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