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|Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 12:55 pm Post subject: Nov 18-MAKE IT FUNKY-#5-Kid Gusto(DC) & ESCALATE(LIVE BR
Hey all you funky kats and groovy mama's, its time to get on the good foot and shake it down with a night on the town!
For our 5th party Make It Funky has gone all out to assemble the hottest lineup of djs to blow your mind one more time.
On November 18th at Gypsy Co-op This party will feature two rooms with Washington DC's funketeer KID GUSTO gracing the decks in his first Toronto appearance. Coming from Washington DC, a scene that includes the Fort Knox Five and All Good Funk
Alliance get ready cause this is one set not to miss. In addition to the stellar DJ lineup in assosciation with 360 degrees artists and the Gypsy-Coop Jazz groove series we are pleased to announce that Escalate, a Toronto based 4 piece Jazz funk breaks band, will be funkin us over and takin' the Make It Funky shows to the next level.
This funkin and groovin lineup will show why Make It Funky is the production crew that helped put the funk
back in Torontos rump.
Since he first began laying down percussion rhythms in 1989, Kidgusto has worked to help pioneer the DC sound through funk,
acid jazz, rare grooves and world beats. His musical path has led him to work with various talented musicians and producers
introducing him to an eclectic array of styles and influences. Kidgusto has also proven himself to be an innovative and
accomplished DJ, often mixing live instrumentation into his sets. He continues to derive renewed inspiration from his
engagement in the music culture, both locally and abroad. As a musician, DJ, and producer, Kidgusto's mission is to create
organic music that combines dancefloor-heavy beats with pure instrumental emotion.
With over 20 years experience as a musician, Kidgusto draws from many influences to create intricate and moving music. From punk bands to jazz ensembles, Kidgusto has developed a unique talent and deep understanding of reaching different audiences. As a DJ, he makes use of this broad knowledge and experience to help him read the vibe and rock the dance floor. With interest from other artists and record labels, you are sure to hear more from this talented artist in the future.
ESCALATE (WWW.Escalatemusic.com )
Escalate began as a whim, a one-off musical experiment. The brothers Kern (Shandy and Jordan) and the brothers Drygas (Tyler and Grant) came together to provide the live soundtrack for a friend’s art exhibition. A week before the performance, the foursome assembled for a rehearsal. As the set of brothers began to “jam” for the very first time, the newborn quartet stared at each other, puzzled, sharing the collective impression -“what is this wondrous sound?” Escalate has spent the last four years astonishing audiences and listeners, constructing a remarkable musical saga:
as the centrepiece of the classic after-hours events at Spadina’s Studio 204; as the music behind Brad Ketchen’s shoegazer vision “Hollowphonic” (Hollowphonic supporting such acts as the Manic Street Preachers, the Super Furry Animals and Low);
shocking spectators at the Rivoli, the Reverb and Revival;
with stunning sellouts of the Embassy and the Elmo (past and present); electrifying crowds throughout Toronto and Southern Ontario, in every music room from Parkdale to Springdale; and, saving the best for last, with the release of their first full length composition, 2005’s “Grooves.Beats. Science. Soul.”
The motivation behind Escalate’s unique synthesis of sounds (the grooves and beats behind the Drygas brothers rhythm section, the science and soul behind the sweet melodies of the brothers
Kern), is, simply, the sound of the world. Escalate unapologetically fuses the planet’s eclectic styles, melodies and rhythms, confidently re-flavouring them (with just a hint of swagger), daring the world to apply a genre title. The InBreds' Dave Ulrich exclaims “this music could be played anywhere,”
elegantly capturing Escalate’s intentions. The band, true fusionist heroes, trailblaze the musical spectrum, freeing the landscape from the shackles of classification and categorization. What
remains can only be described in one way - pure Escalate.
BIG LEAGUE CHU (WWW.BigLeagueChu.com )
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Colin Chu, better known as Big League Chu, is simply the leading DJ talent in Canada’s breakbeat scene today. After nearly a decade of DJing, his name is synonymous with the funky, party-happy sound that’s become Chu’s rallying call - and it’s one that crowds answer faithfully. Whether it’s at his residencies at Toronto’s legendary Breaksfest events, Fridays bi-weekly on the Dynacord at Boa-Redux, or as a staple of the Make It Funky party's laying down that mid-tempo funky vibe we have all come to love.
In a city renowned as one of North America's largest party scenes, Chu has played alongside the worlds finest,
allowing him to develop his own distinct style of breaks. Chu's sets can vary from hard beats to melodic funky down
tempo sounds, but always remains a crowd mover.
The born and raised Torontonian began spinning in London, Ontario while taking his undergraduate degree in psychology
and sociology at The University of Western Ontario. Chu quickly garnered attention at local parties, leading to gigs
in Toronto, including the Dose event in the summer of 1999 when he was asked to fill in for Barry Weaver for his second
appearance in the city. He so impressed organizers that Chu was then asked to play the 14,000 plus crowd at the annual
Dose Freakin’ Halloween event later that year, and as since become a mainstay for Toronto's largest party companies,
like Metro Productions (Kickit and Out of Hand), Lifeforce Industries (Dose, Syrous and Renegades), Empire, and Liquid
Passion for music and fun are what motivates Chu, who plays the piano, flute and guitar, and counts the Dave Matthews
Band and Public Enemy as his biggest musical influences. It’s this good-natured respect for good times and eclectic sounds
that has garnered this humble DJ of Hong Kong and Singaporean descent to such a steady stream of press, from underground
publications like Tribe and Klublife to mainstream outlets like the Toronto Star and Eye weekly.
