Disclosure are an English electronic music duo consisting of brothers Howard (born 11 May 1994) and Guy Lawrence (born 25 May 1991).[3] They grew up in Reigate, Surrey.[4] Their debut studio album, Settle, released on 3 June 2013, by PMR Records, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. They released a second studio album, Caracal, on 25 September 2015 which was also nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Their third studio album, Energy, was released on 28 August 2020, and was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards, alongside the fourth single from the album, "My High", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording.

Disclosure performing in 2013
Disclosure performing in 2013
Background information
OriginReigate, Surrey, England
Years active2010–present
  • Guy Lawrence
  • Howard Lawrence

Early life edit

Disclosure were born to professional musician parents. Their father played in rock bands, including 'No Angry Man' and 'The Look Book' alongside his brother and Guy's godfather, and is now a professional auctioneer,[5][6] whilst their mother, a session musician, fronted bands, toured on cruises, sang advert jingles, and was one of the first performers to entertain the British Army after their recapture of the Falkland Islands.[7][6] Guy started playing the drums at the age of three, and Howard started playing the bass at the age of eight. Both also learned to play the guitar and the piano and Howard to sing.

They both attended Reigate College. During this period, the boys studied music and music technology. By the age of 15, Howard listened mainly to funk, soul and maudlin singers, whilst Guy listened predominantly to hip hop, dubstep and was the drummer in an indie-style guitar band with school friends.[5]

Career edit

Whilst Guy was attending Reigate College, he enjoyed studying classical music, especially the likes of Bach and Claude Debussy.[8] A teenage interest in the music and production techniques of Detroit-based rapper and record producer J Dilla,[6] led him through hip hop to attending dubstep gigs as a student; but he enjoyed house music more as a creation, and began studying it and introducing his brother to it.[8] Primarily influenced by artists including Joy Orbison, James Blake, Burial and Mount Kimbie, the brothers were led back in time to Chicago house, Detroit techno, UK garage and 2-step garage.[8]

2010–2011: Debut edit

The brothers started de-constructing and copying the music that Guy had heard at gigs in a room above their father's auction house,[5] and then making music in the same room in a style they refer to as "electronic house music with a pop structure",[5] uploading it to Myspace. This got them an early record deal, and a UK tour, mixing live music gigs with occasional DJ sets, where in Manchester, they played a set before Todd Edwards, and gained after gig all-night conversation.[5]

The duo's first single, "Offline Dexterity" was released on 29 August 2010. They signed to the new PMR record label on its formation in January 2011,[9] and released their second single, "Carnival"/"I Love...That You Know" on 13 June 2011. This got them a management deal with Sam Evitt and Jack Street's Method Management whom they are still managed by.[6]

2012–2014: Commercial success and Settle edit

Disclosure picked up their first significant national radio support upon the release of the "Tenderly" / "Flow" single in January 2012. The single led to significant interest in the subsequent June 2012 EP, The Face, released on Greco-Roman. The EP included the popular remix of "Running" by Jessie Ware a fellow PMR artist which charted in both the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as becoming a fixture of the 2012 Festival Circuit and featuring on the annual edition of Annie Mac presents.

Through collaboration with other artists signed to Method Management,[6] the group had their first UK hit in October 2012 with "Latch",[10] co-written with Jimmy Napes and featuring the vocals from Sam Smith, which peaked at number 11 in the UK Singles Chart.[6]

The group maintained their momentum into 2013 – they were voted into the BBC Radio 1xtra 'Hot Ten For 2013' and scored two consecutive top 10 hit singles in "White Noise" (number two) (with AlunaGeorge) and "You & Me" (number 10) (with Eliza Doolittle). These three singles were collected on an EP, The Singles.[11] They released their debut studio album, Settle, by PMR Records on 3 June 2013 and was met with commercial and critical success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart, charting in many countries across Europe and Australia, and receiving four stars from The Guardian and a 9.1 score on Pitchfork.[12][13] They performed twice at Glastonbury Festival 2013 and appeared on Later... with Jools Holland. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Album.[14]

In 2013, Disclosure embarked on a worldwide tour of more than 40 European, American, and Canadian cities, including high-profile music festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago, and Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington State.[15] The same year, they established the record label Method Records; its roster includes Friend Within, Karen Harding, Lxury, and Tourist. A sub label was introduced in February 2015, called Method White, releasing more underground tracks through it. The first release was "Wolfsbane" by Jonas Rathsman. Since then, M. J. Cole and Eats Everything have released tracks through the label.[16][17][18] Disclosure's song "When a Fire Starts to Burn" was used in the sixth episode of the first season of The 100.[19]

2015–2018: Caracal and hiatus edit

Following the worldwide success of their debut studio album, Settle and a worldwide tour, the duo began working on their second studio album, Caracal, featuring vocals from Sam Smith, Lorde, Gregory Porter, Lion Babe, Kwabs, The Weeknd, Nao, Miguel, Jordan Rakei and Brendan Reilly. The week of its release, Caracal earned the group their second consecutive number one album in the UK Albums Chart.

