The ClubPlanet Interview: Disciples

The ClubPlanet Interview: Disciples

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
08.13.2015

As Disciples, the trio of Gavin, Luke, and Duvall came together to blend deep house and nu-disco for a truly distinctive sound.  Early releases like “Remedy,” “Catwalk,” and “Castles” gained the support of Toddla T, MistaJam, Rob Da Bank, and even BBC Radio One.  Built around strong basslines and edgy synths, their vocal songs are universal - sounding great in the clubs and on the radio, as demonstrated by the runaway pop success of “They Don’t Know.”   Their collaboration with Calvin Harris, “How Deep Is Your Love,” is that perfect mix of underground deep house with sing-along lyrics; the perfect summer anthem that showcases the best of everyone involved.?

RS: I love your song “They Don’t Know,” congratulations on all of the success. How did that song come about?
Duvall: Basically Gavin started with the drums, I supplied the bassline, and Luke came with the vocal. Sometimes music is just as simple as that. I think that when we got to the studio to finish it all together that is when the magic happened but we were separate when we were making the individual parts.

RS: So the three of you make the music, do the track and you do the vocals? All together, self-contained?
Gavin: Yes or there will be featured vocals from an artist that we have picked specifically to work with but 80% of the time it’s just us.

RS: How long does it take for you to make a song like “They Don’t Know”?
Duvall: It depends. The whole finished track takes weeks but sometimes a track can take months and sometimes it can take a day.
Luke: Once you get the spark, it takes one or two days to finish it. It’s all about finding the spark.

RS: Did Pete Tong sign you because of “They Don’t Know”?
Duvall: No, it was before that, about a year before that. We sent him a lot of our stuff through the label FFRR which is run by Elias Christidis through Parlophone a division of Warner. They really appreciated what we were doing and they saw the vision. It can be difficult when you are releasing music to hit the charts all the time but they tell us to take our time and make yourmusic and develop it. People don’t develop anymore and that is a bit sad.

RS: I hear that Calvin Harris is a big fan of yours?
Luke: Lovely guy as well, big up to Calvin Harris. Gavin and I were published by Calvin Harris recently. We have had email conversations with him and he is a lovely guy and he loves our music and he is getting involved.

Duvall: He is a mentor much like Pete Tong is a mentor for us.

RS: You have a big tour with Calvin coming up right?
Gavin: Two shows in Glasgow and Belfast in August.

RS: You guys are on the road a lot, how do you maintain your health by keeping in shape and keeping a healthy lifestyle?
Gavin: We don’t!
Luke: I try my hardest. I have a great metabolism and these guys do too. We try to work out as much as possible like early morning runs before the studio.
Duvall: It is also about picking your battles, for instance we are in Miami now so of course we are going to have a few drinks but when we are home and we have a show we may not have too many drinks and go home early and hit the studio in the day. You just have to pick your battles.

RS: After a night when you are playing on stage which hurts more: your ears from the loud sound or your eyes from all those camera phones?
Luke: Whew that is a hard one, I would say my ears but it depends on the venue. We had a venue two weeks ago at EGG in London and the camera phones were too much. We literally couldn’t even see the Pioneer decks after that when we were trying to mix. The majority of the time it’s our ears but if it’s our event that we are headlining than it is the camera phones.
Duvall: We have the monitor speakers up quite loud because we like to party in the booth as well. If you turn them down you don’t get to feel the vibe but he will tell you something different.
Gavin: I have tinnitus, ringing in my ears, all the time so for me it’s the ringing in the ears.
Duvall: He bleeds for his passion

RS: If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18, what would you say to yourself?
Gavin: That’s a huge question, I think that all of us are really focused and all have love for our music but for me personally I would say that you should never doubt your music. When you hear a song in the studio for so long and it is just you, you may start to doubt it because you haven’t brought it our straight away to your management and friends. Just bring it out; music is to be heard by people it isn’t supposed to be judged by yourself. If I was 18 again, I would say just release more music because I didn’t before that. When I met these two was when I started releasing music so that is personal to me.
Duvall: I would say don’t be afraid at all. I think that the one thing about life in general is that people are afraid to do things and our minds are very powerful and we can do so many things. I think what stops us is this glass ceiling, just be responsibly fearless.
Luke: Just be you, sometimes it’s really hard especially in the music industry and you start thinking about A&Rs and managers and people that influence your sound, but just be you.

RS: What would like to say to all of your fans out there?
Gavin: A massive thank you to all of the Disciples fans. We will be on tour the whole summer and we will be coming out with a new single soon so watch out for us!



Interview conducted during WMC 2015.

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