Funknasty started as guitarist/vocalist Anthony Cavuoto and bassist Ed Nevin while frequenting local open mics in the Long Island area. Noticing the material was well received, they decided to experiment with a full band, adding Josh Smith on drums, Mikey Vitale on sax/flute, Joe Abdat on rhymes, and Mike Rad on keys. With an influence each of their own, they moved forward with the project, blurring the lines between Hip-Hop, Funk, Rock and R&B to create their own lane.