Lani Bagley and Craig Schuftan are Ducks!. They make electronic music for dancing and dreaming, influenced by Disney and disco, combining synthesiser and vocal loops with found sounds and field recordings.
Formed in 2014, the Berlin-based Australians released their debut album ‘Ding Ding Ding’ in 2016, which was long-listed for the AMP (Australian Music Prize). The aquatic-themed follow up 'Nak Nak' was released one year later.
Ducks!' first performance was in 2015, supporting Jarvis Cocker at the Berlin premiere of ‘Pulp: a film about love and supermarkets’, and since then they have performed live regularly in Europe, and toured Australia in 2016.
Ducks! aren’t only for the disco. The duo created the soundtrack for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Not a People Person’ featuring Sam Simmons, and recorded a CD soundtrack to accompany art curator and critic An Paenhuysen’s book ‘The Shape in the Air’.
In May 2017 Ducks! were artists in residence at Blitz contemporary art space in Valletta, Malta, where they explored the meaning of repetition in music with a unique project combining recording with collaborative workshops and talks on music. These recordings form the basis of their third album, due out in 2019.
All press photos by Harriet Richardson