Upcoming gigs :
27/04 : Darker Than Waxx Afrodisia / The Great Escape, Singapore
03/05 : With Halal Sol / HQ, Singapore
04/05 : With Kamaal Williams / Kilo, Singapore
Co-founder | DJ | A&R | Creative | of
1/2 half of soundcloud.com/cosanostra
Asia / US Bookings :
< "Dean Chew is setting the standards in Singapore" - Gilles Peterson >
Earning praises from a worldwide range of selectors that include the likes of Dam-Funk, Tama Sumo, San-Soda, Mike Huckaby, Jamie XX and 2562, Dean aka the Funk Bast*rd (one half of the Cosa nostra duo and co-founder of Singapore-based label Darker Than Wax) has been tirelessly pushing and promoting an alternative expression of leftfield music through his widely eclectic and genre-bending sets. Being the main A+R and creative mastermind behind DTW, the label has flourished tremendously over the past 5 years, cementing its place as one of the go-to labels out of South East Asia.
His musical selection, which traverses between a huge variety of musical genres like deep jazz, soul, funk, boogie, brazilian grooves, deep house, hip hop and bass numbers have left many indelible marks on the dancefloors.
It’s no surprise then that he has played alongside some of the world’s finest like Kyle Hall, Lefto, Recloose, Gerd Janson, Basic Soul Unit, Linkwood, Norman Jay, Souleance, Ramadanman / Pearson Sound, Krystal Klear, Tiger and Woods, Mike Huckaby, Seven Davis Jnr and most notably, warmed up for Dj Ez, Fourtet, Dam Funk and Jamie XX.
His sets have also taken him around the world, playing most recently in New York, Brazil, Switzerland, Paris, London and Shanghai, just to name a few. In 2016, Funk B was also invited on BBC 1XTRA, Radar Radio, and swung through the legendary Brownswood basement of Gilles Peterson with a 2-hour exclusive Worldwide FM mix. Following that, he has most recently completed 3 tours in Europe, and most recently, played in Dimensions Festival.
The Funk Bast*rd always has something in the box that surprises. Just open those ears.
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