Funky 2 Death – Episode 104 -Band In Seattle


[Xander] Stay tuned! Band in
Seattle starts right now! ♪ Hi, welcome to Band in Seattle. I’m Xander, your host. Band in Seattle
features up and coming bands from all over
hoping for their break on the national stage. Tonight, we have the great band Funky 2 Death in our studio, ready to share their music, and their stories. We’ll be right back to hear the
amazing funk and soul from Funky 2 Death! [Woogie D] This is the sound of
funksploitation. ♪ [Woogie D] I moved
here in April of ’96 from Buffalo New York. When I got here there was a lot of jamming amongst bands, but no one really
had, like, structured R&B sounds. It was like, “Oh, we’re a funk jam band.” There was, like, ten
to twenty of those. I was in a funk-rock
band, then had the fortune to link
up with Jabrille, and Jabrille is into
the same music we are: Motown, Stacks, Jimi Hendrix, we’re all into the
same kinds of music so Jabrille, Mark, and myself we linked up, we went for a more old soul and funk
sound, and this is what we came up with. [Jabrille] I heard
Jimi Hendricks for the first time when I
heard Purple Haze and it scared me
to death, because I had never heard nothing
like that before I was, like, “Wow! This
is some crazy sounds!” and I thought it was current. And then I was really
highly disappointed when I found out it was back in 1970, and it wasn’t current right now. I was like, “I never heard
anything like that!” So that’s what I was really
into, like those sounds. [Mark] Before we knew it,
we were playing together. This was, like,
’93 or so. And so, Woogie and I have been, kinda, rhythmic life
partners since then. It’s almost like any
love relationship. When you click with someone,
there’s no way around it. ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] What’s
goin’ on world? My name is Rock,
a.k.a. Cousin Nasty, and I’m the keyboard
player for Funky 2 Death. I came to Seattle
in my mid-teens, probably around
fifteen or sixteen. I came up
here to
kind of get
away from all the
things that
went on in
California and I learned to just sit
up and master my craft. Throughout that journey,
that’s when I met Woogie, and Woogie
introduced me to Mark. I’ve known them guys for like,
ten, fifteen years, almost. When they started this
side project, called Funky 2 Death, they
invited me down to jam for a couple of nights. Next thing you
know, I just became the second leg of the group. It’s like Voltron. Everyone’s
a piece of the body. So I just had to
figure out what my body part was, and
we were alright, know what I mean? ♪ ♪ Lookin’ at you my
thoughts are runnin’ wild ♪ ♪ I never seen a man
look quite so fine ♪ ♪ I think you want it
and I’m not so sure ♪ ♪ but playin’ hard to get
just makes me want you more ♪ ♪ So come on! So come on! ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] Aw man, Come On. Come One is such, to me,
when I first heard the song it reminded me of the
vintage female vocalists, like, from the ’60s and ’70s. [Woogie D] Come On
is a foot stomper. Kind of a nod to
the Motown days. Just a relentless
stomping snare. Like, Uhn uhn uhn! ♪ Come on! ♪ ♪ Come one now boy! ♪ ♪ Stop playin’ games now ♪ ♪ Come on! Yeaaaaaaaah! ♪ ♪ Boy, you got me goin’ mad ♪ ♪ My body’s achin’ aching,
and it hurts so bad ♪ ♪ Boy, don’t you
know that I, I ♪ ♪ I can love you
all night long! ♪ [Melissa] My name is Melissa, I sing, play keys and
organ for Funky 2 Death, and I am also a clinical
dietitian at the University of Washington
Medical Center. Well, I moved to Seattle in 2005 to go to Bastyr
to get my masters in nutrition, and
I was looking for a bartending job,
so I got a job at the Seamonster,
with Andrew Nunez. He’s the owner. Him
and I used to sing behind the bar, we’d sing, like, all these 80s R&B songs
and stuff together. So when he started
Hikuchi, I said “Hey! If you need a
backup singer, I’ll be your backup singer!” The keyboardist
left, and I was like “Well, why don’t
I just step in and try to play keys?” so
I kinda went there, and then Funky 2 Death
started as a Friday night off of a group of
people from that group, then at one point I
