This Friday, the party fiends at Event Republic are returning to their home away from home, Fairmont Nile City, for a special one-night-only edition of In the City – Gold in the City. Now, I know what you’re thinking - gold isn’t a season, silly! But this is a very special edition of the popular series and a party like this call for a special line-up.
Local favourite, DJ SHawky, and Dutch remix king, Dennis Kruissen, make for a solid line-up, but the guys I’m really looking forward to seeing is Italian stallions, Macs Cortella & Filippo Perbellini – aka JazzyFunk. With one manning the decks as the DJ and the other rocking out on live instruments, JazzyFunk are one of the most unique combos around and we caught up with them ahead of Gold in the City to talk about day-jobs, Berlusconi and Sharks…
Tell us a little bit about how JazzyFunk started…
Filippo: We’re childhood friends. We’ve known each other from when we were very young.
Macs: Our parents were friends and they passed along their passion for music. We worked together for a few years and then decided to create JazzyFunk.
So, you guys DJ and play instruments – how does it work?
Macs: Filippo is the singer and musician of the duo; he takes care of all the vocals and melodies, plays the piano, bass and all synths. I’m the DJ; I take care of all the studio production stuff, especially for the groove section.
Headlining at Gold in the City will be your second time in Cairo; what’s bringing you back?
Filippo: Our first gig in Cairo was just few months ago at Riverside. It was an amazing experience. The atmosphere was awesome, the people were great, and the great energy meant we were really excited to come back.
What can party-goers expect from you guys at Gold in the City?
Macs: It will be an amazing night for sure. The JazzyFunk concept is based on customising the live show with the full involvement of the audience, making it a complete performance experience.
Filippo: All tracks are reworked and re-edited with what we call the “JF Mix”; overlapping electronic effects and loops with live musical improvisations. Collaborations with real instruments also allow us a great variety of sounds to expand and amplify our live set for our audience’s pleasure.
What have been the best and worst moments in your careers so far?
Macs: The best and most beautiful thing is when the crowd doesn’t just listen to our music, but actually sings along. When people sing along to ‘Celebrate’, we have a blast!
Filippo: We don’t really want to talk about our worst moment…
Spoilsports. Here's a really deep and meaningful question for you; if your music was an animal, what animal do you think it would be and why?
Macs: We really love the sea, so definitely a shark. Our music would be a shark.
Sharks are natural born killers, so I'm not sure what that means, but cool. If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?
Macs: I’m actually also a graphics teacher at a high school and I have a graphics studio.
Filippo: I’m a singer and musician through and through; it’s impossible for me to live without music.
What’s on your iPods at the moment?
Macs: At the moment we’re producing some new JazzyFunk tracks so we need to test them on our iPods. Other stuff we’re listening to include Satin Jackets, Disclosure, Miguell Campbell, Klingande.
Nice! I've definitely heard of all of them, because I'm cool. So, what does the future have in store for JazzyFunk?
Macs: We’re planning on opening the JazzyFunk LAB – it will be a recording label, agency & management service and a gadget store. Things will come with time.
That sounds huge. So, Berlusconi… Yay or nay?
Filippo: Berlusconi did his time - it’s definitely time for change!
Stay up-to-date with Filippo and Macs on the official JazzyFunk Facebook page. For reservations for Gold in the City, call 0100 294 7111.