Dengue Dengue Dengue are an audio-visual duo from Lima, Peru. Behind the artfully crafted handmade masks they always wear in photos and onstage are producers, DJs, and graphic designers Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira. They explore and utilize rhythms from Latin, African, and Anglo worlds, re-creating them in electronic form by mixing old and new, analog and digital, resulting in a unique, instantly identifiable sound accented by their striking handcrafted visuals. Their musical explorations range from psychedelic cumbia to dub, from salsa to footwork, from tribal to techno; their sound and visual palette continue to evolve in concert and on recordings, adding more color, flavor, and texture to their heady and provocative mix.
DDD were born in mid-2010 and immediately made themselves well known in Lima thanks to their impeccable audio-visual show, remixing and mashing up their own tracks with old cumbias and modifying cumbia classics into electronic versions, always accompanied by their singular visuals and always present masks.
In early 2011 the duo began to issue their first original productions to the Internet via music and culture blogs in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. Almost instantly acclaimed, their recordings started being played in clubs across the globe. They were invited to perform live at festivals in Peru and, along with Peru's Auxiliarlabel, started producing the TOMA! Sessions, helping to consolidate the growing and vibrant tropical bass movement in Lima, inviting various transcultural musicians and DJs to disseminate sounds and ideas.
In 2012 they released their debut album, La Alianza Profana (The Unholy Alliance), and the video for the single "Simiolo" through Auxiliar. The album charted almost immediately at home, and shows throughout the country were instant sellouts. The album caught the attention of Berlin's Chusma label, which re-released the album the following year in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Later that year they played the NOVA Art Festival in São Paulo, Brazil and the III Ibero-American Design Biennial in Madrid, Spain. Also that year, DDD played a very successful Mexican tour, and in June undertook a two-month European tour, playing major festivals and clubs in Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and Stockholm. That July, Chusma released the Simiolo Remixes EP, and Enchufada Records issued the track "Lokumba" in their Upper Cuts series of releases.
That single prompted the band to sign to Enchufada in 2014, and release the EP Serpiente Dorada to mark the occasion. They lectured at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo and released the track "Pineal" for the Academy's now world-renowned project 20 Before 15. They also revealed additional talents in remixing tracks by Tremor, Symbiz Sound, El Remolón, and King Doudou. They embarked on three European tours (46 shows), playing sold-out gigs at the Dour, Roskilde, and Paleo festivals as well as a noteworthy set at the SONAR Festival in Barcelona. They also played Cuba, Japan, Argentina, Chile, China, Brazil, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia that year.
In 2014 they were commissioned by the legendary Fania label to remix tracks for a special 50-year anniversary compilation. The following year, DDD also released a new track for a Greenpeace/Rhythm and Roots label project, a compilation of tracks inspired by birdsong. It was also a year of intense touring: Latin America from January to March, Europe in June, the U.S. in August and October, and a second European tour in December.
Siete Raíces (Seven Roots), DDD's sophomore album, was released by Enchufada Records in June of 2016, accompanied by a self-titled video directed by Mikael Stornfelt — who also directed the "Simiolo" and "Chichón" videos. DDD supported its release with a 60-plus-date tour of Europe. Universally acclaimed by the press, the album was mined for everything from samples and remixes by producers to standard dancefloor fare in clubs all over the world by DJs. In February of 2018, the duo issued Son de los Diablos, the first of three EPs projected for that year. ~ Thom Jurek