came in and started singing, so it was
the five of us, and then we had
the horns come in, and that’s how it happened! ♪ ♪ HEY! YEAH! WOO! ♪ ♪ [Woogie D] This one’s
called Tendonitis. Give it up for Mr. Mark
Mattrey on bass, y’all! ♪ [Layin’ down a
funky bass line] ♪ [Mark] I had a boyhood
friend who lived just up the street who
had a drum set. Steven Duresh. I
still remember being in awe, going down to
his basement and seeing the drum set, and
seeing him play, and I was, like ágasp!á “I wanna do that!” So, drums was my first love. I didn’t want to
lknow anything about the guitar. But he played drums, and so I had to
do something else. So Gene Simmons was it for me, so I was “gonna play bass!” And I talked my
dad into buying me a fifty dollar guitar. I took it apart,
broke strings off it, painted it like Eddie
Van Halen’s guitar. It wasn’t even about
the mechanics of playing it. I wanted
it to look cool. That turned into
me teaching myself how to bang out
melodies on one string, and after a while
I discovered girls, and so it sat in the
corner and collected dust. And then, when I
was about seventeen, I finally weaseled
up enough money to go out and buy a real bass. I don’t know what
happened, but it became my escape,
it became my solace. I just… All the time. Rewind, play the song,
figure out what he’s doing, rewind, play the song, you know? It was that kind
of “I’m just bound and determined to do this.” ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] It all
started from my dad. My dad is a bass player from
a group called Lakeside. They had a lot of hits in
the late 70s, early 80s. Hanging around with
my dad at an early age I was exposed to
music and musicians. So I kinda picked up on
that at an early age. Probably around the age
of…five or six, maybe. Started playing drums first, got into keys, and
other instruments. Music was just in my DNA. There was no way
around that, especially being around my
dad a lot as a kid. I soaked it up and
it made me the person I am today. ♪ ♪ Well I see you,
and I see you too ♪ ♪ Tell you what we’re
gonna do, do the boogaloo ♪ ♪ Put on your bad dress
and your good shoes ♪ ♪ Head down to the club for
Cuzzin Nasty’s groove ♪ ♪ Sippin’ on mimosas,
listenin’ to J.B. ♪ ♪ You just can’t help but fall
straight down to your knees ♪ [Melissa] So I
started playing music probably when I was, I
think about eight or nine. I played violin, and
also piano growing up. Especially the piano,
that was something that I started playing when
my father passed away when I was nine, and so
that was sort of my therapy, I would just sit at
the piano and play for, ya know, four
or five hours a day. And then I put that
aside for a few years. I played sports, and
did other things that kinda made you decide in
school to do one or the other But I picked up the keys
again when I was about 20, and picked up violin
later in my 20s. Now I play the
organ, which is like playing piano and driving
a train at the same time. I love it! ♪ ♪ toothy guitar solo ♪ [Jabrille] Before, I was
messing around with the drums for a minute, but it
was just something about running your hand over
a guitar, guitar strings I was like “Wow, I like
this sound. I always did.” I listen, and I just
tried to figure it out, but at the same
time I would go out and watch other
guitar players play. I was like, “What’s
that? What’s that?” and I’d go up to
one of them “What’s that? What’s that
you playin’? I like the sound of that!”
I used to just watch a lot of cats
do their thing, and I just picked up on that. ♪ [Woogie D] Jimmy
James on guitar, yo! ♪ [Woogie D] I was a
toddler and my babysitter used to have to play
James Brown to keep me calm. So that
started it, and then I got Sly and the Family Stone, when I was about
seven or eight I got into Jimi Hendrix, and
used to piss my mom off. ’cause I had a
stereo and I’d play Jimi Hendrix real loud
when I’d clean my room. I got involved with
drums ’cause I tried every other instrument
and I was terrible at it. But I took apart my
alarm clock one day, had a couple of puzzle
boxes and that was it. So the rest is history.
