At age 15, Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman listened to garage music on pirate radio and got around London with the help of a couple of fake IDs. They went to a lot of raves — the old-school, hard-core kind — and listened to early Orbital and Prodigy. They have fond memories from London's United Dance at Bagley's, a well-known rave in the '90s and early 2000s. It was the glory days of Adidas track suits, glow sticks, and pacifiers — a brilliant time in the U.K. Perhaps it was early exposure to DJ Fluid with MC Funsta on the mic that set the bar so high for the duo we know today as house and techno maestros Dusky.
The two met in college and formed Dusky in 2011. These days, they're hard to miss, both physically (Alfie’s six-foot-three, and Nick is six-foot-seven) and sonically. They released music on Dogmatik Records, Anjunadeep, and other labels before the launch of their own label, 17 Steps, in 2014. Anyone who will be attending Dusky's Miami Music Week sets at Treehouse on Wednesday and the Delano on Thursday can expect to hear some 17 Steps tracks, including a new one from Velvit called “Looking Glass.”
“We’ve used 'Looking Glass' a lot lately to set the scene. It will definitely get some play in Miami,” Granger-Howell says.
Back-to-back DJ sets are popular these days, and essentially every set Dusky plays is an Alfie Granger-Howell/Nick Harriman B2B set. “One of the good things that happens in our sets are the surprises or unexpected changes in music. Sometimes Nick will drop a track that takes the set in a completely different direction, and it’s the surprise that shakes things up a bit and makes it better,” Granger-Howell says. Most of his musical heroes are from Detroit and Chicago, and both Granger-Howell and Harriman are big fans of house legend Kerry Chandler.
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Dusky's show at Treehouse on Wednesday, March 16, is the last leg of a five city U.S. minitour. Dusky will be joined by Heidi, Honey Soundsystem, Jackmaster, and the Black Madonna. The following day, the two will join Disclosure, Boys Noize, Heidi, the Black Madonna, and Will Clarke at Delano Beach Club. “The first time we came to Miami for WMC, we played nine shows. It was mad, really. We’ve become wiser," Granger-Howell explains. "We’re only playing two shows this year, and we’re leaving Friday. It’s unlikely we’ll ever play nine shows in a week ever again.”
Dusky. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25 via wantickets.com.
Disclosure presents Wild Life Miami with Dusky, Boys Noize, and more. 2 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $50 to $100 via wantickets.com.