Solephonic

About Solephonic from Auckland


Manuel bundy: D.J., Producer,Turntablist – BIO



The Don of Djing in Nz whether hip hop, house or otherwise, Manuel Bundy has won more DJ awards than any other and has been a source of inspiration and knowledge for the scene since it started. A fixture on the New Zealand dance music scene for nearly 20 years, Manuel (aka Manny Styles) has toured the world as DJ of choice for artists such as Nathan Haines, Mark De Clive Lowe and OMC. He has also provided beats and scratches for the likes of King Kapisi, Dam Native, Breaks Co-Op and Nuvonesia, as well as producing his own beats under the Solephonic moniker.

While hip hop is the staple genre of a Manuel Bundy DJ set, he is able to effortlessly cover all the musical bases, with Funk, Soul, Reggae, Dancehall and House all being presented in their finest forms during one of his legendary stints behind the turntables. Manuel’s style is simple - anything goes, but it gots to be funky.

Manuel recent production has been to the anticipation of the nation - his first piece a remix of Che Fu Misty Frequencies won remix of the year at the b-net awards 2002, and his second, a remix of One Million Dollars was a b-net favourite in 2004. He also at present is the programme director for Auckland’s hottest urban radio station Base fm (basefm.co.nz).

Manuel's new production moniker is Solephonic and his debut album is being recorded at Sugarlicks at the moment.

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Started djing in 1989 at the Shortland Bar,De Bretts Hotel as resident til 1993.

D.j. at various dance parties such as Rule the Track 1&2, Destiny, Dance to Rule, Ecology, Summer Jam, The Terror Dome, Unity…too many gigs to remember.

Managed to score a regular Thursday at the Box in 1991 which led to a regular late nite set in the weekend with Rob Salmon in 1992.

In 93 I was invited to the Australian DMC D.J. finals as host dj for the night.

In1995 I started dabbling in production. Worked on various projects . Hooked up with Zane Lowe & Dam Native. Scratched on ‘Horrified One’ and ‘Behold my Kool Style’.

Worked on Nathan Haines debut album ‘Shift Left’. Scratched on ‘Sonafabitch’ and also worked on second album ‘Soundkilla Sessions’. I also laid cuts for Tim Finn on a weird track called ‘Runs in the family’ and worked with Maree Sheehan and Allen Jansson. Also worked with Ermehn and produced the ‘Walls of Steel Remix’ featuring Tha Feel Style and D.J. Sub Zero.

As far as djing, I had a residency at Cause Celebre. I was spotted by U.K. D.J. Paul Oakenfold who was on tour with U2. I was playing at the after concert party. He asked for a mixtape and mentioned in an interview with URB magazine he saw a D.J.

in New Zealand that caught his attention as one of the best he had ever seen.

In late 1995/96 I hooked up with Andy Morton at Hutt Studios in Auckland. We met through Ermehn and worked on ‘Strangers in the city”. I scratched on various songs on Ermhns album ‘Samoans Pt 1. We also co-produced an instrumental track which would become the backing track for King Kapisi’s debut and award winning single ‘Sub Cranium Feeling’. I also worked on an instrumental project called Combinations with Andy Morton . We produced track called ‘Many Styles’ which is on the album ‘Sofa Sogood’.Scratched on Breaks Co-op album ‘Roofers’ . Did a cut session on O.M.C.s album and also went on world tour as d.j. in 1997( all of 97 was pretty much heavy touring with O.M.C).

On New Years Eve 1997/98 supported Beck and Mario C at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

In 1998 I toured with ‘The New Loungehead’ as guest d.j.

I worked with Lole on her tracks ‘Samoana’ and ‘I don’t Know’ with Andy Morton and Mark de clive lowe.

Worked on Che fu album ‘2b spacific’.Played keys on ‘Hoodies’ and cut on various tracks. Also worked as live dj for Token Village band.

Remixed Ardijahs ‘A way around you’ and coproduced 3 tracks on Mark De Clive Lowes album ‘Six degrees’. Also went on Six degrees World Tour as dj.

In 1998 won Best Breakbeat DJ award at bnet awards

In 1999 won Best HipHop DJ award at bnet awards

In 2000 won DJ of the year at bnet awards.

In 2002 won Best NZ Remix for Misty Frequencies at bnet awards.



In 1999 started working with Black Grace and the Urban Youth Movement as a dj in live performances. Also writing and produce original music for modern dance.

Guest D.J. at the Louis Vuitton Ball at both challenges.

Scratched on Relaxomatics ‘Every day’.

Remixed Che fu’s ‘ Fade Away’ in London with Mark de clive Lowe.

Produced a track with Woodcut Crew called ‘Solephonic sauce’ on new Woodcut compilation.

In 2003 I established the Turnaround night with Cian & Submariner.

Remixed One Million Dollars single “get off” and selected Sugarlicks compilation “ultrasound vol 1”.

Have also started work on my debut album for Sugarlicks.



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