Hitting the Right Notes with FUNKNVIBE
Written by Ry Lei
Published April 6, 2018
It started out with a tweet.
Well, it started before the tweet, but that’s where the name comes from.
It started in a Honda Civic because plenty of life-changing ideas come up when people are sitting in their cars. The bearers of this life-changing idea were Miles Graves and Jonathan Romero. It was 2014 and the two had just listened to Sasha Marie’s latest mix.
Having been surrounded by music their entire lives, Graves and Romero sought out to find a way to bring more music and art to Long Island. They found a way through Funknvibe: a creative collective that lies at the intersection of being sonically and visually cohesive. Different personalities produce different kinds of art, but Graves and Romero made it work.
But looks and sounds aren’t what keeps the Funknvibe team together; it’s the ambition and the passion everyone on the team has for creating.
“I think that at the end of the day, everyone’s trying to create something,” said Graves. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, because in the end, it’s what we make and what we do with our ability to create that matters.”
Everyone knows the job never ends. The lessons and skills learned through working with Romero and Graves follow their coworker, DJ and graphic designer, Tiffany Hernandez home everyday.
But it’s not just that, it’s also the company.
“My favorite thing about working with this team is that we’re all friends,” said Hernandez. “At the end of the day, I get to look around and create art and music with people who I care about, and who care about me.”
It seems as if all this might leave little time for any self-exploration and growth, but the Funknvibe team makes it work. They know that there’s always a job to be done, but part of that comes through bettering and being more familiar with each other.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about having a good time, sharing a vibe together and getting familiar with the unfamiliar,” said Romero.
To read the rest of our exclusive interview with Miles Graves & Jonathan Romero, get your copy of issue two today!