DJ/Producer Funk Butcher (Kwame Safo) started his career on pirate radio well over a decade ago and since then through radio and live shows has played an important part in shaping the UK dance landscape, especially via his own House show Houseology 101 which has been running since 2007.
Houseology was set up by Funk in 2009 with the aim of releasing House music that captures sounds along the full spectrum of the genre whilst also reflecting musically the inner-city tastes of the House community in London. In that very same year, he debuted on the renowned soulful House label, Restless Soul run by Phil Asher and later released the first EP on his own imprint with the UK Funky vocal “Pull Me Close” featuring Shea Soul. Since then Funk has released numerous productions on labels such as Runnin Wild, Sccucci Manucci, Swamp 81, BBE to name a few.
His own label Houseology currently is going from strength to strength, deciding now to place its roots more firmly within House as a genre, despite Funk Butcher’s ability to produce a wide range of experimental sounds (e.g. Funk X Trim on Greenmoney). Releases subsequently have received widespread radio support from BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Kiss Fresh, Capital Xtra and Rinse FM from esteemed DJs Jazzie B, Spoony, MistaJam, DJ Target, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Skream, Mosca, Wideboys to name a few all supporting the forward thinking House label and the visionary sound of its label head.
Funk Butcher is currently working on his own debut album due for release on Houseology. Recent singles “Club Culture” featuring Keedz, were premiered by MistaJam on BBC Radio 1 in February 2017 and later featured in the “New Dance Revolution” playlist on Spotify where Funk was also the cover star. “Hypnotic” by Funk Butcher, released in August 2018 made its way on to the “UK House Music” playlist also on Spotify.
Outside of carefully curating the look and sound of the independent label Houseology, internationally Funk Butcher has gigged in Ibiza, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy to name a few whilst also holding lengthy radio residencies on Deja Vu, Rinse FM and Kiss Fresh from Kiss FM UK.
Funk Butcher has been able to successfully navigate the pulse of UK dance music using his own productions and the identity of the Houseology label to full effect. His DJ sets are well known to be entertaining as well as educational. Taking the ever evolving progressive ethos that UK dance music and House music, from the perspective of a Londoner, is moving towards.