10 Questions with ... Disclosure
June 30, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1) Who are Disclosure?
Howard: Hi, I am Howard Lawrence
Guy: I am Guy. We are two brothers from the U.K. We are 24 and 21. Wow! We are getting old, bro!
2) I have to ask you this question because I was with Krewella last week and I asked them, being that they are sisters, who won most of the arguments. With you guys being brothers, who won most of the arguments?
Guy: Me! I still win all the arguments. That was the question, right? Who wins most of the arguments?
Howard: Is that what you're saying? Yea, I let Guy believe that he wins them!
3) Where are you guys from?
Guy: We're originally from Surrey in England, but we're now both living in London.
You've burst onto the scene. You we're just named Top 30 EDM Power Players by Billboard Magazine.
Howard: Is that so? We're Power Players now!
Guy: Power Players! I saw that list. There's a big variety of people on there. Some pretty powerful people there from music execs to Artists and DJs. I guess that's good!
4) Did you think that when you started a couple of years ago, it would happen so quickly?
Howard: No, we didn't think it would happen!
Guy: We got into this for fun and not for success. We're still in it for fun. It's been crazy ride. It doesn't feel quite as fast. I think it probably does over here because "Latch" is still getting played on the radio loads. But, we actually made "Latch" over three years ago. It's been out in the U.K. and everywhere else for a long time. That one kind of feels like it's taking its time. We feel like our next one is coming around really quick. We are just getting off tour and we're already ready for the next one!
5) Growing up, neither one of you were necessarily into Dance music or Electronic Dance music. How did the transition to the love for the music come about?
Howard: It was mainly Guy, I guess.
Guy: Yea when I was 16, 17 ... I got my fake ID and started going out to clubs. That was the first time I saw DJs and heard Dance music and I fell in love with it! I didn't feel like making any of it. I just really respected it. Understood that it was very forward-thinking and amazing at the time. It was all at the early beginning of Dub-Step. I went and showed Howard and we decided to make some songs. We just decided to produce it that sort of style, in Electronic style. We were always going to make music. It was just deciding in what way -- if it was going to be a band with guitars, but we chose House music. We love it and we're sticking with it.
6) Your debut album, 'SETTLE,' was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Electronic Album. Do you remember where you when you found out you were nominated for Grammy?
Howard: Yea Yea, I think we were both probably asleep! Time difference, you know, they're pretty different. My phone kept going off and I remember thinking, can't a guy get some sleep, oh, I see a Grammy.
Guy: Lots and lots of tweets is basically how we found out.
7) Did you ever think that one song could change your life? I mean, "Latch" became so massive worldwide...
Howard: Yeah, I don't think either of us thought it would happen to us, but I mean we heard about that happening to other people. You hear about these one-hit wonders.
Guy: I don't think it's changed our lives but it has elevated the process basically. I think it's a combination of the song and a lot of touring and hard work that's changed our lives.
8) On "Latch," Sam Smith was the vocalist. How did you guys come up with him?
Howard: We heard one of his very early songs that he wrote with Jimmy Napes through our management, which is called "Lay Me Down," just because he's got this ridiculous voice. We weren't sure if it was a guy or a girl at first, either. So we asked can we get in the studio with Sam? It turned out he was working at a bar in London somewhere, and he was available. Met him that day ... and wrote "Latch" the same day.
9) Fast-forward to today. Your current single is, "Holding On" featuring Gregory Porter. What can you tell us about the single?
Guy: It's the first single of the forthcoming second record, called 'CARACAL.' It's coming out on the 25th of September. It's kind of like a bridge between the old and the new. It's sort of a classic Disclosure song; it's Housey and vocals along the lines of "Latch" and "White Noise.". Yeah, Gregory Porter is an amazing jazz singer. We actually are big fans of him. Managed to get a session with him and that's how the song came about. It's out now!
10) What can you tell us about the Gus Pirelli remix?
Guy: Gus is our engineer in the studio. So he basically presses record on the mic while we are writing the song, and directing the vocalist how we want them to sing it and what we want them to do. So yeah, he has all the parts to our songs, locked away safe, I hope Gus, and he wanted to do a remix and we just let him do it. Within a week he did it. I didn't mean you had to do it. He delivered this amazing '70s Disco remix which he's really into Disco.
You also have a song out, "Bang That," that just about every DJ at EDC Vegas was playing the heck out of.
Guy: We heard. Yeah, that's great! That was a club track that we put out just before we started this for people's enjoyment of the song. This next one is very song-based, vocally. Lots of chorus and verses. Structured songs. Pop songs. We wanted to do something clubby beforehand. Fans were like make more club music. So, there you go ... there's one.
You've done some of the biggest festivals Coachella, Lollapalooza, EDC ... is there a favorite here in the States or somewhere else in the world that you've done?
Guy: Coachella is our favorite live show. That was pretty great. I also really liked Outside Lands where we opened for Kanye [West]. That was pretty cool. EDC was probably one of the best DJ sets we've done. That was just DJing ... no live show. That was a really surprise. We had a really wicked attendance -- actually packed and it was 115° but it was worth it.
You've got a couple of the big arena shows coming up, including Madison Square Garden in October. What can your fans expect from that show?
Howard: Yeah, we just spent six months writing our album and also designing our totally new live show. So we've just done it for our first live festival in the U.K. called, Wild Life. It went really well, wind and storm. We're still working on it and adding some new songs. By the time we play at the Garden, we'll be bringing everything we've got!
Where did your name, "Disclosure", come from?
Howard: It's not a great story!
Guy: I'll tell this story. Basically, one night I fell sleep in the middle of this meadow and I basically woke up completely naked in this meadow. Above me a UFO flew across the sky and painted the word, Disclosure, in the clouds in purple glitter ... and I said, Howard we got to start a band, bro'.
Howard: Like I said, it's a boring story. Nothing special! [lol]