It was 1984 on Chicago’s south side where Pete Phunk began his music ventures. At age 14, he began spinning vinyl records at high school dances and basment parties, like most underground dj’s of this time , playing different styles of house, freestyle, hi-energy and hip house. A few years later, he spun a couple of local bar gigs for about 2 years until he attend college in 1990. Pete enrolled at Columbia College, majoring in broadcasting and communications. There he joined with the on-air staff at 88.1 WCRX, a small but good college radio station with a house\techno\freestyle format with some specialty shows at night. He eventually ascended to a specialty show, sharing a 3 hour slot with Sunny B on his already existing show ‘The Reggae Pulse’. This duo brought their show and the station to new levels of success with a variety of island & reggae beats, informative community events and services, and rare interviews with artists such as Shaggy, Wailing Souls ( C.O.P.S. theme song ) and Shaka Demas & Pliers. and acquired 2 music recognition awards at The International Reggae Music Awards (IRMA) held in Chicago . Pete and Sunny B also had the rare opportunity to host parts of the IRMA show.
In ’93, Pete Phunk gained notoriety and was spinning at several major clubs in Chicago such as The Shelter, Crobar, and became a resident dj at ‘The Drink’ , spinning house, techno, disco and reggae. The Drink was a multi-room mega club that hosted music concerts with Pete Phunk as the opening act for timeless bands like War, Parliament & the P-Funk Allstars, Ziggy Marley, Dr Hook, Peter Frampton, to name a few. Soon, Drink expanded to Las Vegas where Pete was recruited and kept his residency for a couple more years. Drink in Las Vegas became an instant celebrity hang out and Pete Phunk was blessed to spin private functions for the likes of Sandra Bullock, Peter Boyle, Michael Jordan , Dennis Rodman and many others. Sandra Bullock actually rehired Pete Phunk for 2 more private functions aside from The Drink. With a passion for music, creativity, and an expanding ‘west coast house meets Chicago house’ sound, Pete ventured into spinning at raves and underground events in Vegas, where he also created and designed many of the event flyers that he spun at, thus starting “Phunk Trunk Graphics”. He was the first DJ to spin at the ground breaking Club Utopia, on the strip, and had many other spots there as back up resident for Robert Oleysyek. Local dj’s such as Duanne King , Shoe, Speedy, Mike Funkler, Robert Oleysyek and Pete Phunk started a still growing Vegas underground scene through Aaron Britt’s ‘Club Utopia’ alongside great talents like Moby, dj Keoki , Electric Sky Church, Bad Boy Bill , Gavin Hardkiss, Mark Farina, and countless other dj’s and performances since opening in ’96. He was one of the first, and probably the last , to spin at the fence border line of AREA 51 in Nevada (fact!). Pete Phunk also had some cameo spots with his then long braided hair and wearing a gas mask on HBO’s infamous ‘Taxi Cab Confessions in Las Vegas’.
Returning to the ‘mothership’ in Chicago, Pete Phunk has dug up his roots and still spins vinyl sets only at clubs, underground events, social gatherings and art studios. From 2016—2019, he spun at Zhou B. Art Center , a multi-art venue housing over 80 studios. Directly across the street from the art studios is a trendy food establishment, Antique Taco. Pete Phunk has had a weekly outdoor gig there for the past year. Directly across from Antique Taco was Ate-Bit, a wine/barcade that Pete owned and operated which featured local dj’s as well as himself doing guest spots. Now a veteran dj, Pete continues to experiment with music styles and also plays all the “crowd pleasers.” For a truly moving experience, do not miss this dj.
Pete Phunk provides his own equipment and records.
Genres of music : disco, funk, reggae, soul & Motown, rock & roll, alternative rock, beach rock, yacht rock, oldies, new wave, flashbacks, old school breaks, house music, club cuts, EDM, hip hop…. basically… everything from the 1950’s through early 2000’s on vinyl.