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Dennis Hercules was introduced to House music by his brothers and sisters, going to House parties all over Holland. He got hooked on the groove and the vibe only to discover he could be a house producer. Always reaching for higher ground, Hercules graduated from SEA. Before he could frame his diploma, he started organizing events, producing different styles of music and performing as a DJ at various parties, which led him to find his own music style. Funky house with a soulful twist. The Soulshaker is here!!! The Beginning: Dennis Hercules, born 1981 in Amsterdam, started playing the piano at the age of seven and soon he performed at Church recitals, musicals and school performances. During his first years of dj-ing he got involved with other young djís, like Daniel Sanches. They used to live in the same city, were skating in the streets, and made music. Daniel had a good career in the minimal industry with his parties Rotzooii and record label BlahBlahBlah. After a while Dennis Hercules bought a Roland Keyboard and started to make his own productions. At first it was just to experiment with different sounds, which he used to take his music to another levelÖ In 1999 he formed a DJ group called the Hillywood Brothers. Together with Lorerzo Kurizu, he played at different parties in Hilversum. Their style was funky, jazzy and soulful. After a while Lorenzo went his own way, and made some nice productions for different record labels. After Lorenzo left, Dennis got involved with Mike Lano ñ aka Black Motif ñ who had great DJ skills and a good taste in electronic music. At parties around the country Dennis got involved with Mc Brown who had a lot of vocal experience in English and American productions, as well as live on stage. For six months they played every Friday night at BoomBoom breaking beats on 77.8 FM radio. The first 12 inches Dennis bought where from Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Carl Cox, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Stacy Pullen, Joey Beltram. Detroit Techno is a big influence at him. In 2004 Dennis Hercules began working at a DJ record store in Hilversum. He was responsible for the distribution of records and started knowing the industry. Working out of the store he started organizing and playing at a party called NOT (Night Of Techno) with national and international DJís. Every other month he launched a Minimal party which people are still talking about today because it was so fresh. He brought DJís like Daniel Dreier, Bart Skills, Shinedoe, Jerome, Jason and the Argonauts, Lauhaus, Daniel and Juan Sanches toÖthe attention of others /promotors, people around townÖ?! In Coupers Cafe in Hilversum he started a weekly night event called ëminimal-X-pressí for local DJ talent who wanted to perform and learn in front of an audience. This was one of the first Minimal parties in the Netherlands. Even in Amsterdam it was hard to find this new scene. In 2006 Dennis started a course at the SAE Institute in Amsterdam. He graduated together with Tim Wolf, a big DJ in the dance scene nowadays. For two years in a row Dennis arranged the music for a two-day beach volleyball tournament with DJís like Skizofrenix, Decane and Cruz, Florian Rath. In 2008 Dennis played in Czech Republik three times, together with his good friends The Skills Brotherz. He played on Pigfest 14, wich was a highlight of his career. Playing a set of his own tracks on a major stage made him realize it was time to release his own music. During the summer he played at Loveland Festival where he started to focus on house music. His interpretation is hard driving and funky, filled with soul. Adding melodic strings with a clear focus on the dance floor. Nowadays he is a DJ-in-residence at Panama Night club in Amsterdam. Together with Bart Bass he played big gigs like Defected in the House, Turn up The Bass, Madhouse and many more. They decided to team up and create their own style. They were so driven by passion that dates were booked to work in the studio, so they could improve their DJ skills and produce massive tracks. Nowadays the critics are very enthusiastic about their style of music, which is a combination of Latin / Soulful / Tech-House. The renowned nightclub Panama has hired Dennis Hercules and Bart Bass as resident DJís because of the wide range of people they entertain with their sound. During their shows the crowd often goes raving mad. Every two months he also plays at a party in Amsterdam called ¥House Generation or What is on your Mindí, which is held weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is organized by Dexon who owns a record shop called In DeepëníDance, in Amsterdam. Dennis is also working a lot with Oz Romita. He is a good friend and comes over every week to make great tracks. With the name FUNKNDY Dennis make deephouse/ Minimal/ Techno tracks. Oz Romita Knowing from partyís like Chicks with Skills and Boys with Skills, playing on Stripes to Invite with National and International djís. His interpretation is hard driving and funky, filled with soul. Adding melodic strings with a clear focus on the dance floor. With the name FUNKNDY Dennis make Deephouse/ Minimal/ Techno tracks. On different International labels he released already several booming tracks!! His now linked to House Park Records. DJís with whom he played: The Shapeshifters, Simon Dunmore, RAE, Sharam, Roog, Gregor Salto, Neil Pierce, Brothers in the Booth, Marc Benjamin, Firebeatz, House Religion, Flexican, Carita La Nina, Johnny de Mol, Phill Horneman, Corne Kleijn, D-Rahid , Lucien Foort, Funkerman, Dj Jean, Hardwell, Baggi Begovic, Groovenetics, Yasmin Le Bon, Skitzofrenix, Shagspeare, Youri Donatz, Billy the Klit, Tony Cha Cha, Gelazer, Franky Rizardo, Don Alexandro & Rico Morello, Mike Tierra, Dennis v/d Geest, Faja Lourens, Melvin Warning, Sneak R & Massaya, Mc Lady B, Philly Steve, Felix Le Bon, Michiel Tettero, Glenn Helder, D Double G, Daniel & Juan Sanches, Risk Soundsystem, The Amsterdam Funk Connection, Daniel Dreier, Bart skills, Shinedoe, Jerome, Dexon, Jason and the Argonauts, Lauhaus, Daniel and Juan Sanches. Tekno Bee, and Many moreÖ In Panama Night Club: Defected In The House Glamsterdam Sharam Mach EP tour Madhouse Turn Up The Bass Soulheaven Burlesque, Into Fashion with Sister Bliss Beautiful Fashion Nacht van de zwarte Lijst Beautiful Deluxe Performed in Netherlands: Amsterdam Dance Event Loveland Festival (Amsterdam) Funk it ñ beach Club Vroeger?(Bloemendaal) VIP Room (Rotterdam) House Generation (Korsakof ñ Amsterdam) What is On Your Mind (Korsakof ñ Amsterdam) Played on international parties: Amsterdam Djís in Bunker ñ Malaga (Spain) Groove Cruise Events ñ Kos (Greece) Technasia ñ Sobeslav? (Czech Republik) Underground City Session ñ Pilzen? (Czech Republik) Pigfest 14 ñ Pilzen (Czech Republik)

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