About

I’m a UK based dj/collector who loves all things funky. I also have a big interest in 60’s garage, freakbeat, psychedelia and 60’s pop. Over the last few years I have dj’d in New York, Dublin, London, Stockholm, Madrid, San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Saigon, Siem Reap, Melbourne & Sydney.
For more of my vibe you can access my mixes at http://www.mixcloud.com/gazfunk and why not visit our Official Gazfunk Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/gazfunkmusic and give us a like.

 

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  1. Kay Dickinson

    Hi Gary, not sure if you like a bit of jazz-funk as well – if so, Spaceheads have a new album out on 21st November, featuring trumpeter Andy Diagram (James, David Thomas & Two Pale Boys, Honkies) and Richard Harrison on percussion – joined for this mini-album by double bassist Vincent Bertholet – creating a rather funky electro-trumpet sound using loopers and effects. It doesn’t easily fall into any particular genre so have a quick listen, see if it’s up your street – the title track, Laughing Water is a good place to start….

    Dropbox Link – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/69n6rebo5v2ny89/AACh3n4pv-qTBWuG4s8p8t3-a?dl=0

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi Kay, it’s not really the type of stuff I’d normally listen to and doesn’t really fit in with what I do on the blog but I do like it. Thanks for the heads up!

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi David, thanks for your message. Unfortunately I only feature soul & funk on the blog so I wouldn’t be able to help you guys much. Best of luck with the E.P. anyway. Gary

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  2. Doctor Petier

    Hi Gary,

    Great blog, these tunes have influenced me for many years and particularly on the current project, we’ve been writing a funk album featuring Donald Johnson and Myke Wilson both playing drums together. They are the finest funk drummers in Manchester and have featured on many records on a combined total of nearly 70 years, but never together.
    A Certain Ration, Lamb, Dust Junkies, Cane Gang to name a few…

    Anyway it’s not just drums, there are actual songs but here is a preview that I’m trying to get some blog exposure with.

    Cheers
    Doc

    http://soundcloud.com/doctor-petier/prologue

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  3. johannes

    hey gary,

    just stopped by your site. this is brilliant! we have a new sound on our label. Two guys from New York collabing with Shawn Lee on an Album this year. But until now you can listen to the guys having fun on some 70s jam including tracks from Isaac Hayes, Roy Ayers, Sun Ra, Sohail Rana, The Cult, Carol Kaye, Jack Arel & Pierre Dutour, Roy Budd and the germans rare collectors item GÄA. you might have fun with this. if you are interested in more you can contact me through http://www.resistantmindz.com.
    here is the music. enjoy! thanks!

    Release: 02/12/16
    Music: The Brothers Nylon – Jamuary
    https://resistantmindz.bandcamp.com/album/jamuary
    Videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQ3J6mPx0SUdoUudXoS_aRkr4G5V18Vlj
    Label: Resistant Mindz

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  4. Ivan Khatchoyan

    Hey man I run a band called The Traffic and we did a cover of Jimi hendrix fire and Bangarang by Skrillex.. I got some ppl comin to my bandcamp cause of you and I wanted to say Hello and thanks!!!! I got a new one comin soon..
    all the best Ivan@Choiproductions

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  5. Phil Cox

    Dear GazFunk , ref: BETTY DAVIS FUNK QUEEN IS BACK:

    I am the director of a new Betty Davis documentary biopic – working with Betty herself, whom you might know, has been mysteriously ‘off the radar’ for over 30 years. Former wife of Miles, the original FUNK Queen and a total pioneer for women in music, Betty has a hell of a story to tell! We have been working with her for about three years now and just gone public with a crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign. Betty will be signing and personally dedicating 20 of her vinyl albums to those who contribute into the $250 range to help getting her story made. Betty is also signing 5 of her own – now out of print – NASTY GAL CDs for the campaign.

    Everything is here: http://igg.me/at/nastygalmovie

    We are really working now to get Betty the legacy she deserves – especially to bring her back to a new generation who are not aware of her cultural and musical importance. We are planning a large scale not for profit tribute concert in 2016 – musical director Greg Errico from Sly and the Family Stone with invited guests. All the information about the project is here: http://www.nastygalmovie.com

    As independents doing this, it would be amazing to have your support or to have a shout out on your website blog – Hope it is ok to ask – dont know quite how to contact you!

