“I dedicate this record to my daughter Hannah” - Duktus -
The warm dim light of the bedside lamp conjures up a kind of shadow theatre, sends the little stars on the ceiling into a spin, and fills the bedroom with a sense of profound peace. A small music box rounds out the evening atmosphere with soft little melodies. Perched at the side of his daughter’s little bed, he watches over his little beat princess’ slumber and her dreams, all while enjoying with satisfaction the unencumbered lightness of being at night…
The EP Hannah by the Leipzig-based beatmaker Duktus is a musical tribute to his three-year-old daughter and a personal instrumentalization of fatherhood.
A story told from Duktus’ point of view in six different pieces, we can become part of little Hannah’s world, as she plays in her room and runs around the playground, goes on adventures during the day and dreams at night.
In EP Hannah, Duktus casts his musical gaze backward in two different ways – both in terms of the experience of being a father and the moments, great and small, that this involves, as well as in terms of his musical influences over the past three years. This produces an atmosphere which, however, does not waver from Duktus’ musical direction between uptempo broken beats and downbeat house grooves.
The EP Hannah cover was painted by Hannah herself at the age of two. And it is being produced in a complicated silk-screen process, printed in purple – Lila’s favorite color! – on uncoated paper, making for a tactile homage to the little beat princess.
It is only a matter of time before Hannah discovers the record for herself as well. She already got her own record player as a present – from her dad, of course – and is a big fan of old fairy tale records. In the eyes and ears of a DJ and beatmaker, this is all a matter of early musical education.