It is a rare event in which another team member of Girls Guide to Music ventures out to show in the stead of our infamous purple-jacketed leader; last night was the first night of the year in which it occurred. For readers, both loyal and new, I’ll give you guys a quick background on myself: I’ve been part of this site since its near conception– but I’ve never been one to go out and be the face, more so a “behind-the-scenes” character. As such, last night was my first time not only attending a show at Soundcheck, but also the first time seeing Peking Duk in their full Australian glory.
Peking Duk, a duo from Australia comprised of Adam Hyde and Rueben Styles, has been no stranger to the electronic music world. They’ve been together through the ups and the downs, the Australian tours and the world tours, making these two as thick as thieves. Peking Duk rose to fame in 2012 with the release of their bootleg of Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk”. Their original production, “Take Me Over” has also earned them double platinum titles internationally while “High” has been championed as a triple platinum and double gold single.
I only know of one other person who has seen Peking Duk live and I should’ve heeded their warning for when they said, “you’re going to be so sweaty,”; and let me tell you, I don’t think there was one non-sweaty person at all of Soundcheck last Thursday night. From the very beginning of their set, Adam and Rueben made sure to notify the crowd of their intentions for the evening. Playing everything from hip-hop to the Marshmello remix of Adele’s “Hello” to even some Beyoncé and the Weeknd. The best part of it all: the filthy bass that coursed throughout the entirety of their set. Adam had a beat pad right next to the decks at all times, giving their set a live music dynamic that I personally did not see coming. Overall, their set brought me tears of joy as it was like attending my first club show all over again.
After the hour and half long set, I had the opportunity to sit down with Peking Duk to catch up and my pay my respects.
PJ: Let me just say it’s been an absolute riot having you guys here tonight. Welcome back to DC! How did this show compare to your last one in the District?
PD: It was incredible! We have tons of love for DC and being back here tonight felt like being back home—hands down the best show we’ve had in the District.
PJ: Well I’m glad you guys had as much fun as I did! What’s coming up next for you? I know the Winter Music Conference is coming up soon, will you guys be in attendance again this year?
PD: Unfortunately, we won’t be making it to the music conference this year. We’ve had a whirlwind tour throughout the past year and traveling really does take a toll on our production capabilities and ourselves. We’ve got shows in Nashville, Houston, and Canada coming up before we head back to Australia to get some nice rest and relaxation. Maybe do some shows here and there.
PJ: What can we expect from Peking Duk in 2016?
PD: Keep an eye out for some new music; perhaps a bootie here and there. We’re also going to finish out the tour and just send love to all of our fans, who are the reason we’re sitting in front of you today.
PJ: Thank you guys for coming out and letting me sit down with you! Stay sweaty, gentlemen!
There you have it, folks! You can keep up with Peking Duk via Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud.
Until Next Time!