KON & THE GANG
Remix competition and EP, 2012
World-famous digger Kon (of Kon & Amir), who was called the “re-edit/rework king of 2012” by BBC Radio’s Gilles Peterson, headlined the KON & THE GANG remix competition.
The KON & THE GANG EP that resulted contains six brand new dancefloor-ready remixes of disco classics. Two were unreleased Kon remixes, previously played exclusively on Gilles Petersons BBC1 radio show — around the same time Gilles crowned Kon the re-edit/rework king of 2012. The four others are by the winners of the KON & THE GANG competition. The EPs’ release was made possible by the innovative Legitmix technology Booker co-founded in 2010.
Booker produced the contest with DJ Neil Nice and legendary New York tastemakers Giant Step.
Booker, Kon and Giant Step were looking to foster the symbiotic relationship between remixers and the artists they sample. “The contest was not about hiding samples, or getting one over on anyone,” Kon explains. “With Legitmix, both remixer and sampled artist get credited and paid, and everything gets worked out with technology, not lawyers and paperwork. That’s what edits and remixes should be about: a seamless partnership between producers and the artists they sample.”
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