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Right from the start in 2001, SCHWARZ & FUNK has stood for the development of deep, experimental sound spaces, created through compositional and musical simplicity, combined with finely dosed virtuosity and refinement through expansive space design. The sound artists consistently seek the symbiotic fusion of the electronic music world with lively acoustic elements and always strive to explore and expand the limits of spatial sound art. As inspiration and at the same time as an artistic form of expression, they use productions referred to as deep chillout music, sophisticated lounge tunes, and soulful house vibes that draw from the authentic Ibizan lifestyle of the chill-out culture.

SCHWARZ & FUNK is also involved in exciting projects such as the development of a sound design for exhibition stands (Vorwerk Flooring), the combination of music and journalism (The Outlaw Ocean Music Project by Pulitzer Prize winner Ian Urbina - New York Times), or the use of their tracks in movies (Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev). There is also SCHWARZ & FUNK as a live experience in different settings and line-ups.

The beginning of SCHWARZ & FUNK

In the early 90s Bob and Jesse worked for a hip radio station in Augsburg , Southern Germany for a couple of years. Jesse was a member of the editorial staff and Bob worked as an audio engineer. After that period they lost sight of each other for a while. In the meantime, Bob set up his own recording studio while work as a professional musician kept him busy. Jesse ran his own nightclub for several years. He also toured as a DJ in great demand in the hot clubs of Ibiza like El Divino and Privilege.

In the year 2000, bursting with many innovative ideas, Jesse finally decided to start his own music production and was looking for the right partner to realise them. Naturally, he contacted his old friend Bob. Jesse and Bob turned out to be a perfect team and established the joint boxbergstudios in Ibiza and back home in Germany. An outstandingly creative and productive cooperation began at this point. After experimenting with different music styles, Bob and Jesse chose the music that they are passionate about: chillout, lounge and house music.

Bob and Jesse started several projects in their early years. There are many tracks released under the artist names 'Deeparture', 'Good Chillaz', 'The S.G.S Project', 'Eivizzards', 'Sunseeker', 'Dragon Lounge', 'Indigo Seven', 'Chillowack', 'Daddy Pete' and 'Timbalestics' found on lounge compilations worldwide. Most of these tracks are now re-released by SCHWARZ & FUNK.

As professional and passionate musicians, Bob and Jesse frequently work together with outstanding musicians and singers. Their good friend and exceptional guitarist Joe T. Aykut for instance can be regarded as their biggest asset. His spectacular solo performances are one key component of SCHWARZ & FUNK. Big stars like J.C.A., Barbara Tucker, The Gipsy Kings, and even the Bee Gees have worked with him as well.

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"We will continue to produce, remix and play music...we just have to do it!"