Brothers disclose all
T THE forefront of the electronic music scene, Disclosure – aka 21-year-old Guy and 18-year-old Howard Lawrence – are making music well beyond their years.
The London-based brothers bring their addictive tunes to Australia for the first time next year for the Summafieldayze festival.
Disclosure’s third EP, The Face, blends deep house bass lines, Dilla-esque snares and melodic two-step top lines.
Howard says the duo is half-way through work on their debut album.
‘‘It’s got the same flavour. We are not going to start changing direction,’’ he says.
‘‘But we don’t want it all to be dance tempo. We have different speeds and there will be a few different vocalists; it’s a bit of a mixed bag with a few surprises.’’
Taking inspiration from older house, UK garage and hip hop, Howard says Disclosure’s sound is influenced by older music.
‘‘I was four when I first started making music. Everyone in our family is a professional musician,’’ he says.
‘‘My dad is a singer in a band and my grandparents were classical musicians.
‘‘There was a turning point in what we listened to as we grew up. I started listening to singer-songwriters from the UK, whereas Guy was listening to American hip hop.
‘‘When we first heard (London electronic recording artist) Burial, that’s when we properly got into making the music we are.’’
Disclosure are still working on the finer points of their live show – Howard says their live sets are always developing.
‘‘We have a selection of instruments each and I am singing in some of the songs. Our show gets bigger every time,’’ he says.
‘‘We need it to be as visual as possible. We want people to see us making the sounds.’’
Howard says his music benefits from him working with his brother.
‘‘It’s so good. We are mates and we are good at pushing each other in the right direction,’’ he says.
Disclosure, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Chemical Brothers and more play Summafieldayze at Doug Jennings Park, The Spit, on January 5.