DUK AND WEAVE
Those party boys from Peking Duk are ready to mix it with the best of them to bring in the New Year in their own inimitable style at Byron Bay
Just like the Gold Coast, the Peking Duk boys are famous for fun. But their fame and success hasn’t gone to their heads like so many before them and undoubtedly, many to come, even after winning the ARIA for Song of the Year.
The duo, made up of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, were also up for a bevy of other awards, including Best Live Act, an accolade Adam couldn’t help but laugh at.
“We’ve only played live once and we got nominated for an ARIA,” he says incredulously.
“It’s awesome but it also feels kind of a dog move to actual live acts who have been working hard.
“But you know, if the shoe fits wear it ... and then do a shoey out of it.”
Adam’s conscience can rest easy knowing Aussie rapper and their personal friend Illy took out the award.
But being DJs, there’s not a whole lot for them to do onstage and Adam will contest anyone who says otherwise.
“DJs are frauds. DJing is not hard at all,” he says.
“Every DJ – some are legit – but if anyone thinks DJing is hard work they’re living in an alternate universe. Anyone can DJ.
“Mixing tracks together is pretty damn easy, but then you can turn it into an experience and recreate it live.
“We just wanna make it more exciting for fans – and ourselves to be honest.”
The only chance Aussies will have to see this award nominated “live act” is at Falls Festival, taking place over New Year’s Eve in four states.
But this time fans can expect something different.
Having seemingly nailed the formula to the ultimate pop dance track, with their five latest singles reaching single to triple platinum status, they shook up the formula slightly with their most recent single, Let You Down, featuring Adam on vocals.
He says the song, which admits to being the unreliable one in a relationship, is based on his own experiences.
“It’s a very honest song, the world is lacking a lot of honesty in music lately,” he says.
“We wrote the story about the movie Candy and based it off past relationships I’ve had.
“It’s struck a nerve with quite a few people – in a good way.
“Whether you’re the victim or the s--t one it caters to everyone.
Peking Duk play at Falls Festival Byron Bay New Years Eve
Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles from Peking Duk will play at Falls Festival Byron Bay.