Away from the turntables, Chu produces original tracks, both on his own and in collaboration with fellow DJ, Incog, under
the moniker of Zoo Soundsystem, which recently released the track “Fever” on Toronto’s Promo Records. His future projects
include releases on DJ Love’s Stellar Music label. Chu is represented by APT ENTERTAINMENT INC.
ROBB G (WWW.Robbg.com )-Rare Toronto Booking
Robb G has been DJ'ing for over 10 years and it certainly shows through his diverse and technical abilities on the
turntables. He creates his unique sound by fusing together hard driving beats and anything funky with his energetic
presence behind the decks. His hard work and abundance of energy that goes into every live performance has taken him to
Europe, the US and more than 30 Canadian cities.
His newest release co-written with respected house producer Paranoid Jack entitled "Environmental Product" is being
played by the likes of Rennie Pilgrem, Aquasky and Meat Katie as well as getting support on BBC Radio 1, Breaks FM and
Ministry Of Sound Radio.
He's been called "one of Canada's breakbeat pioneers" and is responsible for founding the country's first breaks label,
Laidback Lab Records. Created in 1998, the imprint was an outlet for Robb to express his early exploits in music
production as well as being home to the first releases of other soon to be stars such as Jelo. Robb's second release
"Stick up kid" topped charts across the continent all the while gaining him the respect of his peers back home. The
underground hit was the final icebreaker for him to penetrate the incredibly competitive Toronto DJ market. During the
peak of Canada's rave scene in 1999, Robb was a resident for the now legendary Lifeforce productions. He was on the bill
of every major event in southern Ontario, including Syrous's 6 year Anniversary with Daft Punk, Moonshine's over Canada
Tour, Dose's "Throwdown" with the Freestyler's and Kickit's inaugural event with Adam Freeland & Q-bert.
By the year 2000 Robb's production was taking him to new heights and his work was featured on the iDance compilations.
The high profile CDs compiled by MC Flipside raised money and awareness for the local electronic music scene in conjunction
with outdoor rallies held at city hall. The first iDance rally was held on the eve on a major vote by Toronto council on
the use of city owned venues for dance music events. It was a huge success with over fifteen thousand people in attendance
and the massive show of support influenced a positive vote by city officials the following day. In 2001 the event surpassed
all expectations and drew well over 20 000 people while the CD featured Robb alongside respected producers such as Freaky
Flow, the Vinyl Syndicate crew and Hatiras.
With the evolution of Robb's sound shying away from the sample heavy tracks that Laidback Lab Records was known for,
starting a new label was inevitable. His launch of Promo Records in the spring of 2001 was met with instant success and
in support of the new venture Robb went on a 20 date coast to coast tour. The title track of the first release, "Chunk",
became a favorite with top North American DJ's like Donald Glaude and was licensed to compilations across the country.
As Robb's profile increased, so did the remix requests and after turning in a stellar remix to the owners of 2 Wars, they
approached him to join their label group. Knowing full heartedly the benefits of teamwork, Promo Records became the second
label to join the group. The 2 Wars label group is now 5 labels strong including; 2 Wars, Purephunk, DSV, Womp and Promo.
The influx in sales and buzz overseas for the newly formed alliance was so strong that they had to relocate their pressing
and distribution to England to meet the exporting demands. Individually, the releases on Promo Records have received the
support of just about every major name in the breakbeat world such as DJ Icey, Rennie Pilgrem, and Krafty Kuts.
With an overwhelming passion for all he takes on, the sale of thousands of records under his belt, Make It Funky is happy
to welcome Robb G back to our lineup, with several big releases scheduled for the next year alone and all while having the
support of his peers, it's no wonder that Atomic Hooligan is saying "Robb G is definitely the name to check for this year".
ANGUS ROBINSON( WWW.AngusRobinson.ca)
Angus is one of the hardest-working, most active players in the Canadian and International Breaks scene at the moment.
His successful record label (Money danced Recordings), his position at the world-renowned Release Records, as well as his
long-standing radio show (Futurized Radio) has garnered him quite an international following, so much so that he was
recently voted 38th Best Breaks DJ at the 2004/2005 International Breakbeat Awards (Breakspoll). Next year he looks poised
to secure the 37th spot!
Angus’ love for making music began at an early age with piano and later on with guitar. As a teenager, he got into
electronic music however it wasn’t until 1998 that he put his first needle to record in front of a live crowd while a
student at University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada. Since then, it’s taken Angus Robinson a very short time indeed
to climb the breakbeat ranks of his hometown of Toronto and, for that matter, all of Canada.
