Leeds, United Kingdom
Since she first opened a DAW, Piper Hewitt-Dudding, aka Dilemma, has seen support from all corners of drum and bass. She brings fresh musicality and versatile production with a unique tone – her sound is instantly recognisable and with each new release she continues her upward curve in the scene.
Since breaking out as part of the wave of fresh female talent in 2017, Dilemma has released on labels ranging from Lifestyle Music all the way to Flight Pattern. Her journey started on Skankandbass’ free download series with ‘Binary/Circumspect’ – the latter track gained airtime on Friction’s BBC Radio One show and the release itself garnered support from the likes of Calibre, DLR, Mistanoize and many more. Since her debut, Dilemma has found herself most at home on Pola & Bryson’s Soulvent Records, having most recently released the four-track stunner Exit Stage Left, which saw support from LTJ Bukem, London Elektricity and S.P.Y among others. The title track saw a feature on bass music giant UKF’s YouTube channel, as well as its Spotify playlists – the track now has a combined 700,000 streams.
A particular love for liquid and techy, rolling drum and bass is evident in Dilemma’s productions. However, she draws inspiration from an array of different genres, ranging from grunge to hip hop, techno to psychedelic rock. As a result, her productions have a rare and infectious musicality to them, seizing ideas from a diverse pool of genres into a new, drum and bass context. This, paired with an earthy tone and love of early 2000’s liquid, means Dilemma’s productions continue to surprise even the keenest listener.
Dilemma’s work has seen support from around the world as well as the UK, with her productions having airtime on BBC Radio 1, Bassdrive and Rough Tempo to name a few, as well as inclusions on the revered Drum&BassArena yearly compilations in both 2018 and 2019. With historical support from Random Movement, BCee, Philth, Skankandbass and Soulvent Records, the list of DJs rolling out Dilemma tracks in the rave is only getting bigger.
Pre-Covid, Dilemma was making moves in the Let It Roll and Hospitality circles, appearing on the main stage of the 2019 iteration of Hospitality on the Beach in Croatia, and Let It Roll’s sold out UK and Prague events. Alongside this, she made her sophomore appearance at the legendary fabric in early 2020 and was part of UKF’s 10-year celebrations in south east London’s Studio 338, later returning to its main stage for Hospitality BBQ.
Since events reopened, Dilemma has been continuing on her Hospitality streak at Motion Bristol, Concorde 2 Brighton, Hospitality Weekend in the Woods, and the Albanian iteration of Hospitality on the Beach. She has also showcased her varied DJing style at Worried About Henry’s O2 Academy Leeds event, enjoyed a prime-time spot celebrating 20 Years of Critical Music at Motion, set the stage for Fabio & Grooverider at Chase & Status’ RTRNIIDNCE festival, and made her Netherlands debut at liquid giant Liquicity’s Springfestival.
With the coming year’s bookings including Hospitality, Worried About Henry and Soulvent events, and big production projects on the horizon, Dilemma is sure to continue her upward curve, with many respected eyes watching this budding artist.