Playlist: Chris Kontos

In my opinion, Chris has one of the best aesthetic instincts I can imagine. No wonder then that he’s, a) friends with my good friend Charlie and the two of them could probably spend a whole day talking about any number of things and, b) he also works on one of my new favorite magazines, Kennedy.

I first contacted him in German, then I realized that being Athens-based, he probably wouldn’t understand a word of what I had written. He studied photography for four years, and he hasn’t done anything else since. He has a little time left over though, and when he does, he’s involved with music.

It all started with that era of MTV that probably left its mark on all of us. You weren’t able to avoid Nirvana, Nevermind, or the Beastie Boys. Back in the day in his neighbourhood in Piraeus, he had a trusted record shop that sorted him and his friend Theo out with all the necessary goods. From grunge to britpop, The Smiths to whatever else their English teacher had brought along on self-recorded cassettes.

At some point, he began his “side job” as a DJ, both passions for beaitiful things united by a natural matter of course. Among the highlights of his musical career are a stint behind the decks at a party on the roof of a twelve-story building in Athens, his first gig in Moscow, and guest appearances at Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf.

Buuuuuuut…”a great song can’t save a bad party,” says Chris straightaway. Not even with his favorite tune at the moment, Tamiko’s Grove by Tamiko Jones or his all time favorite Will to Love by Neil Young or even There Is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths. The next gig Chris is looking foward to: his friend Cedric Bardawil’s birthday party in London this June. Perhaps he’ll play some of the songs off of his hey woman! compilation there?

 

As mentioned above, Chris is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Kennedy magazine. Here’s a few impressions:

Translation: Melissa Frost

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.