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Peking Duk

Australian electronic music group / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peking Duk are an electronic music group made up of disc jockeys and music producers Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles.[1] The pair first garnered attention in 2012 with the release of a Passion Pit bootleg remix.[2] Their biggest hit "High" reached 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart, achieved a triple platinum certification and won the ARIA Award for Best Dance Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2014..[3]

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Peking Duk
Peking Duk performing in 2015
Background information
OriginCanberra, Australia
GenresHouse, electro house, alternative dance
Years active2010—present
LabelsVicious (2010–2020)
RCA/Sony (2014–present)
MembersReuben Styles
Adam Hyde
Websitepekingduk.com
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Peking Duk was formed in 2010 in Canberra, Australia, by Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles.[citation needed] The pair had started off in their local city of Canberra. Styles had been the bass guitarist for local indie rock group, Rubycon, from 2007 to 2010.[4][5] Upon the release of their Passion Pit bootleg remix in May 2012, the pair gained attention from music blogs.[2] Since then they have released two singles.[6][needs update]

In 2013, Peking Duk placed 4th in the Australia wide InTheMix Top 50 competition. This was their second year in a row in the top 10 of the competition (6th in 2012).[7] 2013 also saw Peking Duk receive strong support from national youth broadcaster Triple J. Along with having their tracks added to rotation, Triple J also gave Peking Duk the opportunity to be a Triple J Mix Up resident which saw them present and host a weekly DJ Mix on Saturday nights for a month.[8]

Notable festivals Peking Duk have performed include Falls Festival, Spilt Milk, Splendour in the Grass and Big Day Out.[citation needed]

In February 2014, they had their first Top 40 hit on the ARIA Singles Chart with their track "High" featuring Australian vocalist Nicole Millar.[9] In August 2014, Peking Duk signed a worldwide record deal with Sony Music Entertainment in conjunction with RCA Records.[10] In July 2015, Peking Duk released a new single called "Say My Name" ft. Benjamin Joseph.[citation needed] Peking Duk released an international EP titled Songs to Sweat To.

In December 2015, at a show in Melbourne, a fan (David Spargo) accessed the backstage area by editing the band's Wikipedia article page and inserting himself as a family member.[11] Upon showing the article and his ID to the security guards, he was granted access to the band with whom he shared a beer. The band reacted positively to this scheme, stating: "He explained to us his amazing tactic to get past security to hang with us and we immediately cracked him a beer. This dude is the definition of a legend." However, Hyde did add: "It goes to show, never trust Wikipedia".[12][13][14]

In March 2019, the pair embarked on their biggest national tour to date bringing along Kwame and Kira Puru as supports.[15][16] In April 2020, Australian radio station Triple J premiered a new song by the duo in collaboration with Ben O'Connor called "Stay The F*ck Home", as part of a COVID-19 self-isolation musical challenge nicknamed Quarantune.[17]