Over the last two years it has been an absolute pleasure to watch the reemergence of UK Funky. As a genre, it’s simplicity and rhythmic drive was something that was notably missing from a large portion of underground music. It’s safe to say however that through the genre’s reintroduction into the now thriving UK Bass circuit, we are being opened up to a tonne of more creative, rhythmic based dance music, fuelling dances around the country.
One of the leading faces pushing the genre back into prime relevancy is Marcus Nasty, who has been championing and taste-making bass music in general since its rise. Marcus’s Rinse FM show has been a genuine revelation, giving up and comers of all genres the chance to perform on one of the most respected radio stations in the world, often alongside living legends.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Marcus about his involvement in UK Funky, along with grabbing an exclusive mix as part of our new multi genre mix series alongside Mic Man Frost; ‘3000 Sessions’.
So it’s good to have you back on the platform, what have you been getting up to musically since we last had a feature from you on the site?
I am enjoying the resurgence of UK funky, living my best life.
The Rinse FM Show seems to be getting more love than ever, how do you pick your guests?
I try to split the show into either 3 x 40 mins or 4 x 30 mins slots – trying to make it an even balance of up & coming DJ’s / MC’s, currently relevant talent and legends from all the UK underground genres (uk funky, ukg, bass, bassline, dnb and grime etc). I also reach out to artists from abroad who are also pushing uk music and are big in their own right or up & coming in their respective countries.
I have also had a program running for the last year called ‘Exceptional DJs’ which has surpassed everyone’s expectations. This initiative sees me identifying and developing up & coming DJs who are not producers and hooking them up with radio slots. I do not take any props for their talent – I didn’t give that to them, they always had it – I just recognised their potential and helped get them to where they needed to be in a shorter timeframe than the industry norm – which is around 5 years! This program will be reopening in the new year – I have already chosen some of the next gen and still have my eye out for a few other additions.
There’s something we’ve always wanted to know, why UK Funky? What is it’s main appeal for you? Is that something that still influences you to this day?
My dad is a percussionist in a Reggae band and I was the one that he taught to play the drums out of all my brothers. It wasn’t until recently, when I went to one of my dad’s rehearsals that I realised that there was some synergy between the genre and the fact that I used to play the drums as a young kid.
Funky is in my blood – I feel a totally different vibe when I play this music. I love all UK music but funky was my baby and now it’s a healthy teen lol
Who or what has been your main influence in music?
Everybody! – seeing the massive growth in the UK music scene is very inspirational and motivating. There is nothing better than seeing people you have championed at the grass roots of their career receive the recognition their talent deserved, nationally and internationally. Also I am in a privileged position which allows me to work with talent who have success and influence in their own respective genres. This motivates me to work harder and makes me even more determined to help others reach their full potential and in turn, feel the same pride and love in the uk music industry that I have.
You’ve been pretty instrumental in the genre’s widespread reboot, how do you feel about it’s current layout and how does it differ from it’s original emergence?
I think it’s in a better place now than it has ever been – the people that are involved in it now have unlimited potential and I have so much faith in the great direction they are taking it. There are great labels which are releasing consistently good music which previously wasn’t the case. The genre is now less commercial / urban and a happy place for all to be.
Do you think it’s back to stay?
No genre really dies – it just becomes less popular. Fortunately for us in the UK, we have so many homemade genres that we are spoilt for choice but unfortunately this means that it is unsustainable for any one of those genres to stay at the forefront for more than a few years at a time. However, the longer you keep a scene / genre underground the better .
Who are some of the new school flock you are feeling?
There is so much good material coming from absolutely everyone from the established legends to talented new faces. Although I am playing funky more, I keep an eye on talent across all the home grown genres and really feel that it is a very exciting time for not only funky but all uk music.
What do we have to look forward to from yourself?
Don’t worry about me – focus your attention on the talent that I am bringing through!
You can listen to MicMan Frost VS Marcus Nasty – 3000 Sessions 002 below: