Düke (real name Duke Ellington Pagna) is a German producer and rapper with Cameroonian roots from Karlsruhe, Germany. He is the founder of the brand and label Potential Entertainment and has produced for artists like Kay One, BTNG, Nessa, and others. He was born in Cameroon in 1998.
His father was the musician Billy Mussango, who repeatedly attracted attention with his political and critical lyrics. Due to his father, he was connected to music since birth.
Currently, Düke is building a Label and has attributed his achievements to his ability to create strategic partnerships and astute business deals in the music industry.
Düke attracted attention, especially as a producer. He worked with BTNG, Kay One, Nessa, and many other artists. At the same time, he signed the Berlin newcomer 03CMB and expanded the label’s structures.
Table of Contents
So great to meet you! Your story is very very impressive, especially being as young as you are. Please tell us a little about yourself and what got you started
My name is Düke, founder of the brand and label Potential Entertainment. We are a start-up Label from Germany Karlsruhe. Actually, we have 4 Artists and 3 producers, including myself. Due to our origin, our goal is to position the Label internationally.
I attracted attention, especially as a producer. I worked with different Artists of different Genres in the last few months. At the same time, I signed the Berlin newcomer 03CMB and expanded the label’s structures.
When and how did you develop an interest in Music?
My father was a musician. I grew up listening to his music. Before making beats, I started with instruments like guitar, and bass. After releasing my first mixtape I started working with my brother Bill on his EP. After releasing his EP, he was part of the Label.
Since then, I work on new music, we try to create a new whole sound. The thing I love about music is that you got no rules, you can do what sing and what you feel and it can turn into a hit.
How do you decide which people you work with?
I think energy is everything. Don´t chase people. Stay focused on your goals, the right people will come into your life.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
My father’s death. Today, I still can´t believe it. But I think that´s the circle of life. I just look at our pictures and listen to his music, to remember his voice.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Know your worth, and be super fearless in all the actions you think are right. Don´t wait for the right moment just do it. Don´t let other people’s fears reflect on you. To all readers: It´s all about you! Just be who you want to be. Believe in yourself and maximize your potential day by day.
Where people can follow your career?
Email, SMS, and more — Klaviyo brings your marketing all together, fueling growth without burning through time and resources.
Deliver more relevant email and text messages — powered by your data. Klaviyo helps you turn one-time buyers into repeat customers with all the power of an enterprise solution and none of the complexity.