    Do let us know you got this. Thanks so much!
    Phil
    (based in East London UK and NYC)

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi Phil – thanks for your message. Looks like a very exciting film! I’m a big fan of Betty so will try to help if I can. I’ll post a link about the film to enable anyone who wants to donate to do so – if/when the film is released I might be in a position to do any interview with you or indeed Betty herself. All thebest, Gary

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  6. JF

    Yeah, it’s pretty popular here. Soul, funk and R&B all get bundled up under the label “Black” music in Japan. Not very politically correct, isn’t it? But here the term isn’t as loaded, and it’s a very popular style. There are many great record shops around town.

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  7. JF

    Hey Gary,

    I’m a Canadian living in Tokyo, and I’d like to introduce my band to you. We’re called “Lost Alibis” and we play a mix of rock, soul and pop, with a touch of jazz and funky. We’ve just released a six-track mini-album that we’re really happy about. It would be great if you found the time to listen to our music. Thanks!!

    [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/100178125" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]

    https://soundcloud.com/lost-alibis/sets/lost-alibis

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  8. Brian Rosenbaum

    Hi Gary – Long-time reader, first-time writer. Just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate what you do. Superb writing and great taste.

    I wanted to share my music with you. I play trumpet for A Certain Groove, a 7-piece group based out of Los Angeles. We take your favorite classic rock and pop songs and give them our own funky spin by adding the soul and styling of legends like Tower of Power, Meters, Prince, etc.

    I’d love to share our newest single with you: a funked up cover of Queens of the Stone Age’s “No One Knows.” — youtube.com/watch?v=v1PknDs6u28

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi Brian – thanks for your kind words! I’ll get a listen to you guys when I get a chance. I’m gonna be visiting California at the end of September but not L.A. unfortunately – San Francisco & San Diego.

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  9. E. Redmond

    Hey Gary,

    Luv the soul and funk music reviews on your site. I’d like to share with you a song and video entitled ‘Heartbroken’ which I created in response to the continuous violence and injustice impacting the African-American community. The song calls for us all to work constructively together to uphold each of our individual rights to liberty and justice. It would be great to get your review and support sharing it with everyone that could use some intelligent, inspiring, and healing music right now. How would you prefer to receive my info?

    Thanks,

    E. Redmond

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi Doug, I get daily requests from PR Execs/Companies and I simply don’t have the time to follow them up. Also the blog is mainly concerned with showcasing old funk & soul records and isn’t about offering free PR to current artists (I dedicate my time to this as well as holding a regular job and bear all the costs for the running of the blog myself and have no sponsorship/donations/ads as this is really something I see as a labour of love). What in particular were you looking to discuss?

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  10. noelle tannen

    Hey Gary!
    I just released a music video and album. Its soul music based in NY. The musicians that played on the track are from all over including france and the UK. It has a socially conscience message about how everything we do can and usually effects the world at large. I was wondering if you would be interested in writing about it?
    Here is the video:

    Here is the album:
    http://www.noelletannen.bandcamp.com
    http://www.noelletannen.com
    I will email you a code! and all this information as well.
    Noelle

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi Noelle – thanks for your message. Unfortunately I don’t write about new releases as I receive requests for reviews/interviews on a daily basis and I simply don’t have the time to feature them.

      Best of luck with the music anyway,

      Gary

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  11. Patrick Kollmeier

    Hey Gary,

    Great site! I’m reaching out with 9-piece power/funk band Turkuaz from Brooklyn, NY and wanted to see if you might be interested in featuring some of their music on your site, or even reviewing their newest album as a whole. Would love to chat via email if you had a chance today, so just shoot me a note when you get a chance, and we can figure it out! Thanks for the time today.

    Patrick

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi Patrick – thanks for your message. Unfortunately I don’t write about new releases as I receive requests for reviews/interviews on a daily basis and I simply don’t have the time to feature them.

      Best of luck with the music anyway,

      Gary

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  12. Dyane

    Hi Gary! Happy New Year! All the best for 2014! I came accross your blog while doing soem research. Good Job, and thank you for sharing your experiences! Gary, like everybody else on this blog, I have a request: I’m a freelance publicist for Derek McKeith, an American artist from L.A who just released his new album “The Introduction”. His style is Funky Rock, and he will be touring from 1/16 in the US. Would you mind to listen to it and may be mention it on your blog/feedbacks? I don’t know if you happen to be in the US to attend one of his gigs?
    Thank you very much.
    https://soundcloud.com/derek-mckeith
    Kind Regards
    Dyane

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  13. Working Brilliantly

    Hi Gary,
    I have an excellet Soul artist I would love to send your way… please let me know the best email to reach you.
    🙂

    Thank you!

