ULTRA: To the far side of beyond.
Ultrafunkula is a musical experience providing a funky vibe covering all eras of dance music. Inspired by the illegal rave scene and then the emergence of the Balearic dance movement, DJ's and producers from West Mersea in Essex, Matt Prevett, James Dunn and Ben Wass have a real understanding of how to funk things up.
From DJ’ing and hosting parties and events at leading London venues such as Pacha and the Ministry of Sound, to producing with dance music legends Joe Negro and most recently Max Chapman; Ultrafunkula know how to make any dance floor kick off.
This now culminates in a new experience “The History of House” which after several successful events and DJ performances, is now back by popular demand.
It started in 1991 with a pair of ropey old turntables on the island of Mersea. Matt, James and Ben, all 14 years old, would lock themselves away for endless nights secretly mastering the art of mixing on James' older brother's turntables when he was out of the house - pretending to be “rave DJs” consumed their lives. Once they had a turntable of their own, they would spend hours in another friends garage loft spinning vinyl or spending hours crammed into one of their parents cars listening to a Dreamsacape or Fantazia mix tape they wanted to emulate, whilst looking over the sunset coast. A few years later they suddenly heard and understood the process of beat matching and from there (with even more practise) mixing became second nature.
They started mixing with hardcore, then moved onto drum & bass and then onto funky house. They even played around with a lot of Hip Hop and tried to emulate some of the DJs who could mix, cut and scratch as good as these fellas could eat or breathe.
Fast forward to 1996, the year that they got involved in the famous “illegal raves”. It was from this movement that Ben, Matt & James came up with the ULTRAFUNKULA during a summer party. All three of them had the ambition to put their own identity and feel into their own event. The dream? To be superstar DJs headlining their own event - of course!! After finding a derelict building out in the sticks they carted in the biggest, loudest sound system they could muster and a tiny lighting rig. That night Ultrafunkula was born.
Ultrafunkula quickly became an event in high demand. Everyone was hooked. After creating a series of more events in Essex - London was calling. The first Ultrafunkula attracted just 100 people but before long, Matt, James and Ben were headlining some of the biggest clubs in London, along with gigs across Europe and Ibiza.
Ultrafunkula has held various residencies across London’s underground club scene including Herbal, Pacha (London and Ibiza) Dust in Clerkenwell McQueen and Home in Shoreditch, the Whitehouse in Clapham and Brixton’s Plan B - and that's just for starters.
"Nama Bars Ltd and Ultrafunkula have worked together to deliver some of our most successful nights at Nama Bar over the last few years. The guys ar Ultrafunkula play a mix of accessible house music which is perfect for both of our groups of customers - essentially a young, well-heeled crowd of affluent Soho media types with a passion for their music (and drink!)" Charlie Manning: Manager: Nama Bar: London WC1.