iPhunk has a Jeckyll and Hyde personality.
Depending on the venue and audience, they can perform pure 70’s raw unadulterated toe tapping FUNK (Average White Band, Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament, Funkadelic), or popular SOUL (Stevie Wonder, Hot Chocolate, Van Morrison, Barry White) party favourites which are always guaranteed to fill the dancefloor. Or they can provide you with a perfect combination of both.
Based in the South West of Australia, iPhunk are available for performances throughout Australia and Asia. iPhunk are scheduled to play at a number of venues in the South West region throughout the Summer of 2013/14, such as:
The Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival
The Parade Hotel
iPhunk’s exceptional bass player is none other than Mike Bandurski. Mikes’ highlights include supporting major Australian acts from Jimmy Barnes to James Morrison. His previous SW bands include Touchwood, Sway, and Gemstone Road. Besides funking it out with iPhunk, he is also a member of Blues Thieves and Strange Brothers. iPhunk thanks Mike for not only his brilliant musicianship, but for also being an easy to get along with, no bullshit, down to earth cool bloke. And of course we love creating the FUNK with him.
For over 20 years Michael Nickolakis has played in everything from solo to 10 piece Melbourne funk and soul bands, from The Aberdeen to Fly By Night Club to regular Telethon appearances. The beauty of music has meant not only that he has played with some kick arse muso’s, but he has also made some fantastic friends. Now based in Bunbury for the long term, he is once again playing that pure raw funk and soul that he totally adores. And lucky for him, he has found four of the funkiest soulful coolest dudes to make music with.
Once signed by EMI Canada , while playing Bass guitar with “Sweet Jones”, iPhunk guitarist Stephen McMinn experienced the life many musicians can only dream of. This photo was taken while touring with “Sweet Jones.” Steve and his band were fortunate enough to tour Canada on a full time basis as professional muso’s, supporting other well-known bands such as Blue Rodeo, The Ramones, and The Tea Party. They played the famous South by Southwest music festival in Austin Texas, toured all over Canada, and performed at clubs such as Horseshoe, The Rivoli and Lee’s Palace. iPhunk thanks this Canuk for choosing Australia as his home, and for joining us to re-create this wonderful world of Funk and Soul.
Jayden grew up in the Bunbury area and from the age of 8 started a life long journey in music and drumming. He took lessons from some of Perth’s top players, and commuted to Busselton from Australind every day to study music at Busselton Senior High, the only recognized music specialist school outside of Perth at the time. At age 15 he was recognized as one of the top 5 best up and coming drummers in Australia, and at age 18 was accepted to study a Bachelor of Jazz at WAAPA, with the highest audition score for drummers. He has learnt from some of Australia’s and the worlds best, including Dave Weckl, Darryn Farrugia, Graham Morgan, Ric Whittle, Damien Corniola, Chris Tarr and Ben Falle. He still travels to Melbourne regularly to study. Professionally Jayden has graced the stage with many of Australia’s top jazz and blues acts including Russell Holmes, Paul Pooley, the KNiKi & Mike Beale Project, the Shinkickers, Nicola Milan and Lee Sappho, and has supported the likes of Diesel, Mal Eastick, the Mason Rack Band, Glen Terry & John the Revelator.
Mal Toft – Saxophone
iPhunk saxophone player Mal Toft (B.Mus. Ed Jazz) is a professional musician who teaches woodwinds for the School of Instrumental Music WA. Mal has performed in many settings from solo to pit orchestras with a wide range of styles ranging from classical to hard rock, playing many of the major venues in Sydney and Perth. In the 80s Mal was a member of a NSW band, Getaway Plane which had a top 40 hit and played numerous gigs supporting many of the major artists of that time. eg Echo and the Bunnymen, The Angels, Rose Tattoo etc. In the 90s Mal moved to Perth and played with a number of bands and musicians including Ray Brown and the Vegas Payback and Hepset. 2000 saw another move this time to Bunbury where he joined Homebrew, a blues outfit which morphed into Blues Thieves, who have performed at many Blues festivals and are about to release their second album. Other recording projects have continued over the last 10 yrs with Hayden Trantham and The Jones Facility of which Mal is a member and are currently working on their 5th album. As a sideman Mal has performed with a variety of artists including Andy Cowan, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Christina Olsen …. And now he is enjoying the opportunity to rip it up with the boys in iPhunk. A horn players paradise!!
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