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Get to know Children Of Zeus, the duo oozing soulful class

Tyler Daley and Konny Kon combine dusty soul samples with crooning vocals

  • Words: Dave Turner | Photos: Dan Medhurst
  • 2 August 2018

You’d think living around the corner from each other in Manchester would have meant Tyler Daley and Konny Kon hooked up in the UK’s Rainy City. But it actually took a simultaneous festival booking in France for them to first cross paths.

“Our groups [Body Roq and Broke ’n’ English] were booked at the same festival in 2004, and a year later we connected doing some music,” Konny, 37, tells us. “I don’t know how long we would have gone in Manchester without bumping into each other.”

They waited until 2012 for their first joint show, and their first release, the calming ‘Still Standing’, didn’t come out until 2016. Since then they’ve treated us to a dusty combination of r’n’b, soul and rap remiscent of early noughties stalwarts like Common or Talib Kweli, as ready for hazy Sunday mornings as for a sunset festival slot.

Had Tyler, 35, not wowed a hard-to-impress Konny with his productions in the early days, though, the project might not have even come to fruition.

“He played me all his hardest hip hop beats and I didn’t really make much of it, Konny says. “The last beat he played was a very soulful 80s-sounding beat and I perked up.”

“Once we’d connected on a level where we figured out what we both liked, it was like, ‘Okay, maybe there’s more of a friendship here that could develop as far as music’, Tyler adds. “It’s rare to find someone who’s into exactly what I’m into.”

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