Josh The Funky 1 hails from Chicago, the home of House Music. A D.J. for over 14 years, Josh blends a unique style of Funky house, Electro-house, & Chicago House while incorporating ill-scratching and turntable tricks. Josh’s passion for the art of D.J.ing first came about when he discovered hip-hop while still in grade school. A fan of early pioneering groups like Public Enemy, E.P.M.D., Eric B. and Rakim he was enthralled by the art of scratching. One day a friend lent Josh a videotape of a D.J. battle, which unknowingly turned out to be a D.M.C. battle, the most renowned D.J. battle in the world. Mesmerized by what he saw could be done with 2 turntables and a mixer, Josh practiced and honed his skills relentlessly. His passion and persistence proved to be worthwhile, as he has since displayed his skills in some of the most prestigious D.J. battles in the world. 1997 saw Josh become a D.M.C. Midwest Finalist. In 1999 he competed in the Winter Music Conference scratching competition where he was a runner up to 3-time world champion D.J. Craze. In 2000 he took 1st place in the beat-mixing competition at the W.M.C.- D.J. spin-off.
In 2001 Josh took his DJ skills to a wider audience, hitting the airwaves as a weekly resident on 96.3 FM (B96) Chicago’s longest running mixshow to date. Aside from radio and competing, Josh has also helped to coproduce legendary D.J., Bad Boy Bill’s, “Bangin the Box Vol. 4” and “Banging in London” series. With his experience and persistence Josh has since gone on to compile several of his own mix compilations including his most recent venture, “Universal Sound”, released on the prestigious System Recordings, home to DJs such as Junior Sanchez, Richard Vission, & Danny Tenaglia.
Along with his D.J.ing accomplishments, Josh has also had his hand in the studio producing/remixing tracks for the some of the most prominent Producer/Artists like Dajae, Harrison Crump, Patrick Alavi, Granite & Phunk and even contributing a remix to Jessie Saunders seminal classic “On & On” , widely recognized as the first House record ever. However, “The Funky 1” is not one to be content with only producing and remixing records for other labels. In 2001 Josh launched his own record label, Funktion Recordings, partnering with long time friend Gus Calderone, both have worked tirelessly in bringing it to the forefront of the Dance Music Industry by featuring some of the worlds premiere House producers, including, Kid Crème, Ian Carey, Asle Bjorn,& Sucker DJs. When not running his label or in the Studio, Josh is constantly touring the world bringing his sound and skills together for the masses. Be on the look out for Josh The Funky 1 In your area soon!