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Peking Duk

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | MAJOR | AFM

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | MAJOR | AFM
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Peking Duk Flies ‘High,’ Eyes U.S. Success"

For Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, 2014 was the year the Duk landed. The Canberra, Australia-bred electronic music act, better known in clubland as Peking Duk, has enjoyed a breakout year which has included an AIR Award, an international deal with Sony Music and their first-ever nomination at the upcoming ARIA Awards.

The duo has been flying with the hit “High,” which crossed Australia’s clubs, charts and airwaves. The track and others (including follow-up "Take Me Over" featuring electro-indie three-piece Safia) have been released through Vicious Recordings, the label co-founded by Andy Van, the producer who enjoyed a U.K No. 1 with his own duo Madison Avenue. “High” was the third successive Peking Duk track to hit the pinnacle of the ARIA Club Chart, following "Feels Like" and "The Way You Are." It opened at No. 40 on the ARIA Singles Chart in February and by April had climbed as high as No. 5.

"High," which features the vocal talents of Nicole Millar and is now certified double platinum (140,000 units), took out best independent dance/electronica or club single at the Independent Music Awards in early October. They’re also up for best dance release at the Nov. 26 ARIA Awards, their first nomination at the Australian record industry’s showpiece event.

Adam is keeping tight-lipped on Peking Duk’s full-length artist album. “We have a lot of music in the works and a lot of exciting collaborations. We're trying to keep most of it under wraps at the moment so when we have the final product it will be a present to the people.” They’ve been giving their fans a “cheeky sneak peek” at new music during their live shows, which have included dates at Splendour in the Grass, Groovin’ The Moo, Field Day, Falls Festival and the Big Day Out festivals. In August, they became the first DJs to sell out four shows at Melbourne’s 850-capacity Corner Hotel. The gigs were part of a 12-date Peace, Love & Sweatiness Tour, where every show was a sell-out. Soon after, they bagged a new global deal with Sony Music Entertainment Australia, in conjunction with RCA Records in the U.S.

Peking Duk is keen to spread its wings Stateside. “We'll be heading out to the States and the U.K. throughout next year to spread the Duk love over the pond,” Adam notes. "We'll definitely be getting over there soon.” Dates at SXSW, Ruby Skye, and Miami’s Winter Music Conference helped set up the recent release of "High" through RCA.

The plan for the months ahead, says Adam, is to be “writing music every day and dancing every night.” There’s little rest during Australia's baking-hot holiday season. The outfit's touring itinerary includes the national Stereosonic tour, Beyond the Valley festival, then Field Day in Sydney on New Year's Day. - Billboard


"Peking Duk Tease “Ball-Tingling” Debut Album & New Single"

For all their fame and run of hit singles, Canberra duo Peking Duk are yet to release a studio album. That said, the pair – Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde – have revealed they are hard at work on their debut full-length, and have a new single “coming very soon”.

Taking to Facebook, the ARIA Award-winning Peking Duk lads have said, “Album is underway & making our balls tingle.” If that’s anything to go by, fans are in for something of a visceral musical experience up hearing the duo’s first full-length effort.

Given that Peking Duk’s new band picture (above) looks like it’s taken from an episode of MasterChef (as a cluey punter on Facebook noted), we’re sure they’re cooking up something big.

Peking Duk have already been giving fans sneak peeks of new music in their live shows, and they appear to be working on some collaborations which will become part of their album.

Speaking with Billboard late last year, Hyde said, “We have a lot of music in the works and a lot of exciting collaborations. We’re trying to keep most of it under wraps at the moment so when we have the final product it will be a present to the people.”

The latest piece of “new music” to come from Peking Duk arrived in the form of a soundtrack to triple j‘s “Matt and Alex-ercise” video, which also featured Joyride. At the time, Peking Duk said they were calling their new track Levels By Avicii.

