Based: Durban

Emulating a DJ brother, and inspired by a musician father, Durban’s renowned Funky G had the right start to his ultra-successful DJ career, which immediately saw him winning his first competition at the enthusiastic age of 14.He was later hailed as 2001 Technics DMC South African DJ Champ, taking over the reigns from then-SA Champ, Ready D. Funky G’s ability to read the crowd and give them exactly what they want has seen invitations stream in from around the country as club owners and event organisers vie for his skill on the turntable.

His motivating ethos is simple: “I love making people happy. I feed on the energy from the crowd, stretching me as a DJ. It’s reciprocal.” In support of this belief, Funky G currently owns Durban’s New School Productions, specialising in Events, Music Production & DJ Lessons. Here, enthusiasts learn everything from compiling a mix to putting up a DJ battle set, with a fully equipped studio for teaching Music Production and a wide range of DJ/Production gear on sale.

This self-professed gadget and technology freak is constantly on the lookout for new tunes to add to his banging repertoire, mixing house beats with hip hop and RnB. His flawless technical ability has turned his sets into audiovisual shows that have set many dancefloors on high party alert. This foot-stomping talent culminated in Funky G being selected as one of six DJs to tour South Africa as part of the popular Smirnoff Turntable Campaign in 2009, playing in the country’s most sought-after venues.

This versatile DJ has also previously held a monthly spot on the 5FM Utimix @ 6, and regularly played on Metro FM’s Weekend Lockdown. He has also set the bar at H2O parties, where his expansive musical knowledge allows for dance sets with substance. Funky G held the main residency at Durban’s house music mecca, Tilt Nightclub, from 2003 to 2009, as well as other residencies in the city’s Sasha, Society, Zeta Bar, Pop Art Café, De La Sol, Panama Room and Cape 2 Cairo and more…

Blazing the party scene around the country, Funky G has played memorable music alongside some of the world’s biggest names, including Deadmau5, Avicii, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Sebastien Leger, Stimming, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Lisa Lashes, Inland Knights, Lawnchar Generals, Example, Jay West, Jake Childs, Christian Burkhardt, Boris Dlugosch, Pete Heller, Oscar G and Tony Cha Cha, 12th Planet, Alvin Risk, Steve Hill, Cosmic Gate, Fatman Scoop, Grand Master Flash. He has also made his mark with local artist collaborations that have included Goldfish, Locnville, Jax Panik, DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Crazy White Boy, Roger Goode, Good Luck, Ready D, Lady Lea, Craig de Sousa, Flash Republic, Iridium Project, Jack Parrow and Die Antwoord, Prime Circle, Just Jinger, A King. What started as a schoolboy love affair with bass-bumping beats has turned into a fulltime passion for legendary sets that ignite nightclubs, radio airwaves, dance events and party loving souls.