Episode 88: DJ Kon, Boston Disco Don

This podcast sure has been a long time coming. Chances are if you’ve read our interviews you’ve seen us mention one of our greatest Boston mentors, DJ Kon. This is the guy who discovered us during our Next Generation Productions years when we, along with our old business partner Sammy Sokol used promote hip-hop and pop club nights in the Bean. Back then we had a Saturday night residency at a club called Aria along with Kon and it was there we became friends. He could tell we were serious about DJing but still had a lot to learn and we were very fortunate to become his students!

Kon, born Christian Taylor, is a living, breathing encyclopedia of all things disco. His gargantuan vinyl collection has earned him the title “King Of Digging” by BBE Records who put out a compilation under the same name along with fellow record collector Amir (BBE also signed a 5-album compilation series deal called On-Track). He also has managed to position himself in the middle of a group of anonymous mutli-track collectors known only as the “Super Friends” who posses digital versions of the original recording sessions of some of pop musics greatest artists such as Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Michael Jackson and on and on and on! This resource along with Kon’s endless knowledge of music has resulted him creating some of the most dance-floor friendly Re-Edits we’ve EVER heard. Now, most of the best ones are unreleased, but you can check out Kon’s Off-Track vinyl series and pickup some of these gems.

We’re really excited to finally have a mix from our Boston homie. He seriously has to be one of the most skilled technical DJ’s to ever walk this earth and you can hear it in his programming and mixing. Always keeping the flow of mood and even mixing songs in key! We want to thank Kon for all he’s done for us and hope you enjoy. Oh lastly, he’s currently looking for a new agent to handle his European/World bookings. If any agencies are interested, please send us an email to info@soulclap.us.

Here’s some words from the man himself:
This mix was recorded live at Cult club in Moscow for their 10 yr anniversary party. This was my 2nd time rocking this venue and knew from the last time that it would be live. Its the only club in Moscow that has built its rep for DJs playing truly eclectic, free sets… not just house music all night long, but really everything and anything honest. From disco to boogie to jazz funk and latin… and the dancers go off ! I purposely didnt include any of my own edit/remixes. With that being said, I knew it would be summer time, my favorite time & warm sounds resonate with me most, but I also wanted to include a moody vibe as well and drop some house… a side of me that many seem not to know im into, so I close out the mix with a favorite tune of mine by my homie Eli Escobar …”Anniversary” (which is rumored to drop at the end of the summer) as well as a remix by Julio Bashmore ( a new fav producer of mine) and a few other house jams. Im loving the return to the 88-90 sound of house.. that Detroit touch, simple.. banging, party time…lets go.. dance floor shit. 

Tracklist:
BBRA – Dallas
Firefly – Love Is Gonna Be On Your Side (80s Edit)
Circle City – Magic
Matthew Dear – Little People
Ben E. King – Broadway (? Remix)
Logg – Dancing Into The Stars (Jon Morales Edit / Kon Live Edit)
Gene Chandler – Get Down
For Real People – Love Begins With You (Kon Live Edit)
Alexander Holland – Best Of Me (? Remix)
MCDE – Makin Love
Elektrons – Sunshine Love
Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up (Gerald W Edit)
Eli Escobar – Anniversary
Classixx – Into The Valley (Julio Bashmore Remix)
Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Eli Escobar’s Unreleased Remix)
Butch – No Worries (Let No Man Put Us… Aquarius Edit)

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mixTape Time 13: DJ Kon Plays 4 Keeps

So, we try really hard not to pick favorites in Soulclap land. You know its a lot like middle school where the teachers tell you not bring candy because someone always gets left out or upset or hung up on the wedgie hook. Well, we’re making an exception with DJ and re-edit king Kon, so here it goes: DJ 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 then end of the night he’ll go home and sleep in Dorchester. Being from Boston is 10 extra points.

Saturday July 12th, DJ Kon will be performing from 8-10p at Dancing On The Charles. We are very lucky to have him and are extra excited to hear the man throw down. In case you’re not up to speed on the Kon & Amir compilations like The Kings of Diggin (released 2006 on Rapster Records, sub-label of Studio !K7) or the more recent Off-Track compilation series on BBE, you should get hip. To give you a taste we’ve got a perfect summertime mix to get you in the mood that Kon did a few years. Check for more goodies on his blog Playin4Keeps.

Tracklist:
1. Chuck Chillout Kool Chip acca/ Taanya Gardener – No Fills Blend
2. Tski Valley – Catch The Beat
3. Jazzy 5 MCs – Jazzy Sensation
4. Pieces of a Dream – Mt. Airy Groove
5. Sequence – Funk You Up
6. Freedom – Get Up And Dance
7. Sugarhill Gang – 8th Wonder
8. Run DMC – Sucker Mcs (Dubbed Out)
9. Rose Royce – Do Your Dance Live Edits
10. Fatback Band – Goin To See My Baby
11. Dr Buzzards Original Savannah Bang / Greedy G (Blend)
12. Rolling Stones – Miss You (Quick Mix)
13. Ray Parker Jr. – For Those Who Like To Groove
14. The Time – Get It Up
15. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Love (Live Edit)
16. Lisa Lisa – I Wonder If I Take You Home
17. Ollie And Jerry – Ain’t Not Stoppin Us
18. Lenny White – Peanut Butter
19. Tom Brown – Thighs High
20 Skyy – Heres To You 12″
21. The Jones’ – Summer Groove 12″
22. Maxx Traxx – Dont Touch It
23. Startpoint – Get Ready Get Down 12″
24. Greyship Daviz – This Groove Is On The Loose 12″
25. Piece Brothers – Party Person (The Drunk Edit)
26. Sesame Street Them Song Outro

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