The Hermitude story is one marked by stark creative evolution, diversifying music styles and a hunger for constant elevation.
Since the early 2000’s, El Gusto and Luke Dubs have been exploring the wide sonic territory both individual and group influences have formed. Their chemistry in the studio is undeniable and backed by a friendship that has seen the duo experience some incredible moments on stage and behind the scenes, Hermitude have remained one of Australia’s most endearing and popular acts.
Signing with Elefant Traks in 2002, Hermitude honed for themselves a strong platform to express their individuality quickly, while their relationship with the label continues to this day. From their debut album Alleys to Valleys, through to the flourished sounds explored on the follow up, Tales of the Drift and then of course, the music of Threads, those early chapters of Hermitude’s career saw a quick and fiercely loyal fanbase form, while the Hermitude name and reputation generated industry acclaim early.
The music was captivating and forward-thinking, though with the release of HyperParadise in 2012, Hermitude returned from a brief hiatus with vigour and a re-energised approach to their craft. Of course, the album gave fans ‘Speak of the Devil’, the duo a J Award for Best Music Video and placement in the triple J Hottest 100 and their first Australian Top 40 charting album.
And that was just the beginning. The now beloved Flume remix of title track ‘HyperParadise’ propelled Hermitude onto more music radars, while the song went on to enjoy Platinum success. The trajectory for the Blue Mountains duo was set high early for sure, but as Hermitude entered their second decade, gears definitely switched up, with the AIR and ARIA Awards, as well as the Australian Music Prize all coming calling.