Composer Musician Songwriter

FUNKYLB is a Philly-based ASCAP member, musician, songwriter and composer who plays bass, guitar, keys and adds vocals in several bands. She writes and records her own music in her small studio (Lady Brown's Child Studios) and composes music for short films and spoken word projects. If you're a filmmaker in need of a score, please CONTACT ME!  I offer competitive scoring rates with a swift turnaround time.  Find out more about me on my BIO PAGE.



 

WHAT'S NEW...

MARCH 2016: POETRY

One of the poems from my Be/Coming series was published in the spring issue of S/tick, a feminist journal for writing and fine arts. You can still get all of the poems in this series from my POETRY LEAF STORE. Too, do yourself a favor and download the entire S/tick spring issue. It's always free and open access. I've discovered some marvelous new (to me) writers through S/tick.

 

FEBRUARY 2016: NEW MUSIC

CLICK ON THE ALBUM COVER PIC to hear new music from my 3rd collection of songs, DREAM CATCHER.
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DREAM CATCHER, new music from FUNKYLB

DECEMBER 2015: AUDIO PRODUCTION VIDEO # 3

Another peek into my audio production and songwriting process. This song is taking shape nicely.

NOVEMBER 2015: INTRODUCING BASS-ICALLY LOLITA

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Bass-ically Lolita™ is the solo loop pedal project conceived of by FUNKYLB, a Philly-based ASCAP member, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, vocalist & film score composer. After many years of playing bass and singing background vocals in other people's bands (Ashley Phillips, Danie Ocean, Rudy True, Rosemary Fiki and The Martinez Project, to name a few), FUNKYLB wanted to switch gears and branch out into a self-contained, free-form musical vehicle for her quirky approaches to arranging, playing and singing cover songs and as a kind of workshop for her self-penned original music. Lady Brown's Child Studios is her creative base for writing, recording, shedding and dreaming.


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EMAIL: PROMO@FUNKYLB.COM        WEBSITE: FUNKYLB.COM/LOLITA                               
 
 
   EARLY STAGE BASS-ICALLY LOLITA™ VIDEO CLIPS: 
 
 
 
 

OCTOBER 2015--INTRODUCING ALT 3

INTRODUCING....

ALT3
: a Philly-based trio of singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, audio/sound engineers, producers and score composers who play, sing and write soul music with fuzzed out, gritty and heavy overtones.

DREEZY VASQUEZ: drums, percussion and rhymes
ASHLEY PHILLIPS: guitar, vocals, loop pedal, and keys
FUNKYLB: bass, vocals, loop pedal and synths.

Look for us at a live venue near you!




 

OCTOBER 2015: NEW SCORE



This is a piece I composed called Roaring Riot. It was created for Teresa Miller and her Thought to Life Production's The Illinois Five, a stage play that is set in Chicago in 1920-1935-ish. The pieces I wrote for this play had to be historically accurate for the times and the location, meaning ragtime, big band jazz and mostly acoustic early blues. The Illinois Five had its debut at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia in September 2015 with some incredible tri-state area talent linked to it. This scoring job was one of my best 'people experiences' as a composer. Keep your eye on Ms Miller. Her gifts dazzle. All music, instruments, sequencing, mixing and mastering by FunkyLB @ Lady Brown's Child Studios. copyright LFB 2015.
 

SEPTEMBER 2015: MY 2ND PRODUCTION VIDEO

SEPTEMBER 2015: PHILLY FRINGE ARTS FESTIVAL



I had the extreme pleasure of composing transition music for Teresa D. Miller and her Thought to Life Production's The Illinois Five stage play, which is debuting at this year's Philly Fringe Arts Festival. The Illinois Five is a beautifully rendered, urgent, incendiary, compassionate and deeply resonant piece of writing about "five African American friends who find themselves in the middle of a race riot circa 1920. Forced to choose between life and death, they escape going their separate ways only to meet back up years later faced with reality of the choices each of them made". Having read the play closely and worked with Ms. Miller, I feel confident about saying she is an incredibly dynamic and exciting new voice on the theater scene. You'll be dazzled by her work. She has also written two other plays that will 'go up' ( be performed publicly in a theater) in the next 2 years. The Illinois Five features some notable tri-state area actors, including one of my personal creative talents, Shamika Byrd. The play runs at the Walnut Theater in center city for 2 consecutive weekends starting Thurs Sept 10th. GET TICKETS HERE

SEPTEMBER 2015: My First Audio Production Video

AVAILABLE NOW: My new Poetry Leaf Series (download poems + original mp3 musical score to accompany them

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Collection of multiple poems + mp3 score downloads. New release every 2-3 months. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ACCESS.

