Dusky on Launching New Label, 17 Steps: "We're Going to Do Quality Over Quantity"


It's been said that all boats rise with the tide. And right now, Dusky is catching a serious wave.

The London-based duo has found success as part of the groove-based house music resurgence. Of course, the Disclosure bros may be the darlings, but they're not the only ones putting four-to-the-floor with a soulful, modern kick.

In just a year's time, Dusky's Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman have seen a swell of support among international dance music fans. According to Harriman, their Ultra 2014 experience was the perfect tidal gauge.

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"Last year, we played the first set on the live stage," he says. "We literally played to, like, five people. This time, we came back and played to 1,000 or maybe 1,500 people. That was a nice change, from the first year to the second year. Hopefully, next year will be even better."

Speaking with these dudes, it certainly seems that things are only rising. They just announced the launch of their own label, 17 Steps. As a dance music producer, starting your own label is kind of the pinnacle achievement. To Dusky, it's a dream come true.

"We've always wanted to have our own label," Granger-Howell proudly admits. "In the past, the opportunity hasn't necessarily been there, because it takes quite a lot of time and effort to set it up. You want to have the music to actually release on it, and the profile.

"Now, the time seems right. We're really excited about the first release in July. We're going to try and do quality over quantity. We won't be doing releases every week."

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