Simon Kong Profile

Martyn Pepperell
26 Jan 2015

In 1991, 15-year-old Simon Kong made a habit of sneaking into Christchurch nightclubs. “Back then the DJs were really technically good, and they would play across the board,” he says. “Knowing what I know now, what you heard in the club was incredible. I would literally dance all night.”

It was an era when dance music was infiltrating the international pop mainstream. Closer to home, a warehouse rave scene was emerging around New Zealand. Long obsessed with hi-fi gear, radio and records, Simon was fast becoming the music guy at parties. He even hosted a rudimentary dance party at a community hall. “I was really innocent. I thought everyone would dance. Everyone turned up drunk and ended up throwing up in the bushes.”

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KILL! CLUB with HD visuals live mix
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Simon Kong speaking at the 2013 Aotearoa Digital Art
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US (formerly New Zealand based) DJ and producer Recloose presented by City Nights at 3rd Door Down, September 2014
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UK Garage DJ T. Williams at Winnie Bagoes with Hard Lee - a Kidnap INC and C/U promotion
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Wellington producer and DJ Simon Swain with Simon Kong
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Simon Kong
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KILL! CLUB - live @ canaan downs festival
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Canaan Downs 2008/9 Mostly by Night
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Tommy Flowers with Pylonz and Hard Lee, a City Undergroud (or C/U) promotion
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Simon Kong with Christchurch DJs John Ussher and Daniel Veitch, aka Heel & Face
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Simon Kong, 2008
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The UK's DJQ at Winnie Bagoes, July 2004, with Hard Lee and Pylonz, and promoted by Simon Kong's Kidnap INC
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DJ Hard Lee, aka Simon Kong
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Simon Kong at Kill! Club, 2009
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Simon Kong at Kill! Club, 2009, with Ben Fulford-Talbot, his partner in the concept
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City Lights flyer for Dux Live, 2012
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Daytime in the .3rd Resistance
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The Kidnap INC logo. Kidnap INC is Simon Kong's event management brand.
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