Fonkynson – Horny (EP) | FunkFelicity Interview + Review

Canadian Fonkynson is out with a new dope EP. We reviewed and interviewed:

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We’re stoked to be able to show you this! The new Fonkynson EP consists of six new productions that are all adapting a wonderful mix of Disco, House and Funk. We heard the preview a few hours after it was released on SoundCloud, and we were blown away. After being a fan of Fonkynson for a long time, we knew it had to be featured on the blog; we were even so lucky to be able to to ask Fonkynson a few questions as well, which you’ll find below. You can listen to the EP right after the interview.


Hi Valentin, thanks for taking your time to answer a couple of questions. We got a classic one to begin with: What got you into music production, and why exactly the disco/funk genre? Did/do someone inspire you?

My dad did put a guitar in my hand when i was 13. I really got into it, learning classics rock, pop and funk tunes. Later, with some friends we formed a band, playing hard rock stuffs, then funk ones, always searching for “that sound”. As long as I can remember, what’s making a tune sound great always intrigued me. As I experimented a lot recording instruments, some friends of mine introduced me to dance music through raves, clubs, DJing etc. One of my first experiences in that kind of parties made me think “wow, ok, i want to do this!”

Funny fact, before i deign to put a foot in there, I hated electronic music. The vibe, the people, and living it made me like it. I think the reason why I’m into Nu-Disco/Funky House/Disco is the blend of my background and that kind of experiences. Funk and Disco for me was just the danceable factor, I like a fair range of music and my Hiphop, my House, my Electro, have always, always Funk or Disco in it.

Interesting to hear about your transition from rock into electronic music. A good choice, we believe! 😉 Your productions have been great so far, and your new EP is yet another excellent piece. We were actually curious in that regard – what would your best advice(s) be for aspiring producers? 

My advice would be don’t follow the main stream, listen to A LOT of music, not only electronic; your musical culture is the only path to find your sound, what makes you stand out. Everything is saturated, Deep House, Trap, House, whatever your music genre is, learn its history, what musical currents gave birth to it, play with the references. Go out, listen to what others do, find what they don’t, offer yourself an unusual piece of instrument or hardware, find the uniqueness that will make a crowd remember you. And of course, to ensure awe punch and sound quality: hire me for your mastering. Ha 🙂

Haha, we know we would! Do you have any favorite track(s) you like listening to at the moment?

96 Bulls – Future. Outstanding tune.

If you were to recommend a few artists to look out for in 2015, who would that be?

Here’re a few:

Pomo, from Montreal, already made heard of him a lot, but I really feel he’s just begun rising.
Casual Connection, each time he touches a Disco classic, it turns into a Disco Edit wonder.
Beerlover, same reason, a bit more on the 80s cheesylicious side.

Awesome! We love those as well, and we actually featured Beerlover’s new EP a few weeks ago; he really knows how to put together an 80s Future Funk vibe. – Alright.. Last thing we’re curious about: what do you like doing besides producing music?

I work as a motion designer, I love everything that relates to graphics, photo, vfx, cinema.
You should know too, I am a true wine lover.
And cats, I love cats.

Thanks a lot for your time, mate; we wish you a great 2015, all the best with the new EP, and we surely hope to see you in Copenhagen one day! Speak soon. Cheers.

– BUY THE ‘HORNY’ EP HERE –


Listening to the EP, we’re first presented ‘Wired‘ which is a lovely Disco House tune delivered with his passion for the Funky House genre. ‘Prophecy‘ is an ambitious journey starting with Electro Funk that builds up to a Daft Punk-like synth in the middle, and ends with a climax that leaves one wanting more. Luckily, we’re presented a great track afterwards, ‘Monday Morning‘, which is a fresh, funky and perfect track for a sunny afternoon.



The fourth track that Valentin has in store for us is a stunning piece. Quite the masterpiece, we’d say. ‘FRnSH‘ is mellow in the expression and smoothly complemented by a cool vocal sample and retro synths. Next up is ‘Blue Sand‘ which brings a super funky guitar, some uplifting synths and delightful vocal chops. The bonus track is a vocal version of ‘Monday Morning‘ and if you thought the instrumental couldn’t get better, you’ll be surprised! All in all the EP leaves us in a completely satisfying state of mind; we love this EP and we know it’ll live for a long time.



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