Funkagenda tells us what gets him grooving ahead of his city gig
A self-confessed lover of pure dance music, Funkagenda, born Adam Walder, started his career at 13 and hasn’t looked back. From playing the keyboard in rock and jazz bands to bass in a folk band, he finally settled with dance at 20. “I’ve always been musically inclined. I played instruments when I was younger, but it wasn’t until I started making dance music that everything clicked,” says the DJ-cum-producer who is drawn by “that energetic vibe from the dance floor”. Today, the British musician straddles two record labels, Groovedigital and Pop Pop, and collaborates with the likes of Basement Jaxx, Moby, Fat Boy Slim and Dirty Vegas. Best known for tracks like In My Mind, Everybody and Gorgeous, he takes us beyond the spintables leading up to his show this Sunday.
I would describe my sound as ‘dance music’. I don’t really pigeon hole it to be honest. I try to spread my wings as often as I can stylistically, so I’m never just one genre.
In the dance music world, it has to be Daft Punk, BT, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Sasha and (John) Digweed.
Producing or making your own music
I love producing and making my own music. But the buzz you get when you create something that represents who you are as a musician is phenomenal.
Currently, I am loving Chvrches, Porter Robinson, SBTRHT, Tom Odell, Bastille, Steven Price (soundtrack of the film Gravity), The Silence, BT, Gesaffelstein, Cobra Effect.
I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best artistes in the world. Working with all of them was a unique and wonderful experience. My favorite collaborations have been with Mark Knight. We’ve had a lot of fun together and made some wonderful music.
If I had the chance to collaborate with an Indian artiste, it would be with Shahin Badar. We have spoken about it in the past, but I was very busy at that time.
The Bangalore gig is a part of Vh1 Supersonic, one of India’s biggest EDM festivals. EDM fans can expect to be blown away and find themselves in a state where they cannot stop dancing and grooving. I have a special set planned for the Vh1 Supersonic Club Night tour, and I can’t wait to play it. The love one feels from a truly appreciative crowd is better than any feeling.
Without a doubt in my mind, Indian fans are the craziest in the world! I always look forward to coming here. I have had some of the funniest experiences in India. Once, after a show, I was sound asleep, when I was woken up by loud knocking. I found two guys at my door who had been at my show. They had snuck into my hotel, found out which room I was staying in, and wanted me to sign posters and take pictures.
I’d find it hard to believe that anyone in our generation wasn’t influenced by Michael Jackson. 6 pm onwards. At The Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road. Tickets (Rs.800 upwards) at bookmyshow.com