Introducing Perth's Jafunk and his groovy new heater, One On One feat. Aaron Pfeiffer
The Perth-based groove merchant knocks his latest single out of the park.
Jafunk is a Perth-based music producer we'll happily admit we've slept on hard until his new single, One On One feat. Berlin artist Aaron Pfeiffer. We'd like to put it down to the fact he's been based in London for the past couple of years honing his craft, but now he's back and ready to bring some dancefloor heat with a pretty special blend of disco, soul, funk and house.
We sent him a few questions to get to know him a little better, which you can check out below ahead of what we hope is plenty more releases in the coming months:
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a music producer from Perth, recently back in the city after spending the last two-and-a-half years honing my craft in London. And as the name suggests, I’m all about funk!
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
I’d describe my sound as future disco, funk and soul. My music is heavily influenced by disco artists from the '70s and '80s such as The Gap Band, S.O.S. Band and D-Train, as well as newer funk and soul artists like Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, The Internet, Pomo and more. I live for funky bass lines, bouncy drums and thicc chords.
Most of the time I work on beats from my studio at home. I usually start by programming the drums into Ableton to get a vibe going, then play the bass and chords on my keyboard. I like to play the majority of the musical elements live, to give it a more organic feeling. Once I’m happy with how the beat is sounding I’ll either send it off to a singer I think would suit the track, or organise a studio session. Other times I’ll meet up with a singer at the studio and we’ll jam something out from scratch. I can finish a song in a day, and other times it can take a year!
Can you tell us about your new single, One On One feat. Aaron Pfeiffer?
The song is based on a real life experience I had which I’m sure everyone has been through at least once! At the time I was friends with a girl who I’d developed feelings for, but knew she didn’t feel the same way. In my mind I thought the relationship could be something more than what it was, however deep down I knew we were just friends. After meeting with Aaron in Berlin and talking about a similar situation he’d gone through, we decided we’d use this concept for the song, and One On One was born.
One On One was a record that came together piece by piece over the course of one year. I was in a session with Aaron in London around July 2017 recording a different song, and at the very end Aaron ad-libed a vocal riff which I saved on my computer as ‘Aaron Duh Duh Duh’. It was a simple 15 second riff with only mumbled ad libs and no words, but something about the melody and tone of his voice really stuck with me. One day I threw the ad lib over a beat I was working on and it worked perfectly! About six months later we met up at Aaron’s studio in Berlin where we wrote the lyrics, and recorded his vocals for One On One. A few more months of fine tuning, sending it back and forth with Aaron and the song was done.
Any shows coming up?
I have a show coming up in Perth with a special guest / friend of mine from Sydney who I can’t reveal just yet, but keep your eyes peeled for November ;)
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
I’m going to be working hard in the studio on new music, as well as releasing another single with my German friend Fabich and Irish singer LISKA. That one will be out in a couple of months time.
Where can we hear more of your music?
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