Funkdafied will be doing a special showcase on the balcony at Vibes featuring some of the regular 45 Sessions DJs with a few special local and international guest DJs with the incomparable original Viber MC Mirrah Reflects hosting the day.
A long time DJ and radio presenter, over the past 10 years JC has played at every major venue in Sydney and held down several residencies, he has also played at several major festivals including Sydney Festival, Soulfest and many more. He also DJs interstate regularly, over the last few years JC has had DJ support slots for artists including Soul II Soul, George Clinton & Parlaiment / Funkadelic, Roy Ayers, Tuxedo, Kashmere Stage Band, Syl Johnson, Norman Jay, Robert Glasper Experiment, Mr Thing, Crazy P and many more. Aside from all the tours and special events, JC lends himself to running the Promotion and Events Company Funkdafied that was formed in 2006. With an exhaustive music collection that now spans Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin, Disco, House, D&B; JC is a DJ who can play many genres but always with the emphasis heavily on Funk, and keeping the dance floor rocking!
Hudge has been a stalwart of the London Hip Hop scene for the last 20 years, as the founder of the Boom Bap (with Mr Thing, Big Ted, Cris Read, Shredded Pete) and of Take it 2 the Bridge (worldwide boat party smashers) as well as DJing at Glastonbury, Ibiza Rocks, Notting Hill Carnival, the UK B-BOY Championships for 7 years and the now legendary Funkin’ Pussy at the Africa Centre, to name but a very few. Hudge has recently moved to NZ with his family and he now co-hosts the Uptown Boogie Radio show with T-Rice on the national radio station George FM.
Eddie Mac has been part of the Australian music industry for over 25 years.
He’s had amazing success as a DJ, promoter and radio presenter, working at Kiss FM Australia since it began in 1994. His Bionic Boogie radio show has been running for over 10 years and The Bionic Boogie Sessions club night is still going strong 5 years on; providing an influential platform for rare groove, jazz, jazz-funk, latin-jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, neo-soul, nu jazz, reggae, dub, and disco.
He’s DJed the world over, supporting the likes of Parliament & George Clinton, D’Angelo, Roy Ayers, DJ Maseo (De La Soul), Questlove, Afrika Bambaataa, Soul II Soul, The Brand New Heavies, Frankie Knuckles and many more.
Since forming his first electronic group as a teen in the early 80s, Paris Groovescooter has been on a never-ending quest for the most rubbery, funky-arsed bass riffs he can find. Everything it seems, revolves around bass and rhythm. After varying successes as a bassist in numerous bands, in the late-90s he turned his focus to production, running a label and DJing, the last landing him residencies at a number of Sydney clubs. A 12-year DJ residency at Longrain/Bunker Bar as well as long-service at the Colombian, Oxford, Civic, Opera Bar, Tokyo Sing Song, Miss Peaches, Black Penny, Marble Bar (Hilton) and The Lounge and many other venues and events in Sydney covering many genres including disco, funk and ‘80s boogie, Latin & dub-reggae.
There are very few DJ’s in Australia with Graham’s breadth, depth or legacy of cultural contribution to music – and he’s the humblest man you’ll ever meet. His love and understanding of music is comprehensive, as is evident in the repertoire of styles which include soul, funk, breaks n beats, electro, deep & funky house, soulful garage, lounge, electronica & exotica, trip hop, hip hop, disco, latin, jazz, raga, and dub.
MC Mirrah Reflects
This vivacious hype-woman not only reflects a refreshing stage presence, yet steers the listener with her personal positive flare. As a vocal artist; Rhymer/singer she reflects a welcoming vocal sound allowing one to feel comfortable to partake in having a great time. Her personal passion as an artist is to share strong messages of self-empowerment, positivity, and unity through loving oneself authentically.
The Groove Merchant
Michael Williams, (The Groove Merchant), has over 50 years DJ experience. The Groove Merchant repertoire and knowledge of music is both long and intimate. A vast collection of sounds and genres reside in his soul and mind. His unique prowess and proficiency lies in knowing how to combine music and sounds from a span most will not ever experience first hand, to graciously share it, and blend it with the current popular sounds. Being a DJ, you need to know how to create a flow, that takes the listener into a journey time after time, problems and rules are left behind, a place where you can relax your mind. He can feel the common thread, that is the backbone of his unique and customised flow, he dares to go, where many simply can not. In the 70s he was the resident DJ at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and has DJ’s all over the world before settling in Sydney in 1983 and was one of the founders of Bondi FM and has held residencies and DJ’s at several venues around Sydney since then.
Born and raised straight outta Auckland New Zealand ,23 yrs on the decks spent most of that time Djing in Sydney Australia, with a small hiatus back in NZ for 8 years in the 2000’s. Now I have moved back to the “lucky country” Australia . Still spinning still loving good music. Collected 25,000 records over the years. Rockin SERATO now and over the years have done DJ support for many international acts including Public Enemy, De La Soul, The Nextmen, Kool & The Gang, Salt n Pepper, Jurassic 5 and many more.
Krystel began taking DJing seriously over the last three years, traversing hip hop, soul, funk, groove music and quality future soul beats. She’s the official tour DJ for HAU (Koolism/Triple J Hip Hop show) embarking on a national and NZ tour inclusive of Splendor In The Grass.
Krystel Diola has played at Funkdafied, Lioness Presents, Ladies Love Hip Hop presented by Grindin’, Soul Benefits, Noah Slee (GER), One Billion Rising, Milan Ring and string of locally and Auckland based events. Krystel continues to play music that she believes will help open minds to help grow our local soul music community. It’s important to her that she makes you feel something intangible.