Empire of the Sun are an Australian electronic music duo from Sydney, formed in 2008. The duo consists of longtime collaborators Luke Steele of alternative rock act The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore of electronic dance outfit Pnau.
Their award-winning, 2008 debut album Walking on a Dream shot the duo to international success and to date has been certified double platinum in Australia and gold in United States. The album has sparked a number of internationally charting singles including “Walking on a Dream” which peaked at number ten on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and reached number sixty four on the UK Singles Chart, and “We Are the People”, which peaked at number fourteen on the UK Singles Chart.
The duo’s second album Ice on the Dune was released on 14 June 2013 in Australia, and was preceded by lead single “Alive” on 16 April. They are currently signed to EMI Australia and Virgin UK.
Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore met in 2000 after being introduced by Steele’s A&R executive, Simon Moor, in a bar in Sydney. Both were at the time signed to EMI and had already been working on their own independent projects. Although they did not initially capitalize on their instant creative chemistry, the two consistently collaborated over the years. Littlemore helped write the song “Tell the Girls That I’m Not Hangin’ Out”, which appeared on The Sleepy Jackson’s 2003 debut album, Lovers, and Steele had artistic input in Littlemore’s 2006 art-rock project Teenager.