After moving back to Toronto, Angus took a full time position with one of the world’s top record stores, Release Records to
head up their online ordering platform and assemble their Breaks department. Not to be left behind by the changing
technology, Angus recently helped set up the digital downloads section which has been a big hit with both DJs and the
non-12”-buying public worldwide.
His position at Release Records, radio show, and record label ensures that Angus is always armed to the teeth with the
freshest selection of new tunes, Money danced testers, promos, and CDRs, the likes of which are in very high demand among
fellow DJs. His style is hard to pin down, but an underlying element of funk is present in everything he plays.
In his DJing career, Angus has held residencies at The Guvernment, Turbo, System Soundbar, Limelight, Fever (in Hamilton),
Milano's, Lush (in London), Tonic, The Blue Room (in London), Bauhaus and more. He has had the pleasure of playing alongside
Meat Katie, Koma & Bones, Krafty Kuts, Jody of Way out West, DJ Hyper, General Midi, Atomic Hooligan, Skool of Thought,
Adam Freeland, Rennie Pilgrem, and many more. His talents have earned him gigs all over Canada as well as the USA, Taiwan,
In early 2004, Angus set up Money danced Recordings, an outlet for the funkiest breaks in the business. The label looks set to
make a big stir on the international breaks scene, with the imprint’s current output being supported by the likes of Plump
DJs, Donald Glaude, Stanton Warriors, Soiul of Man, Meat Katie, Dylan Rhymes, Crystal Method, Drumattic Twins, and many more.
The current Money danced artist roster consists of Circuit Breaker, Myagi, Steelzawheelz, Bassbin Twins, Infekto, Boogie Army, and there’s loads more in the works. For more info on this label, check out the website – www.moneyshotrecordings.com.
Angus recently outfitted his apartment with a brand new recording studio to put his knowledge of piano and guitar to use.
Expect to see some funky-fresh Angus Robinson tunes forthcoming on Money danced in the not-so-distant future. We are happy to welcome Angus to the Make It Funky Collective in his first appearance with us. He is sure to lay down the serious funk.
ADAM ADISON OF THE BEATFREAKERS (WWW.Beatfreakers.com)
Under the moniker of "The Beat Freakers," Adam Addison and Greg Carlson seek to redefine the climate of House and Breaks in
North America. Whether behind the decks or in the studio, these two Chicago natives work tirelessly to fuse their two main
musical influences into an innovative new form.
As DJ's, "The Beat Freakers" have a resume that highlights their ability to construct diverse live performances. By
providing support to artists such as Rabbit in the Moon, The Drummatic Twins, The Freestylers, Donald Glaude, Mixmaster
Mike, Josh "The Funky 1," Jesse Saunders, Ed Rush and Optical, and DJ Craze, "The Beat Freakers" have solidified their rank
within the top tier of the International electronic music community. Their high-energy style establishes an immediate
rapport with any audience, and their desire to recreate a studio session in real time sets them apart from the current crop
of lackluster performers. Using samples, locked grooves, and acapellas in conjuction with turntable trickery and furious
scratch sessions, "The Beat Freakers" craft live sets that are eclipsed only by their original productions.
Their first single, entitled "Duck and Cover," is a funky breaks bomb inspired by their Chicago House roots. Remixed by
Myagi (aka Sole Claw), undoubtedly one of the most prolific Breaks producers in North America, the EP found a home with
the fledgling "Funky Cactus Recordings" based in San Francisco. This signing made them label mates of the legendary "Bassbin
Twins," among others, and set the stage for their acid laden breakbeat follow-up single entitled "Moderate Stimulation."
With "Moderate Stimulation" nearing completion, the future will find "Beat Freaker" originals in the most watched record
crates all over the world. Make It Funky is excited to welcome back Adam Adison to our lineup for this special event.
FARBSIE VS TARO
As the innovators of the Make It Funky experience along with the make it funky collective (including Leisure suit Larry, Erika Kelly,
Jay Cleary, The Phat Conductor, Dave Dub, and many other toronto Funksters) you can count on Taro and Farbsie to lay down the funk. It's been our vision to build a grass roots vibe focused on the organic mid-tempo funky sound. Having brought in acts such as Dj Czech, Fort Knox Five, All Good Funk Alliance and the Smalltown Djs, The Make It Funky parties have taken Toronto by storm and given a fresh new start to the funky sound we all know and love.
Get Ready to feel the Vibe:
Make It Funky presents #5!!!
KID GUSTO (Washington DC, www.funkdc.com)
ESCALATE (4 Piece live breaks band! http://www.escalatemusic.com)
Big League Chu (www.BigLeagueChu.com)
Robb G (www.RobbG.com)
Angus Robinson (www.AngusRobinson.ca)
Adam Addison of the Beatfreakers (www.beatfreakers.com)
Taro Vs Farbsie (Make It Funky)
November 18 2005 Gypsy Co-op 817 Queen Street West
Friday November 18th 10pm-4 am
$12 at the door before 12 R.O.A.R 19+ event
For reduced guestlist email your full names to Makeitfunkyparty@hotmail.com with the subject "Kid Gusto"
Thanks to all the party people who have made the Make It Funky parties a staple in the Toronto scene. Stay Funky!
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