Funrazors biography

  • They know how to party hard!

    The Funrazors is a DJ duo since 2006, composed of DJ Treblelizer (Koen) and Damien.

    Koen was born in southern Vietnam and came to the Netherlands when he was only three months old. His Dutch life began in Apeldoorn, but eventually he grew up in Amsterdam and Purmerend. At home he didn't grow up with music, but Koen came in contact with music quite early though. When he was about 10 years old, the music channel TMF started in The Netherlands. He saw video clips and music shows with popular DJs and decided instantly that he wanted to do something in the music industry. At a flea market on the Dutch Queensday he bought his first record player (without pitch control) and single from his pocket money. Two years later, he also bought his first mixer and so it began… With his record player and a small stereo set with double cassette deck, he made his first mix. He played records, mixed them with music from a cassette tape and recorded that on the second cassette deck. His first DJ set was at a high school party, with a tape deck, a CD player and a simple mixer.

    Through the years he bought better equipment and started practicing mixing. He got his first official gig in 2002 in a Dutch club, which no longer exists. Shortly after this gig, he was asked to do a set in the Escape in Amsterdam. At that time, two-step was very popular but he didn't liked it at all so he played harder styles. When he put his first record on, everyone was a bit confused but within a few seconds the party went absolutely wild! Meanwhile, he attended many different dance parties and observed the DJs who were playing. He liked what they did but he decided that he wanted to develop his own style. And so he did. He often mixes in the break while most DJs mix after the break or at the end of a track. His style became a hit at parties and even other DJs asked him how he did that!

    Damien also started with entertainment at a very young age. Although his parents weren't musical, they listened to music a lot at home and so his love for music was born. When he was in primary school, he took his first steps on stage. His school organized a month closure every month with musicals and plays in which he always participated. In fact, perky Damien often got the leading parts! He liked entertaining so much, that he continued this in his summer holidays. When he went on vacation with his family, he always joined the animation teams. During the day he engaged in entertaining children, and at night they organized shows and dance nights for and with the elderly. Although entertaining seemed to be in his blood, he eventually opted for catering college to become a chef and graduated successfully. He was also a promising judoka who won prize after prize. However, an injury caused that he had to quit his sport, but luckily he had his college degree. He had the intention to start his own catering enterprise. Meanwhile, he came into contact with the dance scene. Every weekend he went to various parties and his love for dance music began to grow.

    Koen and Damien met each other in 2006, and that is when Damien's DJ and MC career actually started, which eventually led into the Funrazors. This was caused by a mutual friend, who is an MC, who asked Damien to join a party which he organized together with Koen. Damien was quite impressed about what they did on stage, so he decided on the spot he also wanted to do that, both spinning the decks and being an MC. On the second party organized by Koen and their friend, Damien just grabbed the microphone and started MCing. Koen saw the potential of this guy and one day he brought two turntables, a mixer and some records to Damien's house so he could try to spin and mix. Koen taught him the basics and Damien practiced a few hours every day. Once a week Koen stopped by to check Damien's progress and gave him tips and hints. In only a few months Damien learned to master the turntables and eventually Koen asked him to join him at a party to spin some records along with him and being the MC the rest of the night. And so it happened; they became friends and partners in crime. Together they played at lot of parties, but both still with their own artist names. One year later they officially started to work as the Funrazors. They came up with that name because a friend asked them to play at his wedding and they found they needed a fun name for their duo act. From that time they always performed as the Funrazors at parties throughout the whole country, Damien as DJ and MC as well. They've tried several dance styles and both decided that they like Dirty Dutch and Electro House most, and this is what they still do.

    In 2008, Treblelizer was asked to do a tour in Southeast Asia, starting in Vietnam. Because he is from there and regularly goes back, he has gained many contacts in the dance scene there. He played in almost all major clubs in Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand for two months. Damien's first international gig was in also 2008, in Benidorm, Spain. Because Koen was touring in Asia, he felt a bit alone. Fortunately he got an offer to come to Spain, so he didn't hesitate a moment and took off. For a month he played four nights per week in a dinner show venue. After the show, they transformed the venue into a club where Damien was a resident. It was also in Spain where he met someone who asked him to come to Paris to play. So when his agreement with the dinner show venue came to an end, he left for Paris and played there in several bars and clubs for a while. When Koen came back to Holland, they took up the thread and continued working as the Funrazors.

    Because they work so well together as a team, they don't necessarily have to prepare their sets. Damien has adapted to Koen's style, for example mixing in the break, which makes them unique. When one puts a record on, the other instantly know what has to be the next one and when to mix it in. It has grown that way through the years and it really works. With many back to back sets you hear two different styles because the DJs are both doing their own thing. In no case you will hear that when the Funrazors are playing, it all runs smoothly!

    Though they already played a lot in The Netherlands together, they both still have a lot of dreams in the dance industry. They want to travel around the world and do tours in America, Japan, Australia, etc., preferably performing for huge audiences, like 20,000 plus. Also all major festivals in The Netherlands, like Mysteryland, Lowlands, Dance Valley, Defcon and more, are on their wish list. And then playing on the main stages and the best moments on the timetables. The same applies for major festivals in other countries, for example Glastonbury in the UK, Burning Man in the US and Pukkelpop in Belgium. And not to mention playing in Ibiza in all major clubs, and they also want to conquer London! Furthermore, a guest set on BBC Radio 1 is on their wish list.

    At the moment, the Funrazors are working hard on producing their own tracks and later an album. They already have some cool tracks in pre-production, which will be released very soon!

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