Funk E

If you’ve ever encountered that feeling of being hit by some raw energy that grounded you in the present moment, chances are you’ve crossed paths with one of Funk E’s productions, under his own name, behind strange aliases or teaming up with his studio friends.

With solid roots as a DJ in the post-communist freshly born romanian hip hop culture, Laurentiu (yup, his real name) started to taste the techno sweetness somewhere in the early 2000s’. 2004 marked his relocation to Ibiza, making the island the perfect ground for nurturing his electronic alter ego for 12 straight years. Embracing tech house for his long DJ sets, he quickly became a regular for Bucharest’s pretentious afterparty crowds and also secured residencies at Ibiza’s Zoo Project daytime parties and at the intimate Underground, year after year during his long stay on the sleepless island.

Drawing inspiration from the Ibiza quiet winters, when time almost stands still, Funk E started his production journey around 2008, using an old Emu MP7 hip hop groovebox which he ingeniously tamed to create techno beats. Beats that have evolved into his signature sound, a bassline led groove targeting our very own electronic central nervous system. Labels like Adult Only, Raum…musik, Kurbits, Pleasure Zone or The Rabbit Hole added Funk E into their catalog. And when he felt the need to express his musical ideas more freely, a new child was born: Great Empty Circle, his very own imprint started in 2015, reserved exclusively for his tunes, also under Bhikkhu and Marvin Gain aliases.

Both a conscious explorer of the inner and outer worlds, Funk E toured all over the world from here to there, passing the Ecuator line several times, keeping his crowds into the present yet projecting their dreams into his electronic imaginary world.

New year, new challenges! 2017 catches Funk E in Sunwaves Festival’s lineup with his friends Xandru and Pitik (Getic Funk, a project well known as a production effort as well as records selectors collective) and as Naf Naf (with Narcis) releasing their first EP.

If you’ve ever encountered that feeling of being hit by some raw energy that grounded you in the present moment, chances are you’ve crossed paths with one of Funk E’s productions, under his own name, behind strange aliases or teaming up with his studio friends.

With solid roots as a DJ in the post-communist freshly born romanian hip hop culture, Laurentiu (yup, his real name) started to taste the techno sweetness somewhere in the early 2000s’. 2004 marked his relocation to Ibiza, making the island the perfect ground for nurturing his electronic alter ego for 12 straight years. Embracing tech house for his long DJ sets, he quickly became a regular for Bucharest’s pretentious afterparty crowds and also secured residencies at Ibiza’s Zoo Project daytime parties and at the intimate Underground, year after year during his long stay on the sleepless island.

Drawing inspiration from the Ibiza quiet winters, when time almost stands still, Funk E started his production journey around 2008, using an old Emu MP7 hip hop groovebox which he ingeniously tamed to create techno beats. Beats that have evolved into his signature sound, a bassline led groove targeting our very own electronic central nervous system. Labels like Adult Only, Raum…musik, Kurbits, Pleasure Zone or The Rabbit Hole added Funk E into their catalog. And when he felt the need to express his musical ideas more freely, a new child was born: Great Empty Circle, his very own imprint started in 2015, reserved exclusively for his tunes, also under Bhikkhu and Marvin Gain aliases.

Both a conscious explorer of the inner and outer worlds, Funk E toured all over the world from here to there, passing the Ecuator line several times, keeping his crowds into the present yet projecting their dreams into his electronic imaginary world.

New year, new challenges! 2017 catches Funk E in Sunwaves Festival’s lineup with his friends Xandru and Pitik (Getic Funk, a project well known as a production effort as well as records selectors collective) and as Naf Naf (with Narcis) releasing their first EP.

  • May.21.16

    Funk E
    Modular, Liverpool
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