The music videos for official singles from the album published on YouTube are interconnected and follow a story line, each newly released video furthering the plot. The videos follow a young woman in a sci-fi, dystopian world who is, for some unknown reason, being chased by the police.[20]

Three singles were released prior to the album: "Omen", "Holding On" and "Jaded". Two promotional singles were also released: "Willing and Able" and "Hourglass". The album was released on 25 September 2015, by PMR Records and Island Records. The album was also nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.[21]

In February 2017, the duo announced they were to take a year's hiatus with the exception of "a few special things", including performances with BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza and the return of their festival Wildlife that summer.[22]

2018–present: Energy and Alchemy edit

In January 2018, the duo confirmed that they were in the process of recording their third studio album set for release in early 2020, with a single due in between late 2019 and early 2020. After a hiatus, Disclosure released a song in May 2018 called "Ultimatum" featuring Fatoumata Diawara.[23] In August 2018, five new songs were released over a daily basis: "Moonlight", "Where Angels Fear to Tread", "Love Can Be So Hard", "Funky Sensation" and "Where You Come From".[24] In October 2019 Disclosure performed at the Trafalgar Square leg of Extinction Rebellion's "International Rebellion" protest. The singles, furthermore, announced their comeback into the studio and revealed that they had started to write and produce new material, which would eventually form their third studio album. On February 24, 2020, they released a new track titled "Ecstasy", followed by four tracks released on a daily basis: "Tondo", "Expressing What Matters", "Etran" and "Get Close". An EP titled Ecstasy, which contained the five tracks, was released on February 28.[25] On the album's release date, Disclosure will have a special Minecraft server for The Energy Minecraft Experience. The music video ''My High'' featuring Aminé and Slowthai was nominated for Best Editor at the Berlin Music Video Awards 2021. The editor of this music videos is Yorgos Lamprinos.[26]

On 12 July 2023, the duo announced their fourth studio album, Alchemy, which was released on 14 July.[27]

Discography edit

Awards and nominations edit

Berlin Music Video Awards

The Berlin Music Video Awards is an international festival and a networking event that puts the talents working behind the camera in the spotlight. The festival was founded in 2013 by a producer Aviel Silook. The event is filled with music video marathons, workshops, live performances and since 2016 also a fashion show. The Berlin Music Video Awards offers 14 different categories for the applicants and the winners of each category then compete for the Best Music Video.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Director "When a Fire Starts to Burn" Nominated
2021 Best Editor "My High" (with Aminé & Slowthai) Nominated [28]

Brit Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best British Breakthrough Act Disclosure Nominated [29]
British Group Nominated
British Album of the Year Settle Nominated
British Single of the Year "White Noise" (featuring AlunaGeorge) Nominated


Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Music Video "Grab Her!" Nominated [30]

D&AD Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 "My High" (with Aminé & Slowthai) Narrative - Wood Pencil Won [31]
Direction - Graphite Pencil Won
Editing Nominated

European Border Breakers Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Album of the Year (UK) Settle Won

European Festival Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Remixer of the Year Disclosure Nominated [32]

Grammy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Dance/Electronica Album Settle Nominated [33]
2015 Best Dance Recording "F for You" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Nominated [34]
2016 Best Dance/Electronica Album Caracal Nominated [35]
2019 Best Dance Recording "Ultimatum" (featuring Fatoumata Diawara) Nominated [36]
2020 Record of the Year "Talk" (Khalid featuring Disclosure) Nominated [37]
2021 Best Dance/Electronica Album Energy Nominated [38]
Best Dance Recording "My High" (featuring Aminé and Slowthai) Nominated
2024 Best Dance/Electronic Recording "Higher Than Ever Before" Nominated [39]

International Dance Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Best Breakthrough Artist (Group) Disclosure Nominated
2014 Best Full Length Studio Recording Settle Nominated
Best House/Garage/Deep House Track "Latch" (featuring Sam Smith) Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Best Featured Vocalist Performance Nominated
2015 "F for You" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Nominated
Best House/Garage/Deep House Track Nominated
2016 "Holding On" (featuring Gregory Porter) Nominated
Best Featured Vocalist Performance Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Best Artist (Group) Disclosure Nominated
Best Full Length Studio Recording Caracal Won

Ivor Novello Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Most Performed Work "Latch" (featuring Sam Smith) Nominated [40]

Libera Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2022 Best Dance Record DJ-Kicks: Disclosure Nominated [41]

MOBO Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Best Male Act Disclosure Nominated
Best Album Settle Nominated
Best Song "White Noise" (featuring AlunaGeorge) Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards Japan

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Dance Video "F for You" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Nominated
2016 "Magnets" (featuring Lorde) Nominated

MTVU Woodie Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Video Woodie "Grab Her" Nominated

NME Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best British Band Themselves Nominated
Best Track "White Noise" (featuring AlunaGeorge) Won

Popjustice £20 Music Prize

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Best British Pop Single "White Noise" (featuring AlunaGeorge) Nominated

Rober Awards Music Poll

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Breakthrough Artist Themselves Nominated
Best Dance Anthem "When a Fire Starts to Burn" Nominated

UK Festival Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Anthem of the Summer "White Noise" (featuring AlunaGeorge) Nominated

UK Music Video Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Best Dance Video – Budget "Control" (featuring Ria Ritchie) Nominated [42]
2014 Best Visual Effects "Grab Her" Nominated [43]
Best Dance Video – UK Won
Best Music AD Settle Won
2016 Best Dance Video – UK "Magnets" (featuring Lorde) Nominated [44]
2020 Best Editing in a Video "My High" (with Aminé & Slowthai) Nominated [45]
Best Dance/Electronic Video - UK Won
"Energy" Nominated
2021 Best R&B/Soul Video - UK "Birthday" Nominated [46]
Best Production Design in a Video Nominated

World Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 World's Best Live Act Themselves Nominated
World's Best Song "White Noise" (featuring AlunaGeorge) Nominated
"You & Me" Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated

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