Awarded the title of Best DJ in the 2013 Kootenay Music Awards *
Rafferty Funksmith is what you might call a "party-rocker extraordinaire". A self-taught vinyl disc jockey, he's been collecting records for almost 20 years.
His legendary marathon sets have been known to last for 8 hours or more, taking dancers on a journey through tasteful selections of funk, disco, hip hop, reggae, r&b, and soul. The music he plays has an uncommon level of sophistication and diversity, while maintaining a sweat-drenched atmosphere of groovy dance get-down.
He hosted a monthly All Vinyl Night at the fantastic Royal on Baker in Nelson, bringing in various guest djs to spin with him. He's opened for, or shared the stage with, djs and acts such as Hoola Hoop, Vinyl Ritchie, Maceo Parker, Talib Kweli, Dr. Oop, the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Blackberry Wood, the Funkhunters, SkiiTour, Slynk, and the Swollen Members.
In addition to playing records, he also composes sample-based beats and music.