With a foundation of fans set up in the UK underground, 2012 saw duo Dusky surf their way into popular dance music culture through the ground swell of deep and club house. Having ridden the wave with consistently solid releases and a back catalogue of classics including their remix of Justin Martin’s ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘Nobody Else’, we checked in with the duo who are going to be playing at this years Field Day to ask some questions regarding whether Deep House has a life span, making a timeless classic and more!
What are your thoughts on the surge in popularity of the sub genre being deep or club house into the mainstream?
A: I think it’s a very interesting time we’re in for dance music across the globe. It’s funny because it seems like yesterday that there was hardly any dance music in the singles charts, and now the charts are full of it all over the world. It’s like everything though, just part of a cycle; dance music saw a huge explosion in mainstream popularity in the 90s too, and to us it feels like a repetition of that.
Do you think the that deep house could go through the same lifecycle as dubstep, trap or commercial EDM?
N: It’s possible, but unlikely I’d say. Dubstep, Trap, and now commercial EDM have all shared a lightning-fast ascension to popularity, which makes them all the more likely to fall out of favour with similar speed. We’ve already seen that with the more commercial side of Dubstep for example. But deep house has been around for over 25 years so it seems unlikely it’ll suddenly drop off the map. It will certainly lose some popularity but the underground scene will continue in places like Ibiza, Berlin, and London.
Do you think with current trends in dance music, this is a peak in your career?
A: It sounds like a cliché but we try not to think too much about that. We try to focus on creating music that we find stimulating and that we think people will find enjoyable and interesting. We hope for the best, but we find if you worry about success too much it can be self-defeating.
With the way we digest music so quickly, do you think it is it still possible for a current day producer to make a timeless dance track?
N: Definitely. There are plenty of tracks I can think of in the last 5 years that I would think of as timeless. I agree that overall people digest music far quicker now than they did in the past, but I don’t think that affects the truly standout music since people have a tendency to return to their favourite tracks and albums time and time again no matter what.
Is there anyone in dance music now that you would say you would love to work with and why?
A: At the moment we’re not really looking to collaborate with other producers too much, though at some point in the future we’d certainly consider it. It would be an honour to work with so many of our dance music heroes- there are too many to mention.
What’s in store for Dusky in 2014?
N: We don’t have any specific plans other than to keep making music and keep up the touring. We’re sitting on a lot of music at the moment so we’re in the process of deciding which music to release and which tracks to save for a later date.
Dusky will be playing at this years edition of Field Day in Sydney on January 1st 2014