What makes the Funktastic Players different from other bands?
What makes us different is my background and my vision for the future. Let me explain. I’m not a musician in the traditional sense. I started out as an MC\DJ during the Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash era. I spent a great deal of my early years producing rap acts and like all produces from that era I sampled soul, jazz and funk records from the 70s. After all, that’s where my heart was anyway. But, unlike other produces from the era I evolved. I wanted to re-create my own soul music not just sample it. Fast forward many years later and I found myself finally free to do the music I wanted to do the way I wanted to do it. Having worked in the industry my entire adult life for various independent record labels I came to understand this one simple fact “brand before band”! In other words, if I want people to come see the Funktastic Players I had to give them a legit reason to come. We are not a part of the tribute band circuit nor are we a cover tunes band. You’re not going to see the Funktastic Players at local bars, tavern’s pubs and restaurants. When we gig people will come to see us and our 40 plus tune catalog not because it’s Thursday night, the drinks are half price and women are out in droves! I’m trying to build a brand and a catalog of tunes that people know, respect and pay top dollar to see performed. That takes time and investment. We released our first CD, Generations, four years ago and have now released our third project entitled Funk 2.0. We’re still building our brand and adding fans nationally and internationally. We thank all of you who have stumbled upon us and become fans.