Bonjour à tous,
I am Stefan Rousseau (Dj Stefunk) and I am originally from Avignon (South East of France) where I bought a pair of decks after doing my first rave in 1992. For 6 years it was some kind of Woodstock era paradise and I spent almost all my weekends outside partying and Djing under the stars in Provence often doing my House/Techno/Drum’n Bass /Trance sets and then roaming around checking the best Djs in the world in the stunning surroundings of Provence, the meditteranean see and the French riviera. Though life wasn’t it ?
I stupidly sold my decks in 99 when I met my wife for money reasons and also because the deputy who made the law against Rave parties in May 98 was from Avignon (which was the epicentre of the rave scene in the south) and outdor partying came to a halt and went into clubs which I didn’t like but didn’t get connections either. I kept on playing a few times a year in rave, birthdays and two yearly club events for the following 12 years.
In 2005 I moved to the Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and when I reached 40 in 2012, I asked for a pair of SC3900 and mixer as present. DJ Matsa who was a friend from the rave era convinced me that these decks were the dog’s and I went for them. This is when Dj Stefunk was born and since then I have been Djing every weekend in the clubs, festivals, private parties, birthdays and weddings of the small island of Jersey (100.000 people). I do MY thing as a mobile Dj. I play Jazz, Funk, Soul, Afro, Latin, Brazilian, Cuban, Reggae, Ryhtm’n’Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, Brass Bands, Breaks, Tribal House and Techno, Electro-Swing, Drum and Bass, Psybreaks and Psytrance (Old and Nu Skool). I love doing 4 to 6h sets starting from 85bpm to 190, taking the dancers on a trip, staying on one genre for 30 to 40 mins max (and 2 tunes minimum if it doesn’t work).
I NEVER do a gig if a special type of music is imposed of if open requests are, life is too short. I also created a hybrid band called The Jersey Funk All-Stars with whom we have a classic funk and soul set on the decks and an awesome Jersey lady on the flute, a super energetic Frenchman on the percussions and a top Jersey Jazz Keybord player. Then we do a Jam once the set is over and often Mc B-Eazy is joing us
This year, I am ironically becoming an “international” Dj by going to DJ at the Jazz sous les pommiers festival in France (Normandy nearby) and also to Rennes and Nantes in Bretagne. I am building a musical bridge between France and Jersey which despite their close proximity does not exist.
Next step is learning production to do my own edits and remixes in the Nu-Funk style to start with.
There we are.