When they are not per­form­ing, elec­tronic mu­sic duo Pek­ing Duk like to lis­ten to disco, hip hop, salsa – in fact any­thing but dance tracks

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If you are ever hon­oured with an in­vite to the kind of par­ties Reuben Styles at­tends, don’t ex­pect to get down to dance hits. One half of elec­tronic mu­sic duo Pek­ing Duk, Reuben says you’ll of­ten find the key pi­o­neers of Aus­tralia’s dance mu­sic scene min­gling at some af­ter­party ... to the sounds of Latino.

The self-pro­fessed party boy, who heads to Byron Bay next week as one of the head­line acts for the Falls Fes­ti­val, says when Aus­tralia’s great­est beat-makers get to­gether they don’t worry about who con­trols the mu­sic.

“But there is definitely no dance mu­sic,” he says.

“We do any­thing to get away from dance mu­sic. Per­son­ally I have stopped lis­ten­ing to it. If you lis­ten to it you are just go­ing to start sound­ing like other peo­ple.”

In­stead, Reuben and fel­low Pek­ing Duk pro­ducer Adam Hyde are more in­clined to shake their hips to the sounds of Gipsy Kings or Al Green.

“The rhythm and drum pat­tern is so clas­sic – there’s a lot of lit­tle things you can take away from it,” he says.

“It’s ex­cit­ing for me to have mu­sic be so many dif­fer­ent things – amp up, get­away – right now for me Latino is my es­cape mu­sic.

“I also lis­ten to a lot of old disco, rock and hip hop.”

Reuben says Pek­ing Duk’s new mu­sic has he and Adam “get­ting out­side of our style bub­ble”.

“We’ve been on a big mu­sic ad­ven­ture and it’s been great,” he says.

“At the mo­ment we are just map­ping out the roller­coaster that will be the al­bum.”

But when the duo take to the Falls Fes­ti­val stage next week, Reuben says it will be “time for the bangers”.

He says Pek­ing Duk fans can ex­pect hits High, Feels Like and Take Me Over along­side some brand new tracks.

Pek­ing Duk will be play­ing the Falls Fes­ti­val on De­cem­ber 31.

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