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After pulling in an astonishing 70 million hits on YouTube, Kiwi dubstep favourites Mt Eden can’t wait to get up close and personal with their Queenstown fans. 

The dance duo is reckoned to be easily the most viewed New Zealand act on the world-famous internet site after they started pumping out music on their own YouTube channel. 

And founding member Jesse Hooper says the success is all down to an idea first put to them by a nine-year-old boy. 

“My girlfriend’s little brother asked me one day if he could make a channel for me on YouTube but I’d no idea it would take off in the way it has,” Hooper explains. 

“I remember getting excited when we clocked up our first 10 hits and when we got to 100 views I was delighted. 

“Then it all suddenly went nuts and next thing we’d reached a million hits and rising. The whole thing has just spread like wildfire. 

“We now have more than 100,000 subscribers to our YouTube channel and our tracks have had more than 70 million collective views. It’s crazy.” 

Having just returned from a sold-out US tour where they played to crowds of up to 20,000, Mt Eden – which also features producer Harley Rayner – are back on the road to showcase new EP Meds. 

They hit tiny resort venue Subculture on Thursday. 

“We’re going to be doing some stuff from our upcoming album and it’ll be great to give people in Queenstown a bit of a preview of the songs in a pretty intimate setting,” Hooper adds.

Catch Mt Eden at Subculture next Thursday from 10pm