Apron Records represents the independent music label based in London, UK, and launched in 2011. The british imprint is run by Steven Tony Julien aka Funkineven.
Steve Tony Julien, aka FunkinEven, is a London-based music producer whose rich appre-ciation, and masterful ear, for music has been cultivated throughout his life. Some might say Steve was genetically predisposed to music, hailing from a bloodline of musical innovators. With several of his cousins and uncles prominent figures in the Sound System Culture scene of the 80s and 90s, music was in Steve‘s make-up before he was even old enough to realise it.
His career began not as a musician but as a dancer. Inspired by the Hip Hop, early Hard-core and Drum & Bass movements of the 90s, Steve joined a rap crew, an appointment which evolved into him becoming the "producer" for the group. In 2009 Steve released ‘KLEER EP’ on Eglo records, his first official recording to be made available to the public. Featuring a distinctive Electronic take on traditional Boogie, experi-mental Swing, and Four to the Floor Banging House, ‘KLEER’represented an evolution in Electronic music, and the birth ofFunkinEven as an independent artist.
After a stint spent working with other artists, the back-end of 2011 saw Steve return to his eponymous FunkinEvenpersona. First came the release of his forth single ‘Roland’s Jam’, so-called due to its super analog sound, produced usingRoland sequencing equipment, before Steve unveiled his latest venture, his own imprint; Apron Records.
On Apron, Steve has so-far released two tracks; ‘Apron EP’ and 2012′s follow-up, ‘Chips & Sweets’. Both strictly limited edition vinyls, the rare, and covetable, pieces sold out in a matter of minutes, giving further fuel to FunkinEven‘s burgeoning influence on the Electronic music scene, and reach as an artist.
Recently, FunkinEven and Delroy Edwards have teamed up for a two-track EP, due out on Apron Records at the end of 2013.
Both producers are known for their upfront, no-frills approaches to production. Though Edwards only debuted last year, he's already carved a reputation for his ghetto house excursions for L.I.E.S.—this month he also launched his own label, L.A. Club Resource. FunkinEven, meanwhile, has been around for a few years, putting out acid-tinged tracks for Eglo and, more recently, his own Apron imprint. He already has one transatlantic collaboration to his name—FunkinEvil with Kyle Hall—which has seen two releases on Hall's Wild Oats.