Before starting D/C, Duncan served almost five years as VP and creative director at Foote, Cone & Belding, working on Citibank, Pacific Bell and Hewlett-Packard. Before that, he had a career in journalism, including ten years writing about rock ’n’ roll in such magazines as Rolling Stone, Life, and Creem, for which he was managing editor, and in several books, including The Noise. As executive creative director at D/C, he helped develop award-winning advertising and branding efforts for Hard Rock, which won the international REBRAND 100 award, and Esurance, among others. In addition to being president and co-founder, Duncan oversees brand stories for clients, as well as D/C’s own content and (ahem) culture.
As a rock critic, he has interviewed: Bruce Springsteen, Freddie Mercury, Patti Smith, Ronnie Van Zant, Ted Nugent, War, ZZ Top, Kraftwerk, and others he can’t remember. He has flown on a private jet with Keith Richards, jammed with Blue Öyster Cult, sung to Sammy Hagar (accapella) and Liza Minnelli, but not at the same time. In recent years, his locker at the health club adjoined Phil Lesh’s, whom he has seen in his underwear. As a kid, he saw the Beatles, fully clothed, at Shea. He is composer and producer of albums for 3DayBig&Tall, the Toll Sergeants and Donnie Finnell.
He is married to the artist and former rock photographer Roni Hoffman and father of two grownup writers.