Interview: Discopolis

They were asked to play in top indie festival T In The Park  after a mere two singles and they’re being widely touted as the next  stars in electronica. They will also be playing live in Malta next month.

Meet David Lloyd, Laurie Corlett-Donald and Fergus Cook, “three young whippersnappers from Edinburgh” – aka Discopolis. The three lads were the musical sensation of the summer after they scored a slot on the T Break stage at the infamous T In The Park pretty much weeks after releasing their first two singles. The band – which picked its name in honour of the eponymous track by electronica outfit Lifelike and Kris Menace – came about some time after Fergus and Laurie, who used to go to school together – started writing together as Ryan’s Mothership, a four-piece guitar band. At the time, David was already heavily involved in Edinburgh’s electro/DJ/club scene. The three of them joined forces with Discopolis and no sooner had they penned the first song Timber Merchants than all of Edinburgh music scene seemed to be clamouring for more.  The band followed their performance at T In The Park with the BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England.

The band’s music is a mix of electronic, superbly melodious sounds with a touch of disco pop. After hearing their sound, it comes as hardly a surprise that the trio is currently being perceived as one of the bands “most likely to”. Malta will be one of Discopolis’ first European dates and the December concert will also be their first time on our island. Their expectations from the gig? “Loads of crazy Europeans dancing and causing a ruckus.”

 You were selected for T in the Park’s T Break stage at a pretty early stage in your music career: was the experience like you expected?

It was actually better than expected, we had so much fun and we went down with the crowd so much better than we could have ever dreamed about.

 Any highlights from T in the Park that you can share with us?

Well, on the first night one of our managers went missing and we didn’t see him for the rest of the night. The next morning we found him in his tent wearing a security jacket, holding drumsticks, a can of beer in hand… loving life.

What’s your impression of the festival now that you’ve experienced it from the other perspective, so to speak?

Sadly, it’s not as glamorous as I thought it would be. Everyone still has to walk in the mud…this also applies to backstage. And there is no avoiding the rain, even if you’re Beyonce.

Do you think that having being on T Break will affect the band’s future?

It gave us exposure at the right time. We also played to a lot of people who would ordinarily not be part of the typical audience at our shows. So yes, I think it helped our success greatly.

 How important is recognition for you as musicians?

Of course, it is amazing to get recognition.  But it does not change the fact that recognition is never as important as liking the music you’re writing. Otherwise, there would be no point.

How do you describe your music?

An array of electronica, sweeping shoegaze and great pop songs.

 Which bands/musicians influence you?

M83, Deadmau5, Broken Social Scene, Boards of Canada and Tears for Fears.

 Your top album ever and why?

Silent Alarm by Bloc Party, mainly because it changed the way I think about music.

 Is there any kind of music you can’t stand?

Death Metal.

Butterflies before performing?

We occasionally feel sick before playing but that is normal and is usually because we have eaten something dodgy.

A singer/band you’d like to collaborate with and why?

Working with Dems, also from Edinburgh, would be amazing.

What inspires you?

My cabin up North and anywhere in the Scottish Highlands.

What do we find on your MP3 players?

Right now I’m listening to Fink, Lau and Foals pretty much on repeat.

The music industry destroyed real music. True or false and why?

True, at least partly. Chart music is all completely generic because the people who make it are fat cats who sit in rooms writing music that is going to make them money. Many chart tunes in particular are so overly engineered, with money being the only goal in mind. Unfortunately though, the people who buy such records are equally to blame. Hopefully it’s a phase, and music with more integrity will make a comeback to the charts.

What’s next for Discopolis?

We are going to take a break to write lots and lots of music.

Where do you see the band in 5 years’ time?

Hopefully still writing music that we are all happy with.

Discopolis will be headlining the second day of the Nil By Mouth Sessions, which will be taking place on December 2 and 3 at V-Gen in Paceville.  Lineup on Friday: Stalko, Lumière, Eimog. Lineup on Saturday: Danjeli, Dolls For Idols, The Areola Treat, Capitol K, Discopolis. Tickets are available from Coach & Horses, V-Gen and Blush & Panic (Valletta). Early bird prices: €12 per night, €15 for both nights.

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