At one point Duologue were at the centre of immense hype, their songwriting attracting trans-Atlantic attention.
But then co-founder Toby Leeming began to fall ill. Succumbing to illness after playing a DJ set in New York, he was placed in isolation with flu-like symptoms.
Diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, he underwent intensive treatment, a course that took him away from music.
Receiving support from the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity, Toby's return to music is closely linked to this organisation.
New project Future Present leads to fresh possibilities, and the debut single 'A Near Run Thing' focusses on his brush with severe illness.
In Toby’s own words: "'A Near Run Thing' is about all of the support I received from close friends and family and all the doctors who saved my life. Being so seriously ill at times gave me very vivid sense of what it actually means to be alive and so this song was my attempt to capture and express that feeling."
‘A Near Run Thing’ also features as part of a campaign with the Anthony Nolan Trust - Toby urges young men aged 16-30 to sign up the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, in the hope that they could one day save lives of blood cancer patients.
He continues: "If my donor hadn’t taken the time to sign up to the register I wouldn’t be here. Others aren’t so lucky but the more people we can sign up, the more people can be treated."
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