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Production duo gets funky

Production duo gets funky

August 09
22:00 2012

Nicole Balderas / Senior Staff Writer

Joe Gardner and Boback Ilami met three years ago and teamed up to form the drum-and-bass duo Funknug.

The now-defunct band shed their instruments but kept the name, converting their Denton garage into a fully sound-treated recording studio for Funknug Records.

The multitasking pair now books gigs for local bands, records up-and-coming artists, and produces and packages CDS in their home.

“Bo has been recording since he was 16 and looking back now I guess I’ve always been trying to start a business,” Gardner said. “We’ve never been button down 9 to 5 type dudes.”

On any given day the two can be found in the studio, with its glossy red leather couch, lime green walls and a homemade soundproof wall built out of fiberglass and burlap sacks.

Gardner said constructing the Do-It-Yourself studio cost about $15,000, including money spent on recording software and computers.

Funknug operates at a grassroots level, getting business through word-of-mouth.

Gardner said the duo’s high-quality studio that gave them a leg up on other producers in the area.

“We will beat any price and we’ll book bands after producing a CD,” Gardner said. “We’re not looking to specialize in just one thing.”

Funknug has officially registered as a business with the state, but Gardner and Ilami said the name still draws incredulous responses from some quarters.

“We get so many laughs at our name,” Gardner said. “People always kind of raise their eye. I was on the phone with the Parks and Recreation center of Denton the other day and the woman thought it was a prank.”

In addition to its quirky name, funknug.com, the group’s website, bombards visitors with jokes and pre-recorded greetings that showcase the group’s unique sense of humor.

However, Gardner said Funknug’s plans for the future are dead serious.

“This December we’re looking at Southlake Park to have a free music festival at,” Gardner said. “We just want to bring everybody together and have a great time.”

Funknug recently helped Dallas-based hip hop group The Boombox Society cut an album.

Boombox member Prime Rock said Funknug’s low prices – they charge about $150 to $300 for a day of recording – and relaxed attitude helped the group’s artistic process.

“That’s why I like working here,” Prime Rock said. “We’re not done working until the product is completed.”

When not recording, producing, making CDs or booking bands, the men of Funknug can be found hosting open mic night at Cool Beans on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

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