Here are some excerpts from our Disclosure of interview in the magazine DJ Mag # 11 from September to October 2015.
Nothing stops the Lawrence brothers! Born in 1991 and 1994, Guy and Howard scariest counters. Their humble beginnings on the small independent label Moshi Moshi have given way to record sales which nobody expected. On its release in 2013, their first album ‘Settle’ has even lost the top spot in the UK charts Daft Punk. Sold over 1.6 million copies worldwide, the album has breathed a breath of fresh air in dance music with hits like ‘Latch’ – which launched the career of Sam Smith – ‘White Noise ‘and’ You & Me ‘(made popular thanks to remix Flume used by Lacoste).
Among the most played artists on the net, the two young Englishmen have forged a reputation in less than five years. They are now linked together with ‘Caracal’ second album even stronger than the first. The Weeknd, Lorde, Sam Smith, Leo Babe or Gregory Porter embody the beats advised the duo, always adept home studio despite their overwhelming popularity. Drawing from their House roots and underground culture, Disclosure has kept a cool head, sealed the incessant buzz that hums in the palm of their ears. Unconsciously, they upset the codes and fuse genres, always one step ahead. Even James Bond has used them to compose the soundtrack of ‘Spectre’ with their faithful lieutenant Sam Smith …
The underground is still our preferred environment.
Listening to your music, you feel that you draw much in the old school house. Where did you come this love?
We learned everything by ourselves for House. Nobody listened to our family but we loved this music from our first outings clubs. At the time, we were two teenagers fascinated by the mixes of DJ’s, who also played the house, dubstep, grime and garage. We also bought a lot of records and learned about the origins of the House, the influence of Chicago and all … When we decided to compose our first songs, we knew it would be part of us, even if we knew we had to find a new formula, a style to us. They would not do simple beats House, we wanted to write more pop structures, so it has long sought the right dosage. I think we found it on our first album and we still feel about ‘Caracal’.
In just five years, you have become one of the most hyped duos in music. How is this possible ?
It would be better to ask the public to blogs and media. It is they who make the hype. We have not asked … After the base, do not exaggerate, the more hype there is still not the group of the world. One Direction is far above us for example! (Laughs). Joking aside, we had a fairly rapid success, it is true. But from the inside, I can assure you that it is the result of much work. We have not hatched overnight, it did not participate in a reality TV show, we just worked hard in the studio, we developed our image, made a lot of press. We therefore appreciate our current success, we know that it is quite incredible but we are conscious of our efforts.
Is your intention to invent the sound of tomorrow?
No, if you think you can be able to create something completely new, it’s pretty dangerous. It is better not to have it operate in head and let the magic. Music should come naturally if it makes something innovative in the end, all the better. But this is not our starting point. Many people say that we have turned the House into Pop. If this is the case, it is certainly not voluntary.
After the huge success of ‘Settle’, have you felt this time more pressure on your shoulders?