Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's All Gone le Bon Tong; GOING OUTBecky Tong and Amber le Bon -- Daughters of DJ Pete and Duran Duran's Simon -- Are the Latest Duo to Spin the Decks, Says Susannah Butter

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's All Gone le Bon Tong; GOING OUTBecky Tong and Amber le Bon -- Daughters of DJ Pete and Duran Duran's Simon -- Are the Latest Duo to Spin the Decks, Says Susannah Butter

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Byline: Susannah Butter

T'S ALL going right for Becky Tong.

ILike her superstar DJ father Pete, the 21-year-old is getting London dancing. And she is doing it with a little help from her friend, the model Amber Le Bon, 23, daughter of Simon from Duran Duran. Their fans include comedian Jack Whitehall and actor James Corden, who were kept dancing with Le Bon Tong on the decks at a recent In Style Magazine party.

They are part of a trend for DJ duos that has seen Daisy Lowe and Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw join forces at the relaunch of H&M Oxford Circus and DJ Chelsea Leyland give Harry Styles a hand on the decks at jewellery designer Dominic Jones's party at The Box.

"Having two people on the decks together is a hoot," says Clement Ogbonnaya, creative director at Kilburn's Love & Liquor Club. He recently organised a night where Sophie Ellis Bextor DJ-ed with her husband, Richard Jones, bassist for The Feeling. "The crowd enjoy seeing them interact, it's like a chance to hang out with them. You can imagine you're in their living room. They had a great time. The crowd feed off that."

Another high-profile husband-andwife DJ team are model Lady Mary Charteris and musician Robbie Furze, frontman with The Big Pink. Mary, who drops the "Lady" when DJing, and her husband play a mix of indie, Britpop and Nineties cheese from their shared record collection.

The best duos have "an almost telepathic understanding behind the decks" says Duncan Dick, deputy editor of Mixmag.

The closeness that being married brings helps collaborations. "Groove Armada's Tom actually describes his DJ partner, Andy, as his 'other wife'. DJs often seem to be at their most relaxed when they play together, it takes the pressure off. The life of a professional DJ can be lonely, with lots of travelling and small talk with inebriated strangers. Teaming up with a friend makes things more enjoyable. And when they are happy so is the crowd."

Becky Tong agrees. "If you're alone in the booth you can play what you like but if Amber is there we laugh off mistakes. She likes more indie music, like her dad, and I'm more dance-orientated so we go with her style at the start and end with mine. Once you've got the technical side, which is difficult, it's a performance." Do they ever play Simon Le Bon's music? "She'd cringe. I think she's heard those songs too much, it would be naff."

Glamorous women seem to have driven the current trend. "Before, it was getting to a club at 6am and was quite geeky and technical," Tong says. "Now people are realising that if you're going to hire a glamorous singer, why wouldn't you hire a DJ to look good at your party?" But is there ever competition between duos? In the case of Le Bon Tong, it's not a problem because they excel in their own fields -- Tong as a radio plugger for Media Village PR helping new bands get heard, and Le Bon as a model. …

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