“Free your mind,” said George Clinton of pioneering funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic, “And your ass will follow.” That might be the case, but Reggie Goldenhuys, aka DJ [email protected], got thoughtful for us concerning funk music and his new party series.
That would be FUNKSION, happening this Saturday night at Factory 54 (195 Guangfu Lu, near Wuzhen Lu). Entrance is 50 RMB with a free drink, or 30 RMB pre-sale if you WeChat message user Reggie-Verseatille with the word FUNKSION. They got 3 DJs, live saxophone from ex-Roy Ayers sideman Wink, graffiti, and give-aways.
The punctuation-be-damned South African [email protected] has been responsible for rocking almost 100 venues in SH and several popular festivals, as well as brought events like MAD (Making A Difference) and his “In the Trap’” event series around China.
Here’s what he had to say about ‘da funk.
Shanghaiist: What is funk?
[email protected]: Funk is the basis of modern music as we know it. Without funk there’s no breakbeats, so there’s no hip hop (and a plethora of influenced sub-genres); theres no disco, so theres no house (and a plethora of influenced sub-genres); there’s no “Amen” break, so there’s no drum & bass or jungle (and a plethora of influenced sub-genres). Funk to me is absolutely infectious feel-good music that moves body & soul. I’m hoping to get to see some funk loving people to Factory 54 on Saturday for some body & soul movement.
What inspired this event?
V: There has been quite a bit of buzz around the revival of funk lately, with figures like Daft Punk, Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, citing its importance. So, I figured the timing is right to do a proper funk night and play what the original inspiration for these newer artists is.
I’ve always been a fan of James Brown, and one of my greatest regrets is not seeing him live when I had a chance. So, my greatest inspirations has to be THE GODFATHER OF SOUL.
Besides James Brown, who are some other funkfluences (funk influences)?
V: George Clinton, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang, Bootsy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James (“I’m Rick James BITCH!”). And yes, you will hear all of these artists at FUNKSION.
Why are you excited about this project?
V: I’ve been DJing for 15 plus years, and the main reason I’m excited about this project is I get to play and listen to the music that i played when I first started DJing.
With the EDM-soaked scene in Shanghai, I want to give people a little something different and a bit nostalgic for people to get excited about going out again. I want people to dance and enjoy some good music… Not come for the fake alcohol, Pitbull on every second song, and dice games.
FUNKSION happens tonight 10pm at Factory 54
// 195 Guangfu Road near Wuzhen Road // 光复路195号5楼, 近乌镇路
// 30RMB (presale) // 50 RMB (includes a drink) // 150RMB (all-you-can-drink)