FUNKATRON started as a trio (Chris, Jon, Ian) in August of 2004. They spent about 6 months blending each others influences to create...
VOX / KEYS - Cooper Nola
GUITAR - Chris Store
BASS - Jon Walte
DRUMS - Ian McLeo
PERCUSSION - Grant McLeo
GUEST MC - Pra-Spec
FUNKATRON started as a trio (Chris, Jon, Ian) in August of 2004. They spent about 6 months blending each others influences to create a newer, edgier funk sound, gaining an instant fan base in and around Gainesville. The addition of Coop, in the spring of 2005, sent Funkatron to a whole new level, incorporating wild synth sounds and incredible vocals to their already intense progressive funk sound. The group worked, consistently gigging, toward their debut EP - "Skylab Sessions", which came out Jan. of 2007. The recent addition of Grant on percussion has further filled Funkatron's sound and added a whole new element to their live show. The boys are currently working on many new songs(and old ones) to play around the country and they have just finished their FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM for release in APRIL! If listeners are lucky, Pra-Spect will show to a show and rhyme on a dime, or guest horn players will help blowout the place
Funkatron has too many influences to list but draw their main inspiration from - Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Soulive, Medeski Martin and Wood, Bob Marley, The Roots, The Flecktones... to name a few
Funkatron is definitely set apart from most bands by their intensity and respect for the music. They constantly create new sounds that pay homage to past artists, and blow up on stage to make the people dance
A&R Select from Los Angeles has recently signed on Funkatron as one of their premier artists. This and the creation of FunkaRecords - a new local Indie label - is helping spread the new funkasound
"Funk is an old groove, but with Funkatron..." by A&R Select, LA California Funk is an old groove, but with Funkatron, it's got a whole new gleam!" - Funkatron -Funk for a new millennium. That's what rockets out of the center of Funkatron's music. The progressive funk...
"One of my favorite original music artists!" by - TA2 (Tattoo Todd) I don't have enough adjectives to describe what it is I felt when I saw Funkatron in person. I could tell by their music I played on The Scene, that we had a great concert in store for my listeners...
"Funk is an old groove, but with Funkatron..." by A&R Select, LA California Funk is an old groove, but with Funkatron, it's got a whole new gleam!"
- Funkatron -
Funk for a new millennium. That's what rockets out of the center of Funkatron's music. The progressive funk songs crafted by this group deliver knife-edge hooks, groovilicious melodies and a catchy, dance-floor burning flow. Funkatron does more than dole out beats to move your body; this band is about excitement and club frenzy thrills. "Our music is an active experience that includes the listener as a participant," says Funkatron. "Everyone at a Funkatron show is a part of the music, just as much as the band is.
- The Dance -
If the music is only there to make hooks for dancing, then only half the picture is in place. Man shall not live by dancing alone. That's the word Funkatron preaches. The music itself should be a kick you come back to again and again. Even if you're in your car and nowhere near a club, the music should put the vibes in you and make you want to dance. Think of music not as the battery for dancing bodies but as that which incites a dancing riot. "Music puts us at a higher level of euphoric peace than any other event on this planet," screams Funkatron.
- Innovation -
Funkatron never stops to relax. There's too much music to make. The members of this band are always pushing for new ideas, new sparks of originality. Funkatron has staked its reputation on innovation in the world of funk and dance music and innovation never sleeps. "Nearly every band practice, someone brings new ideas to the table, which the rest of the band takes and molds into a sound that eventually comes out as one of our tunes.
- The Artist at Work -
Funkatron has played the Deland Original Music Festival, HomeGrownRoots 4/20 Festival and with groups such as Perpetual Groove and Afroman. The group hits the stage several times a month, tackling "every major city in Florida." A fall tour is in the works, with Funkatron aiming to carry its sound up and down the east coast and throughout the southeast. In addition, the band has just completed its first full-length album. That disc is slated to be released in April. Funkatron is currently working with A&R Select, the world's leading independent artist development firm, based out of Los Angeles, CA as well as FunkaRecords, a brand new Indie label establishing a home in Gainesville, FL.
"One of my favorite original music artists!" by - TA2 (Tattoo Todd) I don't have enough adjectives to describe what it is I felt when I saw Funkatron in person. I could tell by their music I played on The Scene, that we had a great concert in store for my listeners and I - that turned out to be an understatement. From the moment Funkatron took the stage, they electrified the entire audience and no one could escape their infectious grooves, pouring from the P.A. From start to finish the energy was so intense you could have powered half the globe. Against the audience's will, the show ended and the performance seemed to linger. I would bet my life that every person who witnessed the glory that is Funkatron that night took a piece of that band home and never let go. The only way to avoid being moved by Funkatron is to not have a soul. If I had to sum up Funkatron in just one word - the word would be spiritual. Not a day has passed that I haven't had one of Funkatron's songs stuck in my head. I will be proud when they hit it big and I can say I knew them first!
"FUNKATRON - a funky jam band!" by Megan Heron of INsite Magazine Gainesville may be known for ass-kicking athletics and national championships, but Titletown also has quite a happening music scene. With small venues scattered throughout downtown, night owls can always find the perfect tunes to complement any night. To give you an idea of who to hear, we polled INsite's music experts for some of the must-see bands in town. When you come to a Funkatron show, bring your dancing shoes. If you ain't moving something, you're not doing it right. The song to hear is "How Much Ya'll Chicken?" based on a true story.