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11-10-2015, 01:42 PM
Major Duke, born Don Dukakis Thomson, is a recording artist, songwriter, and producer. His upcoming debut EP, “The Aviator,” chronicles his amazing journey from getting his ‘wings’ as an active duty member of the United States Air Force, his near fatal plane crash and fight for survival while marooned on a desert island, to his eventual recovery (with the help of the natives) and arrival at the Travis Air Force Base in San Francisco, California. Duke incorporates narrative storytelling into his music projects like few other artists today, proving that the “concept album” is very much alive and well in the year 2015.

In his previous lives, Major Duke produced and recorded music under a number of different names, including Big City Nights, Fly Academic, Phalynx, The TradeMark Experience, and Tom Pearl. Duke’s music has been featured on television programs such as Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club” and E! Network’s “Total Divas.” As The TradeMark Experience, two of his albums have been accepted to Pandora Radio. He has also been featured on numerous blogs, magazines, podcasts, music websites, and radio stations over the course of his now decade long career as an artist.

While Duke enjoys using his music to craft narrative stories, he also takes the opportunity in his records to explore the more broad themes of self-expression, peace of mind, and what “happiness” truly means in an increasingly fast-paced and over stimulated modern world. Some of Duke’s musical contemporaries include Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Foster The People, Chromeo, and Penguin Prison. His influences and sources of inspiration include the author/journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the film “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton, recording artist David Bowie, and the fictional character Don Quixote. In his spare time, Duke enjoys appreciating nature, admiring works of art, discussing politics, and professional wrestling.