Category: Gigs

…and weLOVEweFUNK continues…

We start the 2012-2013 weLOVEweFUNK season with two special guests from our small nation’s capital: ILLCO and BART FADER from Amsterdam.

ILLCO is known of the famed record store Waxwell in Amsterdam, a regular go-to for international and aspiring DJs like myself. He also organizes the I LOVE VINYL nights, connecting the NY namesake to the old continent’s love for the black gold.

BART FADER, along with two fellas ALVIZ and TACO FETT get the Struttin’ nights going for almost a decade now, I’ve been told. Struttin’ is like weLOVEweFUNK would become, when Eindhoven keeps supporting deep funk & soul nights for many years to come.

These two vinyl junkies will be spinning their choice of funk, hiphop and any related tunes. Don’t miss out on this one, it’s going to be special. Friday 28 september 2012, Skatepark Area51, Klokgebouw 51, Eindhoven, 22:30 showtime, free entrance.

Entisar releaseshow

Coming Saturday (June 16) I’m deejaying at Entisar’s record releaseshow at Melodyline in Amsterdam. Entisar is a soulsinger with a funky band. I’m looking forward to hearing their stuff! Check out her Facebook for updates.

Deep funk with Rich Jammin

Because of my holidays I got no time to upload the flyer of last week’s weLOVEweFUNK party, so here it is. Rich Jammin (Drumsuite) killed it that night, bringing out funk 45s I couldn’t believe seeing in real life. Check his radioshow Meltin Pot and his Mixcloud space for more funk mixes. Join the Facebook group of Meltin Pot to stay updated.

I also did an interview with Rich prior to the show. Check his story out on the weLOVEweFUNK website!

Queensday gig & another digging holiday

Three things going on right now. First, I’m in the finishing stages of the fourth installment of the Funk 45s mixtape series. This time it’s going to be an hour of laidback, drug use and lovemaking inducing funk, soul & R&B burners. Just keep an eye on my blog and

Second, I’ve got a crate digging / nature park camping trip to the States planned for next month. Will visit the cities of Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Sacramento and San Francisco. And the beautiful countryside in between. Will bring some heavy heavy funk back to Holland for sure. Can’t wait!

And third, partypeople in Eindhoven do not need to go to Amsterdam on Queensday, April 30. Your wining, dining and dancing needs will be satisfied at the Klokgebouw square, next to Skatepark Area51. weLOVEweFUNK ft. DEES, the Frantic Friday DJs and Zieke Zuiden Hiphop will provide the tunes. Music starts at 10:00 AM, until dark and beyond. See y’all there!

AND, the next regular weLOVEweFUNK party will be on June 8. We’ll have a very special guest indeed, and a musical theme for this night that is close to my heart. Verrrrry close!

Last-minute show-up

Tomorrow I get to spin some 45s at the releaseshow of my friends in The Risque, a Eindhoven-based indie band. Their support act, Richie Dagger, have their roots in bands such as Hooghwater, Reactionaries and Restless Youth. Showtime is 22:00, expect some 60s deep soul and raw funk from 02:00 till late.

I totally forgot to put up the flyer for the party of my friend Hence Dupree two weeks ago, a mucho talented DJ from the city of Arnhem. He spins some totally unexpected mixes of old soul, hiphop and beats – you better check him out in a club near you sometime soon.

weLOVEweFUNK #15 coming up

WeLOVEweFUNK’s still going strong…the fifteenth edition already!

weLOVEweFUNK 15 le pecheur de perles

We welcome DJ Le Pêcheur de Perles (‘the pearlfisher’), who used to dj under the name of Waxtrain as part of Nijmegen’s finest Funk-A-Flex DJ team. Moving to Groningen, he became an independent DJ along with a new name. He plays soul, funk, latin & jazz.

As usual, DamnRIJT en me are spicing things up with a fresh concoction of funky gems!

Location: AreaFiftyOne Skatepark // Eindhoven // Netherlands // Date: 09.12.2011 // Time: 22.30 uur // No cover!

3 December: wLwF @ Hot Sauce, Utrecht

WeLOVEweFUNK’s resident DJ DamnRIJT and me have been invited to guest DJ at Hot Sauce. This is a new DJ collective that throws parties all over the place in Utrecht, Holland. Be sure to check it out!

hot sauce, u-bar, utrecht

Funk 45s vol. 2 mixtape….and more!


Funk 45s Live Mixtape vol. 2 by Don Gio on Mixcloud

1. Soul Power intro
2. James Brown – Soul Power
3. Mighty Mocambos – Working (part 2)
4. Sugarman Three – Funky So-And-So
5. Booker T & the MG’s – Hip Hug Her
6. Rhythm Heritage – Theme From S.W.A.T.
7. Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
8. African Music Machine – Tropical
9. Charles Williams – Who Is He (And What Is He To You)
10. The Putbacks – Diamond Cutter
11. Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band – Taurus
12. The Commodores – Machine Gun
13. The Dynamic Corvettes – Funky Music Is The Thing (part 1)
14. Jimmy Hughes – What Side Of The Door
15. Lefties Soul Connection – Fais Do-Do
16. Dyke and the Blazers – Funky Walk part 2 (west)
17. Jimmy Castor Bunch – King Kong
18. Maceo & The Macks – Party (part 1)
19. Joe Quarterman & Free Soul – (I Got) So Much Trouble On My Mind (part 1)
20. The Johnny Otis Show – The Watts Breakaway

It feels like yesterday Paul (DamnRIJT) and I picked up our records and started playing them for a dozen people in the bar of skatepark Area51 back in June 2009. Coming Friday, October 28, is the fourteenth edition already. Two years ago, I couldn’t have imaged to me still being able to keep doing this shit bimonthly ever since. Collecting records has become a some sort of addiction since, culminating in a part-time crate digging journey I just took to California. It is mindblowing how many great records are to be found over there. I’ll be sure to bring my best US gems to the show!

I feel people are slowly picking up on the funk here in Eindhoven, seeing that crowds of around 80 people keep coming to our free parties in an area that is way outside of the city center. We keep the cover free, the prices for drinks and snacks low and we try to keep things fresh with guest DJs, bringing different flavors in their record bags. From northern soul and brasil to italo disco, we’ve had some variation already. And people seem to love that, like seeing the b-boy battle we have seen last edition in August. It is just awesome.

For the next edition, we have asked hiphop visual artist DEES (check out his site, it’s amazing) to spin some of his hiphop vinyl with us. As hiphop has a lot of dues to pay to old funk, soul and r&b records, it is not more than a logical consequence of weLOVEweFUNK to feature a hip hop vs. originals party night. Hope to see you there!

welovewefunk flyer 14 hip hop originals

DEES is exposing his work at the Area51 from Saturday October 22nd until Friday 28, be sure to check that out as well.

New gigs!

Summer is over, and I’m happy to keep on bringing the heat by spinning good old funky records at these parties.

Le Freak

weLOVEweFUNK 13 w groener gras