Winnipeg Folk Festival Presents
*Funk the Halls 2018
with, Mat the Alien, Neon
330 Garry St.
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2G6
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
The Funk Hunters
Borrowing inspiration from classic funk and hip-hop, The Funk Hunters are putting the soul back into electronic dance music. Having honed their craft over 500 performances in 16 countries, the DJ duo's show is a brilliant technical display of creative collaboration between 4 turntables. But words can't do justice to two friends whose passion is dance floor mastery – breathless audiences at global festivals including Coachella, Osheaga, Burning Man, Rhythm & Vines, Shambhala, Electric Forest, and Envision are the ultimate testament.
The Funk Hunters' reverence for the roots of dance has led them into unique collaborations, sometimes drawing on a cast of supporting musicians to add dimension to their signature sound. They have toured North America with iconic rapper Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, who called them "the selectah's of the century," and they have collaborated on official remixes for Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Big Gigantic, and Gramatik. The Funk Hunters’ music has amassed over 10 million streams to date across the major streaming platforms.
The Funk Hunters are now preparing to release their debut full-length album, TYPECAST, in early 2018.
Based in Vancouver BC, Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith define the west coast bass sound and elevate it with their stunning custom-curated visuals and animated stage presence. Spend an evening with this charismatic duo and you'll see that the band's lifestyle is as relaxed as the west coast, but their sound is global and booming.
Westwood Recordings is The Funk Hunters' own record label. Home to their portfolio of remix projects including Dub FX, Opiuo, and Chali 2na, the label serves Canada's thriving west coast electronic music culture.
Mat the Alien
Since the age of 14 Mat has been mixing , scratching and making mixes - beats , spanning many genres , tempos and styles , but always having one thing in common - heavy beats and bass lines with lots of cuts and turntable tricks thrown in.
It all started after hearing the electronic sounds being played in the warehouse party's around the northwest of England in 88. Taking it back Mats dad opened a record store in 1978 called Vibes Records (#1 independent record store in the UK) and eventually a second store Muze in Bury just out side Manchester where his parents grew up.Being around music from an early age lead to Mat taking up the drums at age 10 and it wasn't until 1988 that he stumbled upon the underground Acid House scene taking over the UK warehouses. From then on he searched out where this music was from and how it was put together on the turntables. Muze records became a store where the locals djs came to get the new underground sounds and mat began playing his first shows before he was even old enough to get into the venues. He played sets on many pirate radio shows and began doing some shows and charts on the Intallex radio show run by XTC and Marcus Intallex. Then came scratching through seeing XTC and after hearing a tape from Dj Hype on Fantasy FM. Many nights were spent ruining records and cutting back and forth trying to figure out how Hype got those crazy transformer sounds. These were the days before internet tutorials and dvds so it was a lot more trial and error.
In 1995 mat and his family moved to whistler Canada to pursue his new addiction of snowboarding and he met djs like Vinyl Ritchie and Kilo Cee who were playing diverse sets dropping Hip Hop into Funk into electronic music . Whistler had mixed crowds too from all over the world and mat enjoyed doing sets where you could flip from genre to genre and add lots of cuts in there too.
Described by Knowledge Magazine as 'awe-inspiring' & 'some next level shit.' Mat has toured across the globe and performed in 15 countries from Miami to Moscow at Sports events such as the US Supercross , Olympic Games (Torino & Whistler) , X Games & many of Canada largest festivals of up to 15,000 people, also pioneering club nights in Whistler & Vancouver and held down a bi-weekly club night in Las Vegas at Eye Candy (Mandalay Bay).
Original music and Remixes are coming fast and furious , they have been featured on many T.V. shows , DVDs and Webisodes .
Mats latest remixes have been played on Rinse FM by Om Unit and BBC Radio 1 by B.Traits as well as support from Addison Groove , Chrissy Murderbot , Doshy , 6Blocc and more.
His Remixes for Nick Thayer, South Rakkas(Featured on Diplos Mad Decent Blog) , and also original music have received positive feedback and plays from some of the industry's biggest names . His skratches can be heard on tracks by Fort Knox Five, Eprom - Ill Gates , Mochipet , Sweatshop Union & EA Sports NBA Home Court 3. Now also touring with his video / DJ set and he is taking the solo DJ act to new heights, hitting all of the senses with custom remix and video edits witnessed at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival & Shambhala to name a couple . His Jaime L'Dubstep mix cd has so far 70 000 downloads and still going and he plans on doing more in the near future.
2012 saw the Re-launch of (Really Good Recordings) and will feature his own music alongside some of Canada's finest electronic producers .
Mat joined his friends Zeds Dead on a Bus tour across Canada and US dates including shows with Araab Muzik and was received with an amazing response.
He is also is also a official monster Energy DJ and can be found DJing at some of their top sporting events events alongside and often Jamming with djs like z Trip and Nu Mark and also getting to pull out the occasional 45 set .
Catch mat at Really Good Tuesdays at the Maxx Fish Whistler (5 years and still going strong) and on tour most weekends .
Legendary Italian new wave band, formed in Florence in 1979 and led by Marcello Michelotti (the only permanent member).
Were part of the Florence dark wave/electronic scene of the 1980s, together with Pankow, Diaframma, early Litfiba. Their early releases were issued by KinderGarten Records.
Piero Balleggi (Keyboards)
Roberto Federighi (Drums, 82-'85)
Ranieri Cerelli (Guitars & Devices, 82-86)
Marcello Michelotti (Synths & Vocals, 78-)
Nardo Lunardi (Guitars)
Leo Martera (Drums)