Buckle up FUNKsta’s Love Handle is shifting gears in a huge way! For April’s edition we’re welcoming Sweaterfunk regular Dj MAMABEAR for her first (of many, we hope) Toronto appearance.
As a young girl growing up in Southern California, Mamabear’s musical tastes were formulated by spending nights in the roller rink, catching air to funk and hip hop as well as taking note from her parents new wave records. Fast forward to 2007 when she purchased her first pair of Technics and put her music filled childhood to work; she went from playing in her bedroom to making her DJ debut in San Francisco, holding down multiple residences (Double Dutch, Butter) and in 2009 became part of the Sweaterfunk crew, the most dedicated purveyors of boogie all on vinyl. Over the years the crew has hosted Dam-Funk, PB Wolf, Steve Arrington, Leroy Burgess, Howard Johnson, Onra, Psychic Mirrors, DJ Spinna, and Daz-I-Cue to name a few.
In 2010, Chicago was calling her name. She spent 2 years living in The Birthplace of House Music, learning the art of long blends and how to get lost in the 4-on-the-floor. Chicago welcomed her with open arms and during her short time there, was a fixture at Simone’s Bar, Rodan and Alive One.
After Chicago, MB moved to Las Vegas where she held residency at Insert Coins in DTLV, exposing the city to a sound that was different to what is usually played on The Strip. Seeking a return to her roots, in 2015 she returned to LA to re-establish where it all began. As a frequent guest on Dublab, she was given her own show titled “The Honey Pot” which showcases Boogie, Modern Soul and 2-Step.
Drawing inspiration from the many cities she has called home, MB is eager to spread the honey and share that eclectic experience which is essential to her sound.
Accompaning Mamabear on the ones and two’s will be Love Handle residents Famous Lee, Alister Johnson & Big Jacks. This will be the all vinyl FUNK jam to knock yer socks off!!