Funkstar De Luxe

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Funkstar De Luxe
Birth nameMartin Ottesen
OriginOdense, Denmark[1]
GenresElectronica, house
Occupation(s)Producer, remixer
Years active1999–present

Funkstar De Luxe (born Martin Aulkjær Ottesen in 1973) is a Danish house producer and remixer. He is best known for his million-selling reworking of Bob Marley's "Sun Is Shining."


Funkstar was first exposed to Marley's music as a teenage keyboardist in an amateur reggae band. "Sun is Shining" was a worldwide hit reaching the Top 20 in nine countries including No.3 in the UK singles chart. It was also awarded best-selling international reggae single of the year at the World Music Awards.

Longtime Marley manager Chris Blackwell hurried to release his own remixes, but Funkstar had already moved on and had another hit with a remix of Marley's "Rainbow Country." He has since recorded other remixes for artists including Tom Jones, Mary J. Blige, Grace Jones, and Barry White, the most notable of which appeared on 'Keep on Movin: It's Too Funky in Here'. In 2003, Funkstar released an album of his own material, 'Funkturistic'.

Dubbed 'The Danish King Of The Remix' by, after two sabbaticals away from the music industry during the 2000s, Funkstar recently returned to the scene charting with a remix of Kim Wilde's 'You Keep Me Hanging On' in 2013. In 2014 his long-time label Lifted House released a rework of his Marley hit 'Sun Is Shining - 15th Anniversary' which reached No.1 on the British Dance Chart.

Currently[when?] he is working on his EP from which the opening single 'Million Miles' featuring Michael Jackson collaborator Geoffrey Williams has been taken. The single has to date reached No.8 on the British Dance Chart and has spent ten weeks in the UK Dance Top 20.



[citation needed]

  • Keep On Moving (1999)
  • Keep On Moving (It's Too Funky In Here) (2000)
  • I'm a Rainbow too (2000)
  • Funkturistic (2002)


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1999 "Sun Is Shining" (vs. Bob Marley) 4 28 23 7 3 8 12 19 7 12 11 8 11 17 7 3 1 UK: Silver Keep On Moving (It's Too Funky In Here)
"Rainbow Country" (vs. Bob Marley) 18 58 12 78 47 28 78 27 40 54 11
2000 "Let the Music Play" (vs. Barry White) 24 39 91 92 Single only
"Sunshine Reggae" (vs. Laid Back) 68 35 64 Single only
"Walkin' in the Name" (vs. Terry Maxx) 42 Keep On Moving (It's Too Funky In Here)
"Pull Up to the Bumper" (vs. Grace Jones) 60
2002 "Blinded By the Light" (with Manfred Mann's Earth Band) 2 Funkturistic
2003 "Saturday"
2004 "When I Think of You" 13 Singles only
"She's a Lady" (vs. Tom Jones feat. DJ The Wave) 96
"Itch It Up"
2008 "So Invincible" (feat. Kristine Blond)
2013 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (feat. Kim Wilde) 14 19 2
2014 "Sun is Shining (15th Anniversary)" 11 1
2015 "Million Miles" (feat. Geoffrey Williams) 24 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 217. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ German peaks
  3. ^ Search for Irish peaks Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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