Kon has been digging in crates since 1976, DJing since 1985, and spinning in clubs since 1991. He is one half of Kon and Amir, who released the acclaimed “On Track” and “Off Track” series on BBE Records where they introduced rare grooves to a new audi..
Kon has been digging in crates since 1976, DJing since 1985, and spinning in clubs since 1991. He is one half of Kon and Amir, who released the acclaimed “On Track” and “Off Track” series on BBE Records where they introduced rare grooves to a new audience. His remixes of dance classics prompted Gilles Peterson to name him “Edit/rework King of 2011”, and feature him prominently on his BBC Radio shows.
Kon takes a more modest approach, noting that Kon means “King of Nothing,” and seeks to place the love of music above his own work. The last of an increasingly rare breed of dedicated crate diggers, Kon has for years brought his deep knowledge of obscure goodies to clubs and festivals worldwide. He has also spread his gospel to the masses through critically heralded releases on such respected imprints as ABB and BBE. Beyond collecting vinyl and re-editing classics, he has been part of Boston’s Hip-Hop community for nearly 30 years, and has preserved the development of it as a true culturist. Most people know him as just a DJ, but he has history as a writer, music producer, and b-boy.
In the studio, Kon has positioned himself at the forefront of a group of anonymous multi-track collectors who posses digital versions of the original recording sessions of some of pop music’s greatest artists such as Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Michael Jackson, Cerrone, Slave, Teena Marie, George Benson, Mizell Brothers, and many more. This resource along with Kon’s vast knowledge of music has resulted in him creating some of the most dance floor friendly edits and remixes today.
His NiteTime collaboration with Ben (of Whisky Baron) laid down sun-streaked street party beats laced with the tough kicks of early-'90s boom bap and the sultry, heavily swung rhythms of classic disco resulting in the "Jive Talk" EP" released on Australian imprint Future Classic last April. The highly anticipated release of his edit of Cerrone's "Hooked On You" sold out within hours in June with a one-sided super limited marble pressed vinyl offering on Gold Fingers (Basic Fingers). A "Kon & the Gang EP" containing summertime remixes and reedits of Slave and Chic (among others) was released on Legitmix followed by a Kon & The Gang 12" on Basic Fingers last year.
Kon's edits have received massive support from taste makers such as Jazzanova, Derrick Carter, Jacques Renault, Danny Krivit, Soul Clap, Dimitri From Paris, Dâm-Funk, and Gilles Peterson. This year saw the release of Kon's remix via On The Prowl's Party Mix Vol. 7 this past March. On May 27th, Kon's "All About Youx" EP dropped on the new Soul Clap Record label. The EP has already garnered stellar reviews and was selected as Mixmag's EP of the month. July marks the release of his first solo LP on venerated BBE Records.
“Those BBE records were just phenomenal. I think (he was) very much ahead of the curve when it comes to just digging that much deeper and ever since all those came out, there’s been a whole heap of new generation compilations - very next level stuff. Where the hell can you get all that music from?! Proper diggers!” -Gilles Peterson
“Kon is the best Disco/Funk/Soul/Boogie DJ in the world, yeah I said it. Yes of course, I know. You’re probably saying ‘but but but, what about DJ BLAH BLAH!’ Well, Kon will not only mix circles around whoever you’re thinking about but then at the end of the night he’ll go home and sleep in Dorchester. Being from Boston is 10 extra points.” -Soul Clap
“KON is many of my peer’s dream selectors…(he) has ALWAYS kept the art form of true diggin’ as well as unearthing stellar, yet forgotten gems from ALL genres alive! From important work on BBE, to vast knowledge of the music, he keeps the standard & bar raised HIGH for all WAX diggers, collectors, & selectors to strive for in the game. Much luv and respect!” -DâM-FunK
̸On My Way - Kon (BBE Records)
All About Youx EP - Kon (Soul Clap Records)
Hooked (Kon's Nite Time Remix) - Sir Own
Jive Talk EP - Nite Time (Future Classic)
Need Your Lovin' (Nite Time Remix) - Soul Clap
Sunlight - Kon & the Gang