Starting in the early 1990s, Future FUNK has been an integral force with shaping the electronic music scene in New York and throughout the Northeast. Being a founding member of the legendary Uptown Underground crew, he has been an innovator with his music and event productions. From packing thousands under circus tents at the notorious Rave Rock in the Bronx to ripping open the doors to the base of one of the New York City bridges to selling out Roseland Ballroom and giving countless free outlaw parties with productions that would rival most promoters paid parties, Future FUNK’s event production and DJ skills guaranteed to please all attendees. His house DJ sets were a long lasting tradition with closing out all his events to a packed dance floor.
Uptown Underground attendees knew that the production of the event from the music, talent, and venue would be stellar until the lights came on and told to leave. Future FUNK was the first to introduce Turbo Sound at all his events. He always had an incredible laser light show at his events. At his memorable Brass Monkey 3D event at Roseland Ballroom, Uptown Underground was the first production crew to bring a 3-D laser light show to a dance party.
With Future FUNK’s keen sense of music, he has imported DJs from around the globe to perform at his events. Top-notch talent such as Commander Tom, Nostrum, DJ Misjah & Tim, and Paul Johnson can credit Future FUNK for being the first US promoter to bring them over to perform in New York. Any DJ, amateur or experienced would gain a positive reputation and get extra bookings just from playing an Uptown Underground event. The recognition took any DJ to the next level. Future FUNK has shared and graced the stage with legends such as Green Velvet, Bad Boy Bill, Josh Wink, DJ Dan, T-1000, Mike Dearborn, Frankie Bones, Lenny Dee, Rob Gee and a host of others.
Being recognized for his tireless work in the electronic music scene and his connection to hip hop music from growing up in the Bronx, Future FUNK was approached by the now defunct Brooklyn Music Limited (BML) to head up their promotional department and start their first hip-hop imprint called Mortified music. Future FUNK signed Numskull, one half of the platinum selling music duo the Luniz (I got 5 on it) and released the last D&D all star project which was mixed by MTV’s DJ Skribble. Unfortunately due to bad business practices by the label heads at BML, the company was forced to shut its doors. Future FUNK used this experience and went to start his own recording and production studio.
In 2000, with the changing scenario of the New York electronic dance culture, Future FUNK focused strictly on music production. He opened up Blu Flamez Recording Studio in Bronx, NY. The clientele at his studio focused on genre of hip-hop and R&B. He had an array of artists working in his studio. From the ambitious underground rapper to platinum selling artists came to drop rhymes at Blu Flames. Future FUNK had artists such as, Nice and Smooth, Grand Master Caz, Black Rob, Lord Tariq, Ice-T and Fat Joe working in his studio. Future FUNK recorded and engineered the first promotional CD for Jae Millz of Lil Wayne’s Young Money.
In 2006, Future FUNK took time off from music to focus on other business endeavors and most importantly to start a family. Even though his focus may have been on other priorities, his love and passion for music never stopped. He continued to DJ events and produce music. He would work behind the scenes by investing in other promoters’ events, assist with bookings for talent and advising younger promoters on how to produce the best events. He took a back seat to let the newcomers take center stage.
He is an innovator not an impersonator. He was a first and never a follower. Future FUNK credits promoters like Baird Jones from the legendary Danceteria, Red Zone and 4D to Dennis the Menace & the Storm Rave Crew as well as Peter Gatien’s Limelight and Tunnel parties for shaping his love for the underground.
With 2012 fast approaching FUNK has set his sights back on DJ’ing at events, production and promotion. Be on the lookout for his new Company O.C. Concepts. FUNK has one thing to say to his peers – “Look out ‘cause I’m back!!!
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