Salt Strings in the Maldives!

We’re ridiculously excited to announce that we’re about to undertake our second international gig in 6 months! This New Years Eve, Salt Strings will be playing at the exclusive Velaa Private Island in the Maldives – check out these photos. Heaven on Earth!

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Looking forward to this incredible collaboration! May there be several more to come. Stay tuned in the upcoming months for news and pics from the girls trip – we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

With love from the team at Funkified Entertainment

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Winners of the Entertainment of the Year “Live Bands” at the 2014 WEOA Awards!

We’re still on a high from Sunday’s award ceremony! So incredibly excited to have received this honour! A huge thank you to all of our suppliers, clients and most of all our amazing muso’s – you mean so, so much to us. We’re grateful beyond words to work with such a special, talented and just generally awesome group of people. X

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Funkified in Papua New Guinea

A few weeks ago, Funkified was approached with the opportunity to provide entertainment for one of the biggest charity events of the year in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Naturally we were extremely honored to be a part of such an initiative and super excited to get to work on our very first gig ABROAD!
The brief called for a 12-piece orchestra to support multi-platinum operatic pop-group Il Divo (Yep, Il Divo!!), so we quickly locked down the talented crowd from The Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra, pianist Ambre Hammond and guitarist David De Vries.
The event was hosted at The Lamana Hotel’s famous Gold Club by the Sir Theophilus Foundation Inc., to raise money for the Port Moresby General Hospital. The concert itself was stunning, featuring a vivid lighting scheme and set exclusively designed by the Lamana’s general manager Yiannis Nicolaou; to enhance and compliment Il Divo’s dynamic renditions of My Heart Will Go On, Con Te Partiro and more. Of course, everything was offset by the group’s trademark charisma and friendly banter – their onstage presence is truly something to behold! These guys haven’t sold over 26 million albums for nothing!
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The gig was a resounding success with over $4 million raised, and it was truly humbling to have worked on such a wonderful event. Several of the musicians from Sydney Camerata were approached by both guests and hotel staff afterwards, thanking them for their beautiful and moving performance – we were actually told several times that with live orchestral concerts being fairly uncommon in Papua New Guinea, they were elated to have had the opportunity to see one of such high calibre. This was particularly special to hear!
On that note, we’d like to extend a huge thanks to The Lamana Hotel, The Sir Theophilus Foundation and Il Divo for including us in this amazing opportunity. It was certainly something we’ll never forget! Closer to home, a special thank you to the musicians of the Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra, Ambre and Dave for your mind-blowing talent and consistently friendly and professional demeanour. You guys are always a pleasure to work with and you really did us proud on this one! Looking forward to more collaborations together and hopefully with Il Divo in the future 🙂

Happy Birthday Funkified!

Funkified Entertainment has just turned 5!
Naturally we chose to celebrate with cake, champagne and cider.


Without getting too sentimental, it’s been a pretty incredible journey.

We started out in a tiny space in Leichhardt with barely enough room for two desks (case in point, Alley and Rob were actually sharing the one for a while there). Fortunately however, two years ago we graduated to our current and beloved digs in Beaconsfield; complete with a performance area, sunny balcony and city views. We’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best muso’s in the country and we’ve welcomed some exciting new acts to the books – most recently twentysomethings, whose front woman Tash Rindfleish has just returned from touring with Elizabeth Rose at Canadian Music Week (to rave reviews of course!).
This June will see our first international gig, for the Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; featuring the wonderful Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra backing Il Divo. To summarise, big things have been happening all round!

On that note, we’d like to say a special thank you to everyone who helped to bring us to where we are today. To all of our amazing suppliers, clients, muso’s, family and friends – from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your support, for your assistance, for everything. You’ll never know how much it truly means to us.
Much love from the team at Funkified Entertainment.

Jay and Simon’s wedding

Nightingales Wedding Designers are renowned for creating absolutely sensational events, but they really outdid themselves last weekend with Simon & Jay’s!

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The couple celebrated their reception at Opera Point Marquee, overlooking the glittering Sydney Harbour. A particular talking point throughout the evening was the massive ice sculpture, inscribed with the couples names and decorated with delectable offerings of fresh oysters and sashimi! A perfect compliment to the waterside location and balmy weather.

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The Usual Suspects (with guest vocalist Jessica Lingotti) and DJ Damo were on dance-floor duty; a collaboration that absolutely wowed the room! Everyone was on their feet until closing time.

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Here’s a couple of Simon & Jay’s top picks for the night:
Bridemaid’s entrance : “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce.
An absolute show-stopper of a song that never fails to make an impression on the crowd.
 
Bride and Groom’s entrance : “Feels so close” – Calvin Harris.
Ditto the above! Also a particular favourite of The Usual Suspects to play.
 
Cake cutting : “At Last” – Etta James.
A beautiful song that is a perfect accompaniment to the sentiment of the moment.
 
Bride Waltz : “If I Lose Myself” – Alesso vs One Republic, played by the DJ.
Not a traditional choice for a bridal waltz, but a great way for Jay & Simon to show their personalities and have a little fun 🙂

Jay was kind enough to send us this little note a few days later:

Thanks for a great night guys! We received many many many compliments on how awesome you guys were 🙂

We were absolutely touched to receive such lovely feedback. Thanks Jay! We wish you and Simon all the best!

Salt Strings Quartet’s filming session.

