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Defunk Immersed Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Fresh, Groovy Tunes

Defunk Immersed Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Fresh, Groovy Tunes

Kierstin Rounsefell

August 5th, 2019

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Any fan of funky bass music is sure to know the name Defunk. This producer and DJ hailing from Calgary, Canada mixes jazz, funk, blues, and heavy bass music together to create a super unique and groovy sound. Live instrumentation is also incorporated into his performances, and he has graced the stages of various shows throughout North America, as well as internationally renowned festivals, including Electric Forest. “Funk It” and “Rock My Soul” are just a few of Defunk‘s most popular released tracks to this date.

Defunk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – 7/31/19

Originally, Defunk‘s show at Re:Search Wednesdays was scheduled to be in Cervantes’ The Other Side, which is a smaller room in the same building. However, it was moved into the Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on the day of the show! This was most definitely a good decision, as the venue seemed completely (but not uncomfortably) full by the end of the evening.

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is set up with a fairly small stage in the front of the venue, a long bar along the back wall of the venue, and a huge shining disco ball in the middle of the ceiling. A general admission balcony ran along the walls, enclosing the dance floor, and was complete with small high-top tables and stools. On one side of the venue, there were live painters, while a silent disco was taking place in The Other Side. One important thing to note is that this venue has some seriously amazing air conditioning, unlike a handful of other venues in the Denver area.

Opening up the night were Jordon Polovina and Sassfactory, along with Memba, while LYFTD closed out the night with a late set. By the time that Memba came on, the venue was noticeably filling up. This New York-based duo was an unexpected surprise for some, since they have more of an upbeat, synth-pop sound, compared to Defunk. However, they were so much fun to watch. Their stage energy combined with their contagiously positive set was something to not be missed. They even played their remix of Odesza’s “Corners Of The Earth”.

Despite it being late on a Wednesday night, funk-lovers and bass heads packed out the venue for Defunk’s set. The floor was full, so some people chose to crowd to the front sections of the balcony to get a close side view of the stage. As far as production was concerned, there was one small screen on each side of the DJ booth, with visuals being projected onto them. The front of the booth’s table was actually a wall of small, vintage televisions that also had some abstract visuals on them. Talk about unique! A light bar behind the booth shined bright, multicolored lights that added to the lasers that were also in use.

Defunk played a highly interactive set, hyping up the crowd and helping them to fully immerse themselves in the music. In addition to his keyboard, he also played the guitar at some points throughout his set as well. The crowd attending the show was so easy to be around as they were kind to one another and simply there for the music. The overall energy in the venue was so positive and fun!

Photos by Mark Munson

If you like grimey, funky music, with vibes similar to those of Griz and Big Gigantic, we highly encourage you to check out Defunk! His music is very versatile, with the overall feel of each song being a little different from the last. Not only is his music good, but his live shows and stage energy make for a memorable experience as well! Defunk’s Denver show was one for the books for everyone involved, and we can’t wait for him to return to the Mile High City.

Aside from playing at Arise Music Festival in Colorado this past weekend, Defunk will be heading out on tour with Marvel Years during the month of September. Click here to see if they’ll be hitting a city near you! For now, though, follow Defunk on social media via the links below.

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