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Peking Duk Flies ‘High,’ Eyes U.S. Success

Peking Duk
Peking Duk

Peking Duk

For Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, 2014 was the year the Duk landed. The Canberra, Australia-bred electronic music act, better known in clubland as Peking Duk, has enjoyed a breakout year which has included an AIR Award, an international deal with Sony Music and their first-ever nomination at the upcoming ARIA Awards.

"High," which features the vocal talents of Nicole Millar and is now certified double platinum (140,000 units), took out best independent dance/electronica or club single at the Independent Music Awards in early October. They’re also up for best dance release at the Nov. 26 ARIA Awards, their first nomination at the Australian record industry’s showpiece event. 

Peking Duk is keen to spread its wings Stateside. “We'll be heading out to the States and the U.K. throughout next year to spread the Duk love over the pond,” Adam notes. "We'll definitely be getting over there soon.” Dates at SXSW, Ruby Skye, and Miami’s Winter Music Conference helped set up the recent release of "High" through RCA.

The plan for the months ahead, says Adam, is to be “writing music every day and dancing every night.” There’s little rest during Australia's baking-hot holiday season. The outfit's touring itinerary includes the national Stereosonic tour, Beyond the Valley festival, then Field Day in Sydney on New Year's Day.