Lilo Blues and Tony Konstone, the two talents that make up the Irish duo Hare Squead, are making it their mission to show listeners there is more to them and their music than just Hip Hop.
“We do a lot more than just that,” Lilo Blues says in a phone conversation with hitmusic. “I want people to see how different we are in comparison to everything else because of how genreless we are.”
Hare Squead’s early beginnings can be traced back to Tallaght, a neighborhood in South Dublin, Ireland, where Tony Konstone and Lilo Blues first met as kids. Due to the lack of diversity around the town, the duo naturally gravitated towards each other and supported one another as they attempted to find themselves in a neighborhood like Tallaght. As any other teenager would, Konstone and Blues formed a connection through common interests like skating and quickly became friends in the process. But even though activities like skating brought them together, it would be their love for music that strengthened their bond and allowed them to fully express themselves.
Since the music scene in Dublin was still developing, Konstone and Blues did not have much of a choice when it came to music selections. To get their fix, Hare Squead tuned into MTV where mainstream artists like 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy and Gym Class Heroes ruled the network. From then on, the duo would develop an eclectic ear for music that would later be the foundation of their musical endeavors.
In 2015, Irish rapper Rejjie Snow unleashed “All Around The World” which shone a light on the blossoming Hip Hop scene in Dublin. Several acts like Simi Crowns followed in his footsteps by opening the door even wider for Irish acts like Hare Squead to make their presence known today. Given their backgrounds in music — Blues played several instruments in his church and Konstone wrote poetry — the duo, along with another childhood friend named Jessy Rose, formed Hare Squead and focused on music full-time.
As a trio, the group got to work in the studio and made their rounds across Ireland with their brand of genreless music. In 2016, the trio attracted ears overseas with their single “Long Way To Go,” which laid the groundwork down for their debut EP, Supernormal. Hare Squead found breakout success once more with the EP standout “Herside Story” which amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify. The record gained even more steam when GoldLink hopped on the remix and included it on his album At What Cost in 2017. Hare Squead continued releasing more music with “Flowers” and “Pure” later that year but tough times would derail the momentum the group built for themselves.