AUG 2015 JAM AT LADY BROWN'S CHILD STUDIOS

Ashley Phillips: guitar/vocals
Dreezy Vasquez: drums
FunkyLB: bass

NOW AVAILABLE....disc 1 of my Soulful Meditation Series

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I invite you listen to Series 1 of my Soulful Meditation Series. I created the series as a 'settling in' soundtrack to my own daily meditation practice. As a neophyte, I find it helps me quiet down and prepare to watch my breath. I hope it soothes you as well.

If you like what you hear, please consider sharing this link with your friends on social media:
 http://funkylb.com/album/291556/soulful-meditation-series-1?autostart=true
The collection will be discounted for 7 days only.

Any feedback (good, bad or indifferent) you care to share with me personally is also welcome.  It all helps me grow. Feel free to email, text, call or FB Message me.
As always...this collection of songs was composed, performed, recorded, sequenced, produced and MIXED (this time) by me in my project studio, Lady Brown's Child Studios.

AUGUST 2015: SPOTLIGHT-- work in progress one chick band

So...if you've been following my VIDEOS, you know I'm working out a way to play drums, guitar, keys, bass and provide lead and background vocals all by myself live on stage with the help of a looper and vocal fx processing pedal. Right now I'm focusing on getting a minimalist set-up going to workshop and to hone via open mics. I'll either do open mics with a guitar + looper + vocal fx pedal or with a bass + looper + vocal fx pedal. The goal is, though, to be playing all 4 instruments with my looper and vocal fx pedal for longer live shows. The challenge with choosing bass for these stripped down open mics is getting enough interesting motifs going in my arrangement. That's much easier to make happen with guitar or with keys. I'm going to try to build more chordal stuff into this as I progress on this MJ/Stevie cover for open mics.

 

JULY 2015: SPOTLIGHT-- work in progress synth track

So, I purchased Roland's JD-Xi crossover hybrid synth and I'm working on integrating it into my one chick band concept. This will be a mash-up of one of my original songs with James Blake's gorgeous and dystopic sounding Wilhelm Scream.

JULY SPOTLIGHT: FUNKYLB LIVE THROWBACK

FunkyLB live on bass and lead vocals with the band for whom I formerly played bass and sang vocals, my beloved, badass RFB.

MAY 2015: SPOTLIGHT -- SCORES WRITTEN BY FUNKYLB# 1: Alma Machina

ALMA MACHINA
 

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A few weeks ago I saw Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, a thriller about (among other things) the potential of artificial intelligence to be programmed and fine tuned enough to display emotional intelligence ie. to become truly human. The film really made an impression on me philosophically, existentially, and with respect to film scoring. SPOILERS-- If you’ve seen the film, then you know how impactful the scene is when the AI/Ava finally gets to roam free and explore Dr. Bateman’s house/lab/high tech & remote castle in the sky. I wrote this piece for that scene. Ava has such an interesting way of moving; it’s both deeply fluid and slightly cybernetic-awkward. This piece is very much about how I think she moves and also about how she’s processing what she’s discovering as she moves through the lab, especially when encountering those closets filled with ‘failed’ AI protoypes. (score composed, performed, sequenced, and produced by FunkyLB, © 2015)
 
HEAR MY SCORE  ➙ ➙ ALMA MACHINA MUSIC

 

MARCH 18, 2015: new song-work in progress

MARCH 17, 2015


NEW MUSIC: The 4th and final song (READY) of PART 1 of my ep is available in MY STORE.

FEBRUARY 16, 2015

NEW BLOG POST: MY 15 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2014


 

JANUARY 30, 2015

GO VOTE FOR ME FOR INDIE NATION'S ARTIST OF THE MONTH.
VOTING STARTS FEB 1ST
(click on the picture to be taken to the voting page)

JANUARY 24, 2015

PROMO VIDEO for my 3rd single: water breath fire flesh: andante. A before and after video clip of the song as I was working on writing it and then a snippet of how it developed at the recording stage.  This single will be available in my STORE on FEBRUARY 1ST.

