Funkerman, known to his postman as Ardie van Beek, (born 1975, Breda, The Netherlands), is an internationally appreciated DJ/producer and the founder of Can You Feel It Records and Flamingo Recordings.
From his first love of pioneering US hip hop, through obsessive crate digging for classic soul, disco and funk, to riding on the first waves of US house; he has always been on a quest to find, make and play new and exciting music.
In 2004 he founded Flamingo Recordings, with fellow producer Raf Jansen and DJ/producer Fedde le Grand. The label went from strength to strength, releasing some of the biggest house tracks of the noughties, including Ida Corr’s Let Me Think About It, Fedde le Grand’s Put Your Hands Up For Detroit and the Fedde/Funkerman smash collaboration, 3 Minutes To Explain.
The label was also the birthplace of Funkerman’s Speed Up featuring I/Fan, a track so popular that it was released worldwide and featured as on Xbox 360 karaoke game Lips before eventually being signed by legendary UK label Defected Records. During this period Funkerman delivered several huge remixes for the likes of Ida Corr, Moby and the Sugababes. In 2010, after the massive success of multiple singles and remixes, Funkerman released his first full-length album, House For All.
Founding one highly influential record label would have been enough for most people. But it was becoming increasingly clear that Funkerman felt it was necessary to launch a new label for, as he describes, the ‘New House Sound’. So in the spring of 2011 Can You Feel It Records was born.
In the meantime, the label has picked up some new and existing talented producers and vocalists. Gramophonedzie, Rene Amesz, Beauriche and DJ Licious are some of the members of the Can You Feel It family. In 2013 the label developed itself so fast that Funkerman decided to start organising CYFI events together with his friends.