DJ/Producer Jay Funk has for almost 25 years been playing to dance floors around the world with his mix of bouncy House & Garage and held resisdencies in some of the worlds best clubs and for some of the UK’s finest promotions ( Space, Eden , Es Paradis, El Divino, Ibiza, Pamshouse , Good For Nothing, Finesse) and guested in literally hundreds of clubs & festivals around the world(at latest count almost 500 different clubs! )and festivals , playing alongside some of the worlds finest artists and wowed crowds with his technical prowess and understanding of how to rock a dance floor. From the early days of the UK garage scene , Jay has always had his finger on the pulse and continues to be in demand from promoters all over,
mixing it up across multiple decks ( Jay’s infamous 4/5 deck sets on the Space Terrace in Ibiza catapulted Jay in the world wide touring scene ) His love and devotion of music has seen him move into the world of production with his debut solo release getting into the top ten and has had releases on Freekin’ 909 ,Good For You Records , Unique2Rhythm ,Hush Digital , 3rd Way recs, Hot Tape and many more with his tracks signed to compilations , 2018 is set to be a busy year for his productions with original tracks,remixes and collaborations ready to drop.
Jay is well respected within the scene and is often sighted as a DJ’s DJ and is comfortable playing huge festivals and intimate clubs alike , bringing the latest technology to the stage , taking performance to the next level but with an old school mentality!
Jay also hosts 2 weekly radio shows
where he airs the freshest releases amongst his own productions and often performs Live/Dj sets remixing live on air.
This man lives and breathes music and is evident in his energetic performances .
A veteran DJ of some 25 years, Jay got into beats from a very young age, influenced by the soul, funk and disco records of the time, Jay knew that his destiny was in music.
After purchasing his first decks aged 12, Jay practised every waking hour to hone his skills that would take him on a journey he could only have dreamed of!
As a forward thinking DJ, Jay started playing Hardcore at raves aged just 14 and studied his idols Masters At Work, Carl Cox , DJ Ratty and Derrick Carter to give him the edge on other DJs around him and was soon noticed as a promising young DJ; with a big career ahead of him.
As his musical tastes matured, Jay got into US House and garage eventually taking him into the skippy beats of then, the start of the UK garage scene. After many free gigs and a lot of hard graft, Jay quickly gained residencies throughout the East of England and was considered one of the hottest DJs on this scene, playing for many huge promotions such as Garage Nation, Inspiration, karisma, Bon Bon, Pamshouse and many radio stations; Jay hosted his own show on Flex FM for 5 years as well as guesting on other radio stations.
Eventually Jay started his own promotions and record label (Finesse recordings) with studio whiz NJC and co-DJ Danny J, they released remixes and bootlegs and the club promotion propelled Jay into bigger clubs to gain valuable experience behind the decks as well as behind the scenes.
Jay Always kept his love of house music and when the UK garage scene moved into 2-step, Jay disliked the change to the music and moved 100% back into house, a decision which paid off.
Jay quickly gained many residencies and guested up and down the country at clubs including M.O.S London, Heaven , Turnmills, Bar Rhumba, Aquarium, Honey Club Brighton, Matrix Reading, Hollywood Ipswich Uea Norwich,Essex Uni,Tidy Weekenders, Ibiza BIG Reunion Weekenders and more. He has also become in demand across Europe and played for MOS tours in Switzerland,Mallorca as well as dates in Slovenia,Croatia,Wales, Ireland, Ibiza, Cyprus, Australia, Thailand,Laos and the USA! ( See Club listings page)
Jay’s multi-deck scratch infused sets of Soulful,deep, Latin, Tribal, Funky Jacking-Elec-Tech sounds made him stand out from other DJ’s and his ear for future big tunes got him head-hunted to be the resident for Tonic in Ibiza, where Jay spent his first season playing weekly at Eden and the Space Terrace in 2003. His electric sets soon got him attention on the island and was soon playing gigs at venues such as El Divino, Bora Bora, Es Paradis,Plastik, Hush,Orange Corner, Itaca,Kanya Holiday FM, Live Mix Shows Back to the uk from the Mambo Studios and many other underground locations.
Jay was asked back to be the weekly resident at Space on the terrace for Good Fridays where he rubbed shoulders with some of his favourite DJ’s. This is where he started his legendary 5 deck sets which blew away clubbers and promoters alike, and led to gigs across Europe and a residency for Garlands at Eden. Jay enjoyed a weekly main room and funky room slot, where his “Classics” sets packed the room out to capacity every week. Ibiza summer 2005 saw Jay back behind the scenes running Tidy Vs Extreme Euphoria @ Es Paradis for it’s launch season where he played opening sets in the main room with tough House, but it was his quirky colourful promotion ” PocoDisco” upstairs in The Gallery which had the dancefloors jammed with his mix of Funky , Balearic and Electro House. Followed by after parties at Blue Impact ( Extasis) becoming the place to loon out at after the clubs all kicked out!
Jay has gained much respect from his peers and fellow DJs he respects highly,
Danny Rampling said to him on the Space Terrace Aug 2004 “By the time you’re my age, you could be the best in the world!”