Peking Duk

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Peking Duk
Origin Australia
Genres House, electro house, alternative dance
Years active 2010–present
Labels Vicious Bitch Vicious Recordings (2010–2020), RCA & Sony Music Entertainment, 2014–present
Website www.pekingduk.com
Members Reuben Styles
Adam Hyde

Peking Duk are an Australian electronic music duo made up of disc jockeys and music producers Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles.[1] The pair first garnered attention in 2012 with the release of a Passion Pit bootleg remix.[2] Their biggest hit "High" reached 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart, achieved a triple platinum certification and won the ARIA Award for Best Dance Release with music producer James Wilton Best Dance Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2014.[3]

Background[edit]

Peking Duk was formed in 2010 in Canberra, Australia by Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, both from suburbs of inner northern Canberra. Previously, Styles had played bass in a local band called Rubycon, and Hyde had performed as an MC in local stellar hip hop groups.[citation needed]

Upon the release of their Passion bootleg remix in May 2012, the pair gained attention from music blogs.[2] Since then they have released two singles, both of which have hit number one on the ARIA Club Chart & featured in the Australian Single Charts.[4] They have played numerous shows around Australia, Asia and North America, and their music has been supported by artists such as Tiesto, Steve Aoki and A-Trak.[citation needed]

In 2013, Peking Duk placed 5th in the Australia wide InTheMix Top 50 competition. This was their second year in a row in the top 10 of the competition (6th in 2012).[5] 2013 also saw Peking Duk receive strong support from national youth broadcaster Triple J. Along with having their tracks added to rotation, Triple J also gave Peking Duk the opportunity to be a Triple J Mix Up resident which saw them present and host a weekly DJ Mix on Saturday nights for a month.[6]

Notable festivals Peking Duk have performed include Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Parklife Music Festival, Shore Thing, Big Day Out and Stereosonic.[citation needed]

In February 2014, they had their first Top 40 hit on the ARIA Singles Chart with their track "High" featuring Australian vocalist Nicole Millar.[7]

In August 2014, Peking Duk signed a worldwide record deal with Sony Music Entertainment in conjunction with RCA Records.[8]

In July 2015, Peking Duk Released a new single called "Say My Name" featuring Benjamin Joseph, which was premiered on the Hamish and Andy Show.[citation needed] The track was released as a single through Vicious Recordings imprint Vicious Bitch in Australia & New Zealand, and saw an international release as part on an EP released on RCA / Sony called "Songs To Sweat To".[citation needed]

In December 2015, at a show in Melbourne, a fan (David Spargo) accessed the backstage area by editing the band's Wikipedia article page and inserting himself as a family member.[9] Upon showing the article and his ID to the security guards, he was granted access to the band with whom he shared a beer. The band reacted positively to this scheme, stating "He explained to us his amazing tactic to get past security to hang with us and we immediately cracked him a beer. This dude is the definition of a legend." However, Hyde did add: "It goes to show, never trust Wikipedia".[10][11][12]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Notes
Songs to Sweat To[13]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[14]
NZ
[15]
"Bingo Trippin" 2011 non-album singles
"Welcome"
(featuring Stef K.)
"I Love to Rap" 2012
"The Way You Are"
"You Are Like Nobody Else"
(with Swanky Tunes featuring James McNally)
2013
"Feels Like" 83
"Mufasa"
(with Laidback Luke)
2014
"High"
(featuring Nicole Millar)
5 13 Songs to Sweat To
"Take Me Over"
(featuring SAFIA)
6 32
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[16]
"Say My Name"
(featuring Benjamin Joseph)
2015 29
  • ARIA: 1× Platinum[16]
"Stranger"
(featuring Elliphant)
2016 5 20
[17]
TBA
"Fake Magic"
(featuring AlunaGeorge)
2017 34 [A]
  • ARIA: Platinum[21]
"—" denotes an album that did not chart in that country.

Remixes[edit]

  • Liz - "U Over Them" (Peking Duk & CRNKN Remix) [Mad Decent]
  • Dem Slackers - "Sclingel" (Peking Duk Remix) [Tuffemup!]
  • Rob Pix - "Beng" (Peking Duk Remix) [Downright]
  • Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas featuring Iggy Azalea – "Beat Down" (Peking Duk Remix) [Dim Mak]
  • DCUP - "I'm Corrupt" (Peking Duk Remix) [Chookie]
  • Fitz & The Tantrums - "Out of My League" (Peking Duk Remix) [WMG]

Bootlegs[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2014 Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single "High" (featuring Nicole Millar) Won[22]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2014 Best Dance Release "High" (featuring Nicole Millar) Won[23]
2015 Best Dance Release "Take Me Over" (featuring Safia) Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

Since 1982 the APRA Awards are run by Australian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually.

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2016 Most played Australian Work "Take Me Over" (featuring Safia) Won
Dance work of the Year

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Fake Magic" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number four on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "themusic.com.au". www.themusic.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b "HypeM". hypem.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ "au.news.yahoo.com". www.au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  4. ^ "ARIA" (PDF). pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ "In The Mix". www.inthemix.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Triple J". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  7. ^ "AriaTop40". ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  8. ^ "SonyDeal". themusicnetwork.com. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Wikipedia diff". 
  10. ^ "This 'legend' changed a Wikipedia page to sneak backstage at gig". 
  11. ^ "peking duk on Twitter". Twitter. 
  12. ^ Elle Hunt. "Peking Duk fan infiltrates backstage by fooling security guard with Wikipedia edit". the Guardian. 
  13. ^ "Songs to Sweat to - EP". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Discography Peking Duk". Australian-charts.com (Hung Medien). Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Discography Peking Duk". Charts.org.nz (Hung Medien). Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 20 Dance Tracks". Australian Recording Industry Association. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Peking Duk feat. Elliphant – Stranger". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #439". auspOp. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  22. ^ "AirWins". thedwarf.com.au. Retrieved 2014-10-09. 
  23. ^ "AriaWins". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 

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