Guitarist Michael Weight from Los Angeles founded the hip dance band Funk Frequency in September of 2011.
Music has always been a passion for Michael, who started playing guitar at the age of 12 after hearing Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin play “Time to Rock.” This Prescott-based band gets its influences from James Brown to KC and the Sunshine Band.
Prescott’s only ’70s and ’80s Funk and Disco Dance Band.
Michael remembers taking music lessons and theory classes throughout school while playing in a bunch of garage bands, playing rock and blues.
In the 1980s, Michael played with a couple of Metal bands on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA with his brother who played drums.
Making little money, the opportunity arose to join the JJ Bad Boy Jones Band with Albert King’s Brother In-law the famous Blues Musician.
After several years and a world of musical experience backing up Albert Collins, Albert King, Etta James, Junior Wells and others, it was time to move on.
Portland, Ore., was the next destination playing mostly blues at clubs and festivals in the Northwest. Prescott, AZ was chosen by Michael’s girlfriend. Playing in several bands in Prescott including The Richard Dean band, Michael decided he needed to funk-out.
Funk Frequency consists of Michael Weight, lead & rhythm guitar, Julie Ericson, lead vocals, Rye Wylie on drums and backup vocals, Rik Prince, bassist, and Neil Orlowski on keyboard.
“The ultimate reward for me is watching people get out of their seats and on the dance floor,” says Julie Ericson (vocals) who loves being a part of Funk Frequency and playing music that people don’t normally hear every day. Julie’s love for music grew as she got older being involved in musical theatre and obtaining her BA in Theatre and Film from ASU.
Neil Orlowski, a Midwest native, an artist by trade, working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas for 13 years as an illustrator-designer, has always loved to be creative. Playing in various bands in high school with influences such as Elton John, Peter
Gabriel and Jan Hammer, Neil grew to love jazz, fusion and rock. Neil has recorded commercial projects for Sprint and Hallmark cards and TV ads for Westport Communications. Playing keys in a dance band is very full filling.
Rik hails from Coupeville, WA, and began playing at the ripe old age of eight years. He was given his first bass guitar after hearing and falling in love with Paul McCartney’s melodic lines on Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Eventually he would make a habit of buying records and learning every song they contained. Spanning dozens of musical genres from folk, pop, big band, prog rock, and of course, disco and funk; he became a proficient and flexible player. Racking up hundreds of studio sessions and countless live performances.
Upon relocating from the UK to Prescott, AZ in 1997; Rik initially found the small town music scene a bit restricting. But, was able to land some great gigs. After withdrawing from the scene due to illness, he recorded his 2003 album “Going To The Sun”, and solo EP “Cerise”.
Rik bumped into Mike at open jams, and in a few short lived band projects; and also performed with Neil and Mike in the embryonic phase of the group that became Funk Frequency.
Former bassist, Sam Meraz, left the group to pursue educational interests. We wish him the best of luck!