Disciples are Duvall, Luke and Gavin. This exciting trio has been bubbling under the radar for over a year, but broke through when their deep groove-led production, ‘They Don’t Know’, became an underground anthem and Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’.
Championed by the likes of Tong, Annie Mac, MistaJam and DJ Target, Disciples initially earned a plethora of attention for their underground hit ‘Remedy’. Subsequently signed to the legendary FFRR label, they’ve built on their growing reputation with the singles ‘Catwalk’ , ‘Poison Arrow’ and hit ‘They Don’t Know’. They have expanded their sonic palette flirting across genres and in the process spin something fresh from their roots in House. The band shuns the usual route of producer + guest vocalist… to strike out on their own – every element of their tracks written, produced and sung by the band.
“When people listened to our first EP, they didn’t know what to call it. They’d say, ‘You’re not electro, you’re not dance and it sounds kinda old, but it sounds kinda new.’ And it means that we can do what the hell we want,” affirms Duvall, whose obsession with songwriting and production was first inspired by watching his Dad work with the likes of Daddy Ernie during the early days of Choice FM. Part of their shared inspiration comes from the way in which their idols NERD and Daft Punk aren’t confined by genre.
The unlikely figure of 50 Cent contributed to the initial evolution of Disciples. Both students on the same music tech course, Duvall walked in on Gavin when the latter was experimenting with reworking the beat to ‘In Da Club’. “We were the only two people on the course into urban and dance-orientated music, but we hadn’t even noticed each other,” laughs Gavin, whose youthful commitment to music saw late night DJ sessions take precedence over getting to school on time.
While the duo continued to work together, Duvall also started a program to encourage young people to develop their interest in music – one of whom was Luke. But it took another two years and a chance meeting on New Year’s Eve for the trio to commit to a project together. They soon found that their individual strengths caused a reaction when working together.
“Gavin has an ear for percussion and beat-driven music, and I have an ear for melody and musical chorus and stuff like that, so the contrast complements each other,” explains Duvall. “And Luke is fantastic with arrangement and is quick on his feet with lyrics. So for the overall finished idea, it’s like you got the cake, you got the icing and you got the cherry.”
Those strengths are the key to the trio’s new material as they forge towards the release of their debut album. Despite an eclectic range of genre references, Disciples’ material shares a core production sound and an immediately identifiable hooky angle.
“Naturally we’ve always leaned towards making our songs big, but we always want to keep a sense of the underground to it,” summarises Gavin. “But we never want to say that we’ll do that kinda sound or a type of song because it would sell. We just want to make music that we love.”
After making a major impact in the charts with their Calvin Harris collaboration ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ which went to #2 in the UK chart, South London dj/production trio Disciples continued their upward momentum with an exciting summer 2015 schedule which included joining the superstar DJ at two gargantuan 80,000 capacity Calvin Harris Presents Outside shows in Belfast and Glasgow. The record which has spent 7 months in the UK Top 40, has gone on to sell over 4million copies globally – proving to be Calvin’s biggest selling single in the UK to date. Not only that, but its landed the trio with 2 Brit Awards nominations for their efforts alongside Calvin Harris, including ‘Best British Single’ & ‘Best British Video’.
They have since gone on to release their second ‘The Following’ EP via the iconic FFRR label, which is a collection of tracks the guys had been experimenting with in their DJ sets in the lead up to the release and a reminder again of their deeper, darker roots and versatility as producers.
Having recently served up their latest instalment collaborating with dance music titan David Guetta, ‘No Worries’ is a clear benchmark for the trio as they prove themselves yet again on a global scale. The single has continued to spearhead the guys across different territories worldwide and will sustain the trio as household names in the music industry.
As ‘No Worries’ continues to grow & they continue to spread their gospel worldwide with a plethora of DJ sets and live performances at renowned clubs & festivals across the globe, 2016 sees them already set up with an impending summer schedule ahead. This follows on from a full UK headline tour this spring, leading into dates including Together @ Amnesia, Glastonbury, Wireless, SW4 & Creamfields.
The connection between the three young creative talents – is one in which each individual’s talents are the perfect foil for his bandmates’ core musical strengths. The result is collectively more powerful than the sum of its parts. Referred to as dance music’s most exciting triple threat, this team of producers, vocalists and DJs are more than just ‘ones to watch’ this year.