Adam Dyment, AKA Duke Dumont surfaced in 2006 with a buzzing, whip-cracking remix of Mekon’s ‘Yes Yes Y’All’. Before 2012, Duke was known as a ‘producer’s producer’. He was the name on a 12″ record the DJ knew to reach for when they wanted to please the crowd.
The London based producer and DJ increased his exposure through remixes for the likes of Lily Allen (‘The Fear’) and Bats For Lashes (‘Daniel’) prior to releasing his first DJ mix album, Fabriclive 51 in 2010. In 2012, the release of EP’s For Club Play Vol. 1 & 2 offered up sweet ecstatic deep house and UK bass cuts that united people across the spectrum of music, from early club adopters like Annie Mac, Erol Alkan, Diplo, and even podcasts curated by Tiesto and Avicii.
Duke continued to be in demand as a remix producer – in 2012 alone, he handled tracks by Bonobo, Santigold and AlunaGeorge among others, but he also produced a hit of his own in March 2013 with ‘Need U (100%)’ soaring straight to #1, reaching Gold certification and nabbing a nomination for “Best Dance Recording” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
His following singles ‘I Got You’, ‘Won’t Look Back’ and ‘Ocean Drive’ helped open up a gap in British mainstream music for deep house to prosper and for other acts like Route 94 and Gorgon City to fill, transcending so many acts from club favourites to serious chart contenders. 2016’s release of ‘Be Here’ and 2017’s ‘Real Life’ feat. Gorgon City further cemented Dumont’s name as a world top ten producer and certified dance floor selector.