[FRIDAY – 13.12.2013]


We will be back at Play Bar in Surry Hills for a special Christmas Party, with some of our regular Funkdafied DJs playing a mix of Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Disco, Jazz and much more…

Make sure to arrive early for this Christmas get together, last month we did a surprise show with DJ Suspect at Play Bar and we look forward to another great event for this Christmas Special Event.





The Groove Merchant repertoire and knowledge of music is both long and intimate. A vast collection of sounds and genres reside in his soul and mind. His unique prowess and proficiency lies in knowing how to combine music and sounds from a span most will not ever experience first hand, to graciously share it, and blend it with the current popular sounds. Being a DJ, you need to know how to create a flow, that takes the listener into a journey time after time, problems and rules are left behind, a place where you can relax your mind. He can feel the common thread, that is the backbone of his unique and customised flow, he dares to go, where many simply can not.

From his beginnings, he never lost sight of his true calling and mission, which is to tell a story, the story of the great celebration of the soul which is told through music. A medium which has no borders, no boundaries, but an infectious rhythm and groove, that when skilfully employed, ignites the listener’s body and soul. A rare and intuitive talent to know what the listener needs…

Started his profession djing at age 15, soon became well known in the neighbourhood in London. A few years after, late 60’s his first brake came among famous London night clubs such as Flamingo club, Wardour St, West and many more.

In 70’s he was based in London and spent time in other countries, distributing music ; Spain (Ibiza), Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Norway, Malta, Germany, Japan & USA. Late 70’s he held guest radio shows at London Jazz FM and played regularly at the famous Jazz club ‘Ronny Scott”.

He moved to Sydney Australia in 1983 and brought sensation to Australia club scene. 1996 Bondi fm started and he was one co founding members, music management and DJ aka Jazz Messenger. At that time he was rated International Top 10 Jazz DJ. He still involved in local music and the entertainment industry.

He is the genuine gateway for the sounds that would have otherwise gone undiscovered, and in the process he didn’t sell out his style or values to the culture vultures. He stayed true to the music, the people, the Artists, and the Message.




JC grew up in London exposed to the sound of mainstream popular music. It wasn’t until 1982 when a friend introduced JC to ‘Planet Rock’ by Afrika Bambaataa that his love affair with Electro Funk, Hip Hop and vinyl began. “I started doing odd jobs and saving money so I could purchase vinyl and started collecting as much Hip Hop records as I could. At the age of 16 I got my first set of turntables, they were a very old set of decks and mixer combined in one large ‘coffin’ style case – we are talking old school!”

By the time JC hit 18, he was running a mobile disco that lasted three years, playing in local bars, birthday parties and weddings alongside his best friend at the time. After many years playing odd events, and Djing at parties, John moved to Sydney in 1995, learning about the Australian music scene landing himself various DJ parties, eventually playing at the after party for the ‘Take It to The Bridge’ boat party in Sydney 2001. Later in 2001 went to live in Dublin, Ireland for two years, JC hosted a radio show in Dublin for 14 months called the “All Funked Up Show” on Jazz FM 89.8, in addition to DJing at events. His show not only attracted an enormous following, but also sparked his love for radio broadcasting.

JC returned to Australia in 2003 playing out at various venues, scoring a weekly radio show on Bondi FM called ‘The Funkdafied Show’ which he hosted for 7.5 years. In that time, JC secured interviews with elite musicians/DJs including Norman Jay, Micheal Franti, Ohmega Watts and many more. JC currently hosts the Hardway Show on Eastside 89.7 FM every 3rd Saturday. You can get more info at, this is the premier radio station in Sydney playing Jazz and Soul music.

Over the past 9 years JC has played at every major venue in Sydney and held down several residencies, he has also played at several major festivals including Sydney Festival, Playground Weekender, Surry Hills Festival and more. He also DJs interstate regularly, over the last few years JC has had DJ support slots for artists including Soul II Soul, George Clinton & Parlaiment / Funkadelic, Kashmere Stage Band, Syl Johnson, Norman Jay, Mr Thing, Crazy P and many more. Aside from all the tours and special events, JC lends himself to DJing at corporate functions and private parties, as well as running the Promotion and Events Company Funkdafied that was formed in 2006.

With an exhaustive music collection that now spans Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin, Disco, House, D&B; JC is a DJ who can play many genres but always with the emphasis heavily on Funk, and keeping the dance floor rocking!




Graham has played at virtually every club in Sydney and continues to do so.

A resident DJ at Sydney’s Middle Bar, The Loft, Zeta Bar, Soda Bar, The Ivy and the Opera Bar, The Freezer, Arthurs, Soho, Q, Rogues, Berlin, Base, Kinselas, Kardomah, The Manzil Room, The Hip Hop, Les Girls, Slipp Inn, The Chinese Laundry, The Establishment, Mr Goodbar, HOME, Bright’n Up Bar, The Basement, Bungalow 8, Crystal Bar, Blue, Melt, Tonic, The Argyle, Ruby Rabbit, Bligh Bar, Gotham Bar, Water Bar, Cargo Bar, Club 77 and The Burdekin were all longtime residencies previously. He regularly guests at many clubs, such as Good Vibrations, Tonic, Melt, Bedlam and Strangeways.

