When you hear the name THE FUNKTASTICS one might think of Parliament/Funkadelic or other groups from the 70s. No disrespect, but it's just that minus the spaceships & platform shoes. This duo presents a new era by combining Funk, Soul, Rock and Hip Hop, creating a FUNKTASTIC new sound. Considered one of the most innovative and unique brands to hit the world of entertainment in years. Tauros, a native of Detroit, MI and Barsheem of Brooklyn, NY met in Los Angeles in 1998. The two became friends while touring as background singers for an RCA recording artist. After a two-year run they performed as solo acts in and around Hollywood. Realizing they had a lot in common, they decided to become a duo. Calling themselves a super group may seem a little strange for a duo but Tauros writes, produces and plays multiple instruments. Barsheem is a master songwriter, arranger and producer. It's like, a six-member group rolled into two. Locking themselves away for a year in a home studio they recorded an entire album, 'FUNKTASTIC PARTY'. The jams 'Wildin Out', 'Bonin' and the feel good 'Succa', reveal a heavy James Brown/Prince influence. While the conscious side of 'NtheStreets', 'Way Back Home' and the groovy mid-tempo 'I Still Love You, Baby' focuses on sincere lyricism, influenced by greats like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. The track 'FEVER' exposes a sexy Rock/Hip Hop side to this otherwise funky project. Once the album was complete, they decided the best way to promote would be through the Internet. Connecting with the mp3 site audiostreet.net and the ever-growing MYPACE.COM gave them the opportunity to funk people all around the world. Response to the album was overwhelming followed by the question, When and where are they getting down? As fate would have it, they stumbled on a rock or shall we say the STONE a great venue in the heart of Thai town Hollywood. After one sound check with owner Carl Percival they were asked to do their own night twice a month. Headlining with an opening act of their choice and the charismatic announcer Ken Cornish. The FUNKTASTICS created a new scene unlike any other. Calling them FUNKTASTIC PARTIES, their night became known for stylish costumes, high-energy choreography and amazing stage presence. That party people atmosphere made it the place to be on Saturday nights. This was a great start but they felt they needed more exposure. After mailing a videotape to B.B. Kings Night Club, They booked a show at the famous Universal City Walk to a packed house. As their popularity increased, a fellow performer invited them to a show on the 3rd street Promenade in Santa Monica, which led to their own performances on the weekends. After a few shows and instant CD sales The Funktastics discovered their audience was made up of dancing kids and screaming women of all ages. During a performance they met Elias Deek a Cable TV producer who granted them their television debut on Adelphia Cable station 98, which included a performance and interview. 2007 is proving to be the year of the FUNKTASTICS. Having four songs from their debut CD featured in the SHOWTIME film 'Pants In The Family', earning great reviews on their exclusive myspace single 'SODA POP!' and the release of their new CD 'FUNKTASTICS IN THE SKY', they are well on their way to becoming a household name. Ladies and gentlemen put your hands together for. The FUNKTASTICS! The Next Generation Of Funk.
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