Before 2012 Duke Dumont was known as a ‘producer’s producer’. He was the name on a 12” record the DJ knew to reach for when he wanted to please the crowd, without them knowing who had constructed the mesmerising sonic confection playing. In 2013, Duke is the one to watch with his breakthrough single about to connect to audiences worldwide.
Duke’s early career was mentored by Switch (last sighted producing for Beyoncé) and he made his name as the ‘go-to’ man to remake a pop song for the dance floor (Lily Allen and Bat For Lashes were notable clients). In 2011, he moved out of London to the countryside (Hertfordshire, where his studio overlooks a forest) to focus on his original material.
Synthesising his influences from techno to UK garage and house he brought back goodies from this zen-like exile. In 2012 Duke released two EP’s on Tiga’s label Turbo Recordings which featured the tracks ‘Street Walker’, ‘Thunderclap’ and ‘The Giver’. These EPs alerted the heads to the Duke movement and received support from the likes of Jamie Jones and Simian Mobile Disco. Remixes for AlunaGeorge, Haim and Santigold quickly followed which has made Duke the man to watch. ‘The producer’s producer’ has become the ‘people’s producer’.