Keepin’ It Funky!!


As the funky scene has continued to evolve and start finding its feet within the industry, there have been many developments. A substantial amount of upcoming and also already established DJs are now naming the sub-genre as there speciality, as well as a new found growth in producers now making the music.

Funky Junkie fever has swept over the nation infecting the masses along the way, converting both listeners and music industry hopefuls from the already prominent genres previously named as favourites. The attraction is also being witnessed in the higher entities, where nationally recognised participants within the industry haven’t been able to resist the desire to dabble with the sound.

While funky has retained its diversity within the instrumental aspect, there has been another type of vocal addition that has always had its boundaries, aware that input was greater appreciated by connoisseurs in small doses. A respectable contribution, which in excess would surely turn a good apple rotten. A role that when undertaken, requires deliverance with diplomacy and instigation. This allows the DJ to control the music, and the Host to control the crowd.

With funky having various ancestors, the sound holds a collaboration of influences, with House, Garage and Grime having the most bearing. It is for this reason that while one track may reflect a softer soulful vibe, the next could be much darker and broken, one of the qualities of the sound that increases its appeal and marketability. However it is also this element of the sound that has proven to hold disadvantage where it has attracted a trend not welcomed by the true connoisseurs who feel that it has been misconceived and manipulated by the newcomers to the movement producing material such as this:

It has been felt that this new craze that has been said to have contaminated the funky sound is nothing more than what could’ve been expected, as there is such a lack of structure, a result of its diversity. While when delivered in originality it is widely appreciated, in imitation, it is scorned. The movement has been nurtured by its true loves to ensure its stance is moulded correctly so the foundations are laid with longstanding format.

The word has been spoken by many that have been large contributors to the growth of the movement that this new craze is in deep requirement of being purged from the scene. Although all participation has previously been welcomed, this new sound has been rejected as a strain of the funky generics and has been advised that the innovators of this heavily MC based and dance move sound, start a new movement of their own calling it something different.

Within this video interview (4.30 – 5.07 mins), Marcus Nasty who has been crowned the God-Father of the movement as a major benefactor, voices his feelings on this particular subject.

There is an evident thirst for this type of music, witnessed within the universities across the country, which indicates that there is an appeal. The question really is whether it’s possible for a sound that hasn’t yet found it’s own true form, is able to evolve far enough to provide birth of another new sound without them being combined as one?

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