He has also DJ’d and worked on numerous tours and festivals including the decade long Vibes on a Summer’s Day series, The Playground Festivals, Good Vibrations, Big Day Out, Soco Festival tour, Down to Earth, Funk Inc, Days like This Festivals and The Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, amongst others.

He has also participated in RAT Parties, Sleaze Ball, numerous Hordern Pavilion events, many Sydney Festival events at the Opera House, NYE and Bacardi Club.

Dealing and playing with local and international artists such as; The Masters at Work, Lamb,Tricky, De La Soul, Incognito, Roger Sanchez, Norman Jay, St. Germain, Jamiroquai, Propellerheads, Eartha Kitt, Richard Earnshaw, Featurecast, The All Good Funk Alliance, Angeliqu Kidjo, Fatboy Slim, David Morales, Francois Kevorkian, Danny Krivit, Grand Master Flash, Frankie Knuckles, The Presets, Love Tattoo, Sister Sledge, Thelma Houston, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Cure, Aphrodite, Underworld, Macy Gray, Amel Larrieux, The Fugees, Big Audio Dynamite, Dj Shadow, The Wise Guys, Ute, The Potbelleez, Sneaky Sound System, Flaco Jiminez, Mariah Carey, Kanda Bongo Man, The Mahotella Queens, Giles Peterson, Snowboy, Jestofunk, Maestro, DeeJay Punk Roc, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Destiny’s Child, Rephrase, Four Tet, Roy Ayers, Tom Middleton,Chris Lum, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Eric Burdon, Simple Minds, Paul Daley (Leftfield), Russ Dewbury, Mo Horizons, Soulshaker, Miguel Migs, INXS, DIG, Declan Kelly, Gaslamp Killer, Burt Bacharach, Flacco Jimenez and Harry Dean Stanton to name a few.

He has promoted numerous club nights, including All Souled Out with Stephen Ferris, which ran for seven years on a Wednesday at Rogues. Feelin ‘ Up, Ascension, Rise, Bumpin’, Soul Gumbo, Can, Cowtown Lounge, Fabulous, Gag, Glamour World, Spicy Fridays and Respect, are amongst other involvements.

Graham’s love and understanding of music is comprehensive, as is evident in the repertoire of styles which include soul, funk, breaks n beats, electro, deep & funky house, soulful garage, lounge, electronica & exotica, trip/hip hop, disco, latin, go-go, jazz, ragga/dub, moodarama and world soundscapes.

He is also a contributing DJ on the Aria National Club Chart and has been an ARIA and a DMA judge over the past 12 years.

This is tangible evidence of his longstanding relationships within the music industry and the regard in which his peers and associates hold him.




The Gloom is a DJ and producer of hip-hop beats and stuff, from Sydney, Australia.

Due to a massive vinyl collection (records, not gimp suits & shit), The Gloom can play pretty can play pretty much any musical genre you can think of, though he prefers throwing down hip-hop, beats, breaks, funk, soul, disco, edits, dub and the like.

The Gloom got his first DJ slot in the early 90s, playing under his real name Damian Ryan. “At the time”, The Gloom explains, “my mate and I were hanging out with these five really hot women. We had been out with them loads of times, and tried to hit on them just as many times, and failed miserably. So much so, that we dubbed ourselves ‘The Strike Out Brothers’. Sweaty-palmed, I played my first gig – a completely rehearsed set, unlike these days when I use more of a freeform aesthetic (fancy way of saying, ‘chuck records in bag before gig and wing it’). Nonetheless, the set went off like a frog in a sock. Later, as I leaned back on the bar with a well-earned drink (as was a custom of the time), the aforementioned five women formed a row in front of me, and each one of them got onto me, one after the other. I knew this DJing thing was the sure shot”. According to The Gloom, this situation never occurred again, but he is still DJing nonetheless…

Over the years, The Gloom has played in almost every pub and club around Sydney; Melbourne too many times to count; overseas; and obscure places like Albury, where The Gloom was edu-mo-cated. The Gloom’s favourite gig was Playground Weekender 2011, where he was booked for one DJ set, but played a total of five (due to artist delays and no shows). After this, and the passing of the late, great James Brown, The Gloom proclaimed HIMSELF ‘The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz’ (the exception being JC who is admittedly harder working, but not as good looking).

The Gloom now spends most of his spare time producing hip-hop beats, scratching, sampling, remixing, and mashing up tracks.


This is a great intimate venue and this event will be Free Entry, and we look forward to seeing you all on the Dance Floor!!




BASEMENT 72 Campbell Street,
Lower Westsyde Surry Hills NSW






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