The UK hitmaker also revealed that his forthcoming album will feature Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, who performs at Coachella on Friday.
Duke Dumont, the British deep house sensation credited with ushering '90s era club music back into the mainstream, is quickly becoming a household name thanks to his colossal hits "I Got U" featuring Jax Jones, and "Need U (100%) featuring AME." But the softspoken DJ (real name: Adam Dyment) insists his success didn't come overnight. Billboard sat down with Dyment during Miami Music Week to discuss his own experience as a producer trying to make ends meet, and got a few details about his forthcoming album, which is due out this fall on Astralwerks. As it turns out, fans will get to preview the LP this weekend: Dyment said his upcoming live performance at the Coachella Music Festival will be a "massive showcase" of the final work.
Billboard: There’s a lot of talk right now about the working musician, and whether that’s a viable career path for people who really have to make a living off of their art. You’ve spoken about your own struggles here and there. What was your experience like?
Duke Dumont: I think it’s very hard for people to build a career in music these days because you almost never make money off the bat. The bigshot DJs do with the crazy gigs, but that’s an exception. For the most part, it’s a struggle. Because of that, I’ve found music to be a field that’s quite full of people who come from affluent backgrounds. They can dedicate their time to pursuing music without having to go and get a regular job. As far as my experience goes, I don’t come from money. I’ve only ever taken one loan out in my life and it was when I was 17 and it was to buy a laptop. My parents didn’t quite throw me out of the house but… they were close. I took the loan out because I knew I could turn it around and, without injecting ego here, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.