Funkerman, known to his postman as Ardie van Beek, (born 1975, Breda, The Netherlands), is a well known DJ/producer and founder of Flamingo Recordings.
From his first love of pioneering US hip hop, through obsessive crate digging for classic soul, Disco and Funk, to riding on the first waves of US house; he has always been on a quest to find, make and play new and exciting music.
Whilst spinning at the Spock club in Breda in the mid nineties he was also starting to produce and promote music, while working in local record store, Magik. Being surrounded by the records he loved gave him an insight to the dance music industry as well as keen sense of how music moved people, and he quickly became a A&R manager; working at the heart of the burgeoning Dutch scene.
Through years of hard work DJ-ing and producing, Funkerman established himself internationally, and by 2004 he decided it was time to capitalise on his success, so he founded Flamingo Recordings, with fellow producer Raf and DJ/producer Fedde le Grand.
In the six years since, the label has gone from strength to strength, releasing some of the biggest house tracks of recent times, like Funkerman's 'Speed Up' , Ida Corr's 'Let me think about it', Fedde le Grand's 'Put Your Hands Up For Detroit' and their collaboration on '3 Minutes To Explain'.
Flamingo Recordings has of course also been the outlet for his own prolific discography. In 2005 Funkerman topped the Dutch club charts with 'Rule the Night' and 'The One', with the latter getting support from leading DJ's worldwide and appearing on numerous compilations.