Funky P Society is a Luxembourg-based modern soul-funk band. In musical terms, the goal of Funky P is to set an example of how, with contemporary production, stylish funk tailored for the dance-floor can meet the musical craftsmanship of the past. As one observer commented: “This is heavy, real soul music for the future.
This year has been a signature year for Funky P (LUX). First of all, forming the production company Funky P SA, the full album release (Get The Funk), single song release “Falling” receiving 2 international awards from IAIRA for international chart placement, French CD distribution deal with independent record company I.G.W.T. Music (PARIS), opening act for German group Culcha Candela at the Diekirch 750 year celebration (6,000 people) in June 2010, playing at Rock-A-Field in Luxembourg for 20, 000 people in June 2010 and now being chosen to open for Joe Cocker at the Luxembourg Rockhal (6,000 people) on 30 Oct 2010.
Funky P is one of the freshest contemporary R & B bands on the European soul-funk-dance circuit today and their single “Smile Baby” demonstrated this in the summer of 2006 by reaching the number 1 spot on Luxembourg’s largest radio station RTL Hit machine Charts and later voted the number 2 hit of the year 2006 at RTL Luxembourg. In the summer of 2009, “Falling” reached the number 1 spot and remained in the top 10 of Radio RTL Luxembourg for 13 weeks and reached number 22 on the Eldoradio Luxembourg Chart breaker. Radio DNR Luxembourg also gave “Falling” considerable airplay in Luxembourg. The band’s blend of 70’s funk and contemporary production sounds appeal to a wide audience. As the target audience goes beyond the traditional soul-funk market the single “Falling” is a perfect example to attract new audiences. “Funky P understand the importance of good old-fashioned song writing”
Brainchild of Marc Reichling, the original incarnation of Funky P formed in 2004 while Marc was touring and recording with several German, French and Luxembourg bands. Inspired by many bands and producers that he met he began nurturing a desire to get into the studio himself. A chance meeting with American Roosevelt Isaac gave him the opportunity to start the pursuit of his dream. Isaac and Marc hit it off immediately and he set about forming musicians for the band. There was simply no looking back. From their inception there has always been an emphasis on the live aspect of Funky P, with the Funky P going through various incarnations, but since the completion of the first single “Smile Baby” in 2006, the band has really taken shape.
Opening for several star acts such as PINK! (September –2007), Solomon Burke (June -2009) Funky P has become a dynamic eight piece, a mixture of those involved in the album along side some serious new talent. The band has played a variety of venues, such as the Blues & Jazz Rally Luxembourg (2004), TV appearance of DOK.TV, Planet Hollywood Paris(2005 American Independence Day Celebration) or National Day Celebration media City stage 2005 “GellaFra” Luxembourg City , represented Luxembourg at POPKOMM Berlin (2006) and was chosen as opening act for Maceo Parker in Luxembourg.
You may know the single, you may think you know the band, but honestly, if you haven’t seen them live you don’t know shit. They completely out play any expectations you may have of them. From a musicianship viewpoint they are off the scale, particularly the groove of the guitarist (Cavallini), bass (Reichling) and drummer (Herr). The funky horn section (Engelhardt, Kuffer and Reuter) are reminiscent of the band Chicago and the Keys (Schaus) are inspired by Herbie Hancock. The lead singer (Isaac) obviously has a great relationship with the band(almost telepathic at times.) Their humor and energy are infectious and they seem to love trading off lead vocal lines with horns. Funky P is well on the path to becoming a rare feature, a popular contemporary “International Soul Band”.. “Real music made by Funky P Society is the dawn of a new era of music.”
Funky P is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP).