like I grew up a lot as a songwriter these last few years. That EP reflects that nicely in my opinion. I’ll soon be starting to work on what will be my first album,  I want to keep myself open for whatever will be exciting and make the best use of everything I have learned and will learn.

What shifts would you like to see happen in the music industry in the coming years?

I’d like to see people give more attention to the local and underground scenes. It sometimes feels like we’re on a race to always make it bigger, which takes that feeling of intimacy away, and that is something I really value, being close with the audience. Now more than ever, local venues and bands need help and more recognition.

Who would be your dream collaboration partner in the music world?

There’s so many artists I love, it’d be hard to pick one. If it has to be a dream, I’d say Hendrix or Pink Floyd. That for sure is a dream.

If you could open for any artist, who would be your top choice and why?

I’d love to open for Paolo Nutini or Gary Clark Jr. Saw both of them live a couple of times and even had the chance to meet them. Great guys and two artists I admire. Opening for them would be such an honour, being some of my main musical influences.

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