At the end of 2011, brothers Guy, 22, and Howard, 19, Lawrence were causing a bit of a stir in the London house music scene. Since then, Disclosure have gone on to top the charts with infectious pop-banger ‘Latch’ and the boys have played a cool 43 festivals this summer alone. Following their rather excellent debut album Settle, the boys are heading to Australia to headline Listen Out parties across the country. We snagged 10 minutes with youngest member, Howard.
Howard, when you guys began writing music did you have a vision of where the listener would be, or what they’d be doing?
When we were writing the album were had some sort of core-fan base in the underground dance scene in the UK, so we imagined it would carry on being those guys really. It ended up being a much wider, more commercial audience.
Settle has a really great build from start to finish. How did you create that cohesion?
In the beginning, we didn’t know it was going to be an album, we just thought it was going to be a four track EP. Then we got to the point where we had five or six songs ready and thought we’d carry on and make it into a full-length album. That actually made it difficult to make it flow nicely, so we spent a lot of time ordering the tracks, to make it sound cohesive as a record.
Do your parents ever come along to your gigs?
Our mum is quite involved as she runs the blog party of our website so she knows what’s going on. She comes to any shows that are in and around London, but she’s definitely not at every show because that would be a full-time job.
‘When a Fire Starts To Burn’ has to be the catchiest phrase of 2013. How that did vocal piece come about?
Basically with [a couple of the tracks] on Settle, we really wanted to get an American rapper on it… But with timing and schedules, it never worked out with anyone we wanted. I got quite annoyed about it, and a month or so before we actually delivered the finished album, I just began to search for a guy talking, to try and make it sound like he was rapping. I literally just searched ‘Spoken word, Harlem’ or something like that and, this guy called Eric Thomas turned up. He was preaching about all this strange stuff, and I thought it was quite funny at first, and then we ended up using it in in ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’ and in 'Intro' as well.
Finally, what can we expect from you guys at Listen Out?
We have completely reinvented our live show and developed it it massively… We’ve now got the full kit: we travel with lighting, we’ve got the video screen behind us and we have our face logos that sing some of the songs when the vocalists aren’t there. Me and guy have two different work stations, and we are playing live instruments, guitars, synths, drums, the whole kit.
You can also catch Disclosure at Listen Out, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Saturday October 5.