Predominately hip hop inspired Kong Fooey also infuse vintage funk, soul, dance hall, heavy bass electronica and funky grooves into the mix. Kong Fooey is a unique sound with hard hitting positive vibes, big hooks and solid beats.
Kong Fooey was started by Christchurch born drummer/producer Jason Peters aka Jay-P, who having drummed for various rock bands over the years – most notably for 90′s alt rockers Pumpkinhead – uses his knowledge of beats and percussion to provide the back bone of what is the groove-heavyKong Fooey sound.
Looking for a new start after the chaos of the Christchurch earthquakes Jason decided to relocate to Auckland in October 2011, he was keen to work with fresh MC’s and vocalists and a chance meeting with ex-Christchurch artist Maitreya in a Ponsonby food court led to Jay-P asking him to check out his new tracks. Maitreya dug the vibe and was happy to collaborate. “We have written a few tracks together now and there is a mutual respect for each other’s abilities and work ethic. I really want to produce music that not only grooves hard but has a positive and conscious message in the lyrics too, something Maitreya and Topaz both do very well,” says Jay-P. Topaz (Jason’s cousin also hailing from Christchurch) provides the yin to Kong Fooeys yang, a talented upcoming female MC who contributes positive and thought provoking vocals over Fooey’s hyped up beats.
The KFC (Kong Fooey Crew) has been pleased with the positive reaction to first single ‘Let Go’ released as a single in New Zealand 2013. Let go received excellent rotation on George, Kiwi and Mai FM and an NZ on Air funded video for “Let go” soon followed. In 2013 Kong Fooey played an excellent set before 12,000 people warming up the Christchurch beer festival crowd before Supergroove took the stage, they also played a great show at Sounds on the Oval 2013 along side David Dallas, Homebrew and Ahoribuzz.
With a debut album now in production, and several brand new singles set for release in 2014, Kong Fooey is a name you’re definitely going to be hearing more of... and in case you were wondering about the name, it does come from the 1974 cartoon and the superhero pooch who uses martial arts to fight crime. Number one super fly and quicker than the human eye, Kong Fooey has got style, a groovy smile and a fight that just won’t stop!