By the time I was fifteen, I was playin’
in college bars in upstate New York, and
pissin’ my mom off even more, ’cause
a fifteen year old getting’ home at
five in the mornin’, she couldn’t understand
it. You know. “Why you getting’ home
at five in the mornin’?” “‘Cause, you know, the
bar closes at four, took us time to tear
down and get home!” “Well, you grounded
for a month!” “Yeah, but I got
a show next week!” ♪ ♪ Boogie with me, and
I boogie with you! ♪ ♪ Tell you what we’re gonna
do, do the boogaloo! ♪ [Xander] Band in
Seattle will be right back with more
funk and soul from Funky 2 Death. Stay tuned! [Woogie D] Messin’
round makin’ me get FIMP up in here! [Cuzzin Nasty] Uh, why
would you say that? [Woogie D] Funky In My Pants. [Cuzzin Nasty]
Funky in your pants? [Woogie D] Need to dance! Funky in my pants,
and I need to dance. Funky in my pants,
and I need to dance! One, two… get down! ♪ Good god! ♪ ♪ Look at what you made me do! ♪ ♪ I got funky in my
pants with you! ♪ [Melissa] Let the guys
talk about F.I.M.P., alright? They…F.I.M.P.
is their thing. [Matt] I love Funky
In My Pants because that was one of the
first songs that was a collective,
spontaneous creation. Nobody said “I have
this song idea.” ♪ You an’ me on the floor! ♪ [Spoken] Careful, ladies! ♪ Tell ya’ don’t
stop gimme gimme ♪ ♪ Gimme some more! ♪ [Spoken] Give it here! ♪ Said shake it to the left,
shake it to the right ♪ [Spoken] Oh shake it baby! ♪ I can tell from the funk
that you keep it tight ♪ ♪ Tiiiiiiight! ♪ ♪ I can tell from the back
that you keep it loose ♪ [Spoken] It’s what I gotta do. ♪ Said I gotta keep up
with the funky caboose ♪ [Spoken] Booty
booty booty booty! [Matt] We kinda struggled
for a while without Woogie. Literally, we tried umpteen
different drummers, looked all over Seattle,
and just couldn’t find what he brings.
He’s very, you know, he’s a general
behind the drum set. He’s running the show
from behind the kit. [Melissa] Well, I mean,
like, Woog is the father. He’s like the walking
encyclopedia of knowledge of music. So I think
we all look to him. We all look up to him like that. [Woogie D] My grandma
bought me a drum set when I was in high school,
and so that last me until I got out of high
school. Then my dad took me over the
bridge to Grand Island, New York, and I got an
even better drum set. Now my son has that
drum set. And now I got way too many.
I got more drum sets than I know what to
do with. I’m tryin’ to get rid of one of ’em right now. ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] Sunshine.
What an appropriate song for Seattle weather. [Woogie D] I like that.
That’s the epitome of a love song, right there.
