Manchester- based producer Duskus is one of the UK’s brightest rising stars. After being gifted a guitar at age eight, music quickly became Duskus’ greatest passion. Evolving from music lessons, to playing bands and covering some of his favorite artists on acoustic guitar, it wasn’t until his final year of school that electronic music landed on his radar. He was drawn to the world of electronic production due to the possibilities it presented. After making a few beats in FL Studio Duskus was born. The project embodies his wide-spanning influences to create music that is deeply emotional and melodic while still driving and danceable. The rare style allows Duskus to move listeners emotionally and on the dance floor, often within the same song. Fusing his UK roots with American electronic influences has made Duskus a global sensation.
Duskus broke onto the scene in 2015 with his debut single “The First Route”which was bitbird’s first release ever. That same year he launched his own label imprint Kaleido with Subtact. The label has since released three compilations and collaborated with DJ Mag for a live show. The two artists will be rebranding and relaunching the platform with a refined focus in the near future. 2018 saw Duskus ascend to new heights with his cute EP raking in nearly 6 million streams and landing a feature in Spotify’s Viral 50 USA chart. The project also included his first collaboration with San Holo (“Take Me Home”), which paved the way for “forever free,” their follow-up which has garnered 4.5 million streams on Spotify alone. Closing out the stellar year came “Where To Go,” Duskus’ biggest solo release to date. In addition to accumulating over 3 million streams, the work showcased Duskus’ evolution into a house-influenced sound. For the past six months Duskus has been working on his upcoming EP In Retrospect, which is due out later this year on ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective.
Duskus has performed at a number venues across the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, including: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Buku Festival, SW4, Melkweg, Exchange LA, and Bassmnt. He also opened for San Holo on his album1 tour in the US. His music has been supported by some of the industry’s most well-respected artists such as llenium, Tiesto, Kaskade, Don Diablo, What So Not and many more.
JOINS ODESZA’S FOREIGN FAMILY COLLECTIVE
ANNOUNCES NEW EP IN RETROSPECT OUT OCTOBER 11
RELEASES FIRST SINGLE “I CAN CHANGE YOUR MIND,”
MORPHING A UNIQUE ELECTRIC SOUND WITH TRANSATLANTIC CULTURAL INFLUENCES
“Simplicity at its best… personal and emotive
“Duskus continues to set himself apart from the competition.”
– Run The Trap
“Duskus’ unique take on “future bass” delivers as always.”
– Your EDM
“Duskus has established himself as an extremely talented producer with a penchant for shimmering synths and warm, powerful basslines
September 19 – Multi-faceted London based artist Duskus returns with his latest single ” I can change your mind” along with news of a new EP on the horizon following his announcement earlier this week of becoming the newest family member to ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective. The EP, titled In Retrospect, is out on October 11.
LISTEN TO ” I CAN CHANGE YOUR MIND”:
“I can change your mind” is a luscious yet subtle soundscape that captures Duskus’ affinity for meshing influences from his experience with UK sound culture and the influence of his trips to the US, seamlessly blending lo-fi house and future beats. The new track is a slow burning, twisting jam that pulls in and out of stream of consciousness, almost in a hypnotizing way that echoes the title. It evolved from a guitar riff he laid down along with his own vocals, recorded initially in a bedroom on some very cheap equipment he owned. The finished product is a testament to Duskus’ evolution as an artist, creating a unique sound that’s definitively his own. Simon White, aka Duskus, shares, “‘I can change your mind’ is a journey about someone opening their mind, and exploring new possibilities in pursuit of the truth.”
As for the EP, he expands on the theme of self-truth, explaining, “The upcoming EP is a nice break for me. I say break because I’m finally creatively free. I have learned how to utilize all of my tools to break out of a genre box and really be who I want.”
He continues, “In Retrospect is a journey to find myself as an artist and as a person. It is discovering how fragile and delicate this world is, comparing how people choose to live, and the different pathways that they take. I believe that life doesn’t have a guideline, and there’s no right or wrong way to live, each decision we have made in the past, has shaped our power and knowledge now. In Retrospect showcases my existential mind drifting in and out of different life stages, to create a journey of wonder and mystery.”
Duskus has already made a name for himself as one of today’s most cutting edge artists since his early days as the first release for San Holo’s record label bitbird in 2014.
Since then, he’s performed all over the world, captivating fans at major festivals like UK’s South West Four and New Orleans’ BUKU, as well as legendary venues like Red Rocks in Colorado. Later this month, he has a show set for Exchange in downtown Los Angeles on September 20 and a set at Bassmnt in San Diego the following day.
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