Interview with Duke Dumont: ‘Getting my music heard to the most amount of people possible is important’
One of the most anticipated dance tracks of the year so far Duke Dumont’s Need U (100%) is finally out this week and is set to add to dance music’s surge towards mainstream popularity with a top 10 charting come the weekend. The producer behind the house anthem, real name Adam Dyment, has been making acclaimed dance music on the underground scene for years, but his latest hit looks set to propel him towards a new audience and it is a place he’s more than comfortable with.
How did Need U come about?
It pretty much revolved around the piano, which formed the strongest part of the instrumental. It occurs throughout the majority of the song and just filters away during the verses to make space.
I built the backing track, but realised to take it to another level a good vocal was needed, which is where A*M*E stepped in. MNEK helped out also, providing the hook with the hum, and co-writing the song.
Skream’s created an amazing remix. How did that come about and what did you think when you first heard it?
He reached out to me on Twitter, saying, ‘I’ve already started an idea for a remix, but can you send me the vocal so I can finish it off?’. It was an unconventional way to get the song remixed, and in all honesty, I wouldn’t have got in touch, because I couldn’t afford his fee so I appreciate he did get in touch on the merit that he was keen to remix it. I was really happy with the remix and respect his bravery for making more disco groove-based music and following where his heart is musically at the moment.
We’re seeing acts like Disclosure and James Blake cross over and making credible dance music. What are your thoughts on that and do you see yourself among them now?
It makes me happy. The boundaries are coming down in pop music. Not as quickly as it ought to, but they are. I think credit to that, goes to the fact that most people consume music through the Internet and the more music in abundance, the more musically educated the average person gets. I’m still amazed you can type any song into a search engine, and within milliseconds it’s reaching your ears. It’s a golden age for the way music is consumed. People should appreciate that. With regards to the last part of the question, I don’t have time to think about my position within the grand musical mix, but Disclosure and James Blake are good company to be aligned with.
I read that you moved to the countryside so you could really concentrate on making music. How does your new lifestyle compare to living in the city?
There are zero distractions. My DJ schedule is hectic so that’s the way it has to be in order to continue to release music. It is a necessary balance. It definitely changed my biorhythm. I’m far more relaxed and happier, compared to when I was based in the city. I’m confident enough in my own musical taste, and style, so the city doesn’t offer a scene I need to attach myself too. I don’t feel the urge to be a part of something.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
There will be more Duke Dumont material, more production for the artists on my label, and maybe a handful of remixes. I also have an alias no one knows about.
Need U (100%) is out now on Ministry of Sound via Blasé Boys ClubTagged in: Disclosure, Duke Dumont, James Blake, skream
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