PROMO VIDEO--wbff andante before and after

JAN 2015:



Check out my profile on IndieNation. You can stream my 2nd single "You Want This" in full, for free there.

FUNKYLB ON INDIE.NATION BLOG.


 


DEC 2014:


The first and second tracks (REACH ME and YOU WANT THIS) from my digital ep, WATER. BREATH. FIRE. FLESH. are now both available for download on right here on my website STORE. This ep has been a beast of hard work, setbacks and pure joy. I wrote, performed and recorded every aspect of it on my own in my home studio (Lady Brown’s Child Studios). I've been recording myself and making songs available for download on my various websites for at least 12 years. The stakes are higher for this project because I know so much more about audio production and composition than I did in those early years. The more you know; the more you're aware of how much you DON'T know and the more afraid you are to release personal art into a hyper-critical, bullying from behind faceless computer IP's world.

In any event...as I switched course away from setting aside my own music to work as a 'journeyman' in a few bands over the years, I started to remember how much I love this stuff!!! From researching and purchasing hardware, software and instruments for recording and mixing to figuring out how I'm going to make the songs from this ep come alive onstage with just me by myself playing synths/keys, guitar, drums, bass and singing all parts within the span of single songs with the help of some looping and vocal processing pedals. (Aside: I've got a few LOOP PEDAL videos up that show my process for mapping this out from both a tools and a performance view
HERE).  Recording this ep and moving in a solo performer direction has been a JOY! I had lost sight of my real purpose for a minute, but The Creator picked me up and turned me around and set me back on my path. Won't He Do It!!! Thank you, Master, for my sensitive soul and for this gift of music that lives in me. Check the promo videos below. Full mixed and mastered mp3s are available now in the FUNKYLB STORE!!!

 
 
PROMO VIDEOS:

PROMO VIDEO for YOU WANT THIS. Available for download now

The stripped down version of the EP song AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW IN MY STORE

HEAR OTHER SONGS AND SCORES FROM MY CATALOG




 

UPCOMING LIVE PERFORMANCES

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — FUNKYLB sittin-in on Bass with Rosemary Fiki Annual Bloktober Fest, Philadelphia, PA 19146 Annual Bloktober Fest, Philadelphia, PA 19146
FUNKYLB on Bass with Rosemary Fiki Milkboy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 Milkboy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
FUNKYLB on Bass with Rosemary Fiki at The Grape Room The Grape Room, Manayunk, PA 19127 The Grape Room, Manayunk, PA 19127
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ The Rosemary Fiki Band Final Score, Bensalem, PA 19020 Final Score, Bensalem, PA 19020
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki for Danie Ocean Presents... The Fire, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Fire, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki Maplewood Outdoor Fair, Phildelphia, PA 19144 Maplewood Outdoor Fair, Phildelphia, PA 19144
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki for SunDrop Music Festival The Fire, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Fire, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki FOR 3 BANDS AND A JAM Dahlak, Philadelphia, PA Dahlak, Philadelphia, PA
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ The Rosemary Fiki Band for Plaza Palooza Street Fair, Philadelphia, PA Street Fair, Philadelphia, PA
FUNKYLB on bass w/ Rosemary Fiki Bourbon and Branch, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Bourbon and Branch, Philadelphia, PA 19123
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki Band Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ The Rosemary Fiki Band Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA 19123
FUNKYLB on Bass with Rosemary Fiki Band Dahlak, Philadelphia, PA Dahlak, Philadelphia, PA
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki Band for SunnyDee's The Female Takeover XO Lounge, Philadelphia, . PA XO Lounge, Philadelphia, . PA
FUNKYLB on Bass / Rosemary Fiki Band for Julie's Bday Bash The Fire, Philadelphia, PA The Fire, Philadelphia, PA
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki for the Ron T. Benefit Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA 19110 Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA 19110
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki Band Philly Sound Sessions Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA 19123
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki Band for Philly Kid Graffix Showcase The Fire, Philadelphia, PA 19123 The Fire, Philadelphia, PA 19123
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ Rosemary Fiki Band Philly Sound Sessions Voltage, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Voltage, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FUNKYLB on Bass w/ The Rosemary Fiki Band for Femme Fatale HeadHouse Upstairs Lounge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania HeadHouse Upstairs Lounge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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NEWS: {FEBRUARY 2014}

The Rosemary Fiki Band has been getting a fair amount of print and video coverage...{click to read more}


 




 

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