Howard and Guy Lawrence, the Disclosure brothers, show up for their promotional appearances the way you would for a job interview: professional and prepared. Fresh-faced and well groomed, at 21 and 24, respectively, the two’s experienced demeanor is similar to a career musician of their combined ages.
We know what you’re going to say: ‘Disclosure aren’t real DJs’. While they are predominantly a live outfit, they do DJ a lot, especially at their Wild Life shows, and considering DJing is generally pressing a succession of buttons these days, no one can accuse Disclosure of not pressing buttons — given the size and complexity of their live shows.
2015 has been a busy year for the Lawrence brothers; they scored a No.1 album with ‘Caracal’, a collaborative album that saw old faces like Sam Smith rub shoulders with new artists like Lion Babe.
As well as a new album, they’ve somehow found the time to put on their own festival, Wild Life, in Shoreham (near Brighton), and more recently Las Vegas, and they’ve also been quietly creating their own underground hit factory with their Method White imprint that has seen a spate of club smashes from Jonas Rathsman, with ‘Wolfbane’, MJ Cole with ‘Bouldaz’, and more recently Eats Everything’s pulverising rerub of Tiga vs Audion’s ‘Dancing’.
Who knows what else the brothers have in store for the rest of the year. Don’t bet against a raft of killer remixes of Caracal’s juiciest cuts, a new live show, which is even more impressive that their last from what we’ve seen, and a few surprises too.
There’s something about Detroit that gets under your skin.
A mystery wrapped inside an enigma, to borrow a saying, it’s both what you expect, and also the opposite. For a first visit you’re primed for streets of boarded-up houses, but come back a second or third time and the thriving farmers markets, art galleries and restaurants tell a parallel story. Detroit, many people on the ground say, is a city reinventing itself from within.
Disclosure’s travelling festival series Wild Life stops in Michigan’s metro Detroit area, and in just a matter of seven hours, the event manages to encompass the timeline and history of dance — seemingly unintentionally. On one end of the spectrum is Kevin Saunderson, one-third of the Belleville Three and a pioneer of Detroit techno. However, on the other end is the English DJ duo, arguably today’s fastest rising electronic music act.
Bestival head honcho Rob Da Bank has just announced eleven more acts for this summer's event.
Beck and Foals have both been confirmed as headliners for Thursday and Saturday nights respectively, joining Friday headliners Outkast who were already announced.
Best of British Breakthrough Producers and Best Remix award winners last year, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have now bagged Best Album for their debut ‘Settle’.
“It means a lot,” says Guy about their latest DJ Mag win. “And the fact it’s a public vote as well, it’s great because it’s actual fans and people who listen to the music.”