The Kong Solar Studio
The Kong Studio Concept
As part of our Solar Collaboration with Gorillaz we wanted to help rebuild Kong Studio with a modern and greener technology. Gorillaz x E.ON’s Kong Solar Studio launched 10th June at Demon Dayz Festival in Margate UK. A Sun Harvester by day and a Music Maker by night, this fully functioning recording studio built in a vintage trailer enables new musicians, vocalists and beat makers to collaborate and create music using renewable energy, stored in batteries allowing music creation throughout the night.
We wanted to do all of this with the Power of the Sun.
Our studio is a fully functional, music making tool that is powered by solar energy.
We invite and match up new music talents to compose and record their music in this professional environment. In several sessions around the world musicians will be brought together in our vintage trailer to create something new. A true Solar Collaboration.
All artists are endorsed and chosen by the Gorillaz to use the studio.
This is a chance for the talents to finish a project they are already working on or to start something new. Either way they’ll need to prove themselves with ideas and new music.
The first Session in UK
Gorillaz x E.ON’s Kong Solar Studio launched 10th June at Demon Dayz Festival in Margate UK where the first Kong Studio session started. Vocalist Lao Ra, beat maker Lully and producer Throwing Shade created a new song by capturing the sun’s energy through the day at the Gorillaz event using solar panels and batteries. Then at night when the gig was finished each artist used one charge worth of power to make their music and create something new.
Vocalist: Lao Ra
Bogota-born Lao Ra is a London-based talent who has been charting on iTunes and garnering huge support initially throughout South America and now worldwide. She’s played sold out headline shows in Europe, Bogota and been on European tour supports with the likes of Crystal Fighters, Anne Marie, Izzy Bizu, and Rejjie Snow. Her latest single, Bala, has had 20 plays across 1xtra and BBC R1. She's a strong feminist with a passion for football and performing live.
Beat maker: Lully
Lully’s name is derived from the 17th century French baroque composter, dancer and court troublemaker Jean Baptiste Lully, who died after striking his foot with a conducting staff in concert and refused to have it amputated so he could continue to dance, and it is apt indeed. His music finds inspiration in this spirit of fevered energy and uncompromising dedication and has already received accolades from publications ranging from the Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Noisey and many more.
Producer: Throwing Shade
Many musicians speak of their versatility, but few can boast an MPhil from Cambridge specialising in African history, work in human rights law, a Black Belt in Karate and enviable sonic CVs among their caches. Yet such is the extraordinary makeup of Throwing Shade, aka Nabibah Iqbal, a rising producer, DJ and NTS Radio host whose latest House of Silk EP was released via Ninja Tune in 2016. Having debuted on Kassem Mosse’s Ominira imprint and followed suit with releases for No Pain in Pop and Happy Skull, Throwing Shade continues her patchwork of peripheral pop.
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The Solar Power
The Kong Studio is powered by eight of our solar panels. Equipped with this we are able to collect the sun’s energy and sustainably emit through our batteries – even if the sun isn’t shining. Music powered by solar energy.
Solar panels are collecting energy from the sun.
An inverter charges that energy onto 10 Batteries from the solar panels.
Batteries are powering the studio for over 48 hrs with 500W.