How did you guys first meet and why start working together?
I think it was about 14 years ago, we met in a Dublin dance music radio station called “Frequency Fm” which was an “everything goes” kind of an illegal pirate station in Dublin. After this, we started meeting at different club nights and venues in Dublin such as the RedBox, Tivoli, and Spirit when either DJing or just enjoying ourselves. I (Raymond) was running my own nights and mini-festivals while Scott was studying Sound Engineering and Music technology. The whole idea of making music together came after Scott remixed a track called Flammable for me under my Rockwell name back in 2008 on a label called Dublin Express Records”. A year or so after this, a gang of us ended up back at the infamous party palace. We got chatting about possibly collaborating on a track together, and if I am not mistaking the first track we worked on was a remake of The Goodmen – Give it up which was released back in 2011 on Echnodeluxe Records. After this, we decided to come up with a name for us for tracks we made as a duo. This is when Full Funktion was born and the rest is history as they say. At first, we were producing different genres from House to Techno but due to the fact, Full Funktion was fastly getting known for a techno sound we decided to use Bowsie for our house tracks.
Why does it work? Is it opposites attract or are you very similar?
Well, we both have similar tastes in music so it isn’t really hard we just work well together and it is always great to have someone else to bounce ideas off and get a second opinion. The common goal is to make the track as good as it can be and we always know instinctively when the track is finished.
What is your sound, what are the things you thing make your music unique?
We don’t really like to say we are just one type of sound, it is all about experimenting and going with your gut but if we were to put a name on our sound it would be driving melodic techno with a tendency to be on the tougher side. And for our Bowsie tracks, it’s a slower groovier house with experimental elements.
How has lockdown affected you? Where are you? What have you been doing?
It is kind of very hard as we have missed out on a few good events here in Ireland but the whole industry is really feeling it at the moment. Due to these latest restrictions, we haven’t been able to work together in the studio but we are still working on tracks via the net but it is not the same as jamming out tracks live. We have both been busy at home experimenting with new tracks and ideas, trying to not freak out about the current world situation.
Have you been able to be creative and still make music without the inspiration of playing gigs?
Just like the above question, it is extremely hard as when we make a track, it is really helpful for us to road test music at an event to see how it goes off with a crowd before you send the finished material to labels but we are still finishing a track a week so it’s not really affecting us too badly.
Tell us about the new one on Phobiq – legendary label – how did you link with them?
The release is a four-track Ep titled “Zucolo” which also includes Day & Night, Apollo, and La Sirena. This Ep on Phobiq is a massive step and a big deal for us as we have been trying to get signed to this label for over 8 years, the funny thing is we released a two-track EP “You Lose & Solid State” back in 2012 on Phobiq’s sub-label Capsula. The tracks were originally planned for Phobiq but we never gave up and continued sending tracks to Sasha, it just goes to show hard work and persistence does pay off in the end
What influenced or inspired the tunes you made for them?
Definitely Sasha Carassi would be a big influence and of course some of the other artists off the label such as Spartaque, Skober, Frankyeffe, Joyhauser Dirtysoxxx, Konrad, Spektre, T78, Matt Sassari, Rudosa, Oscar Aguilera, Steve Mulder, and Alberto Ruiz. It was important for the four tracks on the Ep to be totally different from each other to show how diverse we can be.
Who does what when in the studio and booth? Do you have set roles?
No set roles we just get stuck in and do a bit of everything, the best way to have it. We would mostly use Logic for all our productions but also Ableton with the sub37 Moog and different drum machines. Experimentation and the emotion of the track is key for us.
Regarding DJ sets we like to go back to back with a couple of tracks but when playing our live show, I (Raymond) would look after arranging elements of tracks and how the sets progress on Abelton with an Akai Apc 40 with a second Apc controller for samples and effects while Scott would play live on the Moog Sub 37 controlling percussion with our Roland Tr8.
What will be the first thing you do post lockdown?
Go on a good session, hook up with friends we haven’t seen, and enjoy a good festival buzz.
What else have you got coming up/are your hopes and dreams for the future?
For Full Funktion we have plans to renew our live show and regarding releases we have tracks coming out on De-Konstrukt, Ushuaia Music, Loose Records, and planning to be back on 2000 & One and Sandy Huner’s record label Bitten with a 2 track Ep. We are out the door with releases under our Bowsie alias, we just had a track out with Deepalma plus releases secured and coming up on Extravaganza, PP Music, NYLO, Iconic Noir, Henry Street Music, Flashmob records and planning a release with King Street Sounds.
Now to the second part of your question, Our Hopes and dreams???? Well, we want to keep making music that we are proud of. The most important thing for us is to enjoy what we are doing while always be improving and evolving our sound. Of course, a couple of beatport No 1’s and playing at awakenings would be nice… sure we don’t ask for much 🙂