One of techno's true underground heroes, Function (Dave Sumner) has been DJing and making music for over 25 years. He is a founding member of the Sandwell District collective, Berghain resident, Ostgut recording artist and owner of Infrastructure.
Hailing from New York, he was seduced by techno when Jeff Mills held residency (as well as his own first) at Limelight in the early 90s. Producing from the mid-90s onward, he released his first 12"s on Damon Wild's Synewave and his own Infrastructure imprint. A chance meeting in 1996 brought him together with Regis (Karl O'Connor). The two worked as Portion Reform, releasing uncompromising music on Downwards, making him the only non-Birmingham producer to appear on the label. He later moved to Berlin in 2007, still working with Regis, and now Silent Servant (Juan Mendez), putting his focus on Sandwell District. Since, the label come collective, skyrocketed into cult status - decentralising the artist ego, blurring the lines between the artist, label and dj; re-arranging the DNA of modern dance music.
Heading into 2017, Function has already established a new residency, being the only international resident at, Bassiani, in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is also celebrating nearly 25 years as a recording artist, preparing two retrospective compilations for the newly formed Ostgut Ton off-shoot; A-Ton, as well as preparing a new Function artist album and performing with Luke Slater and Steve Bicknell as LSD.