Cristian Sol Moraga Farías a.k.a 'C-Funk'
Genre-mashing funk-soul-rock-jazz with a big Chilean heritage. Releases to date include ‘Joya’ (2007).
When you ask “Funky C” about his musical influences, the Chilean-born composer will start telling you an eclectic list of musicians that expand from the baroque to the grandmasters of funk, soul, rock, Latin jazz, bossa-nova and Latin alternative rock. On any given day, his house was filled with music starting with his very own father’s, Hugo Moraga Lacoste, one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in Chile to the recordings and LPs from Jobim, Frank Zappa, Hector Lavoe, James Brown, Prince, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Stevie Wonder to Argentina’s Luis Alberto Spinetta and Charly García as well as Satie, Debussy, Ravel, Bach amongst many others.
Born at the twilight of the 70s during the Pinochet dictatorship era, Cristian Sol Moraga Farías-known as Funky C- began his musical career at an early age when, at 14, he accompanied his father on stage performing on keyboards. As his passion for the arts grew, he became a regular in the Santiago music scene rubbing elbows with some of the most prolific artists in his native country. At 16 and changing a keyboard to the electric guitar, Funky C met David “Rulo” Eidelstein who shared his love for music, months later they established a band by the name of Los Tetas, and thus changing the way funk was portrayed in their country and the rest of Latin America. It was a breath of fresh air for Chileans by offering an alternative to the aggressive punk scene of the time which exploded as a direct response to Pinochet’s oppressive regime. Signed to Universal, Los Tetas shared the stage and toured with bands such as Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Molotov, Marilyn Manson, Plastilina Mosh, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, Control Machete, Dante Spinetta and many others. The band quickly became a Latin Funk/Dance hit, reaching the top of the charts in their homeland and as far north as Mexico with Gold and Platinum record sales along the way.
In 2004, and after a decade performing in front of hundreds of thousands Los Tetas called it quits, Moraga pledged not to set a foot on stage again. But, the music was stronger than ever and the idea to take his funk to a new level kept his mind busy with new songs to show the world. Following steady collaborations as a producer and guest performer including a recording with his own father, Funky C assembled a band of very close friends; Felipe Foncea on keyboards, Roberto “Chicho” Espinoza (bass), Francisco “ Pepino” Gonzalez (Los Tetas) on drums, and his very own sister Michele Espinoza on vocals to record “Joya”, his solo debut. Hungry for new genre bending music Sonic360 signed Funky C worldwide ex. Chile. The album features a sound described by Funky C as “Funk Latino, Old and New, Classic and Modern... with the sound of today mixed with music from the old school days... real live sound mixed with computers.”