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Venetian Snares
Funk's first release was the EP Greg Hates Car Culture, and released on History of the Future. His second album was Salt on Zhark International and Fuck Canada/Fuck America with Stunt Rock for CLFST. When Mike Paradinas heard Greg Hates Car Culture, he immediately signed Funk for Planet Mu. The first Venetian Snares LP on Planet Mu, Making Orange Things (a co-production with Speedranch), was released in early 2001; following in short order were five more releases, all before the end of 2002. Funk continued producing for a variety of labels, including Hymen Records,Peace Off Records, Addict Records, and Sublight Records, and has also produced albums under the names Last Step and Vsnares, produced singles under the names Last Step, Snares Man! and Snares, appeared on compilations under the names Ventriloquist Snakes, Last Step, Puff, and Senetian Vnares, and did a split with Fanny under the name BeeSnares.

His style has been critically acclaimed, notably by the late British radio disc jockey John Peel. Venetian Snares is said to have reinvented breakcore, however false those claims are, and set the stage for many other artists.

Venetian Snares composes much of his music with trackers. Before he began to release his music commercially, he worked primarily with OctaMED on an Amiga 500. At some point prior to 2000, he began using a PC and the Windows port of OctaMED, MED Soundstudio. During 2003 and 2005 he also used Cubase in addition to MED. Venetian Snares currently uses Renoise and has uploaded a video of his track 'Vache' playing in Renoise on Youtube. In a February 2003 interview, Funk was asked a question regarding the diverse mix of genres he draws upon in his music, a property which the interviewer labelled "eclecticism". Funk replied: "I prefer to call it Surrealism."

In April 2009, Funk was scheduled to perform with John Frusciante, guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the Bang Face Weekender. Under the name Speed Dealer Moms, they were to perform a "live 303 & 808 analogue" acid set. Unfortunately due to equipment failure, this performance was cancelled. Shortly after this the duo were announced to perform at the Bang Face event Bang Fest, at the end of August 2009. Though, this whole event was later cancelled due to circumstances unknown.