Studio Guest: Ziggy Funk
Ziggy Funk returns to BBE with his debut solo album, ‘Boxer’s Fracture’.
Light on samples, heavy on musicianship, the album is clearly the work of an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Starting out on the guitar from an early age, Ziggy played in various bands over the years, taking in funk, reggae, blues, jazz and even rock influences, all of which were added to his vibrant musical palette. The raw, improvised feel of live music finds it’s way into ‘Boxer’s Fracture at times; several tracks sound almost like a talented band jamming together for the sheer joy of it. At other points the album appears highly polished, with timely soul/jazz cut ‘Stop Scrolling and Connect’ and bass-heavy broken beat title track ‘Boxer’s Fracture’ letting Ziggy’s production skills take centre stage.
- Some Like It Hot (4:48)
- Giving Up (5:09)
- Okay Captain Kirk (4:46)
- Yes I Ya (4:48)
- Don’t Stop (3:37)
- Stop Scrolling and Connect (5:07)
- Boxer’s Fracture (5:59)
- We Can Get Down (4:41)
- Moving (3:32)
- Hazy (6:21)
- Colour Me Brown (2:47)
Ziggy Funk is no stranger to the Mi-Soul airwaves, being one-half of the musical production, DJ and label duo, Rhemi, who feature on our monthly Rotation Show on Saturdays. Working alongside successful producer and DJ, Neil Pierce of Fanatix/Soul Heaven, the two have numerous originals and remix work under the moniker and have worked with the likes of Joey Negro, Louie Vega, Opolopo, Kele Le Roc and numerous others.
Hailing from London, the multi-instrumentalist Ziggy Funk has for many years been involved with music. He never had the stereotypical upbringing of a musical family; it was merely his curiosity which brought him to where he is today. Picking up and learning the guitar at a young age was his first taste of his journey, to which led him to play in numerous bands. This also allowed him to incorporate different styles from funk, hip-hop, jazz, blues and world music in his repertoire. Eventually, all roads looked towards house music, always loving it’s sound, it was only later in life that he began to really settle and refine his skills as a producer and DJ. Playing at many great venues such the ‘Roundhouse’ in Camden, ‘Big
He has played at many great venues such the Roundhouse, Camden, The Big Chill Festival, Soul Heaven and East Village as well as holding a residency for Deep Into Soul which is one of the premiere house nights in London.
In 2011 Ziggy released ‘Everyday’ with musical partner, Taliwa under the mighty Foliage label which received a great reception from the house community. The duo then went on to write ‘What You Afraid’ released under the legendary DJ Spen’s label, Quantize Recordings and supported by one of the pioneers of house, Louie Vega. He has released under Defected, Soul Heaven, Tony Records, Limestone Recordings, Room Control Records, Play It Down, MN2S and many more.
Never fully content, Ziggy is always pushing forward and trying to move the boundaries within himself. Dance music is where he made a name for himself but he has always played around with other genres and tried to be free with musical expression. His ‘Red Light Syndrome’ EP released in 2016 on BBE records showed his versatility and dynamic vibe which had support from Ashley Beedle and one-half of ‘6th Borough Project’ Craig Smith.
All this energy and appreciation for music lives deep within Ziggy and you can always expect awesome quality from him be it through his production or through his DJ performances.