Peking Duk are set to perform at the 2015 Hyundai A-League Grand Final on Sunday, 17th May, before appearing at Splendour In The Grass this July. - Music Feeds


"'Are you ready to party, Hoff Style?' Baywatch star David Hasselhoff appears in video for Australian music duo Peking Duk Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3186468/Baywatch-star-David-Hasselhoff-appears-video-Australia-music-duo-Pe"

They were introduced at Stereosonic last year by Today Show co-host Karl Stefanovic, 40.
And now Australian music duo Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles of Peking Duk were introduced at Splendour In The Grass by none other than David 'The Hoff' Hasselhoff.
The 63-year-old American actor and funnyman appeared in a video played to festival-goers before the DJ's took to the stage in Byron Bay, last month.

The musicians shared the clip to their official Facebook page on Wednesday, captioning the post 'holy hell David Hasselhoff just joined peking duk (sic).'

In the video, David is seen perched on the bonnet of a luxury black sports car .
'Hi, it's The Hoff...And tonight, we are going to get Hoff, Hoff-style,' David begins.

'We're going to get so Hoff, we're going to go Peking Duk, we're going to go crazy. Hey, listen up guys, Peking Duk is coming on. Are you ready to party, Hoff Style?,' he says.
'Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, [and] put your hands together for Peking Duk!'
In the video, David wears a leather jacket, sunglasses, a watch and a T-shirt which reads 'don't hassle the Hoff.'

Australian TV presenter Karl Stefanovic introduced the boys at last year's Stereosonic,
He told their fans: 'Now you should know by now that I love nothing more than getting absolutely Peking Duk to the music festival.'
'But aIas, I can't get Peking Duk this year, because of bloody work, anyway here we are.'

Peking Duk - who originate from Canberra - have enjoyed success in the industry and in 2014 took home an Aria Award for Best Dance Release for their track, High.
The Say My Name artists have also just appeared at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, America.
Last year, Adam spoke to The AU Review and discussed their appreciation for the festival crowd.
'They’re f**king crazy...you can go out to the front of the crowd, tell everyone to put their hands in the air and then jump into the crowd with a bottle of vodka,' he said. - Daily Mail Australia


"Peking Duk Hold Onto Club Chart #1 For Record Week In 2014"

Having last week tied the record for the longest running Club Chart number one of 2014, this week Peking Duk take out that record with a seventh week in the top spot.

The Canberra EDM duo's hit High, which features Sydney vocalist Nicole Millar, now outranks Fatboy Slim's summer anthem Eat Sleep Rave which sat at number one for six weeks at the start of the year.

It's the longest run in the chart's top spot since Calvin Harris & Alesso's Under Control collab with Hurts held down number one for seven weeks late last year. It's also the longest running local number one since their last single Feels Like held the spot for eight weeks in September and October last year. It is Peking Duk's third ARIA Club Chart number one.

The track, having already peaked at five in the ARIA Singles Chart, may become Peking Duk's biggest club hit yet with its most immediate competition slowing down this week - Bounce Generation by America's TJR and Italy's Vinai only managed to inch up from four to two this week.

However, Melbourne's Reece Low has charged into the top ten this week with Slapjack, his collab with US DJ/producer Henry Fong jumped from 11 to five - it may have enough impetus to dislodge Peking Duk next week.

Also bulletting toward the top ten is Sydney's Terace (who remixed High) as his latest track Halfway, featuring Swedish duo Milou, leapt from 25 to 11. - Themusic.com.au


"Dance duo Peking Duk could be the men to restore rock guitars to the pop charts"

NAUGHTY but nice dance duo Peking Duk are doing the shout outs.
They love Brisbane producer/vocalist wunderkind Joy and 17-year-old Melbourne rapper Baro. They gush like fanboys over how much they respect Tame Impala and its creative controller Kevin Parker.
“There’s beef almost everywhere in the music world but in Australia, there never is, it’s all love. Everyone’s friends with everyone,” Reuben Styles says with unashamed pride.
Styles and his best mate Adam Hyde should be given some diplomatic posting as Australia’s official music ambassadors.
The Canberra DJs turned pop chart-toppers have been in a prime position to observe how homegrown artists are kicking it at festivals and clubs throughout America and Europe.
Getting Duk’d ... Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde seek out new artists to work with on their songs. Picture: Supplied
Getting Duk’d ... Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde seek out new artists to work with on their songs. Picture: Supplied
They do enough travelling in cars and vans to know who is getting airtime on the radio.
And they hang out at enough festivals backstage to hear the constant refrain “You’re from Australia, that’s cool.”
“Right now it’s a really good time to be an Australian musician. We’re stoked to be a part of it all. I feel the momentum is just getting more and more and more for everyone. It’s time,” Hyde says.
Peking Duk featuring Benjamin Joseph, Say My Name


