Peking Duk walk us through the tracks that guide their life
Last week, one of Australia’s most adored acts Peking Duk (Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles), released their anthemic new single, ‘Chemicals’. The track is classic and fundamental Peking Duk listening, jam packing everything we’ve come to love and know their artistic style for with a new energy and crisp songwriting ability. It’s a supercharged, synth-packed rollercoaster that’s sprinkled with emotion, euphoria and bombastic party energy.
On the track’s creation, Peking Duk comment, “Chemicals’ was born from a gloomy Melbourne’s day with the incredibly talented Sarah Aarons. I feel like every time we get in the room together the chemistry feels right and there doesn’t feel to be any pressure to create something, it more so just flows out. We ironed out the ideas together that day then took the beat away with our boy Styalz and completely flipped it to what you hear now. We love this song more than anything we’ve released lately so we’re very excited to share it with you all!”
With such a massive discography of hit single after hit single, it’s easy to forget the pop powerhouse duo are made of two very humble humans with an extreme depth and care for musical knowledge. We were lucky enough to grab Adam and Reuben and throw them a couple of questions about the key songs that guide their life. Whether tracks that changed their lives, their favourite DJ set tools and track’s to reflect to, they both offer unexpected and classic tracks that narrate their everyday lives and moments.
SONG TO WAKE UP TO:
Reuben: Findlay Brown – Stallion’s Suite
Adam: Billy Boyo – One Spliff A Day
SONG TO ROADTRIP TO
Reuben: Kill Dil – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Adam: The Proclaimers – I’m On My Way
SONG TO CELEBRATE TO:
Reuben: Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
Adam: Baby Keem – Stats
SONG TO REFLECT WITH
Reuben: Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years
Adam: Yung Lean – Agony
SONG TO CRY TO
Reuben: Rhiannon Giddons – Mountain Hymn
Adam: Aphex Twin – Avril 14th
Best DJ set opener?
Reuben: Metallica – Enter Sandman
Adam: Metallica – Seek & Destroy
Best DJ SET CLOSER
Peking Duk – High
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Don’t Leave Me This Way
SONG TO SMASH A PUB FEED TO
Reuben: Townes Van Zandt – Our Mother, The Mountain
Adam: Australian Crawl – Reckless
A song that’s changed your life?
Y.O.G.A – Your Devotion
Keli Holiday – Where You Feel
Image via Giannini McGauran (GG McG) and Daniel Boud.
Words by PARRY TRITSINIOTIS