Thanks to Isaac Aesili for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from Funkommunity over the next year?
We will be touring with the Funkommunity band in NZ, Australia and all going well Europe and Japan. We will also be recording our second album.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Believe in yourself, embrace the difficulties because they help you learn, stay positive and stay true to yourself.
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Riki Gooch, Mike Fab (Lord Echo), Will Ricketts, Julien Dyne, Recloose, El Truento, Electric Wire Hustle, Ladi6, Frank Booker, Ria Hall, Aaradhna, Iva Lamkum, Vince Harder, Tyra Hammond, Katchafire and the rest of my music fam because im inspired by their music and they are close friends.
What will Funkommunity’s next release be?
Album # 2, yet to be composed.
How do you come up with your lyrics?
Rachel Fraser writes her own lyrics and melody, I help out sometimes in the studio while we are recording.
Who would you most like to support live?
How do you believe Funkommunity fits into the NZ music industry?
We are NZ musicians providing an essential injection of Funk into the NZ music industry. We work in the industry but we are not controlled by it.
What can you never leave home without?
How do you describe Funkommunity’s music?
It's a fusion of Funk, Soul, Jazz, R&B and electronic music.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
What is the best part of being a musician?
The infinite energy and joy that comes from playing music.
What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
Ria Hall, Aaradhna, Aaradhna, Vince Harder, Tyra Hammond, Riki Gooch, Mike Fab (Lord Echo), Will Ricketts, Recloose, Julien Dyne, Electric Wire Hustle, and El Turento and all the fresh cats cause I really feel their music and it influences me.
What is in your CD collection at home?
I dont own any CDs as im 100% digital but I've got plenty of old Jazz, funk and soul records.
What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
The beach, lakes, rivers and forest, too many to choose.
What inspired you to start Funkommunity?
A track on my 1st album 'Eye See' called 'I'm All In' was my first collaboration with Rachel, we both felt it was logical to keep working and eventually formed this new outfit together.
How did you come up with the name Funkommunity?
It was spontaneous, just came to me and then I checked it on google and nobody had used it so I was like sweet, thats us!
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
Support for Space Invadas it was our first gig and a mean vibe.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
What rumour would you like to start about Funkommunity?
Funkommunity are socialists.
"Funkommunity has a futuristically classic sound, with their distinctive blend of funky drum rhythms, soulful synthesizers and Fraser's sassy vocals." - Okayplayer
"My car runs on Funkommunity. Really digging it." - DJ Fitchie of Fat Freddy's Drop
"With two of my favorite musicians at the helm, Funkommunity have created a work of serious atmospheric funk, playing out the aurora australis" - Taay Ninh of Electric Wire Hustle