May is a pretty busy month here at Funkified Entertainment. We’re excited to say that new demos and videos of our acts will be available on our website very soon!
The talented Salt Strings Quartet were recording last night, which was a nice opportunity for us to enjoy a private concert in our office 🙂

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It’s always a blast for us to witness a performance from these ladies, and we have no doubt you guys will love the video too.
Stay tuned on www.funkified.com.au

 

A Few Belated Snaps from the Luna Park 2013 Wedding Fair!

Because late is better then never. Some beautiful work from some fantastic Sydney wedding pro’s. Unfortunately it was a busy day, and we only managed to snap a couple of the many gorgeous stalls that were set up (just the ones next to us really 😦 ), but here’s what we got!

Little details inside Luna Park’s Crystal Palace:

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An absolutely stunning display from Form Over Function:

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Our little corner! Jess Pollard Duo entertained the crowd in the morning:

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Stalls by Crumbs Cake Art and Tutti Frutti Lolly Buffets:

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Krishna Jones set up in our area:

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Beautiful stall by Willowlane Studios:

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Divine Event’s incredible handiwork upstairs:

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Fun day! Thanks to our friends at Luna Park Weddings for having us. X from the team at Funkified Entertainment

The Usual Suspects @ The Legacy Fundraiser

Legacy is a movie currently in production by Tee Pot Films, documenting the story of Ian Davis and Scott Sullivan’s diagnosis and subsequent life with Motor Neuron Disease. Motor Neuron Disease is a neurodegenerative condition with no known cause, no known cure or effective treatment, and a life expectancy of two to three years. Basically the bodies motor neurons are destroyed, resulting in an ultimate paralysis and then suffocation. So little is known about this terrifying disease, and Legacy intends to raise awareness and funds for research, as well as support for sufferers of MND and their families; whilst creating a ‘lasting legacy’ and voice for MND patients.  In the words of Tee Pot Films, ‘Legacy is not a story about tragedy; this film is about the enduring human spirit in the face of the ultimate.’

As such, when they approached us to contribute The Usual Suspects to their fundraiser at the Woolhara Golf Course, we jumped at the chance to get behind this phenomenal cause. Here are a couple of our favourite snaps from the night:

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We’re also very excited and proud to be able to say that Legacy has since been successfully funded. We’re looking forward to seeing the finished product, but in the meantime, you can view some teasers here http://teepotfilms.com/LEGACY-A-Ride-to-Conquer-Motor-Neuron-Disease. It’s going to be an amazing film!

Artist Interview: Steve Foxe from Ellipsis Jazz

We sat down with Steve Foxe, bass player/band leader of  Ellipsis Jazz, to bring you a little industry insight from the perspective of one of our most popular acts. Enjoy!

Q. What was it that made you want to get into music?

Steve: I grew up in a musical family, so it’s always been a big part of my life. My earliest memories are getting out Mum’s pots and pans and hitting them whenever my Mum and Dad would play a duet.

Q. How long have you been playing with Ellipsis Jazz?

Steve: I started playing with Ellipsis in 2011 with my two best mates from the Con (the Sydney Conservatorium of Music) – Danny May and Steve (Slam) Lamante.

Q. What’s your favourite party song to play with Ellipsis?

Steve: I think I would have to say Valerie by Amy Winehouse. We always slip this in towards the middle of our last set. People just love the beat of this tune and will always join us on the dance floor.

Q. What, in your opinion, is the best Bridal Waltz song, and when have you seen this song work well?

Steve: I think it would have to be My One and Only Love. Where have I seen this done well? At my own wedding of course!

Q. What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had whilst gigging with Ellipsis, and how did the crowd receive it?

Steve: We did a gig in Hobart earlier this year closing for a corporate dinner. These guys had been down in Tassie all week for a conference, and by Saturday night they were ready to let their hair down and have a good time. The song that was requested was Thriftshop by Macklemore. As a jazz band, we’d never even thought of playing it! Fortunately we had two things going for us – WiFi and a drummer who knew the song, and more importantly was willing to sing it. We performed it in the very next set and it went down with the crowd very well! Obviously an office favourite.

Q. What’s your favourite new song to play with Ellipsis?

Steve: Favourite new song would definitely be Justin Timberlake’s Senorita. Awesome groove. The crowd always love singing along with Edo as well.

Q. And your favourite classic?

Steve: I can’t go past I’ve Got You Under My Skin. We do the Frank Sinatra version, and it doesn’t get much better than that. Swingin!!

Q. What do you think was the best gig you guys have ever done and what made it so?

Steve: Ellipsis did a gig back in October 2012. Despite being only myself (bass), Danny (keys) and Edoardo (vocals), we were still able to get all the guests up on the dance floor for our last set. Edo is such a natural with this – weaving into the crowd, mixing it up with the guests and getting them to participate by finishing off a line to a classic like Mustang Sally. I’m always proud of how well Ellipsis engages with the guests, and how the guys are always able to bump it up a notch right when it’s needed. I reckon we’re the hardest working jazz band in town – the boys give it their all and there is never anything left to chance.

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Love your work Foxey, keep it up!

Now ABIA Registered!

We’re delighted to announce that Funkified Entertainment is now registered with the Australian Bridal Industry Academy! Created with the aim of assisting brides-to-be in the over-whelming task that is wedding planning, this organisation only allows the top suppliers in each field to attain membership, therefore presenting quality options to couples that visit the site.

For more information on ABIA, check out their website.