Trap vs Juke: DJ Funk


DJ Funk starts producing in the mid-90's a sound which will become the heartbeat of an entire city and will flow for more than a decade most of music shops around the world. He creates the perfect balance between Hip Hop Music and House Music, produced it all in his Chicago studio. With more than forty EP to its credit on Dance Mania, Underground Construction, Pro-Jex or Funk Records, his own label, he's known to be a major influence of many different artists such as for Daft Punk, quoted in their tribute track "Teachers" from their first album. DJ FUNK then works with many worldwide electro producers such as Justice, Basement Jaxx, and kills the charts with his mix-tapes. He becomes the biggest representative of the ghetto house scene throughout the world and smashes every continent with his hysterical sets, his exclusive selection and his unusual behavior. Back in 2012 with this three tracks EP underlining his strong will to put back Booty Music within the heart of the international club scene by his big bass drum hits and his devilishly efficient gimmicks.With Fuck Dat Ass, DJ Funk shows from the very start his large range of talents, from composing powerful beats or to chant his lyrics within the pure tradition of Hip-House from Chicago, Three Fine Hoes and its epic and explicit melody is sized to wreck any dance floors. Titties & Beer sums up Big Daddy Funk's ability to make life's pleasure ghetto house anthems within the most simple and efficient way which most biggest world's DJ's envy. With its 20th release Booty Call Records confirms its position as the Booty Bass music label of reference and it is natural for Sir Chambers, godfather of the label since 2007, to entrust those three genuine chi. The King of Booty is definitely back in the charts.
He has shared stages along the way with Daft Punk, Green Velvet, Justice, Ed Banger, Franky Bones, Funk Master Flex, Ice T, The Roots, Steve Aoki, Ken Ishi, Calvin Harris, DJ Qbert, Wu Tang Clan, Armand Van Helden, The Booty Call Crew, Boys Noize, Crookers, Grand Master Flash, Two Live Crew, African Bambaata, Dance Mania Family, and Run DMC. After recently purchasing one of the top recording studios in the Chicago area and with his remix of Justice's indie-club hit "Water's of Nazareth", a whole new generations of fans are finding out about what DJ Funk is all about.

Peering at the crowd from behind his thick-rimmed specs, head nodding like a metronome; his sound is one of confidence and controlled frenzy, as highlighted in Newcity Magazine, where he was honored in their annual Music 45 issue—alongside the likes of Kanye West, Andrew Bird and Smashing Pumpkins—as one of the top 45 musical artists in Chicago. This was just after being listed in URB Magazine's "Next 100" issue and recently voted "Best Local Dj 2010 and 2011" by the Chicago Reader Viewer Poll.

"…Zebo packs a cut-up crateful of styles, from hip-hop and B-more to French, Electro, Disco and even a nasty snippet of a techno track or throwback freestyle gem. While this maximal approach might be increasingly common among DJs who cater to the ADD-riddled mash-up club casualties, Zebo stays head and shoulders above the rest for knowing that just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Skills can be honed, but taste can't be taught…"

Although house and jungle dominated his early turntable diet, Zebo is a polygamous lover of music, and he hustled to find any opportunity to play, be it raves, loft parties, weddings, corporate parties, in-store events and fashion shows. He is also an instructor at Columbia College teaching both a Club Dj part 1 class as well as an advanced part 2. Outside of which he runs the Chicago-based, Hot Dog Records with partner Marco Morales. A label that focuses on releasing any style of music and artists that represent Chicago.

It is this genuine love of music paired with incredible deck acumen that propels DJ Zebo beyond the reach of all the other DJs trying to out-reference, out-cred and out-mix each other, their varied selections resembling 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound laptop. Zebo's not simply wearing his musical heart on his sleeve—as the WAV file tattooed on his ever-moving forearm might seem to indicate—but actually spinning dance floor gold with both his technical abilities and intuition in reading the crowd, a modern day Serato-equipped Rumpelstiltskin.

Yet for all his vaunted versatility, no matter what direction his sets head, Zebo's initial love of jungle seems to subconsciously permeate his music at peak hour, with bombastic basslines rolling on and on underneath familiar hooks and clever samples. Pitched-up, pitched-down, scratched-up and around, Zebo's a populist at heart, finding the redeeming values in both subterranean cool and overt pop—it's a delicate tightrope to walk, but this DJ has the balance to pull it off.

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