The duo have lobbed home from their latest overseas tour to launch new single Say My Name, perform at Splendour In The Grass and confirm their booking as local headliner for the Stereosonic festival in November.
At last year’s Stereosonic gigs, they provoked crowd glee and a pop culture meltdown when they were introduced by a video featuring another popular Australian larrikin, Karl Stefanovic.
They reached critical crossover mass last month when they were the subject of a question on Millionaire Hot Seat. Not bad for a duo whose first gig in Sydney at Chinese Laundry just a few years ago was attended by 50 of their mates who drove up from Canberra for the night.
Peking Duk’s moment in the Zeitgeist arrived when the charismatic pair released their single High, featuring the vocals of another rising Australian talent Nicole Millar, in early 2014.
It peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA charts, sold triple platinum, won an ARIA Award for Best Dance Release and finished up at No. 2 on Triple J’s Hottest 100.
Dynamic duo ... Peking Duk are set to boost their profile with an appearance at the Splendour in the Grass festival.
Dynamic duo ... Peking Duk are set to boost their profile with an appearance at the Splendour in the Grass festival.Source:Supplied
By the end of the year, they were celebrating their second chart hit with Take Me Over, a collaboration with the buzzworthy Canberra electro trio SAFIA.
They have become one of the most in-demand Australian acts on the planet, playing all the major festivals here and in the US, including the legendary Coachella and Lollapalooza events this year.
Both men credit landing gigs on eclectic bills, even on Australian tours, for significantly broadening their audience beyond the dancefloor.
“We’ll have a show with Violent Soho, or Illy, or Sticky Fingers and then have a show with Will Sparks or Aston Shuffle. A lot of people in America listen to a certain genre and nothing else but in Australia, a music fan listens to music,” Styles says.
Hyde adds: “We are stoked we have been lucky enough to be put on those shows and Triple J opened us up to a very different audience rather than being treated strictly as club DJs. And then we got the chance to meet — and party — with those people. They became friends.”
Party starters ... The Duk have become one of the biggest festival acts in Australia. Picture: Elise Derwin.
Party starters ... The Duk have become one of the biggest festival acts in Australia. Picture: Elise Derwin.Source:News Corp Australia
Their disparate tastes will finally be housed on one album, when they eventually finish it.
Say My Name, featuring Benjamin Joseph hints that loud guitars, pounding drums and brattish “lalalalas” may be a part of that mix. Could the Duk bring back the rock?
“We’ve got dance songs, we’ve got rap songs, rock songs,” Hyde says.
“We like to do a bit of everything, we’re not confined to doing one thing.”
Say My Name, which should make an impressive debut on the charts this week and score a boost up the top 40 courtesy of Splendour, features the vocals of a member of the Duk family.
The blogosphere appears to be in agreement that the voice belongs to SAFIA’s Ben Woolner.
“Benjamin Joseph is a family member. Some could say we have worked with him before,” Styles says.
“There’s a little bit of mystery and shade behind his character. It shall prevail in the following years as his character emerges. Give it a couple of years and you will know him better. Benjamin Joseph wants to keep a little mystery about himself and we respect that.”
Peking Duk, High