You get so much rain in life and in Seattle,
at the end of all that you get a little sunshine. ♪ ♪ There’ve been times ♪ ♪ When I felt so low ♪ ♪ I wasn’t even sure
what I was livin’ for ♪ ♪ These days lookin’ with
new eyes all around ♪ ♪ No way the dark times
gonna get me down ♪ ♪ ‘Cause everything
is feelin’ good ♪ ♪ And everything is fine ♪ ♪ I got a new understanding
and a new state of mind ♪ ♪ And though some
time may seem harder ♪ ♪ And the nights
seem much longer ♪ ♪ You ask and don’t know why ♪ ♪ Just hold on, ’cause in the
end it’s gonna get better ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] You
know, you gotta balance, the yin and the yang. The bad times and the
good times in life, relationships, and you
know, just everything in general. At the
end of the day, everybody’s lookin’
for their sunshine. When you hear it, it
just makes you think about stuff like that. ♪ Lost my footing
in time and space ♪ ♪ It seemed I’d lost it all ♪ ♪ I’d cry through the night ♪ ♪ wonderin’ what I
didn’t do right ♪ ♪ Really didn’t help at all ♪ ♪ Friends ’round me
sharin’ their love ♪ ♪ Sun shinin’ so sweetly… ♪ [Melissa] It probably
makes it easier that I don’t, that
I’m not married and I don’t have kids, yeah. I mean, that would be,
I don’t know how… Something would have
to give, you know. But I’d still want
to play music. ♪ And though some
times may seem harder ♪ ♪ And the nights seem so long ♪ ♪ You ask … ♪ ♪ [Melissa] Cuzzin Nasty’s theme. Here’s a song that
just totally highlights Rock’s crazy skills on the keys. I don’t know, sometimes
that song goes on for, like, 20-30
minutes. We don’t care! It’s always good!
Just keep going! [Cuzzin Nasty] To
me, I think Rock is the more subtle person, he’s the musician,
he’s the guy behind the keys not really
sayin’ nothin’. But when I grab that
mic and come out in front, that’s
when Cuzzin Nasty comes out. [Woogie D] He’s
Cuzzin Nasty, I’m Dirty Uncle, but
Cuzzin Nasty’s theme is to spotlight our
keyboard player, Rock. Amazing talent. ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] Uh oh!
Cuzzin Nasty time! Hit it! ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] I had
9-5s off and on, but the balance is
sometimes get slow, sometimes things get fast. Being a musician and
tryin’ to survive in the real world is
definitely a task. But at the end of the day,
when you have your music, it makes the day job
go by a lot quicker. [Jabriell] You know,
I play possum ’cause I’m just, I’m not
even there, you know? I kinda just, just do
it, just to get by, and I’m not even
there, you know, until the music comes, you know. So I’m just throwin’
boxes. No big thing. [Woogie D] Well, my
mom and I used to get in fights ’cause
I was bout 15, 16, playin’ college bars until
four, five in the mornin’, so round when I was
seventeen she finally came up to see me
play, and at the end of the night she
said “Nice job. Don’t forget to keep a day job.” That’s the one thing
I probably listened to her about. You know. I park a car here,
shove a bag there, and I still do
what I love to do. ♪ [Cuzzin Nasty] The
Seattle music scene to me is like an untapped
treasure. There’s so much goin’ on
here, so much talent, and it never gets to
be exposed the way that everyone else
is being exposed. I think we’re like the
last market on the earth that people are
lookin’ at as far as… Seattle? Music? What? There’s a lot of
talented people, there’s a lot of talented bands, singers, musicians,
DJs, rappers, dancers, whatever. All across the board. It’s all here. It
just takes that person to either come here and
find it, look at it, or for somebody to
expose it to the rest of the world, so
I just hope I fit somewhere in that circle
when that time comes, and we can all make
Seattle what it should have been a long time ago. [Woogie D] Band! [All] Yeah? [Woogie D] Let’s tell
’em where we live! [All] Funky 45th Street! [Woogie D] One,
two, three, four! ♪ [Matt] Funky 45th Street,
another one of my favorites. It’s one that I could
see being popular forty years ago. I
could see it being popular today, and it just, it sticks with you. I have people come
up to me all the time “Oh man, Funky 45th
Street! That’s the one!” ♪ [Woogie D] It seems
like they all gave up after grunge. After Kurt
Cobain died, everybody just stopped giving
a damn about Seattle. But there’s a lot
still going on here. Hip hop, R&B,
Rock, Country even! Just take the time
and look back in. ♪ [Xander] Thanks for watching Band in Seattle. To
see all the concerts held in our studio,
go to our webpage bandinseattle.com. Next week, we return with Crooked Veils, and The Bend for more great music,
and great stories. on Band in Seattle.