Posted Oct 10, 2009 in Music | 1 Comment

yourKloset.com Interview w/Funkerman

This past week yourKloset.com was fortunate enough to sit down and talk with Ardie van Beek, a true Funkerman, to discuss his love for music, his passion for entertaining, and his one of a kind style.

But before we could discuss where he’s going, we had to find out where he’s been.

Funkerman

yourKloset.com: Where did it all begin, the love for music, the desire to produce records, the aspiration to spin at clubs?

Funkerman: I have to go back to the age of ten. You don’t just become interested in music, it takes over your life. I started recording tapes and compiling the tracks I liked best. I was really interested in Hip Hop back then, specifically the scratching. I didn’t know what it was, it just sounded cool. Every album back then only had one track of just the DJ, no rap on it just scratching, and I’m like oh shit that’s good.

I am always really happy knowing that it started for me back then, because then you know for sure that you are doing something because you love it and not just because its in vogue.

Club Opera Montreal

yK.com: Growing up in the Netherlands, how is it that you were inspired by American Hip Hop artists such as Eric B, Rakim Public Enemy, and Run DMC? What was in their sound that encouraged your love for music?

FKM: Hip hop was very under ground.

When you start scratching & mixing tracks, you start collecting records because you want to know how the records are made, how sampling is done. That’s where my interest in even older rare groves, funks and soul beats from the likes of James Brown, and George Clinton and the Funkadelics came from.

yK.com: What kind of sounds are you working with these days, in the studio and in the clubs?

FKM: A lot of people always ask me what is your sound, how do you define your style? And I am always led back to the saying by DJ Dimitri, who saw it as an art form and always said:

“Don’t be a prisoner of your own style”.

You don’t want to be a prisoner but the stuff you like influences you. When I first got to know house music I enjoyed the freedom: you can do whatever you want, you can sample whatever you want, you can play whatever you want, as long as it has this perpetual thing in it, which is really important for house music, then its okay.

When I start a track it is something I envision and I want to have it as close as possible to what I had in my mind.  I want to make something that strikes your ear; that strikes your heart.

Funkerman @ Opera

yK.com: Which DJs or artists currently arouse your musical ear? If you could sit down and put on any track right now (besides any one of your own), what would it be?

FKM: Timbaland, I think his genre is very original and he has a fascinating ability to produce for a huge clientele, from The Pussy Cat Dolls to underground hip hop artists.  His music is never commercial and he doesn’t make music that he doesn’t like.

Daft Punk is also one of the best examples.  They made an underground record (Homework) yet 15 years later it’s still one of the most unintentional commercially successful dance records ever made.  I like them because they make their music with good intentions, make it pure, for the love. Keep the business out of it!

Funkerman - Ardie van Beek

yK.com: What is in a DJ name? Funkerman…was this a name that was bestowed upon you, something you spent hours upon hours thinking of or just an idea that fell into your lap?

FKM:  When I started to DJ, everybody in Holland was playing trance and techno, I was the only one who was playing funky disco-ish house music. On the cover of my mix tape I put a superman picture and called it “Funkerman to the Rescue”… the plan was to save the world from Trance music because that was the only music being played.  Everyone asked for a copy of my CD and they started to book me as Funkerman when I did parties.  I like having a stage name because during the day I am just Ardi, a normal regular guy with friends and parents, trying to live a regular life as much as possible.

yK.com: What was it like having a Flamingo Records night this summer at Pacha Ibiza, (one of the most famous clubs in the world?)

FKM: It was a huge honour, the Sweeds (SHM) and us were the first ones in 10 years to get a weekly residency.  Pacha really took a risk this year because they wanted to do something fresh. Our theme was “New Life”, a track Fedde and I produced.  We always put in the effort to create a night that would be memorable.

yK.com: Before you put on a show, are you just throwing on jeans and a tee or are you spending time looking through your Kloset to find that perfect look.

I only wear jeans. When I am on stage I wear different things then when I am doing interviews. If I need to wear a suit I will wear one that matches my style. What I love about fashion is that it’s not only about one thing, you can do whatever you want. People dress in so many different directions, and I like that.

Like with my music, I’m not going to wear clothes because they are popular, I have to feel comfortable in what I am wearing, it has to be Me.

Funkerman

yK.com: Does fashion or a specific designer inspire at all the music you create?

I like to make the bridge between music and fashion a different way, because I think music is fashion, and like music clothing has so many different styles. In the fashion industry, designers make special things they really believe in, for me that is the essential side of fashion. Making clothes from a designer’s point of view is not much different then making music from a producer’s perspective.

For more information on Funkerman please visit his website, and for more details on upcoming Produkt events please visit http://produkt.ca

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  1. wow what an amazing and inspiring piece

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