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

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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.

“No­body’s perfect.”

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.

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