For some musicians funk is where it’s at: It starts and ends with the groove! Funk Engine is one such band. The Sydney four-piece is dedicated to groove-based music, jazz fusion and reggae. The band members all grew up in Sydney except Felix Lalanne who is originally from Byron Bay. The band formed in January 2013 at the Sydney Conservatorium of music being brought together by bandleader, composer and electric bass player, Siebe Pogson. The rest of the band include Holly Conner (drums), Nischal Manjunath (Tenor Saxophone) and Felix Lalanne (electric guitar).
Funk Engine’s favourite artists include Sydney jazz fusion outfit, The Subterraneans, electric bassist and composer Steve Hunter, Japanese funk powerhouses Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro and American modern funk legends Lettuce. Other influences include, Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, James Brown, Parliament, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, The Meters and Thelonious Monk.
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