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. And now we’re heading to Germany and Hungary so keep an eye out for further collaborations from November!
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 Margate, 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, Bogotá (Colombia), 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 composer, 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. The name is apt as Lully's 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.
Vocalist: Ress (Roland Szabó)
Ress (Roland Szabó) is a 21-year-old vocalist from Budapest. He started creating his own music from the age of 12, setting up a home studio to record his tracks. After a short break, he decided to break away from the rap genre and try his hand at other styles, finding his niche in alternative R & B and Trap mix and releasing his first single ‘Világegyetem' (Universe) in October 2017. He also directed and produced the music video for the single, inspired by the likes of Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and Kid Cudi, which has been featured on Hungary’s ‘The Music Channel’.
Beat Maker: Kapitány Máté István
Kapitány Máté István, a 20-year-old talent from Budapest, studied saxophone from a young age and wrote his first rap lyrics not long after leaving school.
He continued to compose music after school, releasing a few EPs, but when Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ album was released in 2013, he was completely under its influence and decided he wanted to create music that would have a similar impact on others.
For three years he worked on developing his own sound which he describes as experimental/alternative hip-hop, releasing the album ‘Ezüstfekete’ in June 2017.
Producer: Kram Berev
Kram Berev is a 21-year-old producer based in Budapest who, after many years of studying classical music, playing professional water polo, and acting (including Hungarian series Barátok közt), decided to move into the world of electronic music production.
While aquiring necessary skills autodidactly, Kram Berev worked on many different projects and with bands in different genres. He also worked as a sound designer in theatre with a DJ set at Sziget fesztivál for two years.
Finally he decided to take all his favourite elements from different genres and combine them in the world of electronic music with the power of acoustic instruments, most notably the vibraphone.
Beat Maker: MazeOne
MazeOne is a 26-year-old beatmaker from Bavaria, Germany.
MazeOne started making beats about 7 years ago. His process varies from track to track, but usually he uses samples and plays synthesizers and VST plugins – although sometimes he doesn’t use samples at all and just messes around with his own melodies and grooves.
MazeOne always tries to experiment with other genres and sounds to create something fresh and interesting.
Producer: RIP Swirl
Inspired by imagery gathered on his Tumblr with over 140k followers, RIP Swirl lands somewhere between the bliss-streaked beats of Balam Acab and the murky collages of Teebs.
25-year-old producer alias Luka is said to concern himself with the more solitary ends of hazy R&B and industrial pop.
He recently shared the stage with artists like Chet Faker, SOHN, The Acid, Tommy Genesis, and Giraffage. After his London debut in July 2017, Luka returned for a sold out show with Kiasmos at Village Underground and a live takeover on NTS Radio.
His self-released EP and remixes for King Krule, Dream Koala, and Kitsuné’s Francis have gathered the attention of the internet scene including Annie Mac, i-D Mag, XLR8R, Pigeons & Planes, and The NME to name a few.
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.