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Nexus Meets… Henry Dukes

Despite his youth (only 17 years old), UK-based singer-songwriter Henry Dukes is creating highly sophisticated and mature music. We speak with Henry about his EP Voicemail, being a young artist and much more!

What drew you to music?

I reckon the background which I grew up in, that being two parents as performing musicians and them constantly showing me new music ranging from Beethoven to Eminem!

What can you tell us about your EP Voicemail?

I’d like to think it’s quite a good depiction of the different stages I went through during lockdown. The EP starts off quite exciting and groovy, however, the longer you listen to it the listener starts to understand the heartbreak of first love and how lockdown has affected some relationships. Some for the better and some for the worse.

Did you face any challenges recording and producing it?

Well, I was quite lucky during lockdown. I was literally a two-minute walk from a geared up studio that I was able to access at any point. So, I’d go down there almost every day of summer and just try new ideas and record them instantly.

If you could change anything about Voicemail, what would it be?

Honestly, I’m actually pretty happy with the way the whole process went. I got to release my debut EP, I created some tracks that I was really happy with and worked with some amazing writers and producers. For next time, I’d love to invest in the whole visual aesthetic side with maybe a couple music videos.

What do you hope people take from your music?

I really want people to be able to relate to what I’m talking about, that’s why I came up with the concept of lockdown and voicemails. We all had to go through that in one way or another.

You’re only 17 years old. Do you think being so young is an advantage or disadvantage in the music industry?

Definitely a mix of both. Being so young lets me experiment as much as I can and I also have so much to look forward to. The disadvantages would be the fact that I haven’t maximised my full potential, but then again musicians are hungry and always want more!

Describe your music in a single sentence.

Dangerously heartfelt with the pure vibes to accompany it.

Do you have any message for our readers?

I’d love it if all of you could come follow my journey and we can experience this together. So, watch out, I’m coming in hot.

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