August 2015


FunkNaughty SW4 Interview


FunkNaughty DJ Workshop in association with Red Dog Music, returns for the 5th year.

The DJ workshop, hosted by FunkNaughty, in association with Red Dog Music the friendly music store, is run by local London DJ’s Adam Metusa & Phil Robinson aka DJ Sid Canaga. As it’s the 5th year they’ll be running the DJ Workshop, we thought it was a good time to find out what they’re up to.

1.  So guys, tell us a bit more about the DJ Workshop, how did it all get started?

Adam and I had both been DJing for years before we started FunkNaughty. We’d djed at places like Turnmills and Ministry of Sound as well as hosting some of our own parties around Clapham, under the FunkNaughty name.

Around 2005 I got interested in Ableton and Traktor and started DJing using my laptop. I persuaded Adam to do the same but we both initially struggled to get our set ups properly sorted. There wasn’t much information on the net about digital DJing so we set up to be a portal to share information about digital DJing.

We were fortunate enough to get interviews with a lot of top Industry DJs like Carl Cox, Demi from SOS and Danny Rampling, discussing their DJ set ups. It was through this association with Danny Rampling that we came to write the Digital DJing section of his successful Everything You Need To Know About DJing book.

Off the back of this we approached SW4 about organising a DJ Workshop; that was 5 years ago.


2. What can people expect at this year’s DJ workshop?

Plenty of tech as usual and friendly, knowledgeable people on hand to show you how it all works.

We have industry experts from Ableton and Native Intruments running Demo’s throughout the weekend, as well as providing the latest midi controllers and software for everyone to try out.

We’ve also arranged for Kiss DJ’s to come down and show off their skills so watch out for that.

All in all it’ll be a couple of action packed days, it’s all free and everyone is welcome to try out all the equipment for as long as they like.


3. What’s next for FunkNaughty?

We always try to make the next DJ workshop better than the one before, which takes up quiet a bit of time, but things are going well and we plan to take it on the road to more festivals. Apart from that we’re both writing tracks and hope to release something early next year.

We’re always mixing and currently working on performing out in Ibiza, that’s a really big aim for us so we’re putting loads of effort in to that.

Keep mixing everyone and we look for to meeting as many of you as we can in the DJ Workshop tent.

Red Dog Music are an award-winning independent, friendly music store with a 2 boutique pro audio showrooms in London, and Scotland’s largest instrument shop based in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
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