Bands Of 2013: Disclosure
THREE YEARS ago, Guy and Howard Lawrence were making music in their bedrooms, unknown to the wider world. If you’d have told them by the end of 2012 they’d have played a sold out headline tour in America, had a Top 20 single and crashed one of the world’s biggest dance-devoted websites, they’d have laughed in your face.
“No way, definitely not,” says a disbelieving Guy when asked if they expected any of this to happen. “We didn’t have any idea that ‘Latch’ would get into the charts [it peaked at number 11 in October 2012]. We just made the song like we make any other – because we like it and thought our friends might like it. The whole of Disclosure, it’s just like right place, right time.”
Via bouts of (deserved) good luck, the brothers have cemented their place as the leading lights of UK dance music. Spearheading an uprising of youthful producers like teenage duo Bondax and the frighteningly young Happa (who’s still only 15), the pair are part of the revolutionary way electronic music is being created.
“Happa’s a great example,” Guy agrees. “He sounds like he’s lived in Detroit his whole life but he’s from the middle of nowhere. I think with laptops and producing music from home being easier than ever, younger people are going to keep popping up.”
As more and more do appear, you get the feeling Disclosure aren’t going to be washed away by the tide of newcomers but go from strength to strength. If 2012 was their best year so far, 2013 is already well positioned to better it, as well as see some subtle changes made.
Though they’ve been renowned for plucking guest vocalists like Sam Smith and Sinead Hartnett from obscurity, Disclosure are starting to put the focus on themselves with younger brother Howard taking on some singing duties.
“We’ve definitely been writing new songs with Howard in mind,” says Guy. “But just some; he’s not going to take over the whole show.”
Currently working hard on their debut album, the boys are feeling good about it, even though it’s nowhere near complete as yet.
“We’re over halfway through in terms of songwriting,” Guy tells us. “We’ve blocked out a lot of time in February and March to fully get it done. We’re in a good place with it, definitely. We’ve got the next few singles sorted already. We’ve been writing a few clubbier tracks and getting it all fresh.”
Along with fellow rising stars AlunaGeorge, their first full-length LP is one of the most highly anticipated dance LPs in aeons. With their trademark bubbling beats and slick house sonics, the as-yet-untitled record should also be one of the best, setting Disclosure up to own 2013.
Disclosure’s debut album is due in the spring