Paul Funk tarted as DJ in club Nastasta in ’86 where he played Rare Groove, P-Funk and early House.
In ’87 while studying “Film & Video” at The Acadamy Of Arts he started playing P-Funk/ Rare groove as “dj dr Funkenstein” in club RoXY in Amsterdam.
After a trip in mid ’88 to New York and Chicago (to check out the roots of House and meeting Frankie Knuckles, Jessie Jones and many other pioneers from the scene) he started his weekly Thursday night in Oct 1988 at the “Paard van Troje”.
Here he booked early House acts like Royal House, Kym Mazelle and Ten City.
These nights with themes like Space Odyssey, Electrichrist, Dali’s L’Age D’Or, Metropolis, Mad Max etc were decorated with murals, paintings, objects and sculptures by Paul and artist Ernst Wolterink.
Paul designed/ printed the flyers, and 35 mm movie reels and slide shows were projected.
In 1989 he also became the Saturday night resident dj at Club La Ds and started playing national and international clubs like:
Nighttown, RoXy, Stalker, Peron 66, Exposure, De Waakzaamheid, Club Anvers (Belgium), Otto Zutz (Barcelona),King of House (Madrid) etc. and at legal and illegal House parties all over Europe like Mystery Land, Silly Symphonies etc.
In 1991 he was involved as musical/ artistic director and resident dj in nightclub “De TijD” where he booked Dutch top dj’s as Ardi B, Dimitri, dj Marcello, Eddy de Clerq, Graham B etc. and where dj Remy, and Quinten de Rozario started their careers
He produced 12”records for labels Secret Love Records and After Midnight Records (for which he also designed the labels) under the names A Different League, Amtrack and Super Glide. From (‘96 to ’99) he worked with Olaf Wempe (Normally Invisible) on the “Raiders of the lost Bass” D&B album “The Heirloom” for Uk Vibez label.
In ’96 Paul left House for his new love Drum & Bass/ Liquid Funk..
Till 2001 he kept organising the Raiders Of The Lost Bass D&B party’s in The Hague, Leiden, Haarlem, Groningen, Zwolle, Mannheim (D), Valencia (S) etc.
Raiders of The Lost Bass was a collective existing of Paul “Zulu” Funk and fellow dj Rance (Mark Kneppers of Kraak and Smaak fame), artist like female singer Desire, rappers Mc Seb and Mc Kriss, and International guest dj’s like Calibre, Shy Fx, dj Wildchild, dj SS, Subject 13, London Electricity, dj Fresh, dj Addiction Marcus Intalex and gave High Contrast (2001 his first gig abroad).
Hosted the “FAT”night at club Mono and did a string of Liquid Funk parties with dj Nubian for UK labels like Defunked, V Recordings and Soul:R (Flyers can be checked at: http://www.paulfunkdesign.com/content/graphic-designs-0 )
After a 14 year sabbatical (due to concentrating on his other love: building Custom Motorcycles.) He returned to House after hearing Black Coffee spin at The Sugar Factory in 2014 and a renewed FB contact with Byron Burke (Ten City). After hearing the new stuff BB made, Paul dusted off his old gear, and did (with a little help from Sekander Raisani) a House remix of Jesse Saunders/ Vince Lawrence Electro classic: Gwendolyn – Come to Me. Farley Jackmaster Funk approved it and Jesse’s Broken Rec. is going to release this in 2017 . This was followed by a request from Sterling Void to do a 2017 remix of Runaway Girl for his Digital Void label. 2016 is looking bright with a collaboration with Dj Spanky and another major releases coming on Dj Pierre’s AA Trax label. Meanwhile Mr Funk mixes are rotating on Deep Space Radio and he is playing some small venues this winter to get ready for the 2017 Club/ Festival Season.
A Different League: Sentimental Pleasure (Secret Love Records)
Amtrack: Soul Train (After Midnight Records)
Superglide: The Ride (After Midnight Records)
Naar De Klote Soundtrack: Wicked Ride (E.V.A Rec)
Silly Symphonies New Directions: Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Essential Dance Music)
Raiders Of The Lost Bass: The Heirloom Album (Bootleg)
Coming in 2016/2017:
Gwendolyn – Come to Paul Funk’s 13 th Floor Mix – Broken Records (US)
Sterling Void – Runaway Girl – Digital Void Rec (US)
Paul Funk Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait For Acid – AA Trax (US)