Over the course of the last two years two lads from Canberra have seen their partnership known as Peking Duk explode on both the Australian and North American scenes. This explosion in popularity comes off the back of their phenomenal writing, which saw them win an ARIA award for best dance release in 2014, but in large part the duo can thank their wild, energetic live shows.
Since 2015 Peking Duk have played some huge festival sets such as Splendour In The Grass, Coachella and Lollapalooza.
“Splendour In The Grass was the hands down highlight of all time, I remember before the set hearing the crowd chant Peking Duk then when the front of house lighting turned off I remember hearing the sound of 20,000 people scream. I think that was the happiest I’ve ever felt.” beamed Reuben Styles.
Whilst playing live shows to 20,000 people makes them happy Reuben also explained that winning their ARIA award in 2014 was also a huge milestone moment for them, especially in terms of acceptance by their families.
“That was the point in our lives when our families started taking us seriously” he said with a bit of a chuckle, “Especially the Grandparents, the oldies sort of understood but the grandparents were now really into it. That sort of stuff means a lot to us because it’s kind of cool finally being accepted for what you do.”
Along the way the duo have learnt that they can’t go wild celebrating after each and every show explained Reuben, “I think we’re slowly learning how to pick our parties. Two or three years ago we’d end up in some pretty hilarious scenarios, such as cooking bananas in a fish bowl, on a hub cap just hanging out with god knows who, but it’s safe to say we’re getting better at not ruining ourselves for the next day and the next show especially.”
For fans this is especially reassuring to hear ahead of the show in Sydney next weekend. Reuben told City Hub that this show in particular is going to be a “very special” one because they want to top the last show here.
“We’re bringing a few sneaky guests for that one. I don’t know why it’s just that one, to be honest we should probably be doing it for the whole tour but the Sydney show was the highlight of our Australian tour last year.”
Apr 22, 7:15pm. Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Road, Enmore. $52.10+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.enmoretheatre.com.au