Raised by a music-obsessed father who transformed the family’s spare room with a 3,000-strong record collection, it is hardly a surprise that Duncan Spencer’s music is a melting pot of genres and influences. He sings of heartbreak and hope, of hardship and history and wraps it in the best of blues, soul, folk and rock.
With so much music at his disposal, childhood evenings would be spent picking records at random and delving in with the type of unrelenting enthusiasm only afforded to youth. On one such evening he chanced upon Darkness on the Edge of Town and like so many others was immediately seduced by the poetry of Bruce Springsteen. Years of having ears only for the guitar were swept away by the power of wordsmiths and narrative in a single evening. The door now ajar, the beckoning voices of Waits, Morrison and Dylan soon followed Springsteen's and began to greatly shape his sound as a songwriter.
After years of gigging in bands around the UK (Shepherds Bush Empire, O2 Academy Glasgow) and Europe (Amsterdam Melkweg, Cologne Music Hall) he settled in London and is currently recording his debut solo EP.
Early 2019 saw the release of his first single 99 Shades. A song that channels the spirits of his early influences whilst injecting them with a big dose of soaring pop hooks, Infectious horns courtesy of Jon Birdsong (Beck, Calexico) and an irresistible groove. He echoes sounds of the past, brings them into the present and offers them to the future.