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Funktion-One joins the Malasimbo Festival at new home

Funktion-One joins the Malasimbo Festival at new home

Funktion-One joins the Malasimbo Festival at new home


Now in its ninth year, the 2019 edition of the Malasimbo Festival saw the two-day event relocate from its former home at Malasimbo Ampitheater to the White Beach private nature reserve. In addition to the location, the festival’s offering of music, arts and culture was reinforced for the first time by a Funktion-One sound system, as organiser Miro Grgic created an amphitheatre in the new location using Resolution 4 three-way speakers and F218 dual 18-inch bass enclosures.

For Mr Grgic, the Malasimbo Festival is a passion project turned labour of love. ‘I organise and own the event, while booking all the acts, being technical director, systems and sound engineer, lighting director and all the other things I have to do to tie the event over, since sponsorship is extremely scarce,’ he said. ‘I load the sound system at home, unload at the festival grounds, set it up and operate it for the entire event. After the event I bring it back home, unpack and clean. I’m very hands on and I love my speakers, so I take care of them personally.’

The festival features an eclectic line-up of music acts, from jazz, soul and funk, to blues, electronic and world music, as well as indie pop. ‘This year we had Robert Glasper, Anomalie, Laneous and Ruby Ibarra headlined,’ said Mr Grgic. ‘The DJ Stage is mostly funk, disco, house, drum and bass – a bit of everything depending on the day. This year, it was headlined by Danny Krivit.

‘Funktion-One is great for live music. It’s an efficient sound system, so I don’t need much power to drive it and I get a much higher output compared to any other speaker I’ve used. Also, I don’t use much signal processing, I keep a lot of things at zero – seldom do I touch EQs or compression. I spend more time getting the right positioning and coverage and I don’t really go over 100db. I like the average of 95-97db; this is what I call ear friendly. A lot of people fail to be considerate in this area, but I don’t like to beat up my audience’s ears.’

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