When I first saw the Shaky Beats line up, it wasn’t the likes of Major Lazer or Odesza that got me super pumped about the festival. Duke Dumont was the name I squealed just before exclaiming “I NEED TO GO!!” So with it all kicking off in just 10 days – we present Duke Dumont in our second installment of Shaky Beats Music Festival features.
My romance with the English DJ and record producer began with a feature on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show back in late 2013. I owe a lot to Annie in terms of discovering House Music. She presented I Got U featuring Jax Jones and it soon became the anthem of summer 2014. Somehow he took Whitney Houston‘s iconic My Love Is Your Love and turned it into a Deep House track ready to make the Ibiza rounds. He even nabbed a Grammy nomination in the process.
By the end of that August, Duke Dumont treated us to the next single, Won’t Look Back. As if the guy was composing the soundtrack of my life. Summer 2014 was epic in every single way for me. However, by the time it was nearly over, after meeting someone else, I decided to end a three-year relationship. I remember blasting this song and thinking regardless of how temporary my new flame would be, I was out of a relationship that had dimmed my shine for so long. The leaves changed and the “rebound guy” disappeared, but I was still left with my rediscovered identity and the memories that this song conjures up.
Dumont’s latest single Ocean Drive, was released last July, but it is still going strong with sales and chart positions. Even going double platinum in Australia. The tune is a true hybrid of Deep House and nu-disco with the sometimes unnecessary lyrics about dancing with the devil. The mixes of the track released last September, definitely give new definition to the tune. My favorite of which coming from Shaun Frank and Michael Calfan.
Duke Dumont will be performing on the Peach Tree Stage at Shaky Beats @ 8:00 PM on Friday
Remember we will be blasting ya’ll with artist features leading up to the festival!! Inside Shaky Beats, inbetween sets and artist interviews, we want to talk to you guys!! Let us know if you will be there cutting shapes with us on the Shaky Beats 2016 pitch!!
Shaky Beats, May 20th-22nd, is the first EDM festival in Downtown Atlanta.