Felix’s music career came out of his passion for dance. As a youth he was heavily involved in the Bboy community and Hip Hop culture. He traveled throughout the United States, battling with his crew. After suffering an injury to his knee and having to stop dancing for a while, Felix took a negative situation and created a positive one. He channeled all of his energy and rhythm into music by playing the drums. This led him to meet Mack and Sanchez and sparked the start of Fusik.
Bass player and vocalist Jason Spencer joined the band in 2014. Former frontman of the legendary Fort Lauderdale funk band Hashbrown, Jay has performed at venues all over US. Fusik welcomes Jay's solid bass grooves, high energy and vast knowledge of all things funk and soul!
Antonio “Sanchez” Rivera is the resident New Yorican (re: New York Puerto Rican) guitarist and singer of FUSIK. He is a self taught musician that loves guitar pedals and his vegetables. He honed his guitar skills playing in everything from punk bands in High School to 12 piece Church Worship Bands upon arriving to Florida in 2000. His main influences are Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, Santana and Led Zeppelin..and did we mention his love of guitar pedals??
Chip Gardner is an organist/keyboardist from Chapel Hill, NC. He took piano lessons from 6-8 years old. He started playing again seriously in 1999 while attending East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He played in a few unnamed bands in Greenville and a band called The Young Professionals in Charlotte, NC. In 2003 Chip moved to Miami and eventually started the jazz fusion band Lights down Low with his college friend. Chip met Mack, Felix and Sanchez at a Lights Down Low gig and set up a jam. Once they played there was an instant connection and Chip ended up joining the band. The rest is Fusik history!
Adding the percussion spice to the group is Danny “Quinto” Naval. Hailing out of Miami, Fl, this first generation Cuban-American brings his brand of conga drumming to the outfit. Growing up in a Cuban household gave him exposure to a wide range of Latin musical styles. Mostly influenced by giants like Irakere, Ray Barretto and Santana, Quinto dug deep into his roots to learn his craft and find inspiration. Percussion has always been an important factor in Latin music, whether it’s the congas, bongos or timbales it’s the sound of those skins that catch Quinto’s attention. The energy passed down from the conguero to the dancer always intrigued and inspired him to pick up the conga drum, and that he did. Danny began teaching himself how to play in 2006, and joined Fusik in 2010.
Making people move since 05'
For over 15 years south Florida's Fusik has been devoted to writing and performing high energy funk, soul, latin and psychedelic rock infused grooves that keep their audiences moving.
Fusik's modern brand of funk is influenced by its members mutual musical taste in classic artists such as James Brown, Booker T and the MGs, The Meters, Santana and Talking Heads to name a few.
Formed at a house party in 2005, Fusik has since performed throughout Florida and played shows at events across the US, Europe and Mexico. The boys have also shared the stage with the likes of: KRS One, N.E.R.D, Blues Traveler, Dopapod, Karl Denson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Orgone and many more.
Fusik's independent releases include their first album, "Only a Few Are Sick" (2006), "Hot Skillet" (2010) , "Fusik III" (2013) and "The Break Sessions" (2016). Fusik released their first 45' single titled "On the Fly" in the summer of 2012. They also have their "Florida Funk" record series of which they've released 3 45' singles titled, "Can't Let you Go" (2013), "Percusso" (2014) and "Desert Night" (2016). Look out for a new installment in 2020!
Some of Fusik’s past events:
Unvisti, Sant-Brieuc, France
Evolution Europe, Granollers, Spain
Hip Obsession 5, Nantes, France
Hip Hop Connection, Pesaro, Italy
Freestyle Session 12th year Anniversary, Hollywood, California
Hip Obsession 7, Nantes, France
Adidas Originals Rock The Floor, Warsaw, Poland
El Pastel, Celaya, Mexico
Outbreak Hip Hop Festival, Orlando, Florida
FamFest, Miami, Florida
Freestyle Session 20th year Anniversary, Los Angelos, California
Temple Rock, Orlando, Florida
Carnival On The Mile, Coral Gables, FL
Aura Music Festival, St Cloud, FL
Culture Room, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Revolution, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Stache, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Jazid, Miami Beach, FL
Blackbird Ordinary, Miami, FL
The Stage Miami, FL
Loews Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Delano Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Funky Buddha Lounge, Boca Raton, FL
Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL
The Social, Orlando, FL
Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin, FL
Guanabanas, Jupiter, FL
Poorhouse, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Robert Smiley is the newest addition to Fusik. Adding the Saxophone to the Fusik sound has raised the band to an new level. Bob’s improvisational skills can be heard at any Fusik live show and many of the band’s new releases. You can also hear him on many projects as he is one of the most sought after horn players in South Florida.
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