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‘He’s one of the few geniuses left in the biz’: Resistance’s Charlie Canavan on working with Funktion-One’s Tony Andrews

Funktion-One's Vero sound system provided audio at the world's biggest nightclub Resistance, in Ibiza, run by Ultra Enterprises from July 17 to September 11

Funktion-One recently provided its Vero sound system to Resistance, known as the world’s biggest nightclub. It is located in Ibiza, Spain and run by Ultra Enterprises. Resistance’s production manager, Charlie Canavan, hailed Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews as “one of the few geniuses left in the industry.”

The event began on July 17, and concluded September 11. 

Resistance was launched as an offshoot of the Ultra Music Festival brand, and has built a reputation of providing techno audio. In addition to having stages at 10 international festivals, parent group Ultra Worldwide has produced more than 30 Resistance events internationally.

Andrews commented: “Russell Faibisch – founder of Ultra Enterprises, considers the quality of the sound to be part of the brand and Funktion-One delivers that quality.”

Creative director and director of design for Ultra Worldwide and Resistance, Richard Milstein, has worked with Andrews and his Funktion-One team. He commented: “Sound is one of the most important components of this. Funktion-One – especially for our Resistance brand – has been our number one system for many years. It’s our main choice of sound system. Tony always recommends the best configurations for whatever environment we’re in.”

The Resistance team brought in a full Vero vertical array system for the nine-week event. The two Vero hangs were placed near the walls to prevent secondary reflections and to heighten stereophonic sound. Each is topped with two V60s – hitting the VIP area right at the back of the room – and completed with three V315s, three V90s and a further V60 to deliver sound beneath the balcony. 

The team also positioned the V221s (bass) on one side and V132s (sub-bass) on the other ensures singularity of delivery and avoids cancellations – resulting in punchy, well-defined bass. The V132s utilise cutting-edge linear motor technology from Powersoft.

Canavan said: “When guest engineers come over or tour managers are worried about the sound of their DJ, I really take pride in telling them we’ve got Tony Andrews. He’ll be here mixing and he’s tuned the system himself.”

Andrews made adjustments to ensure optimal audio quality reached every part of Resistance. Canavan added: “Tony’s never afraid to tell you if something’s wrong or if he’s not happy, and he’ll gladly spend an entire day tuning the system.”

Andrews concluded: “The fact that Funktion-One is the only system Carl Cox is willing to work on at Resistance – the biggest production of any club this summer – is fantastic. That kind of genuine product support is really rather amazing and unusual. It’s also pretty significant that Russell Faibisch – the owner of the Ultra brand – has brought Vero in especially.”