THE FUNKBOX IS PRESENTED BY RESIDENT DJ TONY TOUCH, VOODOO RAY & KHAHIM
RESIDENT DJ TONY TOUCH –
2012… the legacy continues. TONY TOUCH aka Tony Toca continues to be a force to be reckoned with. TONY TOUCH, an icon in Hip-Hop and in the Urban Hispanic genre plus seasoned player in the game, is a true innovator and has revolutionized the DJ game over and over. From his legendary mixtapes, to his skills on the 1’s and 2’s, to becoming Hip-Hop’s most recognized DJ. This C.E.O/Artist/ Producer, is now currently working on his eighth commercial release titled “The PieceMaker 3 …The Return of the 50 Mcs” and is expected to make history once again. In addition The Diaz Brotherz aka: Tony Toca and Doo Wop will be dropping a much anticipated album this year as well. Touch also Presented the recently released hit album, “So It Begins,” by Dzilla.
Tony Touch began as a B-boy during the rap music renaissance era of the early 80’s. Heavily influenced by pioneers like Crazy Legs and the Rocksteady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Red Alert,Little Louie Vega and Jam Master Jay, he quickly shifted his interests towards the turntables. Toca is known for legendary mixtapes like the 50 Mcs parts 1, 2 and 3. Included in this series are some of the hottest artist in the game such as KRS One, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Wyclef, M.O.P, Big L, Mos Def and many more all coming together for one collective piece. This along with the countless other mixtapes, Tony became recognized in the streets and by the industry as the real ‘Mixpate King.’
Tony Toca evolved his mixtapes to record releases. In 2000, Tony released “The Piece Maker” on Tommy Boy Records. This album sold 400,000 units worldwide and featured legendary artists like Big Pun, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, Eminem. Gang Starr and much more. The single “I Wonder Why” featuring Total was a hit and the video featured cameos from John Leguizamo, Rock Steady Crew, Grand Master Flash,The Awesome 2, Marley Marl, Dj Premier and more. Since then Tony Toca released “The Piece Maker 2”which also had an all-star line up with features such as P. Diddy, Fat Joe, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg and legendary Ruben Blades. Toca is also known to represent the urban Latino community to the fullest with his Spanglish lyrics and Salsa roots. It is the result of growing up with Salsa at home and Hip- Hop influence in his lifestyle. in 2005 Tony inked a deal with EMI records and revolutionized the game once again with his Reggaeton album, ReggaeTony. The hit single “Play That Song,” featured Nina Sky and B-real of Cypress Hill. This cd had an All-Star line up such as Tego Calderon, Zion and Lenox, Pitbull, Ivy Queen, NORE, , Voltio, Mexicano, Thirston Howl III and Soni just to name a few. The album went GOLD and with that success, EMI moved quickly to release ‘ReggaeTony 2′. This cd featured more heavyweights including Lumidee, Plan B, Joell Ortiz, Tru Life, Don Chezina and the Beatnuts. To this date Tony has sold over a million records worldwide.
Touch continues to be in demand globally. The proof is in the passport as he has toured over 30 countries including Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, London, France, Greece, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Columbia, Switzerland, Italy and Cuba…..just to name a few. He’s also acted as tour dj for acts like Cypress Hill, Gurus’s Jazzmatazz, Rock Steady and the Beatnuts. You also may have caught Tony on TV shows such as“Saturday Night Live” and “The Dave Chapelle Show” spinning for Eminem. Don’t forget the radio waves you might have heard him on in New York such as Hot 97, Power 105, and WBLS. In 2004, Eminem and manager Paul Rosenberg closed a deal for their own radio station on Sirius Satellite called Shade 45. Tony Touch was quickly recruited to host TOCA TUESDAYS (every tuesday night) from 8pm to Midnight E.S.T….and to this day can be heard LIVE all over the world.
VOODOO RAY –
Born and raised in New York City of Dominican descent. Began dancing professionally while attending The High School of Fashion Industry. Ray danced for the last two decades for artists such as Kurtis Blow, MC Lyte, Monie Love, Cece Peniston, Deborah Cooper, Naughty By Nature, SWV, Mariah Carey, Backstreet Boys, Dru Hill, Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Wyclef Jean, Pras, Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga just to name a few.
In his acting career he has worked on such films as Rachel’s Getting Married, The Devil Wears Prada, She Hate Me, The Fighting Temptations, R ‘Xmas, Marci X, etc. Also worked on an a few episode of Law & Order SVU, MTV2 promo for Sucker Free Sundays, commercial for Heinekin Beer, and a television pilot The Prince.
As a promoter/event coordinator ray has organized high-end and urban affairs at New York City Nightclubs including Sullivan Room, Sutra, Katra, CV formerly known as 105riv, Happy Ending, Santos, Lotus, V Lounge, Nell’s, Opalines, The Tunnel, Sound Factory Bar, Luahn’s, 8th Street Lounge, The Shelter, Punch, Discotheque and many more. Currently ray coordinate a dance event called The Love Is Love Showcase which he does quarterly with a Non-For-Profit call *Sybarite* which he holds a seat on the board and a dance battle called *Look Who Came To Dance* which he does with The Amountboyz. Look out for more.
FUNKBOX HOSTS: SONI, EVELYN SANTOS, MELANIE, FATHER CHRIS, CITIZEN CHRIS, LAMAR, JESUS, & THE ROCK STEADY CREW
PHOTO GALLERY BY: ERNEST PHOTOMAN
LIVE PAINTINGS BY: MARTY MAR (TRENDSTARS) (SWING JUICE)
PERCUSSION BY: HOUSE OF RHUMBA
PAST FUNKBOX DJS INCLUDE: TODD TERRY, HEX HECTOR, SAVE THE ROBOTS DJS, EDDIE SANTANA, LORD G, BENJI CANDELARIO, DJN PROJECT, DJ PAT BOOGIE, BOBBY MORALES, EFF GRAHMAN, JOHNNY LOPEZ, FILSONK, TOMMY BONES, QUENTIN HARRIS, SHANN S, BROOKLYN TERRY, TIMMY RICHARDSON, DJ DREW, LOUIE VEGA, SCOTT WOZNIAK, DISCIPLE, MASTER DOC, BOBBY MORALES, RAY VASQUEZ, KAMALA, BRIAN COX, DJ ELI AND MANY MORE! IN ADDITION TO MANY SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES & PREFORMANCES…U NEVER KNOW WHO WILL STOP IN AT THE LEGENDARY FUNKBOX PARTY…COME CHECK OUT WHAT THE HYPES ALL ABOUT!