Peking Duk, like most of their Australian electronic music peers, are not interested in the “power combo” feature.
Most American dance pop and R & B singles rely on the power of two or more names to get it on radio and on the charts.
As voracious music fans themselves, Styles and Hyde prefer to enlist vocalists or collaborators who are either relative unknowns or new friends.
“We have always steered away from that exact thing, a power combo. Tomorrow we are getting in the studio with a band we discovered on Unearthed. We are working with as many artists that we don’t know and most people don’t know. The music should speak for itself,” Styles says.
Hyde adds: “One day we might work with someone who has some rep.”
With a few months up their sleeve, the Duk lads are now scheming to outdo their Stefanovic intro video for their year’s Stereosonic tour.
Dancing girls, major lasers? What will they unleash on their unsuspecting fans?
“The ball is still in everyone’s court because there isn’t anyone yet who has raised it to the pop concert level. We won’t be getting any twerkers,” Styles says, laughing.
“But we are going to do something fun.”
Stereosonic kicks off at Sydney Showgrounds on November 28 before travelling to Perth’s Claremont Showground on November 29, Melbourne Showground and Adelaide’s Bonython Park on December 5 and Brisbane Showgrounds on December 6.
The Mastercard pre-sale kicks off on July 27 from 10am, Moshtix and Stereosonic members pre-sale on July 29 and general tickets on July 30. - news.com.au


"OITNB's Matt McGorry stars in Peking Duk's hilarious new music video -- exclusive"

When you think about Orange Is The New Black/ How To Get Away With Murder actor Matt McGorry you might not immediately think “Dance Music Video Star.” But Peking Duk, the duo made up of Aussies Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, must have seen his viral dance moves when it came to casting for their new music video for “Say My Name,” which EW is delighted to premiere below.

“The casting was without a doubt the biggest obstacle in our heads when brainstorming,” Hyde and Styles said via email. “Then Matt McGorry came up. We weren’t aware of how brilliant this man was on the dancing front, yet we were excited to proceed and see what would happen. All our hopes and expectations were absolutely blown out of the park. Matt was hands down the best man for the job and took our initial vision to new heights the minute he rocked up to the set.”

McGorry was equally enthusiastic about the experience. “Filming this video was insanely fun,” he told EW.“ ‘Say My Name’ is totally infectious and a great to get pumped to, whether you’re getting ready to go out on a Saturday night or trying to wake up for work on Monday morning. The guys themselves are awesome as well! Their humor, energy, and overall vibe was a perfect fit for this collaboration. Don’t attempt to recreate this at home.”

Check the video and one hell of a mullet out below. - Entertainment Weekly


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Spark up an electro fuse with a twist of house, blend with a galvanizing slowed down beat, and Peking Duk is served. Catapulting onto the Australian music scene, the Canberra-bred duo of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles has captivated fans across Australia and the world with their distinct flavour of indie electronica and electrifying live sets. 

Peking Duk got off to a massive start in 2015. They had the honour of having two singles in the top five of Triple J’s Hottest 100 (an amazing feat for their first entry into the countdown), completed a sold-out Peace, Love & Sweatiness regional tour of Australia, won a Rolling Stone Award for Best Video and now ‘Take Me Over’ featuring SAFIA has achieved double platinum sales. This is Peking Duk’s second single to achieve multi-platinum sales, with the ARIA Award winning ‘High’ featuring Nicole Millar recently clocking over to triple platinum!

With hardly a break in their hectic touring schedule, Adam and Reuben jetted off to the U.S. in February to begin their United States of Sweat Tour including performing at the esteemed Coachella festival in California, where they played to a packed Sahara stage on the opening day of the festival. This year will see them play a bunch of overseas festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago, Squamish in Canada, plus many more to be announced.

Peking Duk also have the Australian festival circuit firmly in their grasp with appearances at Splendour in the Grass, Groovin The Moo, Field Day, Falls Festival, Big Day Out and Stereosonic, with their onstage antics attracting hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube fan videos.

Their follow up to 'High' and 'Take Me Over' - 'Say My Name' has recently been released worldwide VIA RCA as a part of their 'Songs to Sweat to' EP. Say My Name's video features the one and only Matt McGorry from Orange is the New Black which reached 450,000 views in just a few days since it was released.


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