The 45 Sessions </br>August Edition</br>[SATURDAY – 09.08.2014]

The 45 Sessions
August Edition
[SATURDAY – 09.08.2014]

Funkdafied Presents the next installment of the 45 Sessions at Play Bar with special all local lineup…

We have a big line up of local DJs for the next 45 Sessions event at Play Bar on Saturday the 9th of AUGUST 2014. Following on from our recent events featuring international DJs Zac Hendrix and DJ Muro we look forward to another great night with some of our favorite local selectors on Duty.

DJs on the night will be:



This event will be free entry we and we advise you to arrive early as we expect the venue to reach capacity. The 45 Sessions are a series of events that were started by DJ Platurn in Oakland, California and Funkdafied are running the Sydney series of these events. We look forward to seeing you all on the dance floor!!!!





Huwston is Melbourne born, Sydney based Huw Ellis; a journalist, radio presenter and club DJ who also runs the label and music consultancy business Knowfool Music. In 1999, Huwston began learning the craft of tune-spotting due to an extraordinary amount of music coming his way without a lot of avenues to communicate it. Working for the now sadly inactive music distributor Creative Vibes at the time, Huwston was able to build a profile as a proficient selector.

Styles: Funk, Rare Groove, Hip Hop, Broken Beats, Dubstep, House & Jazz

Since those humble beginnings Huwston has gone on to develop experience in Promo and Marketing, Event Management, A & R and beyond for and with companies like Jam (Good Vibrations Festival and Chine Laundry nightclub), Inertia (Quannum), Universal Music Australia (Hemmesphere compilation series), Vinyl Factory Australia and Emstream (leading background music and sound design service), where he currently is employed as Music and Licensing manager. These experiences have seen him DJ interstate, at festivals, for corporate clients (Chanel, David Jones, Lenovo, World Cocktail Day 2008, Biennale of Sydney Artists Party 2008) and secure residencies at some of Sydney’s best known hip-hubs. Drawing on a range of influences from Jazz and Hip Hop, to Rock, Disco Boogie, Funk, Latin and many many more, the term best used to describe one of Huwston’s sets would be ‘freestyle’. In 2008 he wrapped up his membership as member of the band eon Beats. He is currently tinkering with musicians Gerard Masters (Keyboars – Missy Higgins) and Tim Rollinson (Guitar – D.I.G, The Modern Congress) on sound system work under the loose collaborative header ‘Tight Pants.’

In 2005 Huwston established his own record label Knowfoowl Music to further his personal tastes and exploit the know-how he obtained since six years in the music business. Knowfoowl Music debuted late 2005 with the internationally released 12” vinyl single ‘Cressy St Breakdown’ by Melbourne Deep Funk act Cookin’ On Three Burners. The single was charted and playlisted by Djs across the globe including Russ Dewbury, Mr Scruff, Quantic, Nik Weston, and Ennio Styles and even found itself in the top 20 of DMC’s Leftfield chart in January 2006. Knowfoowl Music’s first two 12”s were distributed by Chicago based Groove Distribution ( and whilst putting that format on hold, has since released albums and EPs by Rephrase, 2UP, Cookin On 3 Burners, Thief, Woozy Woo, Bennson, Exile, Jackson Conti (featuring Madlib), Johnson&Jonson (featuring LA MC Blu) and Watussi, who were nominated for Best World Music album in the 2008 ARIA Awards and have since inked a deal with Japan’s P-Vine.

Furthering his musical exploits by taking in journalism along the way, Huwston writes a fortnightly column in Sydney-Melbourne streetpress 3D World ( called Bebop & Rocksteady, which is now in its sixth year of print. In 2008, Huwston took the reigns of a new program on 2SER Radio 107.3fm ( called ‘Soul Glow.’

Event Highlights: Vibes On A Summers Day, Sydney Festival Becks Bar 2005 & 2008, Mr Scruff support, Kyoto Jazz Massive support, Jazzanova support, Jori Hulkkonen support., The Bamboos support, Fat Freddy’s Drop support.




DJ SOUP aka John Blake digs music. Some would say he has an obsession, he would say it wasa healthy one. He hunts for records, still buys cds and downloads files (legally). Soupconstructs music from fragments from all these mediums building a wave of sound.

Founding the Fonke Knomaads, Soup became producer, DJ and part time MC for the left field Sydney Hip-hop pioneers. They released a 5 track E.P. called “The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of…” on the now defunct label PoBoy records in 1992 .Soup!moved on to sign with influential Australian record label Creative Vibes . He soon released the groundbreaking Trip-Hop Album “Souperloops Soup coined the term sampology and his!tracks began popping up on several!international compilations!as well as having an album of the week on JJJ. This was the first local hip hop release to be given such an honour. The album was influential to bands such as The Resin Dogs, Pnau, Katalyst and Fretless.

Soup is currently signed to the reformed Creative Vibes which is now under the umbrella of MGM Groove Merchants and is soon to release a second E.P. He is also currently working with Hip Hop group 2UP on their new record.

Further releases include collaborations with Lebanese MC Sleek the Elite as well as providing some of the music for the 1st series of Fat Pizza, the mini album “Eclectro”, the feature length album “From Anuva Planet” featuring Swollen Members and Gift of Gab from Blakalicious and Beatroot released on Invada Records all gained album of the week honours on many community radio stations around Australia and high rotation on JJJ.

Soup has played at lots of Festivals including Vibes On A Summers Day, The Big Day Out, Livid, Field Day, Peats Ridge, Newtown and Surry Hills Festivals and Harvest Festival. Soup also djs regularly around Sydney and currently has residencies at The Civic Hotel, Black Penny, Miss Peaches, Tokyo Sing Song, The Cricketers Arm and The Taphouse.

His sets are always eclectic but the common thread is soul. His first love is funk and Soul but don’t be surprised to hear lots of different styles of music mixed and blended into his sets including Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Disco, Boogie, Psychedelic, House and Hiphop.

Soup is 200cm tall and has a deaf dog named Coconut.


JC //


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!




For over 15 years Crate digger DJ Makoto has uncovered the finest selections of Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Latin & Jazz gems, serving them fresh to audience in Japan, UK & Australia. Well known among Sydney’s best funk & soul DJ’s. DJ Makoto has shared the stage with Talib Kweli, DJ Muro to Japanese funk bands touring threw Osaka.




The lady with the soooopa dynamite soul….




Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beatz for the masses… Although now only 33, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Wollongong and the Southcoast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finess and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200′s.

In 01/02′ the House & Breakz movement exploded in his hometown of Wollongong and the Hinn emerged as one Da Gongs leading DJs in this new exciting scene. Largly due to while studying at University, a small collective formed, with a desire to bring decent music to the local area, hence the weekly event night Bustin’ was born. It began as the official uni after-garden party, held in the backroom of the Illawarra hotel, then quickly expanded into a weekly night at the famous Cooneys Tavern, where the guys & a certain little monkey, hosted some of the finest local, national and international talent for some of the best parties the area had ever seen. The night was a 7 year success and those lucky enough to have experienced a Bustin’ party will remember some good shit went down.

The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Anunal release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, A Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…

The Hinn has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud page.

His latest venture has been PLAY BAR. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build, what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution in Surry Hills Sydney.