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‘It’s always great to have their backing’: Funktion-One backs United We Stream Brighton

The movement that started in Berlin during lockdown has now spread to 65 cities across the world

Loudspeaker specialist Funktion-One has shown its support for United We Stream Brighton (UWSB) – a series of live performances to raise funds for Brighton’s night time economy – by supplying its new F5 / SB8 sound system for in the room playback.

United We Stream was initially founded in Berlin to support clubs, artists and event organisers drastically affected by lockdown, through live streaming from an empty venue directly into people’s homes. The concept of the ‘living room rave’ has captured imaginations the world over, having now reached 65 cities across every continent. While the streams are free, those tuning in are encouraged to make donations – so far raising over a million Euros for worthy causes. 

When UWSB founding partner Brighton Music Conference (BMC) approached Funktion-One about lending its support, the company was eager to get involved.

Funktion-One’s Ann Andrews said: “We’ve got a great relationship with the BMC guys and have been involved in their conference for a number of years. They’re very passionate about club culture and the electronic music community, so it’s natural that they’re flying the flag for Brighton. We’re very happy to be involved.”

The Funktion-One F5 speaker and SB8 bass unit, launched earlier this year, is the loudspeaker manufacturer’s smallest ever system. Despite its diminutive form factor, it bois designed to offer the same performance characteristics as its large format systems, meaning Funktion-One sound can be provided in a range of environments, including bars and restaurants, small events, DJ and desktop monitoring, studios, cinema rooms and home music systems. 

The new system has been well received by UWSB performers. 

Billy Nasty enthused: “I was really impressed with the new Funktion-One monitors – such great sound, size and design. In this case, good things definitely do come in small packages!” 

Wax Worx added: “I love the new Funktion-One monitors. Super-sleek design and although they are compact, the clarity is insane. My word do they pack a punch! 10/10.” 

Alex Downey noted: “Size most certainly doesn’t matter. I’m trying to think of a way of describing the sound – clear, compact and punchy. Perfection.”

UWSB and BMC’s Billy Mauseth commented: “It’s always great to have Funktion-One’s backing. We’re really excited to have the new system and to reconnect with the Brighton music community. The entertainment industry is facing a very challenging time and we want to play our part in supporting it.”

Be sure to check out the upcoming July/August issue of Installation (out July 16) for an exclusive interview with Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews.