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Q&A with Peking Duk!

http://www.pekingduk.com/#tour
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Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles (Photo: Instagram @pekingduk )

Covering the annual Squamish Valley Music Festival this year was the ultimate experience.  The bulked-up lineup was impressive, featuring over 70 artists, including energetic electronic duo from Canberra, Australia – Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, better known as Peking Duk! 

Peking Duk first formed in 2010. Since then, they’ve racked up their share of accolades including being voted No. 5 in the inthemix top 50 DJs in 2013 and having their hit single  “High” nominated for “Best Dance Release” at the ARIA Music Awards in 2014.

They’re dynamic, entertaining, and more importantly – they’re likeable.

I had the opportunity to chat with Adam and Reuben after the festival.

Q: YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED NUMEROUS FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA AND NORTH AMERICA – BUT THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME PLAYING AT SVMF. HOW DOES THIS FESTIVAL DIFFER/COMPARE TO OTHERS?

R: SVMF is incredible even purely because you’re in Squamish valley. Stunning surrounds make for a great festival. Big SVMF highlights for us were the free Caesars at the VIP bar, seeing A$AP Rocky TEAR the main stage a new one, meeting A Trak, getting to ride buggies through the crowd and watching Porter’s new set… The whole festival was bananas.

Q: CRAZIEST THING YOU SAW AT SVMF?

 A: We were the last people at the festival site because we decided to party there for as long as possible… we were walking around the site finding a little kick on party to attend then we ended up in some dudes little tent while there were two people having sex behind him… that was pretty weird. Was a good laugh though
Q: WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH TIESTO’S PORTABLE TOILET? (I.E., INSTAGRAM) 
R: Tiesto had his own portable toilet at Chasing Summer fest in Calgary.. Clearly a monument worth the tourist photo.
Peking Duk at SVMF (Photo cred: http://www.pekingduk.com/#tour)
Peking Duk at SVMF (Photo cred: http://www.pekingduk.com/#tour)

R: Tiesto had his own portable toilet at Chasing Summer fest in Calgary.. Clearly a monument worth the tourist photo.

Q: HOW DID THE NAME ‘PEKING DUK’ COME ABOUT?  IS IT A REFLECTION OF YOUR LOVE FOR CHINESE FOOD?  

 The name refers to when you’ve had one too many.. let’s call them ‘beers’. After too many ‘beers’ you tend to start peaking and a lot of the time whilst you are caught up in the euphoic fun that is peaking you can look like a duck with your face all scrunched up… a classic gurn if you will. One night we decided to come up with a name to put out some of the music we’d written under and ironically we were peaking and looked like ducks so it was only fitting. 

Q: WHEN THE TWO OF YOU COLLABORATED TO CREATE ‘PEKING DUK’ WHAT WAS IT THAT YOU WERE HOPING TO CREATE/ACHIEVE? HOW DID YOU TRANSITION INTO ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC? 

R: Peking Duk was just an experimental obsession. Adam and I would spend every afternoon playing around with weird noises and sounds on Reason and eventually Ableton… We both only knew about rock and hip hop until we heard Crookers Beetroots, Stupid Fresh and all those dope as shiteee fidget house acts. Stoked we managed to discover electronic music at that time as without it there would DEF never be a peking duk.

 Q: WHAT MAKES A GOOD PEKING DUK
A:  A solid peking duck (person) has to have no bad vibes and spread the love.

Q: WHAT ELSE IS STEAMING IN THE POT FOR PEKING DUK?

R: We are working on an album. And having a great time doing so…. We are finally experimenting again and it is suuuper fun.
I also put the duo through my five question firing squad.
5 QUESTION FIRING SQUAD – REUBEN:

1. DESCRIBE ADAM IN ONE WORD

R: Unencumbered (about Adam that is) 
2. BEST SET YOU’VE SEEN TO DATE?
R: Hot Chip and LCD at Hordern in Sydney… LCD were headlining and during their set hot chip came up for a 15 min jam with all members of both bands banging on any instrument / drum they could find. Was glorious!
3. DUCK LIPS – YAY OR NAY?
R: Only if you’re having fun.
4. STRANGE/HIDDEN TALENT?
R:  I can land a plane.
5. DREAM COLLAB?
R: Kanye, Kevin Parker, Paul McCartney Jimi Hendrix Amy Winehouse and Kurt.
5 QUESTION FIRING SQUAD – ADAM:
1. DESCRIBE REUBEN IN ONE WORD:
A: RED WINE KILLA 
2. BEST SET?
A: Drake in Sydney for me or Cloud Control in Delhi.
3. DUCK LIPS – YAY OR NAY?
A: YAY cos why the f**k not!
4. HIDDEN TALENT?
A:  I can recite lyrics to rap songs like no other.
5. DREAM COLLAB?
A: Majid Jordan, Ratatat or Tame Impala would be a vibe.
Check out http://www.pekingduk.com/#tour for tour dates, and to stay up-to-date with the duo.
You can also follow them on Instagram at @pekingduk
http://www.pekingduk.com/#tour
http://www.pekingduk.com/#tour
Blanca Blandon
Blanca is a graduate from BCIT’s Broadcast Media and Online Journalism program. Blanca was born in Nicaragua, and was raised on the West Coast. Throughout the years, she has developed an eclectic style and has merged her love of culture, fashion, and food to create her blog: feastingbeauty.com. Blanca also works as a TV producer and travel host. A “social media queen”, Blanca believes in the power of the internet and its ability to connect and compel. Blanca is bilingual in Spanish and English and is currently learning Portugese.
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