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi,

      Unfortunately I don’t give out my email as I get a lot of spam and if it’s published on a public forum I will be inundated with various requests & spam. Perhaps you could post a link to their youtube or mixcloud/soundcloud page.

      Gary

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  14. thedrumdoctor

    If you’re looking for British Indie bands who embraced funk music in the last 13 years or so then, then you’re more likely to find teeth in a hens mouth. Unfortunately, all British funk influenced bands on independent labels were driven underground in around 1995 when Britain embraced Britpop and Oasis. The knock-on effect of this has been that young British musicians now have Noel Gallagher as their pinnacle of songwriting, who embodies everything that represents the stereotypical white, British, working class musician, a million miles away from the soul of black American music. Plus, the fact that ‘Indie’ is actually a mainstream form of music/genre today, you would really have to be truly ‘Indie’ and underground in the old sense of the term to be fusing funk music with guitars.

    I will expand on this one day in my own BLOG as the story of Britpop killing diverse music in Britain needs to be told.

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  15. Riley Sticka

    Hey there! I’m compiling a list of innovative funk influenced bands from the past 13 years for an ambitious project I’m working on, and I figured I’d contact a few online critics for some much needed help….

    I’m pretty sure there’s some indie rock bands that have been stirring some stuff up with funk, but the only band I can think of is TV on the radio.

    Know any other innovative millennial funk influenced bands?

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hey Riley, unfortunately I can’t think of any recent “indie” bands that sound to me like they are influenced by what I’d call funk. The are plenty of modern funk bands around but the current indie scene isn’t something I have much expertise in I’m afraid.

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  16. Jason

    Hey Gaz,

    Hope you are well and that this is a good way to contact you.

    I am working with a new 9-piece soul/hip-hop collective named Lucille (https://soundcloud.com/lucille-smokin-soul). The band are due to record their full length at the end of April but we wanted to get the band’s name and music heard before the new release.

    If the band, or indeed the new album, are of interest to you I’d be delighted to send you any additional information you may need.

    Have a good one,

    Jason

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  17. Charles Walker

    Hello,

    You have a great blog covering funk music on Gazfunk. I am
    wondering if you’d like to review our new album “Relentless”, which is
    soul and funk. This exclusive Sound Cloud link will allow you to download
    our new album “Relentless”: http://snd.sc/PFUi4s. Even if you cannot
    review it, please give it a listen. I think you’ll like what you hear as
    we have been influenced by every artist you list on your blog. Thank you
    for your time and for your wonderful blog.

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  18. BigOlNastyGetdown

    Hi Gary,

    What a great site you have!! Thank you for all your contributions to the Funk Music community and helping spread the word.
    If you have a moment, please check out our page. http://www.thebigolnastygetdown.com. It seems right up your ally. . The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is a 120 plus member musical collaboration consisting of a revolving line-up with musicians from over 60 widely-known bands currently involved. George Clinton as well as members of Parliament Funkadelic, Kool and the Gang, Graham Central Station, Mandrill, the Time, Fishbone, Galactic, and Dumpstaphunk are just some of the folks involved and that’s only getting started. The complete line-up and details about the project can be found on our website. Let me know if there is any additional info I can provide and if the project seems something of interest.

    Many Thanks,

    John

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  19. Rob Robinson

    Happy new year Gary, great content you have here. Thanks for the tribute to Marva, she was the best, gone way too soon. I’m still mad at James for slapping her for sounding too good. Nice write-up on the Fabulous Counts, too. Mose Davis, their organ player that wrote Jan Jan, lives here in Atlanta and plays regularly. When you get minute, I think you’d dig the sound of Georgia Soul Council. You can check their album here : http://georgiasoulcouncil1.bandcamp.com/
    They will have a 45 out in the spring. In the meantime, if you’d like a free download, just use code ltsn-hfuf. Many thanks for your dedication to the true soul & funk. – Rob

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    • gazfunk Post author

      Hi Bettine – thanks for your kind words.

      I don’t give my email address out as I get a lot of visitors and in the past I’ve had quite a bit of spam.

      Is there any way you can tell me your email so that I can send you a message?

      Best,

      Gary

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